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Well, it was announced today, so I think it is safe to post here. ;-) A quick Promo painting I did last week for an upcoming book by John Jackson Miller for Del Ray.
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This is about a 4 hour painting (spread out over a few days or so).
EDIT: I should also mention that after an initial b/w rough-- I did an INTENSE study of Ewan McGregor on as many films as possible... My initial sketch had fallen flat on capturing either Ewan or Alec's Obi Wan likeness, so I obsessed with a quest to understand the anatomy of Ewan McGregor's face and expressions.

Most of the time, we artists will seek out references of people likenesses in the same pose we are about to draw.. But I could NOT --for the life of me-- FIND a pose of McGregor in any film that matched what I needed to show here. So what you have, is a very careful freehand rendition "imagined" in that pose by cross referencing MANY photos of Ewan's face, and how light and shadow reflect off of it in various environments. So yeah-- While the initial painting was about 4 hours, there was a lot longer in side sketching and studying of this man's face... I don't think I've ever went that deep before in a portrait.
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EternalUniverse1's avatar
Ah yes, he's a good man.
DragosTheRecorder's avatar
Would anyone wanna maybe check out a short story thing that maybe I should continue?
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roxersboxers's avatar
Id love a print of this, have you ever thought about printing your work out as posters? you could sell them on Etsy and make some $$$ :)
deesims2's avatar
may i render the character by any chance? full creds to this stock will be provided
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bbenjoe's avatar
Great work!

Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the greatest jedi in my opinion.
Great piece of work! May I use it as an avatar in a star wars rpg?
chrisscalf's avatar
Thanks! As far as permissions, I'm not the one to ask. :) It is a work for hire from Random House/Lucasfilm, so it belongs to them...
Oweh...than I have to ask them. Hmmm...never mind.
Isildra's avatar
Great work! Heart 
Where can I get a high quality print of this? It's amazing.
Butterflow's avatar
Whyyyyy is this so small?! :cries:

Impressive work.
chrisscalf's avatar
Thanks! The reason it's so small is this:…
(a couple of my Star Wars pieces are seen in there, being sold illegally and without permission as well).
Apparently, if it's big enough, some people will print them large and sell them (with signature conveniently cut-off)
SpaceMarines2's avatar
Terrible that people would try to profit like that. Would love to see this in its full, detailed glory.
Butterflow's avatar
Unfortunately, this happens a lot. It's sad that people don't respect artists and their artworks but I'm really shocked to see how greedy people are trying to make big money by stealing. I'm just glad that artists like you still post their work. :)
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Obi-Wan: [as Luke wakes up after being knocked out by Tuskan Raiders] Rest easy, son. You've had a busy day. You're fortunate to be all in one piece.
Luke: Ben? Ben Kenobi? Boy, am I glad to see you.
Obi-Wan: The Jundland Wastes are not to be traveled lightly. Tell me, young Luke, what brings you out this far?
Luke: [indicating R2-D2] This little droid. I think he's searching for his former master. I've never seen such devotion in a droid before. Ah, he claims to be the property of an Obi-Wan Kenobi. Is he a relative of yours? Do you know what he's talking about?
Obi-Wan: [thoughtfully] Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan... Now, that's a name I've not heard in a long time. A long time.
Luke: I think my uncle knows him. He said he was dead.
Obi-Wan: Oh, he's not dead... Not yet.
Luke: You know him?
Obi-Wan: But of course I know him. He's me.
[R2 beeps in surprise]
Obi-Wan: I haven't gone by the name of Obi-Wan since... oh, before you were born.

[Sorry thats All I can think of when seeing this, fine work]
JW-Gojifan's avatar
Couldn't have said it better myself.
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