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Stage 11. I've also added some very rough shade tones to Leia's face, as a starting point. I figure her and Luke are going to be one of the hardest things to get right, so starting with a strong shadow will assist the layering of the lighter flesh tones.

Stage 11. I've also added some very rough shade tones to Leia's face, as a starting point. I figure her and Luke are going to be one of the hardest things to get right, so starting with a strong shadow will assist the layering of the lighter flesh tones.

Step 3. Blue layering continued, adding a little white to slowly start pulling the colours forward. Any left over paint used in other small mixes and washes to get some basic colour and shade into the image. Every little helps at this stage and any over-coloured areas will be over painted later, but I've found this can provide some great accidental effects especially when applying wash layers, as some of the background colour will carry through.

Step 3. Blue layering continued, adding a little white to slowly start pulling the colours forward. Any left over paint used in other small mixes and washes to get some basic colour and shade into the image. Every little helps at this stage and any over-coloured areas will be over painted later, but I've found this can provide some great accidental effects especially when applying wash layers, as some of the background colour will carry through.

Stage 7. Not looking to bad so far, next session, Han Solo...........

Stage 7. Not looking to bad so far, next session, Han Solo...........

Stage 8. Close up of the detail. Harrison's face was easier than Alec's as the increase in skin tones really helped to get the contours right. I have done any white highlights yet as I want to do this last once all the base layers have been finished. It's a huge project, but a lot of fun, especially as it's given me a huge insight into the amazing skills of the original artists fantastic work.

Stage 8. Close up of the detail. Harrison's face was easier than Alec's as the increase in skin tones really helped to get the contours right. I have done any white highlights yet as I want to do this last once all the base layers have been finished. It's a huge project, but a lot of fun, especially as it's given me a huge insight into the amazing skills of the original artists fantastic work.

Stage 10. Close up of C3PO. It's amazing how the black detailing has helped this!

Stage 10. Close up of C3PO. It's amazing how the black detailing has helped this!

Size comparison, A3 printed poster, 24 x 36 in Canvas

Size comparison, A3 printed poster, 24 x 36 in Canvas

Stage 8. Initial go at Harrison Ford's face and hair, plus sharpening up of some of the black lining across the whole picture.

Stage 8. Initial go at Harrison Ford's face and hair, plus sharpening up of some of the black lining across the whole picture.

Stage 8. I've found it really helps to take time to do a bit of sharpening work successive black coats, slightly thinned to prevent creating to much contrast. Chewbacca is starting to look ok, and starting the right X Wing is helping to get parts of Carrie Fishers robe shading to work better. Her image is tough as the background details cut into the edge of her figure. I am not sure if this was intentional in the original, or part of the composition that worked through to the end product?

Stage 8. I've found it really helps to take time to do a bit of sharpening work successive black coats, slightly thinned to prevent creating to much contrast. Chewbacca is starting to look ok, and starting the right X Wing is helping to get parts of Carrie Fishers robe shading to work better. Her image is tough as the background details cut into the edge of her figure. I am not sure if this was intentional in the original, or part of the composition that worked through to the end product?

Stage 13. Detail added across the whole picture, focusing on the X Wings, Y Wing, Tie Fighter and Deathstar. Also added some stars in the background areas, taking care to try and match the clusters to those on the original.

Stage 13. Detail added across the whole picture, focusing on the X Wings, Y Wing, Tie Fighter and Deathstar. Also added some stars in the background areas, taking care to try and match the clusters to those on the original.

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