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I have been an oil painter for 40 years. In that time period, I have traveled the world for inspiration in many of my pieces. To name a few, I have been to such places as Antarctica, Easter Island, and Seychelles.
I am currently working on multiple Star Wars oil paintings for LucasArts (top secret ;).
You can see one of my previous pieces here: http://i.imgur.com/AvOum2F.jpg
(This was after a trip to Antarctica)
(Note: Cliff is entirely new to Reddit, I have been trying to get him on it for a while. So if it takes us a bit to respond, don't worry we will do our best!)
Edit: Let me know what types of Star Wars imagery you'd like to see as a painting please. Trying to decide what to do next.
Edit: Ok, done for now but happy to come back if more questions.
Were you a fan of Star Wars growing up?
I saw it opening day on a whim. Thought it was a stupid title but had nothing to do. After 5 minutes I was hooked.
Still have the free stuff they gave out that day.
Do you ever get the opportunity to design new characters, or do you stick with already created... creations?
Also, how closely do you follow Ralph McQuarrie's drawings/pictures when designing your own works?
How does one get into oil painting? Let's say I wanted a portrait of me in full Edwardian military regalia. How much would that cost on average and what would I look/ask for?
I'm doing reverse conceptual art right now. I create images that could have been in the movies but were not. I'm licensed by the fine art division so they sell the prints and originals. Some people think my work looks like McQuarrie's but that is not intentional.
There are a lot of good portrait painters online that could do what you are asking but it's not my thing. If I do a commission it has to be a landscape or something similar. Thanks!
Speaking of free stuff, do you ever get any free cool stuff from LucasArts?
I get passes to comic con!
What color light-saber would you have?
Do you have a website where I can see more of your work?
Ultraviolet would be nice....
My main site is http://artseek.com
Cool, what did you think of the last star wars movies from the early 2000s
I liked them better then most people. I like CGI.
And digital projection is awesome.
It seems like every landscape has been used in the films; snow, swamp, desert, forest, etc. Is there an outdoor setting you would love to paint for Star Wars that hasn't been used yet?
You're right. It's time for more exotic places. Titan with it's methane seas would be interesting.
Awesome paintings, have you done/seen anything for the upcoming film?
Also Endor is my favorite planet I think you should draw up some ewoks breaking into the empires walkers and fucking shit up
No, I'm not in the loop on that unfortunately.
Ever tried your hand at drawing Ahsoka?
No, I don't do much figurative. Mostly the landscapes and machines
Wait, hang on, I thought Disney shut down lucasarts after they bought lucasfilm...?
I do work for an art licensing company. They have rights to all the studios, so what ever changes happen to Lucasarts I don't think it matters. Before the sale to disney I was told what ever I did had to be approved by Lucasarts. Not sure how it is now. I could paint other movie stuff also but I like to keep focused.
Friend I work with worked on the set doing painting or something for Star Wars. You might have know him. He was telling me the producers gave out loads of fake story lines to throw off the fans. Is this true?
I'm sure. I stopped reading all that stuff. I just hope they don't kill it with over saturation.
Where can one buy work from you?
My main website is http://artseek.com It does not have the stars wars work on it but all my other work is there. The Approaching Storm print is sold out but I have a few artist proofs left I can sell. Please email me via my website if you are interested. I also have some original star wars paintings that are going to be on exhibit at the Winter Sawdust Festival in December. What doesn't sell there I can make available online. Thanks!
He said time is up
Back for a few mins. They found me at ArtExpo in New York. I had a show of my Antarctica work and they liked it. Thought I could paint Hoth. I was happy to help!
Why don't you convince Lucas to not build that horrible monstrosity of a "museum" in my beautiful city. It looks awful. Plus a museum for a fantasy movie? WTF.
Where is it?