Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Princess's new Clothes

So here it is, my new Star Wars print, soon available through Acme Archives! I've been working on this for a long time, but in the end I think I succeeded in cramming every single character that I liked about this scene into one drawing. When the first 2 Star Wars films where released I was either not born at all (episode IV), or just a smelly pink baby (episode V). When Return of the Jedi was released I must have been 3 or 4 so I can't say I saw that one in the cinema's either, but I do remember receiving a few toys for my birthday one day and they really made a big impact on me. I remember looking at the back of the packaging, seeing all those strange creatures and also the ads in certain magazines that I read as a child showing pictures of the classic Jedi Kenner toys and I was mesmerized. Luckily I have a dad who managed to preserve his inner nerdy kid a little and he got me a some of them when they went on clearance. I still have Bib Fortuna, Ree Yees, Gamorrean Guard and Lando Skiff Guard, along with a few others. Never got Jabba though. For a long time, since I only saw the actual films years later, Star Wars to me was mainly about toys. So this print is a homage to all the toys that kept me company during the dark and scary first years of my life! Here's to you guys, I promise I'll pay you a visit in the attic soon!

I will have a few signed copies of this for sale myself, so if you are interested in getting one, keep an eye out on my blog. It will be produced in two sizes: 15x30 inch or 13x19.

So, here is a little peek in the kitchen, showing a few explorational sketches. I knew from the start that I wanted Jabba as the centerpiece of this print. I also wanted to show something that was only implied in the films, but never shown on screen, and I wanted to put as many characters in as possible.