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Darth Doom... sounds good to me - at least it's better than Dr Vader!

I try to always come up with original ideas - and I thought I'd done it again with 'Darth Doom'... until I Googled the name and found out I'm certainly not the first person to think it would be a good idea to mix these two legendary bad guys. Nevertheless, I really liked the concept and had ideas for how I wanted this character to look - so I went ahead and created my own version mixing elements of both characters' costumes.

This is a low-res version of the original which was drawn in Photoshop using a Wacom pad. 

Star Wars and Darth Vader were created by George Lucas; Dr Doom was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Star Wars and Marvel, and the respective characters are copyright of Disney. This is fan art and isn't available for sale or reproduction.
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A while ago I posted three illustrations merging Star Wars and Marvel characters and now that it's been confirmed that Star Wars comics will once again be created by Marvel, I thought the time was right to create a second 'trilogy' of mash-up concepts. 

For this one, I've mixed Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man with a Battle Droid from the Star Wars prequel trilogy. 

This is a low-res version of the original which was drawn by me in Photoshop using a Wacom pad. 

Star Wars was created by George Lucas; Spider-Man was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Star Wars and Marvel, and the respective characters are copyright of Disney. This is fan art and isn't available for sale or reproduction.

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Star Wars Celebration Japan 30th Anniversary art
Limited edition print release for Celebration Japan 2008

Acrylics and colored pencils

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We found out this week that J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars Episode 7. And I’m sure you also know he’s also currently at the helm of the Star Trek movies. A lot has been written about how this marks a kind of coming together for the two legendary ‘Star’ franchises – so I thought I’d illustrate that with a couple of symbolic meetings of iconic characters from the two universes.

I’ve never had any desire to draw Star Trek characters. That’s not to say that I don’t like Trek – in fact I’ve been a huge fan for years and think William Shatner is a total legend. But for me the aesthetic of the Star Wars films in much more rich and interesting.

This piece shows a young Captain Kirk sweeping up Princess Leia after gunning down a Stormtrooper. I found it extremely challenging to draw Kirk. Although his face is very familiar – he doesn’t have any especially distinguishing features – so I spent more time trying to get his face right than I did drawing everything else in this picture.

I didn’t want to give any appearance of favoring Trek over Wars (or vice versa) – so I’ve also drawn a companion piece featuring Han Solo and Uhura re-using elements of this image to give a kind of ‘alternate universe’ feel to the two pictures.



And I've added a third and final Star Wars / Star Trek piece to finish off this trilogy:



This is an original depiction of copyright characters I didn’t create and don’t own. This is fan art – created solely to show my artistic ability – it isn’t for sale and isn’t available for reproduction. I drew this in Photoshop using a Wacom pad – this is a low-res version of the original.
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Samuel L Jackson has been great in pretty much every movie I've seen him in. He also happens to play key characters in both the Star Wars and Marvel movie universes - so here's a quick concept idea for a mash-up between his 'Nick Fury' from Marvel's Avengers and 'Mace Windu' from Star Wars. I call him... Mace Fury!!!

(I'm not sure if Mace Fury sounds cool, or if it sounds more like some kind of personal attack protection product!?)

I haven't drawn Mr Jackson before - so I'm pleased with how his likeness came out. I've adapted elements from both characters for the costume and tried to combine them into a believable look. I'm not sure why anyone with Jedi powers and a lightsaber might need a pistol - but I thought I'd add one - just in case 'Mace Fury' also likes to take out his enemies at long range too.

I can't think up any far-fetched idea for how, or why, such a character might ever exist - but I guess we've had weirder 'what if' stories exploring all kinds of strange parallel universes...like Superman vs Muhammad Ali, and Star Trek and the X-Men!

And now that Disney owns both Marvel and Star Wars - who knows whether they've even considered some kind of cross-over themselves? It can only be a matter of time... :)

This was drawn in Photoshop using a Wacom pad. It's fan art and isn't for sale or reproduction. Disney owns Marvel and Star Wars and the characters from those properties are copyright protected.
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Here's my idea for a scene that never made it into The Empire Strikes Back: Darth Vader... on a speeder bike!

In the movie we see him stride in to the rebel's abandoned base on Hoth. But the way I imagine it - this is how he got there.

This is an original depication of George Lucas's characters. I drew this first in pencil, then scanned it and coloured it in Photoshop using a Wacom pad.

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Boba Fett was always one of my favorite Star Wars characters (despite me killing him in my 'Predator kills the Star Wars universe' picture). So it always really bugged me that he got taken out in Return of the Jedi in such a slapstick way.

Evidently I wasn't alone in my dissatisfaction with the idea that a temporarily blind Han Solo could do away with the galaxy's greatest bounty hunter without even realizing it - because almost immediately the 'expanded universe' of stories revealed that Boba did in fact escape the Sarlacc. I'm certainly not the first to try to depict the scene of how Boba might have emerged from the Sarlacc's pit - but I did want to make my version different from the others that you might have already seen.

I'm no expert on how the Sarlacc's digestive system works - but we heard something in the movie about it taking a thousand years to digest its victims. So perhaps it has some kind of way of putting its 'food' into suspended animation so it can eat it slowly whenever it needs to?

My idea for this scene is that it's now thirty years after being knocked into the Sarlacc and Fett has only just emerged. The Sarlacc's stomach acid has been wearing away at him all this time - leading to the added corrosion and cracks I've drawn - until the acid created a short circuit in Fett's jet pack which ignited the rocket on his pack and killed the Sarlacc - allowing Fett to wake from his stasis and slowly, wearily crawl up out of the burning pit!

...this means that he's emerging just in time to appear in Star Wars Episode 7 - looking to take revenge on Han Solo!!!
(It's a stretch I know - but so is the idea that a person can be digested for a thousand years! :lol:)

This was drawn in Photoshop using a Wacom pad. Star Wars and its characters are copyright of Disney - this is fan art and isn't for sale or reproduction.

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I had an idea that Jabba's Rancor would sometimes go for an evening stroll around Tatooine - and on this occasion he found an AT-AT to play with. (Perhaps the AT-AT was there as part of the deployment sent to look for the two droids at the start of 'A New Hope'?)

When I originally envisaged this piece I thought I would draw it from a low angle - looking up at the Rancor climbing up the AT-AT's leg. But I decided that changing the angle so that the viewer can see the Imperial troops would be a good idea to add some more drama and humour. I'm glad I made the change - although it meant a lot more work drawing the characters - as well as trying to imagine what the roof of an AT-AT might look like if it was scrunched up!?

The first driver is so terrified he's about to jump straight off the top of the AT-AT to avoid being eaten - saying "I'm outta here!". The other driver's saying "Hold up - wait for me" - while the Commander won't abandon his post and is angrily shouting at the Rancor: "You there, stop that!"

This is an entirely original depiction of George Lucas's characters - drawn in Photoshop using a Wacom pad. I put a huge amount of effort into this - and I hope that comes across even in this low-res version (the original is 600dpi).

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I'm a 'wanabee' Star Wars artist - I've never had anything published - so I when I think up a new picture I try to make it something that's original and presents a new take on familiar characters while also demonstrating my artistic capabilities...

For this piece I imagined what might happen if the Predator had showed up during Empire Strikes Back in that scene when Darth Vader's telling the assembled group of bounty hunters to go look for the Millennium Falcon. I thought this would be a good scene to add some 'drama' to - because in the movie all we see is the characters just standing there. And I thought of introducing the Predator to the scene as the 'ultimate' hunter among a bunch of amateurs!

The Predator went straight for Boba Fett - realizing that he's the most capable of the group that Vader assembled. And he's serving up Boba's head to Vader as if to say "I'm better than this guy!". The other bounty hunters are all taken by surprise and are only just reacting to what's happened... too late! I think Vader would have known the Predator was there so isn't phased - he's just saying "You're gonna have to clean that up now."

The tagline 'Predator kills the Star Wars universe' is a play on words from Marvel comics' 'Punisher kills the Marvel universe'.

This is an original depiction of copyright characters that I don't own. Star Wars belongs to George Lucas/Disney, and the Predator belongs to 20th Century Fox (I think). This is fan art and isn't for sale or reproduction. It was drawn in Photoshop using a Wacom pad and is a very low resolution version of the original.

Part 2 is here:
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I wanted to draw another Star Wars character - and thought that a Sandtrooper would give me the opportunity to play with some intense desert sunlight.

If you've seen Star Wars - you'll recognize that my inspiration for this piece is the "look sir... droids" scene.

I've drawn it from an angle not seen in the film - and like to think that this was just before the cameras started rolling.

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