I haven’t even gotten around to drawing last week’s Illustration Friday theme, “germs” (I really wanted to do that one but I probably won’t) but I’ve got something old-ish for this week’s theme, “flying.”

Probably a better title would be falling but…aniI drew this image after reading Rogue Planet (a Star Wars book) by Greg Bear. Anakin is about 12 or so, getting sort of bored with the Jedi life, and seeking adventure. In one of the opening scenes he finds out about an underground race that takes place I think in the sewers of Coruscant, using these sort of winged jet-pack things. It sounded like super-enhanced hanggliding. It really just needed to be drawn.

I went for a sort of Icarus feel for the composition, and I was happy with the result, particularly the perspective. Unfortunately I rushed the background and kind of ruined it. It does have a nice raw feeling, and there is a sense of motion, but it’s just too messy to be very effective. Maybe some day I’ll cut out the surviving sections and start over.


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great drawing
.-= neilornstein´s last blog ..white flight =-.

Oh, I don’t know about the background being ruined at all–I really like it. What didn’t you like about it? It’s kindof murky and unfinished–a perfect contrast to the details of the figure–which I really really like. The perspective is fabulous, and I was thinking Icarus from the very beginning, and it was only after I started noticing details that I thought, hmmm–a futuristic interpretation. Wonderful drawing!

Mamzelle Roüge

Great style !

cool style

beautiful techniques!

Wow, awesome depth! Really neat illustration!
.-= Stacie´s last blog ..Jump Creek and Jump Creek Falls =-.

Thanks all!

TMartin – I agree that keeping the background unfinished and sort of blurry isn’t a bad idea, that it would add to the sense of energy- I’m just not thrilled with the way it turned out. I’ve got defined lines that I’m going outside, I think I’d have been better off on one end of the spectrum or the other.

Wow. Great idea and great drawing all around

Thanks Frank!


I really like the perspective on this; and the use of sepia. Your limited use of color in your blog layout really enhances this aspect of this drawing. well done.

Thanks Ascender! Yes, I’m often happily surprised at how the b/w enhances my photos and partial color art. I’m not trained as a designer, but sometimes I blunder on to something good!

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