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The Apprentice Awakens

Craig Drake is a name synonymous with MilnersBlog, as I’m such a massive fan of his Patrick Nagel ‘Pop Culture’ style of visualisation, although now its about time we lay down any reference to his work being any homage to the late Nagel, and instead embrace him for the talented awakening artist he has now become in forging his own palette of Geekologie inspired art, which firmly embraces visual film culture, instead of the pop culture style which Patrick Nagel presented.

He recently presented a well deserved Solo Art Show at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, and I’ll admit the show looked like it was on another level…as you can see in the pictures below, Drake showcased a huge body of work of iconic film culture heroes! He even saved four special works of art until the end of the show, the best space ship in film culture in my opinion, the “Millennium Falcon” plus a few new additions to his film culture palette with Lucas/Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and also The Hobbit with a the beautiful dragon Smaug and the graceful Gandalf the White which was screen printed on a brushed aluminium.

carrie fisher princess leia by craig drake
carrie fisher princess leia by craig drake

In an interview with the Hero Complex Gallery he gave a rare insight into his creative process.

Craig Drake’s Creative Process

Craig Drake has hit the ground running with Hero Complex Gallery! For our first show, Weapon of Choice, he created 3 stunning pieces: MacReady from The Thing, and two versions of Hanzo’d, featuring a sexy close-up of art inspired by the character O-Ren Ishii from Kill Bill. His work has a style that is reminiscent of the celebrated 80’s artist, Patrick Nagel.

Craig hails from the chilly suburbs north of 8 Mile Road in the Detroit, Michigan area. Determined to be an artist, he studied at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. In 1998, Craig moved to San Francisco and worked for several years doing freelance design and animation for companies such as Adobe and EA (Electronic Arts). In 2006, he transitioned to Lucasfilm where he created his first Nagel homage of Princess Leia. This piece was then printed as a signed, limited edition poster.

In Craig’s own words, “Like a lot of Star Wars fans, having grown up in the ’80s, I was exposed to some amazing signature pop culture visuals. Truthfully, [Nagel’s] style really annoyed me as a kid, but as time went on I began rediscovering his work — his brilliantly minimalist yet bold vision of beautiful, strong women is what inspired me to illustrate Princess Leia.” From the original Leia poster, a line of five other Nagel-inspired Star Wars character pieces were spawned.

Since then, Craig’s popularity as a world-class artist has exploded! Last year alone, Craig produced numerous pieces showcasing his brilliant style featuring beloved characters from movies such as Blade Runner, The Bride of FrankensteinMetropolis, Black Swan and Escape From New York, just to name a few. With his clean lines and stylized take on portraits of pop culture icons, it’s no wonder why fans are clamouring to get a Drake on their walls!

When I asked Craig to breakdown his creative process, he had this to say, “First I start with rough pencil sketches to block in shapes. At this stage, not much reference is used to keep the original composition vision pure.

From there I might make a tightened pencil. Then hi-res images are gathered to soak in the subject’s details. Second stage is the drawing the final vector itself. Using Adobe Illustrator [and] using my trusty Wacom set up, this process takes anywhere from 1 to 2 days. Best part is this Illustrator master is print ready after a few technical mods to make separations for silkscreen posters. Third stage is painting. Which can take up to 5 days for larger pieces like R.J. MacReady.

Since the master drawing is complete digitally, I then use it as an exact guide and draw the image to scale on illustration board. After that I use gouache paint to bring it to life. I love engineering in small variances between the digital composition and the one of a kind painting. Even collectors have picked up and geeked out on these details, which makes me very happy.”

Since the show he’s forged ahead producing countless more stunning pieces of Mondo Art, his latest was for the organisers of Star Wars Celebration VII, the travelling confab that celebrates all things connected to George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away, which returns to Craig’s home state of California at the Anaheim Convention Centre from the 16th-19th of April 2015. 

I wonder if he’ll be producing a calendar like he did for Star Wars Celebration VI with some new artwork for J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” before the 2015 release date… Fingers crossed

A brief selection of his work he’s done since the Solo Art Show… he’s a busy man 🙂

Finally a rare find, some Mondo Art he did for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus which was sadly never used.

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Zeta II Reticuli

Prometheus Origins FeaturetteToday saw the release of the new Prometheus featurette titled “Origins,” thankfully it doesn’t spoil anything in regards to the mystery of how the movie will play out for the crew of the spacecraft Prometheus. What it does confirm is that the lifeforms they track down, is on what Ridley Scott calls the Planet Zeta II Reticuli which is quite interesting as this is where the crew of the Nostromo say they’re in the vicinity of when they picked up the so-called distress signal in “Alien
Prometheus Zeta II Reticuli
Prometheus Landing on Zeta II Reticuli

Alien Fact 1 | The Planets

Zeta Reticuli (ζ Ret, ζ Reticuli) is an actual ‘REAL’ binary star system in the southern constellation of Reticulum. From the southern hemisphere the Zeta Reticuli 1 & 2 can be seen with the naked eye as a double star in very dark skies. Based upon parallax measurements, this system is located at a distance of about 39 light-years (12 parsecs) from the Earth, also quoted in the original Alien movie.
Zeta Reticuli (ζ Ret, ζ Reticuli) is a binary star system in the southern constellation of Reticulum
Zeta Reticuli is circled in Red

Alien Fact 2 | The Robots

A nice little touch I came across today was that the synthetic robots’ names in the series are in alphabetical order, according to film release dates: Ash is in “Alien” (1979), Bishop is in “Aliens” (1986) and Alien 3 (1992), Call is in “Alien: Resurrection” (1997) and now David, played by Michael Fassbender in “Prometheus.”.

The Space Craft Prometheus

The Viral Marketing campaign has kicked off in earnest for Ridley Scott’s new film Prometheus, this stunning new high-resolution image of the space craft Prometheus was revealed today through some amazing login and passwords which some ingenious people figured out for the website Project Prometheus.

Click to enlarge to see the stunning detail, including the nice touch showing tiny wisps of propulsion from the engines.
The Prometheus Space Ship

The Prometheus Spaceship 2

Here’s what GeekTyrant had to say on how they solved the first image puzzle

I don’t know how people find time to figure these things out, but to gain access to the image, users figured out that if they added the word ‘Eridu’ to the URL, such as ProjectPrometheus.com/Eridu, and then type in “tell abu shahrain” as the password, you will get the image above.

So what does Eridu even mean? According to Wikipedia, “Eridu is an ancient Sumerian city in what is now Tell Abu Shahrain, Dhi Qar Governorate, Iraq. Eridu was considered the earliest city in southern Mesopotamia, and is one of the oldest cities in the world. Located 12 km southwest of Ur, Eridu was the southernmost of a conglomeration of Sumerian cities that grew about temples, almost in sight of one another. In Sumerian mythology, Eridu was originally the home of Enki, who was considered to have founded the city, later known by the Akkadians as Ea. His temple was called E-Abzu, as Enki was believed to live in Abzu (“Deep Ocean”), an aquifer from which all life was believed to stem.”

I have no idea what this has to do with the movie, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough. Make sure to click on the image to enlarge! You can watch the epically awesome trailer for the film here if you haven’t seen it yet, or just want to watch it again.

Here’s the Space Map image that was also released a few weeks ago as well
Prometheus Space Map
I just hope they don’t peak to soon.

The Art of Prometheus

Prometheus HR Giger

Is this the handy work of the original and brilliant Alien artist and sculpture HR Giger, Ridley Scott did mention he would be working on the new ‘back to the roots’ Alien movie Prometheus.

Ridley on the subject:

I brought him in, I showed him what we were doing, showed him the story and he liked it a lot. So he’s doing a little bit of work for me. He’s been doing some murals, big murals, which we’ll see in almost one of the first chambers we encounter when we land where we’re gonna go.

It does have all the hallmarks of his handy work, including the slight resemblance to an Alien Queen…all will be revealed on the 8th of June.