Sad weekend-

March 4, 2012

Two artistic greats passed away this week, and their influence can not be ignored. Both were inspirations to countless others, and shall be for generations to come— I don’t doubt. My childhood can be summed up by heroes and sic-fi movies, and with that I bid farewell to…

Sheldon Moldoff

The man who drew Batman longer than any other, more than Bob Kane the creator, or Dick Sprang. His work defined the character for more than a decade and his work can still be felt in the character today.

 

And Ralph McQuarrie

If it wasn’t for him, Star Wars might not be the phenomena that it became. His preproduction art helped to sell the idea to studios, and defined the look of the film. It wasn’t the only work he was known for, but it would be a lie to say it won’t be the one he’s remembered for.

Rest well gentlemen- you’ve earned it.

Style changes everything

April 8, 2010

I found this through a post on Topless Robot, a comic related website, and I was impressed by the design involved. Malcolm Sutherland has animated various sequences from Star Wars (for a project called Star Wars Uncut– where anyone can submit a remake of random scenes), but he has redesigned all the elements for his version. His personal style is very whimsical, and comes across as a blend of Moebius a.k.a. Jean Giraud…

Moebius- a.k.a. Jean Giraud

and the psychedelic designs from the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine by Heinz Edelmann.

Blue Meanies are coming!

Malcolm Sutherland has animated several shots from the film, but the one below I found most interesting. His redesigned Luke has the impression of a japanese farmer or a scarecrow, which I found amusing.

I tried to embed the video but can’t seem to get it to work, so here’s the link and a quick shot from the animation.

“All wings report in”

Red 5 standing by