Illustrator Dave Dorman is a huge name in the world of illustration, and that fact will come as no surprise when you first lay eyes upon his distinct and wonderful photo-realistic oil painted scenes.
The Eisner award-winning illustrator first became active on the scene in 1979, building his reputation quickly and steadily by bringing his unique style to Marvel, Dark Horse and DC Comics publications. But, thanks to Heavy Metal, who were one of the first publications to use Dorman's cover art, the living legend's art received the breakthrough and visibility it deserved.
Although Dorman is renowned for his cover work on Batman and Indiana Jones comics, it is his work on Star Wars that is held in incredibly high regard. He was voted "The #1 Star Wars Artist of All Time" and "Best Star Wars Artist" by Star Wars Galaxy Magazine and The Official Best of Star Wars Magazine in '96 and '98 respectively, solidifying his reputation as the number one go-to-guy in epic sci-fi illustration.
And that is what I bring to you today, sci-fi fans, a few snippets of Dave Dorman's incredible art work, available to purchase from The Dorman Outlet Mall. His work is amazing, like living murals born from the artistic legacy of Drew Struzan. Cast your eyes over these...
The Illustrations of Dave Dorman: Star Wars
A Slight Disturbance in the Force on the Battlefield of Hoth
Lord Vader's Persuasion of the Outer Rim Worlds to Join the Empire
Incident on the Jundland Wastes, Tatooine
In the Court of Jabba the Hut
The Battle of Hoth
These paintings have a ridiculous cinematic quality about them, as if they were stills from unused scenes for Star Wars Episodes 4-6. Take "A Slight Disturbance in the Force on the Battlefield of Hoth" as an example, imagine seeing a full scale invasion on the Rebel base, with Imperial infantry troops taking on the Rebel stragglers left steadfastly defending Echo Base.
Or the epic "Lord Vader's Persuasion of the Outer Rim Worlds to Join the Empire," these vastly badass images would have worked brilliantly as actual action set pieces in the features. Alas, at least we have Dorman and his evocative works.
If you like what you've seen here, get over to Dave Dorman's blog to ponder more of his work, or get here and buy his Star Wars art book. Go here to purchase the above prints (and more) and follow him on Twitter and Facebook if you like.