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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Star Wars: The Art of Drew Struzan


For our final Star Wars Weekends post we bring you Drew Struzan who is responsible for the iconic movie posters that sold the films to so many audiences. Drew also designed the logo for Industrial Lights and Magic as well as several Star Wars book covers. You may also recognize his artwork on other famous posters such as Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, and the Harry Potter films as well as literally hundreds of others.









Saturday, May 19, 2012

Star Wars: The Art of Iain McCaig and Dermot Power


Today for Star Wars Weekends we bring you two amazing concept artists responsible for the looks of many of the characters in the Prequel films. We begin with Iain McCaig the man behind Darth Maul and Padme.



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Next is Irish concept artist Dermot Power who designed the looks of many of the characters from Episode II as well as Asajj Ventris from Clone Wars.






Saturday, May 12, 2012

Star Wars: The Art of Dave Dorman



This weeks edition of Star Wars Weekends brings you the fan appointed #1 Star Wars Artist of All Time, the incredible Dave Dorman. Dorman is perhaps best known for his photo-realistic Star Wars artwork, providing oil painted covers to many of Dark Horses Star Wars comics. His Star Wars: The Art of Dave Dorman coffee table book is even used as a text book at Northern Illinois University.







Saturday, May 5, 2012

Star Wars: The Art of Ralph McQuarrie



Welcome to the first installment of Amazing Cosmic Powers' Star Wars Weekends. When it comes to artists that influenced the look of the Star Wars galaxy, no one influenced it more than Ralph McQuarrie (June 13, 1929 – March 3, 2012). In fact, it would be a very very different place. Ralph designed the looks of Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO and created the looks for many of the film's sets. It was his idea that Vader wear a breathing apparatus.  Many of his vivid and imaginative paintings helped convince 20th Century Fox to fund Star Wars. He would then move on to design the look for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.









Friday, May 4, 2012

Star Wars Weekends: May the Fourth be with you!

Happy May 4th! Why is this date special...well its Star Wars day! (May the Fourth be with you...get it)  We're celebrating all month long with Star Wars Weekends! Every Saturday we will be bringing you some amazing artwork from the visionaries behind your favorite galaxy far far away. Also, be sure to fly out to sunny Orlando Florida for Star Wars Weekends, the last two weekends of the month and first two of June, at Disney Hollywood Studios. Here's a couple pieces of artwork from Cartoon Networks Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Enjoy!!!



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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Avengers Countdown: Black Widow

The countdown is almost over ladies and gentlemen and we finish it off with the movie version of the teams only female member, the Black Widow. Created by Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck, she first appeared as a recurring, non-costumed, Soviet-spy in Tales of Suspense No. 52 (April 1964) taking on Iron Man. Five issues later, she recruited then villain Hawkeye to her cause. The Soviets would later supply her with her first costume and high-tech weaponry, but she eventually defected to the United States after appearing, temporarily brainwashed in The Avengers No. 29 (July 1966). She would later become a recurring ally of the team before officially becoming its sixteenth member. She has no powers but is an expert martial artist, ballerina, marksmen, and weapons specialist as well as having extensive espionage training. She has also been implanted with nanites that make her body resistant to aging and disease and can heal at an above human rate






Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Avengers Countdown: Hawkeye

The countdown rages on with Clint Barton, otherwise known as Hawkeye. For those that aren't familiar with the Avengers comic books, Hawkeye may be a new character to you but he actually made his first appearance way back in Tales of Suspense #57 (Sept. 1964) and was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck. He officially joined the Avengers in Avengers Vol. 1 #16 (May. 1965) and has been a prominent member of the team ever since. Hawkeye has no superhuman powers but makes up for it as an exceptional fencer, acrobat and a grandmaster marksman particularly proficient with the bow and arrow. He was trained from childhood in the circus and by the criminals Trick Shot and Swordsman. He has also spent time under the guise of the heroes Goliath and Ronin.