This is a project that's 4 years in the making and a painting I've been sitting on for almost 2 years.
George Lucas set out and gathered over 100 artists who he considered the tops in their respective genres who have NEVER done Star Wars art, and asked them to do their interpretation of a Star Wars piece for a new collective art book. The list is impressive...including some of the finest illustrators of the past 40 years. Artists included...William Stoudt, Jamie Wyeth, C.F. Payne, Syd Mead, H.R. Giger, Moebius, Donato Giancola, Peter De Seve, James C. Christianson and many more. The genres of art are equally impressive. Fantasy, figurative portrait, southwestern American Indian art, cubism, futurism, surrealism, and pinup featuring a piece I titled: "Double Cheeseburger with a side of Crumb". As much of a Star Wars fan as I was.. I was a huge fan as a kid of George's first movie "American Graffiti". So I decided to combine the two. Featuring my model Michelle Radvansky in a princess Lea inspired 60's diner waitress outfit, I also morphed the 2 vehicles from American Grafitti into Luke's landspeeders incorporating Mel's diner and some Star Wars favorites all on Tattooine.
It was a lot of fun working on this project, even receiving e-mails from George as far as direction in the preliminary sketch phase. And very proud to know that the painting is now part of his personal original art collection as he purchased the painting from me.
You can see the painting HERE