Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Diorama Workshop T-Shirt for Star Wars Celebration!

It was ten years ago when I saw Frank Diorio's diorama workshop build Mos Eisley spaceports at Star Wars Celebration II via the web. Ten years later, I'll be heading to Orlando for my first Star Wars Celebration and of course, one of the activities I'll be looking forward to is the Diorama Workshop's Return to Tatooine event. When Frank tweeted an open-call for an artist to help out in a project, I jumped to the chance (without knowing that Lucasfilm would be involved)!

Frank wanted to do a spoof of Iron Maiden's Killers album cover but with a Tusken Raider rocking out with a gaffi stick. I was also working on the Canadian Joe Con 2012 comic at the time, so I did two quick sketches for Frank's approval. Frank mashed up the two sketches together for the Tusken Raider to look balls to the wall.

To my surprise, my sketches needed to be approved by Lucasfilm ... and they loved it! Wow! All my attempts to become a Star Wars artist through my webcomics at LooHarvest.com and winning the StarWarsDayTO poster contest, it was this T-Shirt project that put me on Lucasfilm's radar. You can't imagine how excited this news made me feel!
On to the coloring stage, I wanted to bring the spirit of heavy metal and rock-and-roll but it came across as too dark and red as hell. I lighten it up a little with some yellow and orange to get Lucasfilm's okay.
Here's the final design that will be worn by some of the staff at Star Wars Celebration, including myself!
 Looking forward to wearing mine around the convention! Let's hope I don't accidentally mess it up with glue and paint at the Diorama Workshop. And fingers crossed that this is only the start between me and Lucasfilm... Dear Lucasfilm, please check out Loo Harvest Chronicles.

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