079: Millennium Falcon Pursued!
We soar away from Tatooine!
I was never quite sure where the Millennium Falcon‘s artillery was positioned. Hmmm…
I guessed top and bottom. But then, how do Luke and Han look over their shoulders at one another when sat at their guns later in the film? Hmmm… perhaps the artificial gravity is pointing differently in the gun emplacements? Nope, still doesn’t seem to make sense to me.
Perhaps you can help me out readers; in the comments section below!
Art Notes: there is a God
Quite a lot of effort was put into the top panel here. There’s so much rich colour on the rendering of Tatooine. Though at my tender age I hadn’t understood how if you work green straight onto its complimentary colour red, they try to neutralise each other and you get brown mud–or grey. Side-by side marks of complimentary colour can work–a lá The Impressionists–and at close-range,each can actually heighten the intensity of the other.
And do you see that very liberal use of the same green highlighter pen in the bottom panel? I couldn’t resist it. That would have been great fun to try out that effect: in which the green light from the lasers was filling the cockpit. (the red lasers in the top panel were probably added at a later date). But it’s very adventurous indeed for a 9 or 10 year old kid, if I do say so myself. As Han Solo would say, “You know, sometimes I even impress myself.” My dad might be an Atheist, but he sure as Hell proved there was a God–when he brought one of these heavenly fluorescent felt-tip pens home from the office stationery cupboard! It was probably a revelation for me and I became an instant true believer in the wonder of purloined stationery.
And it was like a miracle. You used this felt pen and it was almost like the colour popped off the page. Like it was backlit–like those fancy luminescent effects in the Battle of the Planets animated TV series. Remember those, readers? I was excited by that as a kid. I’d never seen it before. I suspect Disney had been doing backlighting effects for decades, maybe even as far back as Snow White, but one rarely got to see those. Certainly not on the telly, at any rate.
Also impressive, is the fact that this drawing is about 4 decades old (I write this in 2016) and the colours are still bright. Keeping your artwork in the dark really helps to stop it fading.
We see the Millennium Falcon filling the frame, with Tatooine in the background. There are also 3 Imperial Star Destroyer ships in hot pursuit and firing upon her.
Now we're inside the Falcon's cockpit, sat behind Ben Kenobi, Chewbacca, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. The stars are streaking—although they haven't gone to light-speed yet—and bright green light from the imperial laser fire is filling the interior.