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.
*Sometimes I do political and current event stories and humor… but the real world has been a little scary and depressing lately. I thought maybe it was good to just be silly for a while, which is why Batfly and Robant have been very disconnected from the real world the past couple of weeks. Literal escapism in the form of a trap might accidentally be deeply profound in a weird way… where you’re actually safer inside the trap than you are once you escape to the outside world. But they can’t stay in the self-made trap forever, eventually everyone has to try and get back out and make the best of tough times. Here’s hoping I can continue to be a little bit of a distraction some days to help you get through the real-world nonsense with some fictional nonsense. 🙂
I haven’t drawn a particularly complicated thing in a while… and while I keep meaning to draw a C-3P0 to go along with my R2-D2 illustration from last December, I at least was inspired again to draw a Star Wars droid! This time, I hunkered down and rendered BB-8, from the most recent Star Wars, The Force Awakens.
There is an elegant simplicity in this particular droid and the primarily spherical design. It doesn’t have nearly the detail of some other characters, but it has just enough to make it interesting. I also like that it’s basically a two-color character (white and orange) with just a little bit of silver and a couple of red and blue splashes for effect.
While this actually only took me a few hours to complete, I made the classic mistake of deciding to start drawing it about 2 am the other day… so I ended up staying awake all night and finishing it before going to bed the next morning. I need to work on drawing at normal hours, but sometimes when an idea and motivation strikes I have to grab hold and take it where it leads me so I don’t lose it!
Different from some of my other illustrations of this type, I added a couple of shadows. For some reason, BB-8 just didn’t look right without shadowing under the head and on the floor. As I was finishing things up, I became aware that this is not to the same scale as my previous R2-D2 illustration. If I ever decide to composite these for something in the future, I’ll have to address that… maybe whenever I get around to C-3P0?
As always, please let me know what you think… and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.
So… I actually drew this back in December. I was inspired, admittedly, by the new Star Wars movie that came out to finally tackle R2-D2. This was every bit as difficult as the AT-AT I drew earlier last year and the Dalek I had drawn prior to that. In fact, I’ve always thought R2-D2 and Daleks might be distant cousins!
Many of you have already seen a smaller version of this, because I already used it in a Fringe Kisses cartoon last year. That’s how I roll with these things. Once I have a nice clean vector rendering of a thing, I then try to find other cool or funny uses for them. One day I’ll probably have to draw a C-3P0 to go along with him, but that’s for another day!
Please let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.