Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Back in 2004-2005, I did a 14 page story for STAR WARS: VISIONARIES, a graphic novel designed and created with fellow artists from the EPISODE III Art Department. We were given more or less free rein to do our own take on our favorite Star Wars characters. With DARK HORSE set to publish, and LUCASFILM'S blessing, we all set out to create our stories.
I wanted to do a piece centered on the Dark Lord of the Sith, PALPATINE, and I wanted it to give the reader a glimpse of some arcane and secret Sith Ritual.
I had lots of fun coming up with ideas and possibilities, generating a bunch of sketches and designs. I was even able to arrange a phone interview with Ian McDiarmid, who portrayed Emperor Palpatine in the films, and discuss with him some of his impressions and ideas he had about the character. He was very gracious and insightful, and complimentary of my approach and the drawings I'd done...
Here are some creature designs I did for the feature film adaptation of the popular fantasy novel, ERAGON back in 2005...I got called in specifically to take a pass at the RA'ZAC, ringwraith-like meanies who pursue the boy hero. The major brief from director Stefen Fangmeier was to avoid visual parallels to the Lord of the Rings villains, so I took them in another direction. This was a fun bit of design work, and the last bit of pure freelance that I did before I started work on WALL-E in the beginning of 2005...