StarWars.com held a contest for fans of the Star Wars franchise — in particular Star Wars: The Force Awakens — to be able to get involved with the film and create some original The Force Awakens art. On August 11 of this year, Disney/Lucasfilm and HP kicked off Art Awakens, which was a competition where fans were asked to celebrate Star Wars: The Force Awakens with their own interpretations of the film’s characters and locales.
According to the site, all styles were accepted and there were no character off limits. Lucasfilm and Disney, along with HP received thousands of entries — which you can see at ArtAwakens.com. The submissions and winners range from “photorealistic paintings of new dark side warriors” to movie-poster style works featuring a “certain soccer-ball-like droid.” Check them out.
First we have Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma. This piece was done by Robin H. the winner of the HP Technology Award for the most innovative use of technology.
I absolutely love the scarring on the chrome helmet. It speaks to a warrior that has been in many battles. Next we have Kylo Ren by Jeremy P.
Great depiction of the Dark Side warrior in the snowy forest with his now infamous crossguard lightsaber. I can especially appreciate the attention to detail, with Kylo’s robe and mask. Finally, we have BB-8 and duel by Scott K.
This is probably one of my favorites, as not only does it show my new favorite droid BB-8 (sorry R2), but there is the secondary battle between Finn and Kylo Ren inside BB-8’s spherical body. Nicely done.
According to SW.com, the winners were chosen by a judging committee that included members from Disney, Lucasfilm, and Industrial Light & Magic.
"“The winners will have the opportunity to be flown out to Los Angeles to attend the film’s VIP opening night, and their art will be featured in Los Angeles’ Gallery 1988 from November 14-15 for a special Star Wars: The Force Awakens exhibit. The exhibit will also include top professional and emerging contemporary artists, with all new original pieces will be auctioned off in the name of Star Wars: Force for Change to benefit UNICEF Kid Power, which gives kids the power to save lives.”"
That’s an amazing cause and I sincerely hope that Force for Change and UNICEF raises even more money in the process. You can see the other winners by clicking the link HERE. And remember, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens worldwide on December 17 and 18.