Traditional Japanese artwork has a very unique design and style. The word for this unique style is Ukiyo-e and is a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan during the 17th – 19th centuries. The subjects of these paintings were traditionally depictions of beautiful women, kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, scenes from history and folk tales, travel scenes and landscapes, and even erotica.
Fast forward to the 21st Century and in steps Brookland, NY illustrator Steve Bialik, who executed a fun idea of drawing characters from Star Wars in this traditional style of Ukiyo-e. The results are truly honorable and worthy of not only paying homage to this traditional Japanese art form, but to Star Wars fans everywhere.
While the release of these prints was way back in late 2009, the release of the upcoming Episode 7 next year sparked my notion to bring the spotlight back onto them.
Well done (again) Steve!
Han and Chewbacca
Jabba The Hut (with the enslaved Leia)