Over the course of the next few years, and by few I mean between now and 2020, a massive tidal wave of Star Wars is about to crash down on top of us. Between the animated series Star Wars Rebels, J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, and the standalone movies directed by the likes of Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, it makes sense that long dormant fandoms are being reignited and celebrated. Nowhere is that more clear than in the world of fan art, and these flat look renderings of your favorite characters from that far, far away galaxy are pretty damn fantastic.
This is an aesthetic approach that’s very popular in the graphic design world right now. It’s a simple, minimalistic approach that offers clean lines and uncluttered presentations. Artist Filipe Carvalho has translated all of the most iconic of the Star Wars characters, and we all know there are a ton of iconic characters in the franchise. Presented in this style, he takes each individual’s defining visual characteristics and distills his or her appearance down to the most basic identifying elements.
Here’s what Carvalho has to say about his work and his process:
Obviously, I’m a Star Wars fan, so I wanted to pay a tribute to something I really love. Being a copywriter, the Star Wars’ universe that I was introduced to in my childhood has inspired me to create great and passionate stories that have the potential to capture the public’s eye and heart.
But, it’s one thing to have the Star Wars saga as an inspiration and another to create a visual based on the story.
Flat Design, with its simple visual approach, enabled the non-professional-art-director-me to produce some illustration work, so, this was my chance to give something back to the saga. I looked up online and apparently there isn’t any set of flat design/long shadow design Star Wars Icons.
And this is how I ended up putting my heart and soul to this project. Hope you like it.
More than anything, this, again, illustrates exactly how much these movies, and movies and entertainment in general, can mean to us. After all, when you get right down to it, we’re all of this, or some other franchise, series, movie, book, comic, whatever. My passions don’t usually manifest themselves in such pretty ways (they usually just take the form of yelling on the internet), but I totally get the impulse to create things that celebrate the things you love.
So take a few moments to check out these pieces (which you can see in larger forms by clicking on the thumbnails below), and get stoked about thinking about how much Star Wars is on the way.