Category Archives: Art

The Art of Star Wars : Thrawn

One of the most cunning and ruthless warrior in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe. From his introduction in the best-selling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command and beyond. Grand Admiral Thrawn has earned an iconic status among the greatest Star Wars villains. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red.eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power-and infamy.

The Art of Thrawn the Book by Timothy Zahn
The Art of Thrawn the Book by Timothy Zahn

But this isn’t a review of Timothy Zahn’s ambitious book, but the creative work that went on behind the scenes creating the iconic artwork of the book by Two Dots, a creative studio dedicated to the entertainment industry, and their client…LucasFilm.

The Art of Thrawn the Book Wrapper by Blue Dot
The Art of Thrawn the Book Wrapper by Blue Dot

This blocking-in technique they use below is so reminiscent of the Star Wars concept artist veteran Ryan Church.

The Concept Art of Star Wars Thrawn the Book
The Concept Art of Star Wars Thrawn the Book
The Concept Art of Star Wars Thrawn the Book by Blue Dot
The Concept Art of Star Wars Thrawn the Book by Blue Dot
The Art of Thrawn Star Wars
The Art of Thrawn Star Wars
The Art of Star Wars Thrawn
The Art of Star Wars Thrawn
Star Wars Thrawn by Timothy Zahn Book Cover Alternative
Star Wars Thrawn by Timothy Zahn Book Cover Alternative
Star Wars Thrawn by Timothy Zahn Book Cover
Star Wars Thrawn by Timothy Zahn Book Cover
Star Wars Thrawn Art by Blue Dot
Star Wars Thrawn Art by Blue Dot
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PARADISE begins in Hell…

One of my favourite film posters this year is the intense new poster for Alien: Covenant! Unlike most of the other lazy posters that the studios release these days, they’ve actually put some artistic effort into this. The first two which had a fairly ominous and simplistic look to them, but this new variant  by 20th Century Fox features a full view of the “Protomorph” Xenomorph surrounded by what look to be dead Engineer bodies and other Aliens! The background looks very similar to Alien hive walls as well, and interestingly teases the Alien Queen hidden in the background.

Ultimately this poster seems to depict a collage of chaos, showing the overthrow of the Engineer society by the infection of the hostile Alien race, something which might tie back to the finale of the Alien: Covenant | Prologue: The Crossing, showing Michael release the pods onto the Engineers homeworld…see below

The path to PARADISE begins in Hell… Check it out:

Alien Covenant Chaos Poster
Alien Covenant Chaos Poster

The latest poster is quite tame in comparison, very Ripley Alien esque.

alien covenant poster UK
alien covenant poster UK

 

Art of Star Tours

Craig Drake is back with some stunning Star Wars posters for the walls inside Disney’s Star Tours, if you haven’t seen them already, check them out, they’re quite special, he’s done them as a series of travel style poster which can be spotted while waiting in line for the ride, you’ll also notice the subtle addition of the actual Star Tours Spaceship in each poster.

STAR TOURS CORUSCANT TRAVEL POSTER

Coruscant Star Tours 2017 Mondo Art by Craig Drake Star Wars Art Disneyland Star Tours
Coruscant Star Tours 2017 Mondo Art by Craig Drake Star Wars Art Disneyland Star Tours

STAR TOURS GEONOSIS TRAVEL POSTER

Geonosis Star Tours 2017 Mondo Art by Craig Drake Star Wars Art Disneyland Star Tours
Geonosis Star Tours 2017 Mondo Art by Craig Drake Star Wars Art Disneyland Star Tours

STAR TOURS HOTH TRAVEL POSTER

Hoth Star Tours 2017 Mondo Art by Craig Drake Star Wars Art Disneyland Star Tours
Hoth Star Tours 2017 Mondo Art by Craig Drake Star Wars Art Disneyland Star Tours

STAR TOURS TATOOINE TRAVEL POSTER

Tatooine Star Tours 2017 Mondo Art by Craig Drake Star Wars Art Disneyland Star Tours
Tatooine Star Tours 2017 Mondo Art by Craig Drake Star Wars Art Disneyland Star Tours

All work is © Craig Drake 2017

Star Wars 40th Anniversary

Hard to believe Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope will have its 40th anniversary next year, how time flies when you’re having so much geeky fun that the film inspired. At the New York Comic Con recently there was an exclusive sneak peek into the galaxy far far away and its future of Star Wars publishing and how they would be ramping up for promotion of the Star Wars 40th anniversary.

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Logo HD Hi-Res
Star Wars 40th Anniversary Logo HD Hi-Res

It  seems Lucasfilm will be teaming up with the likes of Marvel, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, Del Rey, and Hachette for anniversary publishing. One project that was teased (without real detail) that has Disney-Lucasfilm Press teaming up with Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, and Tom Palmer for a special 40th anniversary book. More information on this was promised in the Fall.


Hi-Res Star Wars 40th Anniversary Poster

Art of Star Wars Celebration 2016

Star Wars.com have launched the official key art and poster for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, the poster features the heroes and villains of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Star Wars Celebration 2016 Key Art
Star Wars Celebration 2016 Key Art

As you can see from the image above, the art features the cast of The Force Awakens looking stoic, along with a beautiful rendering of the characters of Rogue One. Alongside the Rogue One cast are a squadron of death troopers — the black-armored stormtroopers seen in the film’s trailer — and the first clear look at the brand new Shoretrooper on the bottom left. Also on the poster is a new class of AT-AT: the AT-ACT, or All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport.

Star Wars Celebration 2016 Key Art Header 2

The key art will be featured on merchandise throughout Celebration, and available to purchase as a poster at Star Wars Celebration Europe which will be held on July 15-17 in London, England, at the ExCel, featuring three full days of entertainment, celebrity appearances, interactive events, sneak peeks, and more from everyone’s favorite galaxy far, far away.