My last journal entry was a big deal. I finally got to tell the world I drew Star Wars on a professional level. While I can't top the excitement of working on my first real Star Wars gig, I can now say I have completed my second Star Wars gig! I completed 50 panoramic sketch cards for Star Wars Illustrated: A New Hope.
This project hit a personal chord for me because it's based on the Star Wars radio drama which aired on the radio back in the early 80's. Every week I tuned in religiously sitting in front of the stereo with those giant 80's headphones on. I'd pop a blank cassette tape in and record each episode. We didn't have a VCR at the time so I couldn't watch the movies on VHS yet. So the radio drama filled that void.
Since there were thirteen episodes much of the story from the movie was expanded. Was so cool to experience it with all the extras. It was kinda like a Super Special Edition Star Wars. You got to learn about everything before Vader catches up to Leia over Tatooine in the opening scene of the movie. There were the deleted movie scenes with Luke and Biggs and his friends. Luke racing his Skyhopper even! That part as I think about it now kinda had a bit of an American Graffiti flavor to it. There are plenty more expanded scenes like Vader torturing Leia and the droids hiding on the streets and back alleys of Mos Eisley.
For years I think a lot of what was in the radio drama was considered cannon and if it is or not now days, who really knows. Between the Special Editions, Prequels, novels and comics a lot has changed. Star Wars is a new and ever evolving beast these days.
Funny thing is I listened to all three radio series of Star Wars, Empire Strikes back and Return of the Jedi while I was working on my first set of Sketch cards for Galactic Files Series 2. So when I got the invite to be a part of this set I was totally floored. It meant so much to me to even be asked to be a part of the set.
See, Star Wars means something different to everyone and that's one of the coolest things about it. I remember running around the playground as a kid as Boba Fett or Darth Vader. Han if I had to be a good guy or if the girl I liked was Princess Leia. I'd draw Star Wars pictures all the time. I had the toys and posters and trading cards. I loved it so much kids even called me Star Wars.
As cool as those things are, Star Wars for me was always a place where the most amazing things happened beyond your imagination. And though it said it was, it didn't seem so far away. It was a place where anything could happen and dreams came true. That...was real to me.
So it's really cool to say I worked on this set. Listening to the radio back then does seem like a long time ago. As awesome as it is thinking back to then, I can't imagine what that kid would think if he knew what he was drawing now.