Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A wretched hive of scum and villiany.

I am a huge Star Wars geek. I mean huge. But unlike most Star Wars geeks, I try to keep it under control and for the most part, I do.
Star Wars came out when I was 6. It was the first movie I ever remember seeing, and as the film affected the world at that time, so did it affect me. It was (and remains) a highly entertaining story full of mythology and epic themes, awesome effects, space battles, a hint of icky romance and some cool aliens.
The first time I saw the cantina scene I was floored. It was one of those pivotal moments for me in my life. Each creature was more fantastic than the last and although they all had miniscule screen time, they were so interesting and exotic that you could conceivably make a whole movie about each individual alien.
I have to say I was pretty happy when I found out Toon Weekly's challenge for this week was Star Wars cantina aliens. I've been drawing my own versions of the cantina patrons for about 30 years now, they (and Star Wars in general) are one of the reasons I became an artist. So here's yet another in a life-long series of cantina aliens.
By the way, be sure to visit the new Toon Weekly blog, and if you're an artist, join up and participate! I'll see you there.

9 comments:

Just Toons said...

I just fell off my chair. Awesome beyond belief!!! You are far more powerful than I could possibly imagine!!!

Mike Giblin said...

Git. (And I mean that with the utmost respect. Truly tremendous work sir.)

KeelanParham said...

Hmmm...that girl has three sets of...

never mind.



Great work!

Michael "Locoduck" Duron said...

Yep those were the first things I noticed too Keelan. This is good stuff bud. I was facing a massive roadblock with this, as I wanted to add a new wookie, or tell a tale of a renegade Jawa.

Ted said...

You gave him 3 eyes!!!,---who gets that joke!

Extremely cool!

Tim Gardner said...

Yeah, the original Star Wars shocked me. I guess I was in junior high, and all my friends had seen it, and loved it, but I just kept saying, "That looks like it'd be lame." THEN , I went and saw it. I didn't know you could make a movie like that. And the bar scene was the one I always remembered the most. Something about going out into the world for the first time seeing its strangeness... When I left home a few years later, I learned just how accurate that scene is.

JimmyPereira said...

I'm a little late in commenting, but THAT is some great work. I really like how you framed the picture using the sillouettes of some other creatures.

Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling said...

Star Wars cantina aliens scene was my favorite from the 1st movie too. My favorite characters were "the lemonheads" who were playing the horns, and who could forget that hammerheaded shark thing???

prawncracker said...

You? StarWars Geek? This is the first time I have heard of this.