It's hard to believe that if it hadn't been for COVID-19, Star Wars fans would've been enjoying Star Wars Celebration right now; even though fans of that galaxy far, far away are in a bit of a drought when it comes to news about upcoming film projects, new Star Wars merchandise is on the way to tide us all over.
For instance, Star Wars: Squadrons is arriving soon, allowing gamers the experience of combat gameplay. Fans can also look forward to LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga for LEGO's unique take on the Skywalker story; and just recently we learned about The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu available September 8 on PC/Mac, Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
But for those who prefer to collect or display rather than game, Star Wars has you covered there too...
Star Wars' official website highlighted two incredible Star Wars artists whose work will soon be released to the public.
The first was by Star Wars artist PhaseRunner from ACME Archives who created three gorgeous new posters depicting Star Wars ships arriving at significant planets from past Star Wars films. PhraseRunner also talked about the inspiration for each poster
PhaseRunner's first poster titled "Dagobah M-19" shows Luke Skywalker's X-wing approaching Yoda's mysterious planet in The Empire Strikes Back . Pre-order this poster now.
"For Dagobah I aimed to capture that enigmatic earthy vibe seen in The Empire Strikes Back ; the wispy fog-like green that seems to seep into every corner of the planet. I wanted you to feel that uncertainty as Luke’s X-wing approaches the planet’s horizon.”
The next poster is titled "Mustafar M-19" and shows Anakin arriving at Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith . Pre-order this poster now.
“ Mustafar presented different opportunities, like whether to include the nearby gas giant Jestefad in the background, but ultimately I felt it took away from the relatively small but hellish planet. I enjoyed detailing rivers of lava and solar flare-like atmosphere.”
PhaseRunner's final poster is titled "Tatooine R-16" and shows the Millennium Falcon approaching Tatooine. Pre-order this poster now.
“ Tatooine was all about capturing the iconic Millennium Falcon approaching the planet where it all started for a lot of us. Because Tatooine has two suns and three moons, I had a bit of a dilemma in choosing what to include and ultimately landed on what you see, again coming back to what best represents the movies. It was such a privilege to paint this planet knowing how much it means to so many people, including myself.”
According to PhaseRunner, the inspiration for the style of these posters stemmed from wanting to capture the contrast of the color of the planets from the Star Wars galaxy " against the blackness of space. They felt magical, and sometimes a little ominous. I wanted to echo this in my artwork .”
Widescreen lithographs for each of the three posters measure 36×12 inches, and will be available on September 1st at 9 a.m. PT at DarkInkArt.com and AcmeArchivesDirect.com for $45 each in a limited-edition print run of 250 pieces.
The next piece is an illustrated of Ahoska Tano created by Star Wars artist Joe Hogan, inspired by Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Pre-order this poster now.
Titled “A Padawan’s Journey,” Hogan immediately began working on the piece after seeing the teaser trailer for the show's return and final season. Pre-order this poster now.
“Ultimately, I wanted “A Padawan’s Journey” to be a reminder of how far the series had come since the beginning. I tried to include all the characters from the series that had a huge impact on Ahsoka’s story and The Clone Wars series as a whole. ARC Trooper Fives was a last-minute inclusion after realizing how large his impact was on the overall story, as well. This piece was my love letter to the series that fueled my journey as an artist, and I am so humbled and pleased to finally share it. ”
When we think of Star Wars Celebration, we typically think about the panels and major reveals for upcoming projects. However, one of the best parts of Celebration is roaming the convention floor where artists and creators are able to display their Star Wars-inspired work and inspirations.
Even though Star Wars Celebration wasn't possible due to our current global situation, it's great to see StarWars.com promoting and showcasing the work of these talented artists, allowing them a space in the absence of the beloved convention.