"Solo's Blaster" 2018
Graphite, digital, white gel pen, colored pencil on 8x10 paper
When I was a boy, I got the best Christmas gift EVER. It was Han Solos blaster from Empire Strikes Back. I distinctly remember the sound of that blaster, and the hours spent with my imagination as I took on hordes of storm troopers.
I lived and breathed Star Wars when I was a young boy. (OK, I still do as a grown man.) We had these apple trees behind our garage, in this space between the garden and garage. It was my spot to escape and make stories with my He-Men, G.I. Joes, and Star Wars action figures. Those apple trees were the home to many adventures and became the home of my Ewok Village playset which sat, perfectly nestled, in the crook of four of the trees branches.
So why do I make fan art? It's partly because I feel that I'm paying homage to those stories that I incorporated into my childhood. For the most part, I'm not straight copying photographs. I use them as reference, but I let myself off the hook of having to be photo-realistic. I'm after the mood and feeling I got playing with those toys, watching those movies, looking at the posters (mostly by Drew Struzan) and reading the comics.
When I create these pieces; I start with the grit of imperfect hand drawn lines, and mix that with the ease of ability in Photoshop to lay in color quickly. Then I use colored pencils over that, bringing back that hand drawn quality. I usually clean it up back in Photoshop, adjusting light levels, etc. It's a process that I really like... the back and forth from hand drawn to digital. I'm sure it has something to do with my generation. We grew up in a world that straddled the analog and digital and I suppose it's only natural that my art resonates with that aspect.
I'm also creating fan art because, simply, I'm a fan of those things I loved when I was younger and I like to share my art with other fans.
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