ByKreg Franco, writer at Creators.co

The recent weeks have proven that the world has a deep appreciation for Star Wars and its characters. Every fan has his or her own experiences with the stories from a galaxy far, far away. In the anticipation for The Force Awakens, I revisited the grand journeys of each film. I then felt a strong desire to create! With the influence of a classical Japanese medium, I used sumi ink to render the heroes of the Original Trilogy. It's a pleasure to share my personal admiration for Star Wars, its cast, and its creators with a new series of portraits I'm working on.

Han Solo - Harrison Ford
Han Solo - Harrison Ford

I departed from gray-scale charcoal portraits (which I love to do) and began to experiment with the unfamiliar medium. Looking at classical Japanese ink wash paintings, I was inspired to set up my sumi ink, brushes, and paper. I turned on A New Hope and began inking away on the pilot of the Millennium Falcon. After completing Han, I turned on Empire Strikes Back and began to work on Luke.

Luke Skywalker - Mark Hamill
Luke Skywalker - Mark Hamill

Last but certainly not least is everyone's favorite rebel-commanding, Jabba-choking, ewok-holding Princess.

Princess Leia - Carrie Fisher
Princess Leia - Carrie Fisher

Creating these Star Wars portraits in sumi ink is a fun experience. The medium allows the artist to be more expressive and bold. Each brush stroke is evident, any mistakes can't be erased, and each mark on the paper works together to build the character. Here's the final triptych of the heroes:

Hasegawa Tohaku’s Pine Trees at the Tokyo National Museum
Hasegawa Tohaku’s Pine Trees at the Tokyo National Museum

Thanks for viewing! Lastly shown is a source of inspiration from a classical Japanese ink painting. I hope you enjoyed the artwork. I'm currently working on The Force Awakens hero portraits, so stay tuned for those next!

-Kreg Franco

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