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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

Thank You and a Star Wars Poster for Site Anniversary

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.

Today’s update is the third part of a series that started in August with Ben’s Sunset and continued in October with Vader’s Night. The last piece is entitled Luke’s Dawn.

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 Will Fulfill Our Destiny – A New The Force Awakens Poster

The Japanese trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens was so thrilling that it inspired me to make a new poster artwork. This time, I used the sentence we heard in the trailer as a slogan: “I will fulfill our destiny.”

I tried to capture Kylo Ren’s threatening dynamism that is so perfectly depicted in the trailer. There are other references to the trailer like the TIEs emerging from the orange – what a beautiful shot that was!

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!

New Star Wars Poster: Vader’s Night

My new Star Wars poster is entitled Vader‘s Night. It belongs to the same series like Ben’s Sunset and shows the tormented Vader, haunted by his burning memories and the true nature of the dark side.

Darth Vader 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.

More information on the story of this poster will come soon!

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!

My Saga Poster in the Guinness World Records 2016

The Star Wars Saga Poster has been selected to illustrate the spread that collects Star Wars-related records in the newest edition of Guinness World Records. The double-page illustration was chosen because of two reasons: first, it is connected to a record, the world’s largest LEGO mosaic, organized by Dorling Kindersley Publishing, London in October 2010, when thousands of volunteers recreated the poster in a size of 98 square meters (1,055 square foots), using 384,000 LEGO bricks. The other reason was that this well-known picture summarizes the first six episodes of the Star Wars saga.

Star Wars Saga Poster
Star Wars Saga Poster 2011 Edition

Check the photo of the page tweeted by Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records – and below, my reaction when I received the book:

I am really happy and proud of this publication. When I remember back those April days in 2007 when I designed the first version of the Saga Poster, I never thought it will come to this. It was just fun, a celebration of a great story in my special way. I know that many Star Wars fans love this picture and it is great to see it everywhere – as an avatar or a header, on a cake or a car. Thank you all, guys, and keep the Saga Poster live! #SagaPoster

The Guinness World Records 2016 Edition will be officially published tomorrow, on 10th September.

You can read more about the Guinness Record event here.

If you are a hardcore Star Wars fan who is really, really interested in tiny details, I have something for you: the long story of the making of the Saga Poster.

If you want to download the Saga Poster, go here! (I ask you to read the usage conditions if you plan anything beyond simple personal usage – thank you very much!) You can always contact me at info@simonz.co.hu if you have any questions.

Please check my latest pictures e.g. my first design for The Force Awakens or Ben’s Sunset – or my non-Star Wars works.

And don’t forget: 100 days until The Force Awakens. ;)

Ben’s Sunset

This update is the first part of a series called Light of the Force. Its title: Ben’s Sunset.

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.

My First Poster for The Force Awakens

Last week’s photos in Entertainment Weekly gave me inspiration to create my first poster for Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens, entitled Heritage.

The picture shows Kylo Ren and the stormtroopers of the First Order destroying a village on Jakku (also seen in the trailer), taking on the cruel heritage of the Sith Lord Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire.

EDIT 27/10/2015: I made slight modifications on the poster. For those who are interested, I post the original version here as published 18/08/2015:

The main differences are the following:

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