Minor update on the Interceptor home front. I haven’t worked on the model in a couple weeks, but I also forgot to post any recent updates- so here we are. Basically a lot of work as continued on the wing section, namely the outside joint from the ‘arm’. It’s a lot of minor detail, so while a lot of work has been done, it may not look like it at first glance.
As many of you can probably tell, I have a love for Jurassic Park. Back when I was a kid, I thought it was the most amazing fictional place in the world. It was magical, but grounded in science- and felt like a real place you could potentially visit.
“You’re a wizard, Harry.”
As far as famous movie lines, this one has to be one of the most famous from the early 2000s. Though the book series has been a fan favorite for far longer. This map likewise is actually based on a much older map I produced almost two years ago. But since that time, my design skills have improved and it seemed time to update the map.
I won’t lie and say I wasn’t feeling the Star Wars influence when I created this set of four posters. Each poster exhibits a infamous line from the Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, the Emperor and Princess Leia and is surrounded by additional lines made famous by those characters. Not only that, but a subtle Imperial or Rebel symbol can be spied in the background.
As one might imagine, I drew a lot of influence from the ‘live laugh love’ line of art decor that has infiltrated millions of American homes, though with a Star Wars twist. This whole set is currently on sale on my Etsy shop as a bundle and would make a great gift this valentine’s day.
What happened to the AT-ST you may be asking?! Well, it’s sitting on the back burner and I will return to it at some point. Until then, I’ve been working on a new 3D model- the TIE Interceptor. Fans of the TIE series will remember this craft from Return of the Jedi where it made its first appearance.
“The Force is strong with this one…” as it is with this FINISHED Star Wars Galaxy [Empire Edition] poster! This poster took a while, as it was a pretty intense project to recreate a whole galaxy! But it was pretty fun too and got my creative side working overtime to create something really unique for Star Wars fans.
One of the first things that may pop out at you is the density of star systems in this map, not to mention the subtle difference in colors. This was done to honor both Star Wars’ past under Lucasfilm and present under Disney. The blue specks represent planets or star systems in which remain in legends, but have not yet been brought back to ‘canon’ status under Disney, as represented by the yellow dots.
Also included are the various sectors, territories and hyperspace routes that make travel possible, including even the less frequently navigated hyperspace routes. It’s actually pretty fun and interesting to search for known planets from the films or novels, to get an idea of where in the galaxy these events took place, and potentially how they connect ‘geographically’ speaking.
Likewise, this map has a few infographic style nuggets of information. For instance the white squares represent all known locations that the characters from Star Wars: Rebels appeared with what information made available. There are also a number of larger pop-outs which signify important events in the Star Wars Universe, taken from an Imperial perspective.
One of the challenges I faced when designing this map, was a general question of when this map existed within the Star Wars timeline. After a bit of debate, I decided that the information displayed would sort of represent a period after Empire Strikes Back, but before Return of the Jedi. My reasoning was that this represented a pretty turbulent time for the galaxy, one that I could imagine the Empire’s propaganda machine was in full effect.
As with all of the maps or designs I make, I have put a lot of detail in this map, with many possibilities coming in the future for additional variations of this map. As you may infer, the title calls out that this is the ‘Empire Edition’, and so a future ‘Rebel Edition’ may eventually show up. Heck, there may even be an updated First Order or Resistance poster one day. Time will tell! But until then, you can catch a close up look at this poster by purchasing your own digital print at Etsy.
Leave a comment and let me know if you’re interested in a Rebel version of this map!
It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten a chance to do some 3D modeling, in part because of my computer being a dinosaur (you can donate towards my new computer fund, here)and in part because I’ve been busy with other design projects. So it was a pleasant surprise on an otherwise busy weekend to get a chance to sit down and do a bit of work.
Hey, just a quick update- I’m hosting a GoFundMe in order to hopefully help finance a new computer that I so desperately need, so I can keep creating artwork. My old computer was built in 2011, so it’s bit out of date and knocking on death’s door lol If you’re interesting in donating as little as a dollar that would mean the world to me! Thanks!
With a lot of work, a massive amount of progress has been made! I’m very excited to see this project draw closer to completion. Not only because I have other projects in mind, but because adding the final touches has been a fun journey.
Work continues in the galaxy far, far away- with today’s update happy to announce the smaller sectors represented by the dashed lines have been finished. In addition, I’ve also managed to add a considerable number of canon planets to the map.
’ll be honest in saying I haven’t had a chance to work on this one in a long time. The problem has been timing namely. Getting married took up a lot of my time! But, on the bright side I’m over that hump now, and there’s a better chance than not that I can reboot this project.
For one, I’m a huge fan of consistency and organization. It’s likely why I enjoy making these nerdy maps to begin with, everything has a home- you just have to find it! But that’s where the struggle began with the Jurassic World island. As some of you may know, I’ve produced a Jurassic Park map previously, without many issues. The island map works alongside both the film and the novel. You can even track the progress of the characters in the film on the map itself if you chose to. It’s fairly accurate and consistent with most other marketing material or references. I’m very proud of it!
Reaching back to my youth, it would have to be Metal gear Solid that had some of the most significant impact on me growing up. It’s in part what fueled my interest in science fiction, history and storytelling...
I can say without much doubt that I’m a Game of Thrones fanboy! Admittedly I still need to read the novels, but with the dazzling success of the HBO series taking a prime and present location in the my binge watching television schedule; I couldn’t help but design my own Westeros map.
So this map really started its journey back in 2016. Back then I was designing this map for my girlfriend at the time, as a Christmas gift. This was my first real stab at creating a map and it was a semi successful venture in hindsight.
Now, a bit over a year later I returned with new skill sets and new paint brushes. The entire map was designed in adobe illustrator, which allowed for a lot of freedom by designing first through line art to nail down the important details. Next, I moved in with the cosmetic makeup if you will and began adding things like the paper texture, line design and was able to more clearly define the fonts I would use.
Full size map of Westeros on display
Work on the map continued by referencing as much canon material as I could. This involved looking at other maps and certainly the Wikipedia, which helped a considerable amount. Especially when it came to understanding what each of these locations was and it’s purpose.
Ultimately this was a really fun map to work on, and the detailing was really challenging but allowed me to stretch my mental skills to come up with creative solutions.
Hopefully you’ll find this Game of Thrones map as interesting as I have!
It's been a short while since I've gotten a chance to update everyone on the progress of the AT-ST. But I can at least say there's been some decent progress made. The lower leg joints are finished along with the foot pads themselves.
Now with the TIE Fighter finished, the question has been what my next project would be? Well, for now anyways this is where I've decided to go. This AT-ST is actually a rework of a previously made model that I finished a while back.
I'm nearly there. I feel like I keep saying that- but the rear end is finally complete and work has started on the top hatch. It's hard to gauge exactly how much work is left, somewhere between 1/3 and a 1/4 is finished on the hatch. But either way it likely won't be too much longer before I finish up.
So I managed to sneak in a few minutes of work this morning, which brings this model tantalizingly close to actually being finished. But lets take a look at what happened in this last edit.
Unfortunatly, this morning I only had a little time to work on the model. So I can't claim it's finished yet, though I am slowly creeping my way closer and closer. Probably the most notable difference would be the red engine glow I added.
I'm getting real close to being finished with this TIE Fighter and I couldn't be more excited. It's been a fun ride, but it'll be nice to work on something new. As to what that'll be- who knows! Today's work involved a lot of detailing on the full front of the cockpit, the back and some color variation.