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Secret Lives of Star Wars Villains

Conquering the galaxy isn’t all drama and highlights. The untold tales of Star Wars villains, as imagined by the clever photographer David Gilliver at Design You Trust.

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“Tiny Storm Troopers and a mini Darth Vader are captured doing everyday activities – from taking a bath, to wrapping presents. Scottish Artist and Photographer, David Giliver created these scenes over a period of two years using toys and miniature props. Here: Two storm troopers lie in a bath.”

Darth Vader gives presents to Luke Skywalker

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Darth Vader points at an opticians letter chart

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A stormtrooper has a walker on a leash

A storm trooper rides a skateboard

A walker hold a bone and wears a Christmas hat

An Emperor’s Guard wraps another in tin foil

A storm trooper wears high heeled boots

A storm trooper gives another a bunch of flowers

A storm trooper bottle feeds a walker

A storm trooper feeds a walker in the grass

A storm trooper throws a stick to a walker

Photo by David Gilliver/Barcroft Images

 


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Adding Pop-Culture Characters to Paintings

Ever wonder about alternative uses for old thrift-store paintings? Well clever artist David Irwine shows us some great ideas using pop-culture icons, as shown at Sad & Useless.


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Crocheted Superhero, Video Game & Comic Characters

A fun yarn from Geeky Hooker and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“A not-so-long time ago (5 years ago), in a galaxy not-so-far away (Milky Way, Earth, Houston TX), I taught myself how to crochet. I tinkered around, starting out with lumpy generic little dolls, until I got bored and started making lumpy little superheroes instead.

From there things got a little out of control, and it got to a point where if it was geeky and fun, I’d try to make it out of yarn. Captain America? Done! Chewbacca? Got it. Frida Kahlo, for no reason other than the fact that I REALLY wanted an excuse to put a tiny little unibrow on her? Done and done. Five years later, I’ve amassed a collection of little characters ranging in categories from comic book characters to sci-fi monsters to stuff in the all-encompassing “I just freaking felt like making it” category.

Sometimes I keep the little guys for myself, but most of the time I give them away, and every year I make a bunch to scatter around San Diego Comic-Con for people to find. I tag them with my contact info, and then I cross my fingers and hope that they’ll be given good homes. So far I’ve had a good turnout of adoptions, and hopefully they’ll eventually take over the world, one goofy little sack of yarn at a time!”


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Star Wars Inspired Light Fixtures

From Eyal Rosenthal and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“With a minimalist style, designed to look like something you’d put at home, yet delicately catching the essence of the origin, these lighting fixtures are all inspired from Star Wars movies.

Having that Scandinavian style, they are presented as pages in a Swedish catalog. The names remind the origin but converted to resemble Swedish and for credibility, paragraphs were added in google-translated Swedish with content from the original character’s Wikipedia page.”


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Adding Star Wars to Thomas Kincade Paintings

Genius Jeff Bennett has realized that Thomas Kincade’s famous landscapes needed a little sci-fi kick. Here is some of his terrific work, thanks to the mad geniuses at Laughing Squid. Oh, why couldn’t I be so talented?


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Star Wars Characters Reimagined as Winnie the Pooh and Friends

Illustrations by James Hance, published by Bored Panda.

Florida based illustrator and artist James Hance just combined Star Wars with Winnie the Pooh. Titled “Wookie the Chew,” Hance’s illustrations reimagine Chewbacca as Pooh Bear and Eeyore as an Imperial Walker, along other crossovers.

But that’s not all. Hance has also just released an audio book of the story! Be sure to check out his website to see more of his work, or Etsy, where you can buy some of these unique, “Wookie the Chew” prints.


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Star Wars Reimagined as Calvin & Hobbes

Illustrations by Brian Kesinger (who was kind enough to blurb my first picture book, MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES). Published by Bored Panda.

Those still lamenting the end of Calvin & Hobbes can rejoice. Brian Kesinger, story artist for Marvel and Disney Animation Studios, and Bill Watterson fan, has digitally drawn a Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Calvin & Hobbes mashup. His motivation? Kesinger was interested in exploring the relationships from the Star Wars movie.

“Everyone has cherished memories of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ and ‘Star Wars. It’s like the peanut butter and chocolate of pop culture,” said Kesinger. “The fun for me is taking two groups of very well-known characters and putting them in scenarios together to see what would happen. This trend has become very popular among fan artists and it’s a great way to make someone reconnect with their childhood.”

Kesinger told Bored Panda that it takes roughly an hour to create a piece: “coming up with the idea usually takes the most time but once I have a concept the execution goes pretty quickly.”