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Star Wars illustrator Brent Woodside explains with these easy-to-follow steps on how to draw a massive battle with the Millennium Falcon!
To begin, look through your Star Wars comics, magazines, books and posters, as well as images here on Starwars.com like the one above. Notice how battles look with different ships. Note the angle of ships as they speed through space chasing after one another.
Look over the reference and let your imagination run wild, or draw with directly from your reference. If you draw with direct reference you will have an image that will look very similar to the original picture. If you want to try to make up a battle from scratch, it's helpful to first try out your ideas into by drawing little sketches called " thumbnails." These will help you decide what the image is going to look like. It is a good idea to do several of them.
When you decide on a thumbnail you like it is time to develop it into a concept. Here are two different thumbnails to create a concept sketch.
Once you have a clear idea of your layout it is time to draw the image full size. Look for the basic shapes of the objects in the picture. Draw them out as simple shapes like circles, squares, and cones that make up the main objects, in this case the ships.
The first level of details should be spread throughout the picture. Try to look for the most important shapes that identify the objects. Notice the hexagonal shapes of the TIE fighter wings, the outrigger cockpit of the Falcon and the boxy shapes on the top of the Star Destroyer. Make sure to draw your details evenly throughout the drawing. Don't focus on one area too much because you might have to change the position or size of something later.
Once you have these new lines in place go back and erase out the lines that no longer make sense. Also clean up the lines that will be used.
For the next layer of details you will need to go back to your reference and look for the major details that make the ships identifiable. You might even have to find it helpful to look closely at a toy of the space ship to look for the smaller details.
Again clean up all the unnecessary lines left after your last update.
The next bunch of details is usually more specific. Don't skimp on these because they will make the drawing more believable.
Check for lines that no longer make sense and clear them out, or they will cause you confusion later.
Now for some very tiny little details and textures. Look at your reference and try to figure out what the details are, and how they work. An understanding of this will help you to illustrate it. Complex machines like the Millennium Falcon won't look like machines without their little details.
Clean up the lines again. This stage of the drawing is just as important as drawing the lines.
These are the final details. Look for anything you might have forgotten before and get it in there. At this point you might take a break from the drawing and come back to it. This will give you a new outlook on the drawing and pick up on things you had not realized you missed.
This is the final clean up stage. Make sure the lines you have make sense and work well together.
Coloring and shading is up to you. Try using really basic colors like a coloring book and then decide on a light source and lighten and darken accordingly. Good luck!
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For other Millennium Falcon stories, don't forget to check out:
- Millennium Falcon Week Begins StarWars.com gets the ball rolling with an excerpt from the new novel, Star Wars: Millennium Falcon by James Luceno.
- The Last Corellian Shipyard Explore the behind-the-scenes history -- and the tragic end -- of the full-sized Millennium Falcon set!
- A Millennium of Gaming The history of the Millennium Falcon in video games.
- Millennium Falcon Collectibles The best Falcon toys, puzzles, models and more.
- Learn to Draw the Millennium Falcon Step-by-step instructions on how to draw the classic vessel.
- Make a Millennium Falcon Neck Rest Turn an ordinary neck rest into a crafty Star Wars one.
- Secrets of the Millennium Falcon Millennium Falcon week concludes with this behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Ultimate Blueprints.