Earlier this year, I was approached to do a piece for a Mondo Tees' Star Wars limited edition print run.
While I always enjoy making Star Wars imagery, this one offered an interesting challenge, because it would be a two by three foot poster.
I knew that getting started, I would want to choose a composition that would complement the finished size of the piece. This is in contrast to the Star Wars Galaxy cards I did a while back, which were made to be seen small.
One particular scene stood out in my mind: Luke, being confronted by Vader, making the fateful decision to leap and potentially fall to his death, rather than compromise his values and betraying his friends.
I wanted the composition to make the viewer feel that hopelessness for Luke - that there was really no easy solution to the moment at hand, so I placed him high up on the page, peering down into the abyss, while Vader beckoned him to join the Dark Side.
For Vader, I had been looking at a lot of Bernini sculptures, and began to like the idea of an over-the-top, almost biblical representation of the villain in this great scene. The lighting and drawing of him here was attempting to convey that on some level.
As for the technical challenges of the piece, I drew the original at actual size, 24x36", which is much larger than I usually work. In addition, I had to keep my colors simpler than usual, as it was going to be printed in no more than 7 layers. (Thank god someone else handled that part).
If you haven't seen the series that this poster is a part of, check out the Mondo Tees website and follow the links to see. There's some pretty awesome works in there. My poster, "Luke's Destiny," went on sale about a month ago with a print run of 360 copies, and sold out in about 20 minutes, which is not that unusual for these prints.
I have a few copies of my own, and have decided to put one up on Ebay. Click here to check it out or to bid!
I hope you enjoyed the post, and have a great week!