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The Force Is Strong With You!

In my continuing campaign to post more examples of my illustrations from concept thru creation to final birth…I wanted to share with you artwork below.

Like any guy from my generation, especially one that has both feet in the deep end of the pool of Geekdom, George Lucas’ “Star Wars” Universe…precisely that from the original trilogy, has always been a strong influence on me. For my own personal joy, I choose to illustrate four characters from those movies. The stylized Gouache paintings I illustrated were done on Watercolor Paper and measure 5.5″ x 7.5″.

Each one of the paintings started off as pretty detailed and tight pencil drawings on Tracing Paper. Working on tracing paper in this manner was a hold over from my college years where I was taught to do all thumbnails on Tracing Paper for some reason…I still not quite sure why. From there I made Photocopies of each of these drawings and did Color Comps in Prismacolor Color Pencils. A majority of the time I nail the colors I’m gonna use on the first try. Occasionally I may tweak the colors a bit either in another Color Comp or during the painting process itself. From there I work rather closely at trying to match those colors in the Final Gouache Painting. I think I was successful.

“Darth Vader” Pencil Sketch, Concept Color Comp, & Final Painting

“Boba Fett” Pencil Sketch, Concept Color Comp, & Final Painting

“Stormtrooper” Pencil Sketch, Concept Color Comp, & Final Painting

“Jabba The Hutt” Pencil Sketch, Concept Color Comp, & Final Painting

Click on the Pencil Drawings and the Concept Color Comps to view them larger.

I plan on doing more paintings in this style either in Gouache or in a digital format because the style really lends itself to the vector Illustrator format. I’ll keep you updated here. May the Force be with you!

Post It Post #11

So, yet another Thanksgiving has come and gone…another Turkey Day has been gobbled up and digested. And as I step off that no damn good lying scale, I begin to realize that the next holiday gorgefest is merely a month away. To me, Thanksgivng has become a dry run for Christmas…all of the food and none of the gifts. It’s like a practice run through for the ultimate holiday event…and an excuse to eat pie without all of the glitz of tinsel!

Here’s a couple of Post It note drawing that I did over the last couple of days as I came down from my Turkey high and switched gears to get in the Christmas Groove.


In “Big Bird,” this was the year that Troy was introduced to Sesame Street Turkey…tasty but a bit chewy with a slight Muppety after taste. Oh what a delicious feast it would be on a bird so, so big.

So, this year was the first year that my wife and I participated in that time honored tradition of “Black Friday.” Like countless others, we woke at the butt ass crack of dawn and dragged ourselves to the stores to help in our country’s economic recovery. We weren’t really going for anything in particular…it’s not like we scoped out the sales, spotted a 50″ Plasma Screen, raced to Wally World, and struggled and fought with numerous strangers to get one of the possible dozen or so TV’s they actually had. No, we didn’t do that…but we did go for the experience and an experience it was. There were hour long lines to get into stores, 45 minute lines to check out, and plenty of stores to visit. I was amazed at the number of people out there that early in the morning, having never taken part in “Black Friday” I really didn’t know what to expect…I never really thought that it’d be as mad capped as it was. DVD’s were 2 bucks, Plasma Screens were 50 cents, and Thanksgiving leftovers were Free!  I won’t say that we won’t do it again next year, but if we do…we’ll make sure that we’re definitely more prepared. We were rookies to the whole experience…and we’re just glad that we survived to see Saturday.

In the “Dark Side” Post It Note drawing, Troy has trouble understanding that “Black Friday” is not the day that you try to convert others to the Dark Side of the Force. As great of a holiday as that would be, it does not exist…does not exist…yet! Never under estimate the Power of the Dark Side…or something like that.