Most of my artwork I post here is done in 'portrait' style because I'd really like to draw a Star Wars comic cover one day! But I thought I should try to demonstrate that I can also create 'landscape' scenes too - so I've put together a series of three pictures depicting scenes that 'sort of' happened in the original Star Wars trilogy.
There was a scene filmed, but not completed, for Return of the Jedi (apparently as a joke) - showing the Imperial Guard using their force pikes to execute Moff Jerjerrod for slacking with his job of building the second Death Star. I thought that scene, if it had been used, could have actually been important in demonstrating Darth Vader's wavering devotion to his Emperor. The way I imagine it - the Emperor orders his guards to execute the hapless Moff - but Vader actually protests - and tries to remind the Emperor that this was a loyal soldier who delivered a functional Death Star. I think this would be consistent with Vader's old appreciation, as Anakin, for his troops - and would start to sow the seeds for his eventual redemption at the end of the movie!
This is an original depiction of characters created by George Lucas. It was drawn in Photoshop using a Wacom pad. Disney owns the copyright to Star Wars and its characters and this image is fan art that isn't for sale or reproduction.
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).
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.