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Kenobi. by chrisscalf Kenobi. by chrisscalf
Well, it was announced today, so I think it is safe to post here. ;-) A quick Promo painting I did last week for an upcoming book by John Jackson Miller for Del Ray.
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This is about a 4 hour painting (spread out over a few days or so).
EDIT: I should also mention that after an initial b/w rough-- I did an INTENSE study of Ewan McGregor on as many films as possible... My initial sketch had fallen flat on capturing either Ewan or Alec's Obi Wan likeness, so I obsessed with a quest to understand the anatomy of Ewan McGregor's face and expressions.

Most of the time, we artists will seek out references of people likenesses in the same pose we are about to draw.. But I could NOT --for the life of me-- FIND a pose of McGregor in any film that matched what I needed to show here. So what you have, is a very careful freehand rendition "imagined" in that pose by cross referencing MANY photos of Ewan's face, and how light and shadow reflect off of it in various environments. So yeah-- While the initial painting was about 4 hours, there was a lot longer in side sketching and studying of this man's face... I don't think I've ever went that deep before in a portrait.
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serenawarren14 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
chrisscalf Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016
thank you!
serenawarren14 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016
your welcome!
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
bbenjoe Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
Great work!

Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the greatest jedi in my opinion.
Ravaldir Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Great piece of work! May I use it as an avatar in a star wars rpg?
chrisscalf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
Thanks! As far as permissions, I'm not the one to ask. :) It is a work for hire from Random House/Lucasfilm, so it belongs to them...
Ravaldir Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
Oweh...than I have to ask them. Hmmm...never mind.
Isildra Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Great work! Heart 
dtorrey867 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Where can I get a high quality print of this? It's amazing.
Butterflow Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Whyyyyy is this so small?! :cries:

Impressive work.
chrisscalf Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Thanks! The reason it's so small is this:…
(a couple of my Star Wars pieces are seen in there, being sold illegally and without permission as well).
Apparently, if it's big enough, some people will print them large and sell them (with signature conveniently cut-off)
SpaceMarines2 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Terrible that people would try to profit like that. Would love to see this in its full, detailed glory.
Butterflow Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Unfortunately, this happens a lot. It's sad that people don't respect artists and their artworks but I'm really shocked to see how greedy people are trying to make big money by stealing. I'm just glad that artists like you still post their work. :)
Lucario-Stl Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Obi-Wan: [as Luke wakes up after being knocked out by Tuskan Raiders] Rest easy, son. You've had a busy day. You're fortunate to be all in one piece.
Luke: Ben? Ben Kenobi? Boy, am I glad to see you.
Obi-Wan: The Jundland Wastes are not to be traveled lightly. Tell me, young Luke, what brings you out this far?
Luke: [indicating R2-D2] This little droid. I think he's searching for his former master. I've never seen such devotion in a droid before. Ah, he claims to be the property of an Obi-Wan Kenobi. Is he a relative of yours? Do you know what he's talking about?
Obi-Wan: [thoughtfully] Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan... Now, that's a name I've not heard in a long time. A long time.
Luke: I think my uncle knows him. He said he was dead.
Obi-Wan: Oh, he's not dead... Not yet.
Luke: You know him?
Obi-Wan: But of course I know him. He's me.
[R2 beeps in surprise]
Obi-Wan: I haven't gone by the name of Obi-Wan since... oh, before you were born.

[Sorry thats All I can think of when seeing this, fine work]
JaketheDino Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Maccyjoe Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work - love it.
Anouk-Jill Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student General Artist


I like the Background

Looks fantastic

Zheltovzglyad Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Fantastic, epic artwork! 
Can I take this art for Star Wars group avatar, please? 
AnimaEterna Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh my God... I never thought I would have the opportunity to congratulate the artist who painted this scene... I fell in love with this image from the first time I saw it. It is absolutely PERFECT: The pose of Obi-Wan, his shabby clothes, the desert landscape , the twin suns in the background ... the Lars moisture homestead where Luke grows... and Obi-Wan must watch over him... I'm speechless. MASTERPIECE. Congratulations. :heart:
chrisscalf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Thank you so much! :-)
AnimaEterna Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for answering my comment. I really admire your work. :heart:
May the Force be with you!
cwm3556 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Seriously awesome work...  epic, simple yet NOT. very well done!!!
VoadorChama Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never heard of this book until now; immediately put a hold on it. :D Epic artwork!
xechon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! You did the cover for John's book! That's awesome :) Loved this one, it was just a little Dune, which made it perfect.
mamax55100 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wouaw !
Asuna95 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student
love this...fckin awesome
AdrianMinotaur Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like my father, and I like thinking of my father as. Kenobi! Thanks!
boxOFjuice Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
SO AWESOMELY EPIC. This does look like Ewan Mcgregor. Looks like him in the Long Way Round bike documentary, the latter stages of the journey when he's all beardy.
drtimdawg Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Great painting. Novel sounds awesome, too. Nice work.
Zedrick775 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning artwork, great job!
Kryptice Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Fantastic artwork. Superbly done.
jdlr64 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Great artwork man!
PakPolaris Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No need to say how beautiful it is......
its awesome
Generalobiwankenobi7 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of the best Obi-wan drawings I have ever seen. The shading, the lighting, the figure. It's superb.^^ I can't get enough of this.
WanderingSeeker Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Thank you so much for contributing this piece to my new group! I really appreciate the support. :dance:
#SeekersOfWonder :popcorn:
(Wanna check out the group? Follow the link to see more amazing work.)
slugette Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, amazing!! :) Even more amazing that you have achieved this without a reference. I do believe that you studied intensely to be able to achieve this!! It is very hard to get the likeness of the character without reference.. I know, because I tried!! :)

The colours are beautiful, and only took 4 hours??? garr.. I feel truly humbled.
DarkerRealmInn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Jasuez Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
This is awesome one of the best Star Wars art i have ever seen
Ranger-CRM Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
really awesome image! well done!
LoneDeathAssassin Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very realistic...
esp. of Obi-wan
metalhead2000 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I like the symbolizim of obi-wan watching over the lars' moisture farm.
Mad-Geo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Great image.
MakingPicsSlowly Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful Compostion!
Pexaro Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking Amazing!!! The composition is brilliant and both Obi-Wan and the background look highly detailed!
Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome pic!
tropicana-banana Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Wow! Great composition! I'm not sure what the storyline for the novel is, but this image makes me think that this is not long after the time when Obi-Wan takes newborn Luke to his family. His expression seems to show the hardships he's faced and determination to watch over Luke in the future.
KerroAsklepius Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
unusualsuspex Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning, this is so evocative!!
bohemiozzz Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Awesome work! Keep the good work! ^_^
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