Friday, February 26, 2010
I'm wrapping up My Tatoonie series with none other than Luke Skywalker. I may be moving onto a different style and subject in March. If I do I plan to return to this cartoony style and to Star Wars soon, Because it's been a blast!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Even though the scenes with Biggs and luke on Tatooine where cut from the original film. I thought he would be an interesting character to do in the Tattooine series. The cut scene is below...
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Since I'm posting a Sandtrooper today I thought I would post a link to the classic Star Wars fan film Troops. If you haven't seen it you should check it out. Quick shout out to my friends Dave Fouquette and Jess Harnell who did some of the voices.
Troops Fan Film
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I've been doing so many alien creatures lately I thought it would be nice to do a human character for a change and one who was a little less obscure at that. Here's "Old Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi...
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
This is one of my favorite characters form Star Wars in terms of design. When I was a kid. I remember seeing Star Wars in the drive in. I think it was the second time I saw it. I remember hiding under the dash because I knew the Sand people were coming to knock Luke over the head with a gaderffi stick.
When I was a kid my parents made me this kick ass Tusken Raider riding a Bantha costume. Best costume ever! I think I even won a bike that year at a Halloween Costume contest. Thanks Mom and Dad for being so Awesome!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Call him an informant, snitch, stool pigeon, opportunist or just pain Long Snoot. I don't think Garindan was ever actually in the Mos Eisley cantina (except in the Robot Chicken clip below)but he did hang out outside only to tip off the Storm Troopers of R2 and the stolen plans' whereabouts.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
So here is Momaw Nadon or as he is more commonly known: Hammerhead Man. He's the last of the creatures in the cantina series. There are still a bunch of characters in the cantina that I haven't tackled so I may need to revisit it later.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Mos Eisley Spaceport, You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. Funny these two don't seem all that threatening.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Now the guy that has the death sentence on 12 systems, Dr. Evazan. The guy who clearly doen't like Luke Skywalker. I don't really see why, Sure Luke may have been a bit whinny in the first movie, but he was just sitting there ordering a drink and minding his own business. I guess If I had a pig nose and the right side of my face looked like a Salvador Dali painting I might have a chip on my shoulder too.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
He is the Walrus Man, goo goo g'joob! I thought it would be cool to do a different angle of our friend Ponda Baba losing his arm after picking a fight with Luke Skywalker and Ob-Wan Kenobi
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Well I wanted to switch from bounty hunters to cantina creatures. I'm starting off with our ill fated friend Greedo, who technically is a bounty hunter, so this should be a good segway. Oh, in my opinion for what it's worth if someone pulls a blaster on you shooting him under the table is a perfectly acceptable thing to do.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
You will know when it is time to turn the page when you hear R2 D2 beep like this... After posting my Zuckuss sketch yesterday, My friend Jay Dewitt sent my this photo from the Star Wars ABC read along book and vinyl record, I'm jealous, I have this on cassette somewhere but lost the book. Anyway as you can see the book also refers to 4-Lom as Zuckuss. So I had to settle this once and for all and googled it. Here's what I found out: Initially, the bug-eyed alien was named 4-LOM by Kenner; and the droid was named Zuckuss. Later on, Lucasarts decided that droids had names with cyphers and letters, and organics had not. Thus, Zuckuss is the alien. He is shorter than 4-LOM and wears a brown robe with various gas tubes attached to his mask." Still not sure who "ZuckASS" is (see Feb 2nd post below)
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The original art for this piece is going to my friend, designer Tedd Smith who told me that when he was a kid he saved up proof of purchase points from the back of Star Wars Action figures and sent away for a special Zuckuss promotional figure. Soon after he received the figure a crow swooped down and carried poor Zuckuss off. Weird.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I'm not sure if it was a mix up or somewhere down the line the folks at Lucasfilm figured Zuckuss looked more like a 4-Lom and vice versa, but if you collected the original line of Kenner Star Wars action figures you may remember the names on the packaging were juxtaposed. I'm not sure when the correction was finally made or for what reason, but I'm guessing many a bet was won or lost based on fans insisting they knew who was who out of these two bounty hunters. To make matters even more confusing I've posted a page from the official Empire Strikes Back movie magazine I received while in line to see Empire the day of it's premier. The magazine refers to Zuckuss as Zuckass a battle scared mangy human type. Maybe it's a typo, not sure.
Monday, February 1, 2010
I figured I would start this blog off by posting some sketches in a new very simple cartoon style I am experimenting with. I idea is that I plan on tackling a new style every month or two then then switch to something else. Then after I have a few experimental styles under my belt I figure I will look back and analyze, them taking into consideration what works in terms of looks, speed, reaction from the public, what's fun to draw etc. Hopefully I will learn some things along the way and if I'm lucky possible discover a style unique onto myself that I can concentrate on for some time to come.
This week I'm going to do some classic Star Wars Bounty Hunters and who better to kick it off with than the infamous Boba Fett...
Here is a brief overview explaining how I'm approaching these sketches.
First off I have been doing blueline sketches in my sketchbook. I use a drafting lead holder with non-photo blue leads. I don't know if I would actually recommend using this tool for sketching, but I'm a creature of habit and I have been using lead holders since my first art job working in an architecture firm doing hand drawn renderings over fifteen years ago. I'm trying to do these sketches relatively quick, The goal is to to nail down the character in its simplest form, without adding a whole lot of detail.
Because these sketches where done back to back in the sketchbook I couldn't ink them without having the ink bleed through to the other side, not to mention sketchbook paper isn't the best quality surface for inking. So on a lark I pulled in old 13” x 19” printer out of storage, orderd some new print cartridges, hooked the dinosaur up and to my surprise it still works. This printer allows me to feed heavy oversized bristol paper straight though. So I scanned my sketchbook pages in color, converted them to grayscale, then to a monotone of 30% cyan in Photoshop, reduced the size to 5” x 7”, laid out about six per page and printed them out on the bristol paper. Worked like a charm.
I have my printed blueline on bristol and have cut out the individual pieces with my x-acto knife (It would bee nice if I had a good paper-cutter) Now I can just ink over it using a size 1-2 sable brush and FW Acrylic Artist Ink. At one time this was the only ink I could find that produced a really deep solid black, but lately it seem that they are watering it down just as all the other brands are doing. Once I get all the blacks laid out I will fill in any white lines or effects such as stars or highlights with white designers gouache. Then all that's left to do is sign my name and it's out the door.