Like Star Wars? What am I saying, everyone likes Star Wars. If not, then you need to go home and rethink your life. Star Wars has been one of the most successful franchises film has seen. Enjoyed by generations of fans. That right there is the power of Star Wars. You have the Original Trilogy generation from the 70’s & 80’s. Then the Prequel Trilogy generation from the late 90’s & 00’s. And now you have the Sequel Trilogy generation.
After this year, we’ll be entering a new era of Star Wars. The Rise of Skywalker will close the Episodic Saga. And a new era of Star Wars will begin for another generation. But it’s our responsibility as current fans to introduce people into Star Wars. Especially kids. Why kids? Because the majority of us fans, became Star Wars fans when we were kids. It’s like a passing of the touch.
And like many of us, after being introduce to Star Wars, their minds are now racing with excitement. The joy, the adventure, the wonder of Star Wars. I remember 1999. I’d already seen the Original Trilogy a couple years prior with my parents. Went to see Episode I: The Phantom Menace and it wasn’t long after that my bedroom was painted to look like Tatooine. The action figures, couple lightsabers, the Lego kits (god I loved the Lego kits) and posters. One of them an art piece of the big bad from The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul. From what I can remember it was blotchy. Features but blurry. It was cool. Unfortunately it was damaged in a move and I’ve never been able to find one like it since.
There’s something different about Star Wars art. I’m not talking about film posters but recreating a scene from the films, using that as your canvas. To empathise, to retell, to show more than one frame of film can tell. They say a picture is a thousand words.
Well have we got an offer for you. We’re teaming up with Acme Archives for Force Friday with some incredible official artwork. All new pieces.
The first image is “Dark Order” by Jeremy Saliba. Kylo prepares to storm the Resistance base on Crait with a squad of First Order troopers closely following him as two AT-M6’s loom in the background.
“Dark Order” will be released as a lithograph print for $45. The Edition size will be limited to 250 pieces. The paper dimensions will be 24″ x 15.5″.
Fans of Jeremy Saliba may recognize similarities between this print and Jeremy’s first piece “Vengeful Pursuit”, where Darth Vader storms the forest moon of Endor with a group of stormtroopers at his sides.
“The Dark Order piece featuring Kylo was one I had been kicking around for a while. I really like Adam Driver and I think he’s done some great stuff with the character, so I wanted to feature him as the new Supreme Leader.
It started out as an original sketch just for me, but a friend of mine saw it and suggested I take it further. So I pitched the idea to the good people at Acme/Dark Ink, and they were on board!” – Jeremy Saliba
The second Image is “Storming Rebels” by Cliff Cramp. This artwork of Rogue One shows the Rebels dodging blasterfire as they flee with the Death Star plans in hand.
“Storming Rebels” will be released as a fine art giclee on canvas for $300 and a giclee on paper for $89. The edition sizes will be 95 pieces for canvas and 150 pieces for paper. The canvas dimensions are 41″ x 25″ and the paper dimensions are 19″ x 13″
And, just like poetry, this pieces also rhymes with previously released art from Cliff Cramp. On the other side of the beach are the stormtroopers from his artwork “Storming Troopers”
“Storming Rebels is a response to fan requests at Star Wars Celebration Chicago for a rebel version of Storming Troopers. The action moves left to right in Storming Troopers so obviously the action would need to go right to left for Storming Rebels. The two images side by side complete the visual of the two forces facing off.” – Cliff Cramp
The third image is “This Is Your Fight” by Danny Haas. This artwork is the first Rise of Skywalker art to be approved for distribution by Lucasfilm.
In this spaghetti western shot, Rey faces off against a Tie Fighter as seen in the trailer that debuted at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago earlier this year. The blaster Han had given to her at her side, and Luke’s former lightsaber in hand, a thousand generations of force ghosts are about to witness one sick backflip.
“This Is Your Fight” will be released as a lithograph print for $45. The Edition size will be limited to 250 pieces. The paper dimensions will be 12″ x 36″.
The fourth image is “It’s a Complicated Profession” by Cliff Cramp. This is our first approved Mandalorian piece. It will release as a fine art paper gicee and on canvas, much like his other release.
The fine art paper giclee will measure 13″ x 19″ and be a 150 piece edition. It will cost $89. The canvas will measure 21″ x 31″ and be a 95 piece edition. It will cost $300 rolled.
This fifth piece is that of the mysterious dark Rey emerging from the shadows. This art will be released as a lithograph print. It will cost $45 and measure 18″ x 24″. This piece is special in a way unlike most others. The creation of this artwork was a special, last minute endeavour, entitled “Shadowy Corruption” by Jeremy Saliba
“According to our contacts at Lucasfilm, J.J. Abrams had made some request for Dark Rey. Whether this request was given to all product licencors, or just the artwork department specifically, we don’t know. Regardless of if the request is specific to us, we were were very happy to oblige.” – Acme Archives
The last piece is “Disciples of the Empire” by Jaime Carillo
How about some cool artwork to honour the troopers of the Original Trilogy? This art will be released as a lithograph print. It will cost $45 and measure 18″ x 24″.
All these pieces, as of today are now on sale over at Acme Archives. So why delay? Get yours today. Before there gone.
A special thanks to Acme Archives for allowing us to write about these wonderful pieces.
Written by: Connor Heggie