Most of my portfolio of Star Wars art features the popular characters like Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Stormtroopers, but I wanted to show that I can also draw the less well-known alien characters. And I thought where better to start than with one of Jabba the Hutt's Gamorrean Guards, aka 'Pig Guards'!
When Return of the Jedi came out in 1983, Dungeons and Dragons was very popular and I think they tapped into that 'swords and sorcery' look with these characters. In the movie, the Gamorrean Guards are brought to life by actors wearing 'fat suits' which must have limited their maneuverability - so I've tried to make my depiction look a little more dynamic and menacing.
This is a compressed version of the original that 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.
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 Han Solo sweeping up Lieutenant Uhura after gunning down a Klingon. I’ve never drawn Uhura before – but I’m pretty pleased with the likeness. Harrison Ford has a more distinctive face with strong features – which makes it a little easier to get an approximate likeness.
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 Captain Kirk and Princess Leia (in her slave outfit) 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.
I really hadn't intended to do any more Star Wars / Aliens crossover pieces again - but after my Stormtroopers vs Aliens painting went all round the net and attracted a lot of favorable comments and new watchers - I thought I'd do just one more piece (for now) as a thank you for all the support and interest I've received.
This one was prompted by a comment on my Darth Vader Meets His Match painting by who suggested that maybe Vader wanted to make the Alien his pet.
I took that initial suggestion and thought that Jango Fett might have had some experience hunting xenomorphs - so the idea of this piece is that it's a 'prequel' to my Darth Maul vs Aliens picture. (Please check out my gallery if you've haven't already seen my earlier pictures.)
Jango is delivering a subdued Alien Queen and drone to the Emperor who wants to put them up against Darth Maul as an initiation test. Jango's saying: "...it was a helluva job to fit these in the cargo hold. Don't worry - they'll be docile until the tranquilizers wear off - but they'll be plenty mad when they snap out of it... should be a good test for your boy, Maul. Now where's my payment?"
This is an original depiction of copyright characters created by George Lucas and HR Giger and the property of their respective owners. None of my work is for sale - this is fan art intended solely to showcase my artistic abilities.
I'm sorry but this is a very low resolution version - I was very upset recently to find that several of my earlier pieces were being sold without my knowledge or permission - so from now on, I'm afraid I'll only be posting low-res images.
As per the request of quite a few people, this pic came into being! It started at as this sketch: from my 366 challenge, but it grew into something so much more! (Plus I've worked my new colouring method into this pic and I'm MUCH happier now!)
Firstly, I changed the trooper from Rex to Commander Cody, who is still one of the most butt-kicking clones in the Star Wars universe (after 32 from Republic Commando, of course!) and I also wanted to draw the adapted Clone Trooper armour design that started to look more like the Storm Trooper Armour from the original SW trilogy. This also made me realise that I really, REALLY like drawing clone troopers! This is the third pic I've done that they've featured in!
As I mentioned in the sketch, I really like young Obi Wan, so I drew the original as an homage. This time round I actually reference Ewan McGregor and got the much more awesome nose out of it. I still changed his hairstyle, because that middle-parting is so 90's...
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! )
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.
If you’ve seen the first Star Wars movie (A New Hope) you might remember the scene with the Sandtroopers searching the desert of Tatooine for C-3PO and R2-D2. I thought it would be cool to imagine what it might look like if they also found a Krayt Dragon!
I tried to convey some drama in this picture – with the Krayt slamming the Dewback to the ground – but intentionally left it ambiguous enough that you can’t tell which way the battle will finish.
Perhaps the Imperials encountered the Krayt shortly after they arrived – and were able to take it down successfully and get back to their job? Or perhaps they’d already found the evidence of the droids and were on their way back to base when the Krayt attacked as some kind of act of cosmic karma?! I’ll leave it to you the viewer to decide.
We don’t get to see a Krayt Dragon in the film - other than a skeleton of one which C-3PO walks by - but the ‘expanded universe’ of stories adds some flesh to those bones. There are various depictions of the Krayt – but I wanted mine to look like a natural enemy of the Dewback which the Imperials ride on. I thought it should look ‘dragon-like’ - as the name suggests - and I also gave it aspects of a crocodile as I wanted it to look like a sturdy and powerful predator.
This is an entirely original depiction of George Lucas’s characters and was drawn in pencil first, the scanned and coloured in Photoshop using a Wacom pad. This is a compressed version of the original which is 600dpi.