Thank you very, very much to everyone who ed this piece!
I usually make it a point to thank everyone individually, because I never take interest in my work - by anyone - for granted, but I have very limited time right now, so once again thank you very much! Every single comment and is truly appreciated and means a lot.
Based on a scene from Star Wars - Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
Felt like doing a Star Wars based piece, since the news that there will be an Episode VII in due course. Not sure what they're going to do and I certainly hope Disney will still let the Lucasfilm people do their thing, regardless of the 4.6 billion dollar transfer. Not in the mood for Ewoks singing musicals and dancing through the forest of Endor...
COMPOSITION: Starfield rendered and then composited with the help of some high resolution NASA imagery (and the resulting planet) in Photoshop. Scene setup and render in Lightwave with final composition (including all FX) in Photoshop.
MESHES:Imperial Star Destroyers by Fabio Passaro, Tyderium Shuttle by Olivier Couston (LW conversion by Bradley Bristow-Stagg & Tie Fighters by Andy Crook
My artworks are not endorsed, sponsored, or affiliated with Disney, Lucasfilm Ltd. or the "Star Wars" franchise. The Star Wars trademarks, logos, and related names are owned by Disney & Lucasfilm Ltd., and are used under "fair use" guidelines.
ORIGINAL SIZE: 2550x1150, 71 layers.
Comments and critique welcome.
Thank you very much to *TreeClimber for the valuable input and helping me balance the composition!
I like it. My take would be put in a few more fighters and angle some of them so they are "swooping in from the upper right corner. Perhaps another very small planet off in the distance above the large starcruiser in the front.
Those are all valid suggestions, but I was going with the original this time. Also given the size and perspective, you would end up barely seeing the fighters in the background. Won't be the last one though! Thank you very much.
I don't understand why people assume that Star Wars is going to get "Disney-ized" with musicals and whatnot. Let's not forget that George Lucas is the one responsible for all the campy musical endings in the Star Wars series, most notably that of the Return of the Jedi Special Edition. If anything, keeping the Star Wars franchise under his control would guarantee the series' decline into total kid-friendly ridiculousness. I mean, Lucasfilm seemed to think that this garbage was a good idea.
Well, given the recent years' affinity of Hollywood to make (graphic) novel based movies, it would certainly fit. Althought since (as far as I'm aware) the beginning of these novels are set only a few years after Episode VI, they better find some good actors to play the heroes of the original Trilogy. As much as I wouldn't mind, hiring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford & Carrie Fisher just wouldn't work at all. Not if the story is only a few years ahead.
Почему-то не чувствуется масштабности, не чувствуется что это огромные корабли.....и детализация кораблей оставляет желать лучшего. С освещением тоже надо поиграться. Космическая тематика мне нравится. For some reason you do not feel the scale, does not feel that this is the great ships ..... and detailing ships poor. With lighting, too, have to play. I like the space theme.
Well, thanks for your comment. I've oriented myself on movie scenes from the original Star Wars movies, so I guess the sense of scale you don't feel, what their problem, too. The lighting is again based on the original, and realistic for a bright sun. There are only two main light sources. The main distant light (sun) and slight blue filler light to simulate reflection from the atmosphere.
Well, Lucasfilm people are still around, nothing's been changed there, and the lady that has been in the CEO position (under George Lucas) until now, is also still around - just now under the Disney boss. Given the huge following and George Lucas' passion for it, I sincerely hope they won't mess it up. The problem is that I am not sure...
Well, we will have to see. Remains only the question of actors. I kinda hope they will not rehire the original actors; nothing against them by anymeans, but unless they have a similar amount of time passing as it has in real life, I don't think it could be believable. But then if JJ Abrams can choose great actors (despite the unbelievable storyline (not in a positive sense) they had in the - to date - latest Trek movie) then I'm sure so can Disney/Lucas Arts.
Ultimately we will have to wait until more information about the movie is known (and then until we've seen it). Since I can watch any of the episodes without dismay (Jar-Jar Binks or not), I don't suppose it will be too much of a problem. I hope for once I'm not proven wrong!