Palpatine sketch

This is a pencil sketch on A4 paper of Emperor Palpatine. After watching the new trailer for Star Wars Episode IX and hearing the Emperors cackling laugh, it inspired me to pick up a pencil and do this sketch. The quote is from Return of the Jedi to Luke Skywalker just before the Emperor… No spoilers for the 30 odd year old movie 😀

Palpatine pencil sketch
Palpatine pencil sketch.

The Last Jedi oil painting

Update 2018 – I finished this one last year but didn’t update the blog. Here’s the finished painting. It even got a like from Mark Hamill himself on Twitter 😀

The Last Jedi oil painting

The Last Jedi oil painting


While finishing off the Blade Runner 2049 painting I’ve also started a new Star Wars oil painting this weekend. This is Luke Skywalker and Rey from The Last Jedi.

The Last Jedi oil painting work in progress

The Last Jedi oil painting work in progress

ILM Star Wars concept art competition

I’m really excited to be involved in a competition created by ILM & Artstation starting on the 18th of May. I’ve signed up along with a few thousand other artists!

“Industrial Light & Magic, Wacom and ArtStation are teaming up to engage a community of artists with the world of film concept art and a galaxy far, far away. Offering an opportunity to engage directly with ILM Art Directors in the world of Star Wars, we hope to find new and exciting creators eager to prove themselves.”

Just to be part of this will be amazing. As someone who’s created Star Wars art since childhood I’m sure it will be fantastic to work on a brief set by the actual team at Industrial Light & Magic.

If rules permit I’ll post my work done here. There may only be one piece as in reality the chances of getting past the first round are extremely slim but I’m going to give it my best shot and have fun with it.

Do or do not… 🙂

The ILM Art Department Challenge is a “production challenge” and will entail 3 phases:

1. “The Moment” — Briefing will be released 18 May 2016
All entrants will make submissions for this phase based on the briefing provided. Submissions will be judged to select “semifinalists” to move to the next phase.

2. “The Ride” — Briefing will be released 13 June 2016
Semifinalists will make new submissions for this phase based on the briefing provided (you cannot reuse your submission from any prior phase). Submissions will be judged to select “finalists” to move to the next phase.

3. “The Job” — Briefing will be released 11 July 2016
Finalists will make new submissions for this phase based on the briefing provided (you cannot reuse your submission from any prior phase). Submissions will be judged to select the prize winners.

The ILM Art Department staff will brief you on the requirements of each challenge at the beginning of that challenge—like you would if you were in the studio waiting for the next task. This is a simulation of working as a concept artist in a production environment. It will be fast paced. Expectations will be high. Directions may be vague and could be changed at the last minute… But hey, all in a day’s work at ILM. Some phases will be time-consuming; turnovers will be quick and may interfere with your daily schedules.

Click on the Ralph McQuarrie art below to view the competition details.

ILM concept art competition

ILM concept art competition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Han & Chewie The Force Awakens 1

I’ve started a Force Awakens Han & Chewie painting with the Falcon behind them.

Han work in progress

Han work in progress continued

 

 

Han Solo Oil Painting work in progress

Han Solo Oil Painting work in progress

Close up of progress

Close up of progress

 

Han & Chewie Update 3

Han & Chewie Update 3

Han & Chewie The Force Awakens painting

Han & Chewie The Force Awakens painting

Han & Chewie sketch

Han & Chewie sketch

 

Obi-Wan Kenobi oil painting

Here’s another work in progress oil painting. This is an aging Ewan McGregor version of Obi-Wan contemplating his solitary existence in the Jundland wastes of Tatooine.

Update 08/06/15

Obi-Wan painting work in progress. Nearly done

Obi-Wan painting work in progress. Nearly done

 

Update 07/06/15

Obi-Wan Kenobi painting update 07/06/15

Obi-Wan Kenobi painting update 07/06/15

06/06/15

Obi-Wan Kenobi work in progress painting

Obi-Wan Kenobi work in progress painting

Force Awakens First Order painting

As it’s May the 4th what better thing to paint than something Star Wars related. This is Kylo Ren one of the bad guys from the New Star Wars film The Force Awakens due out at the end of this year.

I’ve avoided any major spoilers so far but like the look of the new characters. This painting will show some of the new Stormtroopers and the Chrome Trooper when complete.

This is an Oil Painting on oil paint paper.

Force Awakens First Order oil painting work in progress

Force Awakens First Order oil painting work in progress