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February 13, 2013

Behind The Post: The Luke Hope Poster

You may remember that about four-and-a-half years ago, I made this image:

By popular demand, I sought to make it available on posters and t-shirts. But I wanted to do so through proper channels, and ended up partnering with Zazzle, which had an existing licensing agreement with Lucasfilm. (They no longer do, so don’t bother looking.)

But in order to get formal permission, I had to jump through some hoops. One question that came up — and I confess I found it a bit insulting — was whether or not I could prove that I actually made this poster, and wasn’t just passing off someone else’s work as my own.

I came up with a way to prove I did the work. I had kept all the layers intact from the Photoshop file I used to create the image (much later it was turned into vector art). Using all those layers, I created an animated gif showing the steps from start to finish.

I always liked how that animated gif came out, so the point of this story is to share the process gif with you:

January 18, 2012

I See The Millennium Falcon

Previously seen: Princess Leia, R2-D2, AT-AT Walkers, more.

Also related: Scientists name new falcon species falco milleannus, or “millennium falcon”.

December 21, 2009

I See Princess Leia

This painting is “Griselda” by Maxfield Parrish:

And here’s Carrie Fisher in Princess Leia costume for comparison:

Previously seen: R2-D2, AT-AT Walkers, the Death Star, more.

October 6, 2008

UPDATE: Skywalker “HOPE” Posters and Shirts are once again available

October 27 Update:This post has been rewritten to reflect the latest news.

I’m pleased to announce that t-shirts and posters based on the Luke Skywalker “HOPE” design I posted recently are once again available! They were inspired by Shepard Fairey’s famous Obama “HOPE” poster, so be sure to check out his site www.obeygiant.com.

Posters and T-shirts are available for purchase at Zazzle.com.

Click on the Poster or Shirt below for available sizes and apparel styles:

A New Hope print

A New Hope shirt

Also available: The Imperial Party T-shirts and Posters requested by many of you:

Imperial Party shirt

There’s still time to get yours before election day!

September 11, 2008

In a political campaign far, far away…

Update: The Luke “Hope” Poster is now available for purchase with Lucasfilm’s blessing. Also available as a T-shirt.

Update: It’s not available anymore. Sorry!

A long time ago, in a political campaign far, far away, this poster was hanging in campaign offices across the galaxy…

Star Wars Obama

…and these logos were on bumper stickers from Alderaan to Yavin:

Star Wars Politics

August 6, 2008

I See Darth Vader

I’ve never been a fan of hotel room coffee, but it’s better than nothing. However I was a bit surprised to find Darth Vader hiding in this coffee maker recently.

Previously: I See AT-AT Walkers

July 28, 2008

I see AT-AT walkers

I’d heard the rumor that the AT-AT walkers in Empire Strikes Back were inspired by Oakland’s container cranes, and while the resemblance is there I wasn’t surprised to read that George Lucas has debunked the rumor.

However, I recently saw these container cranes in Quebec that look even more like AT-ATs than those do. Maybe I can get a new rumor started.

Previously: I see the Death Star

May 8, 2008

How bold can Darth Vader be?

The above word-cartoon is the end result of that quote rolling around in my head for weeks. I’m not sure how successful it ended up being, but I know there’s a font pun to be made somehow with that line.

I started out trying to literally depict that scene from Star Wars using letterforms, intending to use bold letters for Vader and light letters for Princess Leia. I loved the idea of the @ sign filling in for Leia’s hair bun. But after a few attempts I concluded that I’m no LIDA when it comes to making art from letters. I just couldn’t get the fabric to look like fabric without making the entire thing out of parentheses and tildes of various sizes. And that kind of misses the point. The letter “M” sort of did what I wanted, but not really. It’s too rigid.

Then I wondered if maybe I needed to stop trying to depict the scene from the movie, and just draw Darth Vader alone, made out of bold type. In many ways it’s the most visually striking of the attempts, but I felt like I overlapped the letterforms so much in his helmet that they were becoming mere shapes rather than letters. But here’s how that ended up:

So ultimately I decided to just use different fonts and weights to write their names (seen at the top of this post). But just floating in the frame without a sense of place, I’m not convinced that works, either. And it’s less amazing than pictures made of letters.

December 25, 2007

I see a Sandcrawler

It’s been a while since I’ve seen something from Star Wars hiding in plain site, so maybe my brain was a little too primed to find one. But sure enough, I found this Sandcrawler hiding behind an Anthropologie store this week.

Previously: I see the Death Star
Previously: I see R2-D2
Previously: I see a Storm Trooper

February 14, 2007

I see the Death Star

Whenever I walk through the Union Square subway station, I have to navigate through all these vertical I-Beams that are all over the place. It always reminds me of something, but I couldn’t figure out what. Finally it dawned on me. It’s the first stage of the Death Star level in the Star Wars arcade game. Watch this comparison video to see what I mean:

(Nothing is wrong with your speakers. The video is intentionally without sound)



Previously: I see R2-D2
Previously: I see Storm Troopers

January 1, 2007

I see R2-D2

I saw this garbage can the other day. It reminded me of R2-D2.

R2D2 Garbage

Previously: I see storm troopers.

May 2, 2006

I see storm troopers.

What ever it is I think I see, becomes an imperial storm trooper to me.

SUV Trooper

At least, that’s the first thing I thought when I saw this car yesterday. Maybe I’m reaching. Or maybe it’s just a slow blog day.