Young John Connor really enjoyed the Star Wars movies. His mother, Sarah, allowed him this escape knowing full well the terribly difficult future that awaited her son. She was also very generous in helping John to amass one of the greatest collections of Star Wars action figures, vehicles, and play sets that any kid could ever hope to own. For all that generosity, however, there was something conspicuously missing from young John’s collection. John Connor had never owned a Boba Fett action figure of any kind!
Each year he would ask his mother for Boba Fett for Christmas and for his birthday… but each year, while she would buy him the most wondrous and rare of all Star Wars toys, she would never buy him a Boba Fett toy of any kind. John did have lots of other toys such as Play-Doh and Lego building blocks, and he had fun with those too, but oh how he longed for his own Boba Fett. One day, John finally spoke to his mother about this. “Mother, “ he started, “you bring me lots of Star Wars toys and I enjoy them all…”
“You’re welcome, John, I want you to enjoy your childhood as best you can before the machine apocalypse,” she replied.
“And I thank you graciously for that, mother, but why do you never buy me any Boba Fett toys? I so wish I had some of those too,” John exclaimed.
Sarah pointed towards the Play-Doh and the Legos, but John did not understand. “I will never buy you such a toy, John, you should know that by now,” she added.
“But, why, mom?” he asked.
“Because, John… you have all that you need right here,” assured Sarah.
Still confused, John looked around… and his mother could see that he had not yet learned the most valuable lesson of all… “If you want a Boba Fett toy, John, you will have to create one from the other toys I have given to you,” she commanded.
“I don’t understand,” John replied.
“There is no Fett but the one you make for yourself,” said Sarah.
I had met the challenge of the Thing… then the challenge of the Clone Trooper… so what next? I jumped to the head of the line, got ahead of the curve, drew something before I was challenged to do it… Boba Fett!
As with other recent drawings, this one was all old-school… pencil, sharpie, colored pencils. It’s a little wider than it ought to be, for a properly proportioned Boba Fett head… but that leaves no doubt that I really drew it… ‘cause nobody would ever copy someone else like this! 🙂
I didn’t scan the intermediate pencil and ink stages for this one… I wish I had, though, because in the drawings I’ve done lately I’ve learned a little bit about myself. It turns out for me, the best process to yield the strongest final results are for me to sketch in pencil, then scan that and use it as a baseline to draw digitally. Sketching in pencil lets me interject more of my own style and personality into the work, but finishing on the computer lets me get the strongest and cleanest representation. Also, when I screw up something in the inking… it’s much harder to fix than when working digitally.
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