Bleeding Cool Talks ‘The Star Wars’ with Mike Mayhew

July 15, 2013 at 11:47 am | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Interview, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Bleeding Cool posted a really nice interview with The Star Wars artist Mike Mayhew covering the upcoming comic from Dark Horse.

Were there any existing designs to go with the script or are you having to come up with everything fresh? How does your take differ from the feel of the existing series artistically? Do they look like the same universe?

Mike Mayhew: A wealth of pre-existing, pre-STAR WARS designs and info needed to be brought into play in creating the world of THE STAR WARS. If I have the story right, George had Ralph McQuarrie begin to conceptualize concepts from this script around late 1974/early 1975 in order to begin to secure funding for the production. There are dozens of drawing and paintings of I would say half of the characters that gave us a solid foundation. The most familiar ones are what I call the “proto-Jedi” designs that have the bearded warrior with the cape, “lazersword” and “spacesuit” body armor. There were a slew of concepts and passes on R2D2 and C3PO. There were rough concepts on “Sith” warriors. There were several paintings that included the “proto-characters”, most famously a Ralph McQuarrie “movie poster” concept that had General Skywalker, the early droid concepts, a proto “Leia/Luke”, and the early bugged-eyed Chewbacca design that was nicknamed the “bush baby” Wookie. I even had access to some drawings I had never seen before that are really amazing!

Click here to read the full interview which includes some new interior artwork.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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