If you do want to buy my Negan art as a print - you can get it from my TEEPUBLIC store: www.teepublic.com/poster-and-a…
...or as a t-shirt with a specially adapted version www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/1162…
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO CONTACTED ME TO TELL ME ABOUT THE STOLEN ART!!!!!
I'm not a US citizen, but like so many in the world, US politics reaches out to impact as many people as does its popular culture. With the US Presidential race finally drawing to a conclusion it seemed timely to post this now - as my story's somewhat surreal version of reality, features Barack Obama issuing an 'Executive Order' in the closing days of his presidency, asking Ice T to eliminate "wack rappers"!
Needless to say - a willing suspension of disbelief is required for the story to be appreciated, as is a passing familiarity with Hip-Hop culture!
This story ties together some of the pin-up pieces I've posted mashing up these two sci-fi franchises. I'm a big fan of them both - and this is my homage to them, as well as my hope that a meeting could someday find its way onto the big screen.
The set up for this story is as follows:
Following the fall of the Republic and rise of the Empire, Darth Vader continues to fall ever deeper into the abyss of the Dark Side of the Force. His efforts to enforce his master's will and lust for power lead him to delve further into the lore of the mysterious Sith.
Learning from his evil Emperor that former Sith apprentice, Darth Maul, had overcome a nest of Xenomorphs as a right of passage, Vader has searched the galaxy for the elusive aliens - intent on testing himself against them to further prove himself to his master.
Vader uses bounty hunters and pirates to locate the xenomorphs but previous discoveries have all led to those searching coming to a grizzly demise. Vader's hopes were high when a pirate captain informed him of his discovery of a xenomorph nest on a desolate outer rim planet. A meeting to hand over the cargo was arranged but called into doubt when Vader's crew lost contact with the pirate vessel....
I've used the time productively though and have been 'brushing up' on my skills. I've been getting used to a couple of different programs, including Manga Studio EX5, which I used to help me layout the panels for the story you see below. I'm a huge fan of Judge Dredd (and have been for many years) so this story is just my light-hearted homage to the character. Hope you like.
**This was also a warm up to another short story that I'll post very soon. (Not featuring Judge Dredd - but with some of the characters you can already see a lot of in my gallery!)**
I was recently asked to prepare a post for the film fan site 'Moviepilot'. They wanted to feature my Star Wars cross-over art and I gratefully accepted!
I explain in my post how, imho, the vastness of the Star Wars universe makes it an ideal place for other sci-fi characters to visit. I also think that same scale and scope means it's good news that they've decided to make Star Wars spin-off movies because we'll get to see more of that universe.
Sadly, I don't expect to see Aliens or Predators feature in any of the movies (the licensing issues alone will see to that!) - but I do hope they focus on characters that the fans want to see more of - and I'd also like to see them take a more 'mature' approach to some of the movies...
You can check out my post here moviepilot.com/stories/936001-…
I've already shown my enthusiasm for a new Star Wars installment:
... but I didn't guess that the guy who's behind the Star Trek re-boot would also get his hands on Star Wars! How lucky can one guy be!? (hears voice in head "in my experience there's no such thing as luck" - ok, thanks Obi-Wan,!)
More on this story here: www.slashfilm.com/j-j-abrams-t…
...hopefully an official announcement soon.
[***EDIT*** Now confirmed: starwars.com/news/star-wars-is… ]
But I do have a very special reason for wanting to promote Jedi News – it's because they recently featured my drawing 'Star Wars 7 – We're Back' and now I've hooked up with Mark Newbold from the site for a new piece depicting Mark's character X-Wing Pilot and Commando - Commander Garven Kings from a story he's writing called 'Quest for Freedom'!
You can read more about it here: www.jedinews.co.uk/news/news.a…
I haven't been on DA for too long but I've noticed a huge improvement in my ability since I've been posting. And I'm positive that all the views, watchs, favs and comments have had a big part to play in spurring me on to improve with each piece and to keep working towards my goal of producing some 'official' Star Wars art.
I've also found it really helpful to be able to see and learn from the amazing artists who show their work here. I'm lucky too that there are also a lot of others who I can rely on for helpful or encouraging feedback. I won't name any names but that's something I never expected when I joined and it's definitely one of the most important things I get from DA.
Thanking you all might take a while so I hope you don't mind me saying it here. I do read every comment and I'm always interested to hear what you all think of my work. So please keep letting me know!
Those are all legendary names to me but I realise that many people won't know them and some who do know won't like them. And some won't like rap music in general, or even consider it an art form. So I'm not about to try to convince anyone that they should like rap, or try to defend the less wholesome aspects of the genre.
In case you didn't know I'm a long time fan of Ice-T in fact that's where I took my DA name 'rhymesyndicate' from. The Rhyme Syndicate is the group of hip-hop associates Ice-T led back in the 1980s and 90s (it's also my Twitter name if you're interested).
So I am biased - but I do think that this movie is a valid and intelligent effort to try to understand the creative process of the individuals involved. And that's where I see parallels that will be of interest to people in any creative medium.
Just like any art form, there's a broad spectrum of rap. Some is entertaining, some is objectionable, some is ignorant, some is educational. Any of those adjectives could be used to describe the variety of artwork submitted to DA.
And just like any art form, if you want to be good at it - it takes skill, intelligence, effort, practice, perseverance, and originality.
It was very sad to hear of his passing - but he has left a wonderful legacy to be very proud of.
The longevity of Star Wars owes a great deal to his imagination and skill in visualising the characters, vehicles and environments that us fans know so well.
In case you haven't seen it - DA has been running a 'Retro Future' contest. If you've entered - good luck!
I've chipped in with my design of a '50s family living on the Moon... I'm pretty sure that's what everyone back then thought we'd be doing by now!
I hope you'll take the time to look at my entry - and, if you like it, it'd be a big help if you could vote for my design by clicking the 'I'd wear this' button.
...now - back to my next Star Wars drawing!
Because my Star Wars drawings have received a lot of positive comments (and because I enjoy doing them so much) - I've decided to focus on producing Star Wars art. My goal is simple: to one day be good enough to have my art used on some Star Wars merchandise.
So I found it really encouraging when I was contacted by who has very kindly included a feature on my Star Wars art in The Old Republic online magazine: torwars.com/2011/08/27/thats-n…
If you're a Star Wars fan, please follow the link - you'll find a fun and informative site. And if you have time to read the piece on my art - I'd be interested to hear what you think!
I'm really enjoying seeing the amazing art that can be found on this site - it's proved to be really inspirational to me - and I hope that some of my pictures have been equally enjoyable to all those who've taken the time to stop by and look.
I greatly appreciate every single view of my humble gallery - and each of the favs and comments I've received. I try to reply to each but I'm already slipping behind - so would like to say thanks here.
Now... must get back to doing some drawing!