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o many it might seem like the dream com­mis­sion. But I def­i­nitely felt some trep­i­da­tion when I was asked by Imag­ineFX to il­lus­trate a Princess Leia mag­a­zine cover, based on 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope.

I’m not great at cap­tur­ing like­nesses and I wasn’t ab­so­lutely sure I could pull it off. But in the end, the lure to work on the fa­mous fran­chise that had in­flu­enced me and so many artists of my gen­er­a­tion was just too tempt­ing to turn away. I was determined to make it work. Some­how. Be­sides, it’s al­ways good to chal­lenge your­self as an artist.

I be­gan the task by sift­ing through on­line pho­tos of A New Hope, look­ing for a screen­shot that might in­spire a strong men­tal im­age for a mag­a­zine cover. I found my­self drawn to the clas­sic open­ing se­quence of the film, par­tic­u­larly the hall­way scene in which Leia trans­fers the se­cret Death Star plans to R2-D2. I felt the light­ing and dark val­ues of the hall­way might har­monise well with some sim­i­larly lit vignettes of Darth Vader and per­haps two space­ships bat­tling above Ta­tooine.

Com­po­si­tion­ally, I had to be aware of the mag­a­zine’s ti­tle and text place­ments, a typ­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tion when il­lus­trat­ing for comics and mag­a­zines. But I en­joy work­ing through th­ese lim­i­ta­tions, search­ing for the ideal lay­out as if it were a puz­zle to be solved. A good com­po­si­tion can make a cover work. But a great one can make it sing. And I started out hop­ing to achieve just that…

TJune 2015

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