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Return of the Jedi 30th Anniversary final artwork by MarkRaats Return of the Jedi 30th Anniversary final artwork by MarkRaats
The final artwork for the official Lobby poster for the Return of the Jedi special Screening. This special event was held in the Steve Jobs theatre at Pixar this past weekend.

Acrylic paint and Prismacolor pencil on MDF board, 24 x 36 inches.
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Frosdee Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great poster befitting a great movie!
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Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
Cool
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tobiasmia Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1983 I was having such a crush on Mark Hamill after watching the return of the jedi - you captured that hero perfectly - what an amazing gallery you have 😀
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
Very kind of you to comment Mia, thank you very much!
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tobiasmia Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome :)
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IncredibleFulk1 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Every awesome! Has a very Struzan feel to it. This is still my personal favorite Stars Wars film next to Empire & Revenge of the Sith. Nice to see this film get some love!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Cheers Jacob for your kind words.

It goes with our saying that Drew's shadow is a long one and generally new art commissioned by Lucasfilm is preferred to be of a similar style - when looking back at the original movies.

Glad you like it and cheers for taking the time to comment..
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MarkHammil87 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Amazing!!!
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barbaramj Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing O.O
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Sean-Dabbs-fx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
VERY nice
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Much obliged sir.
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Japansaw Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my fav:shakevader: LOL Go Yoda :shakemacewindu: Jark Saber Emote random star wars emoticon :shakeyoda: 
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Thanks very much Andres. I'm honoured to know you like it.
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profutur1971 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Belle image ! Bon travail ! félicitations !
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Merci beaucoup Profutur... :D

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Ana3r0b Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I love this!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Thank you very much. I'm honoured to know that you like it!

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Ana3r0b Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
This is the kind of artwork I see filling up my bedroom walls soon! 
Thank you for inspiring me too draw again! :)
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L1701E Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Nice!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Thanks very much mate - I'm delighted that you like it.
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L1701E Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
You're welcome! :thumbsup: Hope you do more movie-based works!
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful work! What a great looking piece. :)
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DanieleRedRossini Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible! Perfect Struzan' style!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Thanks very much Daniele mate - that's high praise indeed.

Drew's style is more sophisticated than mine but I guess both of us working in the same franchise means there will be some crossover..
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sa8668 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
I was curious about your technique.  Do you use an opaque projector for these works?  The likeness is always spot on, so I wanted to know how you nail it so consistently.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Cheers WASPart - thanks for taking the time to comment.

Actually, I've never used a projector in my life and I have always been able to draw likenesses so I am very lucky. 
That said, if a deadline is very tight I will certainly trace a face from a big printout. I don't do it often but as you know, even Drew Struzan traces in a pinch. 

A lot of measuring and a lot of practice and a lot of patience.

BTW, I HATE text but for some odd reason, I often have text in my art and I have no problem tracing it so that I don't have to draw it by hand.
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sa8668 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
Stellar work, my friend.  I'm sincerely jealous of your talent.  What did you do to learn likeness so well (practice?), and how long does a project like this take you?  Cheers.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Thanks Stephen but given your own great talent I'm not sure I deserve such kind words mate..

Yeah, I guess its all about practice and looking. It would be the same when you are drawing your sketches because although our respective end results are different, the process would be very similar. I have to admit that it can sometimes be a massive struggle to get the likeness right and after two days of fighting with a painting I often end up feeling like I've been waging war, not laying down paint..

How long?? Unfortunately, because of other business commitments I have, I can't paint continuously so it generally takes a lot longer than it should. That said, if I was lucky enough to be able to paint uninterrupted (and after the concept was client approved), it should take about 4-6 days to paint something like this from start to finish..


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sa8668 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thank you.  I agree that observation and study is the best way to learn what to put down, even on a more creativity-driven piece.  I still hope to be able to do like what you do someday--create an unmistakable likeness. 

Wow.  That's stupendous!  Maybe I'll try taking more time, then.  That kind of care and attention may be important and is certainly missing from my work.  Thank you for taking the time to respond.
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AngelinaBenedetti Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I heard, Drew Struzan wont do the next poster for Star Wars, although he wrote me, he would be interested. If he really wont do it, PLEASE YOU HAVE TO!!!!!!! This is so awesome!! Were can I get this?
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Thegerjoos Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yes sir..you are my inspiration...thank you for amazing art you did...:)
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Thanks very much Garrie my friend. Comment from you is considered as coming from the highest quarter given your own artistic brilliance. My apologies that I'm not on dA as often as I should be..

Hope you're well.
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Thegerjoos Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
no man..i really appreciate this. always enjoy see your amazing artwork. push me to do more in my drawing skill. thanks for share and your teach Jedi master.....may the force be with you! :)
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howlett66 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Did you prime it before going in with the paint or straight to paint?And yes, needless to say you kick major butt :)
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Thanks very much Hugo!

No, I don't prime the board, I just paint straight onto it..
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howlett66 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
:)

Really?But how does time react on it?From the pieces you've done, have you ever heard of anybody complaining about cracks or anything at all?Thank you for replying and sorry for bothering!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
I've been working on the board for years now and I have never had problems - certainly not thus far.

George Lucas has purchased almost every major Star Wars and Indy artwork original I've ever done - for his collection - and I know I would have heard from him if there was a problem.

In fairness, I know that MDF is different around the world so I can't speak for board you might use where you are...
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howlett66 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hmm.That is indeed great to know!!

Well, there is only one way to know it for certain, buying a piece of wood and working on it like you do.I just lack a bit on the skills part hehehe

I've always primed my boards so I would'nt know.I will try it.There is a small piece somewhere at home that might be perfect for the experiment.

Thanks so much for the info sir.And your success is well deserved.Lucas must be proud of having your work in his collection :)
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digidennn Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Any chance you captured progressions painting this one? if so please share on your website with the other progressions there or here at DA.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Hey Brandon --

Sorry mate, I didn't do a painted progression capture on this piece because I figured I've posted enough others already so nobody would be interested.. :/

Thanks for your kind words.

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digidennn Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
"Nobody would be interested", you make me laugh :0)
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JHudson49 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Instant favourite, you've nailed Mark hamill's look from the film-brilliant!!!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
excellent work! 
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thanks Alan.. hope you're well mate.
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
;)  it's my pleasure Mark!  :D i'm hoping to be back on DA soon on a more regular basis  :nod:
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dlapastel Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
I'm always amazed by your style and technique.  Beautiful work, as always :) .
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thank you very much Dave - warmly appreciated to be sure!
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Art-of-Matthew Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Lovely piece Mark. I have to ask how do you go about composing the poster, like where everything should be placed? That's my biggest challenge, and why I normally stick with simplistic stuff. 
Thanks for all the inspiration and help! 
~Matt 
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
I guess after doing art for so many years it becomes instinctive. Its not always a guarantee but it helps. A LOT of planning and trial and error will help a piece stay strong compositionally and its in the planning that I see most art fail miserably which is a pity but it shows often that the artist is more interested in doing the piece than he is in planning it…

Take a look at the art of people like Struzan, Peak, Amsel and Alvin and study their composition and technique. It won't fail you...
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Art-of-Matthew Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! I've studied Struzan and Amsel, I'll look into Peak, and Alvin too. Appreciate the advice as always! 
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