Star Wars posters are an art form unto themselves. For an artist to capture the essence of Star Wars on a poster — the feel and look of the films, the drama of the stories, Han Solo’s overall awesomeness — isn’t easy. To do it while filtering Star Wars through their own lens is even harder. But Craig Drake‘s stunning new Star Wars Celebration poster, the official key art for April’s mega-event, appears effortless.
There’s a simple reason for this: Drake loves and knows Star Wars, having worked at Lucasfilm for seven years as the senior designer of StarWars.com, and he has that rare ability to convey what we love about a galaxy far, far away in an immediate, almost subconscious way. In his poster, there are classic Star Wars elements: the overwhelming power of Darth Vader, dark and light colors in a sort of harmonious conflict, and a sense of Star Wars-branded danger and excitement. The style, however, is all Drake’s: the lines are sharp, the details simple, the colors bold. Ultimately, the image is unmistakably his own, but successfully adapts his style into the language of a movie poster. So how did he do it?
Find out HERE.
Star Wars Celebration 2015 Official Poster By Craig Drake
Star Wars Celebration 2015 Official Rebels Variant Poster By Craig Drake
Concept Poster 1 By Craig Drake
Concept Poster 2 By Craig Drake
Concept Poster 3 By Craig Drake
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A great artist with a lot of style. I picked up the Maga Variant of his Falcon print last year and instantly became a fan. I’ll definitely try and pick one of these up.