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The Force Awakens: Crush The Resistance!

I made a revised version for an earlier The Force Awakens poster. That old one was entitled “I will fulfill our destiny” but after watching the movie I felt that a bit inappropriate because that sentence sounded like part of a pray and not like a powerful statement.

Therefore, I re-did the poster and the result is: Crush the Resistance!

This was one of my submissions for Celebration Europe 2016 Art Show but the piece was rejected. Nevertheless, it appeared on the back cover of the 75th issue of Teekay-421, the official magazine of the Belgian Star Wars Fan Club, out this Monday.

I hope you like the poster in this form because surely, this was not its only appearance. ;)

Star Wars: Light of the Force

Only a few days to The Force Awakens… I think it is time to look back to a Star Wars poster series I presented in the past months: the “Light of the Force” triptych. Here are the three posters as one piece, as I originally planned them:

You can download the poster in 1816*800 size here!

The triptych formed by the three pieces depict three classic spiritual or biological fathers and sons, three armed heroes: Obi-Wan, Vader and Luke. The three parts show consecutive stages of the day: sunset, night and dawn. The galaxy binds the pieces together.

Ben’s Sunset is an idealized depiction of the old Jedi master who contentedly faces his last adventure. Ben is the archetype of the old hero whose last task is to pass on the knowledge to a faithful pupil. Two characteristic places, the beginning and the end: the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and old Ben’s hut on Tatooine emerge from the orange background of the binary sunset. He has an old friend and mentor from the netherworld of the Force who helps his path: Qui-Gon.

Vader’s Night shows the tormented Vader, haunted by his burning memories and the true nature of the dark side. He raises his aggressively glowing red lightsaber but he cannot fight the ghosts and failures of his past (from bottom left to middle left): his dying mother, the massacre of the tusken camp, the beheading of Count Dooku, the murder of the younglings in the Temple, the slaughtering of the Separatists and, most prominently, the consequent death of his beloved Padme. Vader is the archetype of the fallen, angry, helplessly suffering hero. Continue reading

A Wonderful Fan Letter to the Doctor

Ariel, a Doctor Who fan wrote a letter to his dearest Doctor. This letter was accidentally found by Brett Stewart in a used book he bought for $5 at Amazon. He shared it on his page because

“I don’t know who this girl is, but goodness, she does articulate what makes the character so wonderful.”

Read Ariel’s heartwarming and honest message (transcript after the picture)!

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(The illustration above is my Doctor Who Series 5 poster – you can find the picture in the gallery and its long analysis here.)

My dearest Doctor,

How strange it seems to write you. Like a child writing to Santa. You’re fictional, after all. Nonexistent, made up, invented, pure pretend – and yet, you have impacted my life more heavily than anyone living ever has changed me, Doctor. You’ve taught me to cherish each day, to stand up for what’s right, to never solve problems with anger or weapons, to banish hatred, covet knowledge, laugh, love, smile, and live. That’s it! You’ve taught me to live! For so, so long I’d been trapped in self doubt and self-pity and self loathing. You opened me up. You made me see the world beyond myself. You made me see that even in a gray world there is no lack of life – there are thousands – millions – of shades, hues, and textures all blending into a beautiful mosaic just yearning to be explored! Continue reading

A Poster Trio for Doctor Who Day 2015

This is the 52th Anniversary of Doctor Who thus I decided to present you the three posters of Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors in one image. Enjoy it!

“He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing — the fury of the Time Lord. And then we discovered why — why this Doctor, who had fought with gods and demons, why he had run away from us and hidden: he was being kind.” (Son of Mine about Tenth Doctor)

“Come on! Look at me! No plan, no back-up, no weapons worth a damn! Oh, and something else, I don’t have anything to lose! So, if you’re sitting up there in your silly little spaceship with all your silly little guns, and you’ve got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who’s standing in your way! Remember every black day I ever stopped you, and then, and then, do the smart thing: Let somebody else try first.” (Eleventh Doctor)

“I fought in a bigger war than you will ever know! I did worse things than you could ever imagine! And when I close my eyes… I hear more screams than anyone could ever be able to count! And do you know what you do with all that pain? Shall I tell you where you put it? You hold it tight… till it burns your hand, and you say this: No one else will ever have to live like this! No one else will have to feel this pain! Not on my watch!” (Twelfth Doctor)

 

Throwback Thursday: Locations of Attack of the Clones

I started a poster series about the locations of the Star Wars movies a few years ago. Many of them are already finished; some are still missing. This is a series where the main characters of the posters are often supporting characters in the movie – however, they are important for the subject of the picture. (Click on the images to see them in larger size.)

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In this post, I look back to the five posters about Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones. I present them in the order they appear in the story.

Our first (and also last) location is Coruscant. The planet has a great contrast compared to its appearance in The Phantom Menace. The location is visually dense: we see everything from landing platforms to clubs and military assembly sites. This diversity appears on the picture: marching clones, the Senate, the Jedi Archives and Coruscant nightlife are represented. I colored the marching to white because I wanted it to fit the Senate building, to create contrast with the upper dark and wildly colored areas (and the dark planet itself), and to keep orange and red colors for later. Continue reading

“I Will Finish What You Started”

Today I publish an updated version of my first Star Wars The Force Awakens poster, called Heritage.

After watching the new trailer and hearing Kylo Ren’s words to Vader’s old helmet that “I will finish what you started”, I find my original title “Heritage” fairly appropriate. :)

The main differences between this one and the original one are the following:

  • removed frame,
  • modified lightsaber blades
  • corrected logo
  • different flame elements.

I hope you will like it!

“Hero” Revenge of the Sith Poster and the London Olympics

Do you remember this poster of mine? I made it in 2009, in preparation for the 4th anniversary of the premiere of Star Wars Episode III Revenge of The Sith. Check the picture and I give you a short commentary about this piece and tell you how I had the chance to get involved in London Olympics 2012.

You can see direct elements at the bottom: battle-ready Yoda and Windu, and the duel in the flames – this is the most temperament, most fan-like part of the poster. Vader is in the middle, who is the result of a choice: Anakin has to choose between two hooded figures, Palpatine and Padmé. He chooses the uglier one: his hand reaches toward him, and his lightsaber separates him from Padmé who has a more ghostly appearance than the Sith master.

Choices often have a central role in my works.

The Jedi fighters and the dark sphere of Coruscant give symmetry to the picture while Mustafar closes the piece at the top, not letting the eye leaving the poster with Vader’s raised left hand.

The light arcs have a kind of angel wing feeling… This is because Anakin had the chance to be the Chosen One, destroy the Sith and bring light but he failed. Instead of white wings, he has a dark robe.

The idea, the promise was light, white and uplifting; the realization became black and decaying.

This slightly abstract part represents a better understanding of visualizing principles than what I had before 2009.

And how comes London Olympics 2012 here? The agency who organized the marketing and advertising of the Olympic Games, contacted me with the idea that I should create the cover of the official booklet of the Games. They wanted me because of my ability to show the heroism, dynamism and greatness of a topic and they especially wanted me to do something like this “Hero” poster.

Sadly, the committee found the agency’s idea too “different” and they went into another direction. The final cover looked like this:

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Clearly, some elements of the basic idea remained but with a different artist. I would have loved to do this piece because this is the only way I can imagine about getting close somehow to the Olympics – definitely not by professional sports. ;)

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Once Upon a Time: Mr Gold

The fourth piece of my Once Upon a Time series depicts Mr Gold, the earthy form of Rumple, the Dark One. Remember, with these poster pairs, I simulate the style of magazine photos.

Below you can check the poster pair, the first time together:

I like this character a lot: his background, his flaws and virtues. Remember:

Every magic comes with a price, deary!

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Decompositing the Star Wars Saga Poster

This video is a layer-to-layer decomposition of the most known Star Wars fan art on the net: the Star Wars Saga Poster. Watch it in HD!

Download the hi-res version of the poster (for personal use only) here!

Learn more about the Guinness World Record here and here!

The Nature of the Dark Side – Analysis

The Nature of the Dark Side originates from the novelization of Return of the Jedi by James Kahn:

He contemplated the dense impenetrability of the deep space beyond the window. Densely black as his soul – as if he were, in some real way, this blackness; as if his inner spirit was itself this void over which he reigned. He smiled at the thought; he was the Empire, he was the Universe.

This paragraph was the core of the poster, combined with one of the few feelings Palpatine can feel: the lust for power over all things (the other one would be rage). Therefore, the key messages were: total power and hopelessness.

Instead of pure blackness, I decided to use the galaxy on a black background and merged it with Palpatine to illustrate the sentence “he was the Universe”. Darth Sidious looks like a tumor; his presence distorts the spiral arms of the galaxy and replaces the brightest center of the galaxy with blackness and the Death Star. This is his true aim, the aim of the dark side: replace life with death.

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