The Force was strong with my art in 2014 and I wanted to put together a gallery of what I created over the past 12 months. Star Wars is very near and dear to my heart so much so that I am a 501st Legion Scout Trooper. So being able to create and share the images I see in my is a true passion of mine.
Believe it or not the Darth Vader poster featured above was the very first piece of Star Wars I ever created.
Inner Demons of the Dark Side
The ghost of Vader looking back on his life and regretting the choice he made to turn to the dark side.
I just had this image burning in my head of him that I needed to get out. So far this has been my most popular Star Wars poster to date and has been featured on Yahoo.com's homepage as one of the best fan made Episode VII posters.
I reached out to my friend Mark Edwards, Mark is an amazing photographer who was kind enough to share some of his photos with me. I received 4 shots of these 501st Sand Troopers, and immediately got to work compositing. The first concept that came to mind was a live action TV show. I was originally going to title it "The Tatooine Chronicles" but it just ended up being too long so I changed it to "The Secret Missions."
I feel it turned out great and I am very happy with the finished product. I would have to say my favorite part about the piece is the hologram of the Emperor. It turned out so perfect and looks like it's straight out of the movie.
Everyone knows that Darth Maul didn't die in Episode I. Will we see the red villain return with his new robot legs in Episode VII?
REVENGE is a dish best served cold!
Scout Troopers are known to be the special forces and snipers of the Empire. This stand alone movie will follow the leader of these elite soldiers and the secret missions they completed. The time frame will be set from EPISODE III where he comes up through the ranks and ending in VI with the battle on Endor.
This is me in my Scout Trooper costume at San Diego Comic Con 2014. This poster took me so long to create, their are 1924 hand placed scout troopers filling the ranks in the background.
Photo Credit: Justin Novak Photography
Finally we get to see the Tri-Blade lightsaber a little closer, well what I think it may look like that is. I wasn't sure about it at first but it is really growing on me especially after I have seen all the debates on how it would actually work. I think Stephen Colbert explained it the best, especially the part about how the hilt guard travels all the way through the handle. The metal case is just there to protect the users' hand during battle.
The Empire Strikes Back is one of the greatest films of all time, with so many iconic scenes. From the opening battle on Hoth, Cloud City, Han frozen in carbonite and (my all time favourite) the conversation Darth Vader has with the bounty hunters on the bridge of his ship. In this classic scene, Darth Vader points right at the biggest bad ass in the Galaxy and says "No disintegrations".
I wanted to break out of my comfort zone on this project and try an almost Pop Art style, focusing on color and logos (the Sith, Mandalorian and the Empire logo). Comprised of four stand alone panels - that on their own are cool enough - but when you put them side by side, create the full composition. That classic scene from The Empire Strikes Back where Darth Vader points at Boba Fett and says "No disintegrations," in reference to the capture of Han Solo.
For all the Star Wars fans, I know Darth and Boba are flip here in my composition, but I took some artistic license on that.
If you like what you have seen. Please check out my other work in my MP gallery.
Thank you and happy movie going! -Ryan Crain