Disney Star Wars: Lucasfilm Independent No More. Some Quick Thoughts.

George Lucas’ goal in creating Lucasfilm was to operate a film studio free from Hollywood control. It allowed for groundbreaking storytelling and innovative, experimental filmmaking that while sometimes flawed broke the typical LA mindset. Even though he merchandised the shit out of his Star Wars baby, up until now it’s been his. No shareholders looking for a bottom line; just fans. Now its owned by Disney. The shining example of independent cinema just sold out. While it may end up being good for Star Wars fans, film lovers have lost the biggest independent film studio of all time. Some people say people like Lucas destroyed indie film with their blockbusters; I say he reinvented it. We’ll see what he does with that money he’s earned.

Empire at 30 Daily Drawings May 26: Darth Vader – Surprise Guest

One of the coolest moments of the entire Star Wars saga is captured in my drawing for today – Darth Vader’s surprise appearance on Cloud City. I think we were all shocked when Lando opened the dining room door!

Drawing of Darth Vader deflecting Han Solo's blaster
Darth Vader deflects Han Solo on Bespin

The Empire Strikes Back, the second Star Wars film (and greatest film of all time) turned 30 on May 21st, 2010. I’m doing one drawing a day throughout May, 2010!

Empire at 30 Daily Drawings May 25: Ghost of Obi-Wan says ‘Don’t Go, Luke!’

Today’s ‘Empire at 30′ daily drawing features the ghost ‘Force Spirit’ of Obi-Wan Kenobi as he tries to warn Luke away from ending his training to go rescue Han, Leia and the kids Chewbacca and C3PO.

Drawing of Obi Wan Kenobi's Ghost
Obi Wan Kenobi's Ghost

The original title for this one was ‘The power of Obi-Wan compels you!’ but I ditched the idea.

The Empire Strikes Back, the second Star Wars film (and greatest film of all time) turned 30 on May 21st, 2010. I’m doing one drawing a day throughout May, 2010!

Empire at 30 Daily Drawings May 24: Bespin, the Cloud City in the Lando System

Today’s ‘Empire at 30’ daily drawing sees our heroes Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C3PO approach Bespin, the Cloud City in the Lando System.

Art of Bespin, the Cloud City in the Lando System
Bespin, the Cloud City in the Lando System

The Empire Strikes Back, the second Star Wars film (and greatest film of all time) turned 30 on May 21st, 2010. I’m doing one drawing a day throughout May, 2010!

Empire at 30 Daily Drawings May 23: Your weapons, you will not need them.

Luke finds himself in some trouble of his own in this scene I selected to draw from The Empire Strikes Back for today’s ‘Empire at 30’ daily drawing.

Drawing of Vader in the Cave on Dagaboh
Luke discovers something about himself on Dagobah

The Empire Strikes Back, the second Star Wars film (and greatest film of all time) turned 30 on May 21st, 2010. I’m doing one drawing a day throughout May, 2010!

Empire at 30 Daily Drawings May 22: This is No Cave!

So after the bounty hunters are sent out to find Captain Solo and company, Han finds a way to hide from the Imperial fleet: By fling the Millennium Falcon inside of a giant space slug! But they didn’t know that at first. (^_^)

Drawing of the Space Slug from The Empire Strikes Back
This is no cave! Says Han Solo

The Empire Strikes Back, the second Star Wars film (and greatest film of all time) turned 30 on May 21st, 2010. I’m doing one drawing a day throughout May, 2010!