A small gallery of my works and me with a lot of people at Star Wars Celebration Europe – it was amazing!!
Are you coming to Celebration Europe? If yes check Booth S336 where Teekay-421, the Belgian Star Wars Fan Club presents two of my works, Crush The Resistance and Join The Resistance on roll-ups. And don’t forget to collect our giveaway item, a bookmark I designed especially for Celebration Europe. Come and get one!I will participate on all three days of Celebration. If you would like to meet me drop me a line to firstname.lastname@example.org or @SWSimonZ on Twitter!
This update is the second part of my Choices series.
The first part was about Anakin’s decision between the Sith and Jedi way. This one shows how the dark side of the Force and the war destroys the values of peace and love.
The picture is a tribute to John Alvin and his masterful artworks.
Today’s update is a bizarre piece about the Galactic Empire. Nevertheless, I hope you will like it – for me, it tells a lot about the deep feelings and motivations that keep the Empire together.
The title of the picture is Imperium Forte, latin for Mighty Empire.
Remember the words of an Imperial officer, Grand Moff Tarkin from A New Hope:
Fear will keep the local systems in line!
… and the words of a wise Jedi Master in The Phantom Menace:
Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.
Today’s update is a special mood picture for Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope. Its warm oranges and hot reds with the glowing gold areas carry the feeling of something big and promising – something that worth fighting for. A home as large as the universe, waiting at the end of the journey of the hero who walks among the stars.
I hope you all watched The Force Awakens, several times. I enjoyed it a lot; it has a real Star wars atmosphere; however it has its flaws, naturally. Anyway, I think it is a solid base for the future installments of the Star Wars saga. I am sure I will make a lot of pictures about The Force Awakens but today’s update is something else.
I wish you a happy new year with the latest piece of my Star Wars episode poster series: The Empire Strikes Back.
If you remember, I started the new page with another piece from this series, Attack of the Clones. Oddly, this one has the film title in it; I will harmonize it with the other posters later.
I made this poster some time ago and it took a lot of time to finish because I encountered many difficulties. Episode V has so many, often opposing themes: Vader vs. Yoda, dark side vs. light side, Luke vs. Han & Leia, love, betrayal, learning, losses, the white planes of Hoth, the swamps of Dagobah, the clearness of Cloud City, the dark tones of the lightsaber duel etc. It is not easy to select some of these themes and decide what to skip in order to keep the main themes of the episode while avoiding a too crowded picture. Continue reading
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:
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
I launched the first version of simonz.co.hu this day in 2004. That time, it was available at simonz.web.elte.hu (the link still works but redirects to the new site).
Eleven years passed. Thank you very much for viewing, sharing and loving my works; it means a lot to me. Thank you for the feedbacks and messages. I love when you write me a few sentences about how did you use or enjoy my works. How you surprised someone you love with a Star Wars artwork that happened to be mine. Making a Star Wars room for your kid. Honestly, I feel myself deeply honored. I also thank you all for your support I will never know about, for example telling about my pictures to somebody or using them as wallpaper.
The eleventh birthday of the site would require something about the Eleventh Doctor, maybe. But I have nothing new in that topic – my white Doctor poster still remains the best picture about the 11th Doctor for me. So, there is something else for today.
Luke’s Dawn is the representation of a new era. After Ben and Vader, a new Jedi appears who unites the peaceful wisdom of the former and the momentum of the latter. Luke is the archetype of the young hero prepared for the fight he cannot (and will not) escape. He holds his saber in textbook-style, surrounded by the forests of Endor. His relentless faith in his father saves Vader and the feared flames that caused Vader’s injuries enshroud his body again – now, to set him free. The circle is complete: Anakin’s ghost looks down to us above Luke and a new dawn is coming in the galaxy far, far away.
I will present the whole tryptich with more info about how and why I made them later.
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.)
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