“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Friday, November 16, 2007

"I'VE GOT A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS..."_90 minutes


This image took more than 90 minutes for a couple of reasons. One reason is because I did it three times. Three motherf*ckin' times. So that would make it, what... 270 minutes? Heh. That ain't so bad - there's no better remedy than getting it right, I say.

The other reason (the more egregious, blasphemous of the two) is because even though one has watched Star Wars'... oh, I dunno - a bazillion times...it doesn't necessarily mean one can draw the characters from memory. Unless you're my boss, Glen Murakami - but he's a freak.

So you think to yourself, "Well...it's Star Wars! I've watched the real trilogy so many times I can't even remember the exact number. Okay - that ought to make this exercise *super* easy, yeah?"

Wrong.

What does Han's belt/costume/gun look like? Or Leia's for that matter? How do those buns in her head go again? How does that bowcaster of Chewbacca's look like? What the hell is a 'bowcaster'? What does Chewie's face look like? Ugh. And that's why it took so damn long.

Anyway, I just wanted to put up another image before the week ended. Enjoy your weekend, all. And remember what Darth Vader said:

"I've got *you* now....WHAT...?!"

11 comments:

Joe Karg said...

Sweet piece man. Your dynamism draws me right into the tension on this scene. Also, that Arzach image does Moebius proud. You're always an inspiration.

RLS said...

That looks freaking amazing, man. I wish you'd post the other two versions 'cause I'd love to see the progression.

I always love that great sweep or movement in most of your pieces. You really put that too good use in this one. Awesome use of the extreme fish-eye perspective. Also, great composition and detailing.

Basically, it just rocks all around.

Michael Dooney said...

nice one. I'm curious about this whole 90 minute thing. I don't know if you've covered it here before but what's the story behind it exactly. Do yo set a stop watch or something or is it an arbitrary time limit that yo set for yourself for some reason?

Craig Zablo said...

A ting of beauty! And, yeah, let's see the other two as well!

weshoyot said...

you know...the other day i got an inkling to do a star wars piece as well...then i thought about it...and yes, i have seen the 3 REAL movies many many many times...and yes, i couldn't for the life of me draw han's belt if you asked me...or the sirlies in leia's slave costume....now i need to go buy them all on DVD and find a starwars book at BN...the end.

Fabio... said...

Really greats sketches on your Blog!

Anders said...

that's what i think it's great with starwars, everybody has his own vision of it, no need to draw it religiously even if, off course, we all want to do it perfectly!
this is a great piece, time to kick some stormtroopers asses!
bravo!

potato farm girl said...

Chewbacca: "ErRRREERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrRRRRR!!! ErrRRRRR!"

Chris Battle said...

Amazing! I wuz just watchin' these guys running around the Death Star on me iPod and now here they are again :)

cgyoung said...

Nice...Love the attention to details,...like giving leia the correct blaster. Awesome image!
-cgy

STUDIODYNAMO said...

Yes, you know them by heart, and then again... not really.
love your work.

the real trilogy... ha ha
that's the new name instead of "the original trilogy"