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REPOST: My silly idea for a Star Wars movie

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Since the trailer for the new Star Wars movie is now out, I thought it might be a good idea to re-visit an old illustration I did for my wife’s Christmas present almost ten years ago. Looks like I was on the right track for a few things and totally off on a few others.

So lets start with the stuff I (sort of) got right.

Big focus on a Stormtrooper. The new trailer pretty much opens up with a shot of a very worried and frantic Stormtrooper sans helmet. My poster is mostly a Stormtrooper’s helmet. The only other person we really see in the trailer (except the rolly-polly droid and the back of dark, scary dude) is a female. And my poster has a female lead. In my case, it was an attempt to put my wife (then girlfriend) as the hero of my fictional 7th movie. And my poster has Tie-Fighters and X-Wings and so does the new trailer. Considering this is a Star Wars movie, that was a pretty safe bet. Ditto for talking about the Light and Dark side of the Force. This IS a Star Wars movie after-all.

And now for the big differences.

The setting. My poster would most likely take place fairly soon after the original movies would have ended. I had imagined maybe a year or two. I have a tough time thinking the Empire would last another 30 years or so as the new trailer implies. The planet I have in the backdrop is a totally new world, the one in the trailer sure looks a lot like Tatooine to me. Though rumor has it, this might be a different desert world we are looking at. And I don’t have a totally kick-ass shot of the Millennium Falcon doing battle with Imperial Tie-Fighters in my poster. And no light sabers in sight on my poster. I’m very interested in how that cross guard will work in the new movie. Right now, it looks just as dangerous to the wielder as it would be to an opponent.

And of course my poster is totally fictional. And unless something goes horribly wrong, we will have a very real Star Wars movie to see in one year from now. And I didn’t think I’d say it, but I am now very intrigued to see it.


Year Three in Review



It’s that time of year again.

Where I enter in a years worth of blogging into and see a great visual representation of my language use. Now this year the blog is really shaping up. As you can see, design and drawing are getting really large (therefore used the most in my blog) and even more interesting, much of the rest of the words seem pretty similar from year over year. I guess this implies that I must have some sort of writing style.

The other two word clouds can be viewed here, and here for comparison. Enjoy.

My First Inktober

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As mentioned in my previous post, I participated this past October with Inktober, a month long challenge to create one traditional (ie: non-digital) ink drawing a day for the entire month of October. I was going to be pretty busy with other personal things and my work likes to keep me pretty busy, so this was going to be quite an interesting challenge.

To speed things up, I decided that I would try and draw people as they walked by the large bay window of my living room. While an interesting idea, it proved somewhat difficult. I would be out of town for one weekend and towards the end of the month, it was getting pretty dark outside pretty early. Tough to draw people you can’t really see. So weekdays I tried my best to draw passers by, and weekends I was left to my own imagination. The same went for days I was either too late in getting home, or too busy with other things before the sun set.

Some drawings were more successful than others. I took this opportunity to experiment with certain styles. Since I only had limited time with each drawing (most were completed within one hour) I didn’t really have the time to anylize my work the way I probably should. When I was being more true to my usual style of drawing, I think I was consistently more successful. When I was trying things out by borrowing things from other artists I admire, I was less so.  Which is odd as I consider one of my strengths to be my ability to match styles. This has been handy with me as an illustrator in a small market where I can draw what is needed for the job rather than seeking out jobs that would fit my style.

I’ve compiled all the drawings into one large image. You may click on the image at top to view a much larger image that will have a more detailed view of each picture. I will most likely be cleaning up some of the more successful images and dropping in some colour for future Image of the Month posts in the new year.


iPad Quick Tip


I’ve been pretty busy lately, therefore there haven’t been many updates. I participated in Inktober this year, and it kept me busy. I also tore out old carpeting in my basement that had been all glued to the cement floor, and that ate up all the rest of my free time. But I do have a quick tip to share.

While participating in the Inktober challenge, from time-to-time, I needed a light table to rework preliminary drawings that I mostly screwed up on. There’s no undo in real life. I don’t own a light table any more (though, I once did own a Mickey Mouse drawing table for many, many years as a kid), and I find the small dinky ones you can buy in art supply stores a waste of money.

At my first job, we had these huge light tables the size of standard (grown up) drawing tables. And unlike other large light tables you would find in pint houses and other production oriented graphic arts places, these light tables could pivot to just about any angle, making it easier for drawing. They were great! And don’t ask me where they got them, as they were specially made for us. Though I was pretty certain I found someone selling the exact same model we had on Kijiji (sort of a cross between eBay and Craglist for Canada) so it is possible that someone out there makes them. No matter, as I certainly don’t have the space for such a huge beast.

So with no light table, I had to improvise. Enter my iPad Mini.

I just set the screen bightness to maximum and opened a blank page in Safari. And presto! One quick and dirty light table. Worked pretty well too. Just be careful, even with two sheets of paper between me and the screen, I was still able to move things around on the screen pretty easily.

Oh, and try no to spill any ink on the iPad. Probably not a good idea.

I also assume this would work with just about any tablet that has a bright enough screen setting.

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