Oh, Holy s… !
This one was exhausting! I've spent more hours on this piece than I have on any other I posted around here. I must admit that I am pretty pleased with the result (I apologize for the self- congratulation!), because it DID turn out EXACTLY THE WAY I WANTED TO! It doesn't happen that often that I can dismiss it, hehe.
So, to explain the process of this remake/reboot/reinventing of a KOTOR poster, that I had done a few years ago (original version there: entropist2009.deviantart.com/a…
), I need to explain something.
For a few years, now, I have been working (mostly for my own enjoyment, I admit) on a star wars fanfiction project that would be freaking HUGE. It started off as a simple story set right after ‘Heir to the Empire', featuring a Luke/Mara romance and a young Jedi, trained by a fallen recluse, meeting and fighting alongside Luke against a former student of the Emperor. It was simple, written in French (because I was something like seventeen, back then), and it didn't go very far.
Later, when I started writing in English, the plot bunny returned, and I started working on a project called ‘the Second Sith War'. It was set a few years after Vision of the Future (note that I use Zahn's novels as milestones in any EU chronology I use, and it basically served as my way to deny the NJO (and anything after that piece of crap) ever existed. I got side-tracked and the writing of My Harry Potter fictions took too much of my time, so the story went on hiatus, because it needed some serious work.
And then Star Wars: the Old Republic happened. I was so pissed off by their treatment of Revan that I started working in my project a storyline that would last for millennia, linking the saga of Luke and his students with the tale of Revan. This gave shape to the latest incarnation of my project.
It is called ‘Star Wars: Nexus'. It starts as a trilogy set in Luke's era, and will get a prequel trilogy, which is basically a retelling of KOTOR, KOTOR II and my take on KOTOR III.
Hence the new KOTOR poster.
Also, this gave me the chance to try out the ‘Struzan approach'. I've looked at the youtube vids that were published around his Hellboy poster and tried to do a similar process. I'll post a WIP soon. I'll admit it was an interesting but very consuming process.
So I took my reference pictures, traced the outline of the composition, sketched into my tracing, scanned the result, and then painted it both in Photoshop and Painter.
I openly admit to cheating a little, in terms of backgrounds. I suck at doing space, so I don't even try, in case I screw it up and ruin the whole thing. I used a preset brush, for the planet, and tweaked it a little in toshop. The starfield behind it is the work of Matraken (original piece: matkraken.deviantart.com/art/D…
), although I only used a part of the whole picture and changed the tint.
Now, about the reference ‘cast':
The main change from the original picture is that I changed my Revan! I recently began to feel that I need someone for Revan that wasn't as imposing in stature, but could be very intense. So I chose James McAvoy as Revan (some pictures of him playing Leto Atreides in ‘Children of Dune' just screamed to me ‘I'm a young Revan in training!!!")
Edward Norton was still my basis for Carth, because I liked the look it gave him.
Summer Glau is still Mission Vao, for me, so I used a younger picture of her to appear as her fourteen year old self (she plays a part as a grown-up in KOTOR III).
I still used a picture of Jennifer Connely as Bastila. I know the age won't fit, but honestly, I don't care about that. It's not like the movie will ever be made…
Like the first picture, I used this cosplayer picture I found to give Juhani an awesome fighting pose.
As for Malak, well, the artwork for KOTOR is still one of the best Star Wars illustrations ever made, so I kept it as a reference.
The Ebon Hawk was drawn from a model I found in the sketchup library, and I can't recall who made it, but kudos to them!
Right! Now, the description has been as exhausting as the picture itself! I'll conclude by reminding everyone that, obviously, I am not George Lucas, so nothing monetary ever drawn from Star Wars ever gets in my pocket. This is done only for the fun of it. Just ask if you want to use it. I intend to post three versions of this poster: a simple ‘no title' piece, a ‘KOTOR' piece, to serve as a cover for the game, and a ‘Nexus' piece, tying it into my overall project.
Hope you like it…