Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Star Wars Art Cover Up, Uncovered

FT. WALTON, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Star Wars artists are a lot like old masters who used to paint over their canvases.

Case in point: Dave Dorman – a freelance graphic artist who works for Dark Horse comics, a company that publishes Star Wars graphic novels.

Dorman created the covers of four Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith graphic novels and covered one image up with another.

He says after getting feedback from George Lucas he was asked to give a “more intense” look to Anakin and Padme Amidala’s faces.

Dorman says he was on a tight deadline and had to finish the painting, so like an old master, he painted the new faces right on top of the old ones. Lucas owns that painting today.

But Dorman says he has no regrets because the original piece “didn’t convey the dramatic sense I had originally wanted.”

The only evidence it existed is a scan that Dorman made. It’s not an official Lucas-sanctioned image, but he says the world may get to see it if he ever puts together a book of his Star Wars artwork.

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