Star Wars: A New Hope Revisited in Icon Form

Re-imaginings of classic tales usually end up hitting jackpot or busting big time.

Many of today’s re-interpretations end up in film format. Richard Eyre’s creation of a modern day Richard III comes to mind, starring Ian McKellen and Robert Downey Jr. Richard III was critically hailed and created an effect that Shakespeare probably doesn’t have on youth anymore.

More recently, Natalie Portman stars in Darren Aronofsky’s film Black Swan. Black Swan also garnered a lot of reactions from the public, mainly praising it for a mind-blowing, thrilling experience.

There’s something remarkable that happens when there is a re-imagining or a re-interpretation of someone else’s work. For one thing, it seems to be a lot easier to do when you already have fame and are credited for your own accomplishments. It’s very fascinating seeing something that you’ve seen happen in a parallel universe or situation, but unfolding in a much different manner or context than it originally was in. It’s a very different experience, and can be quite rewarding.

In this case, we have a re-imagining of the classic film Star Wars: A New Hope, by artist Wayne Dorrington. He must’ve had something to do with those beautiful Kanye West G.O.O.D Fridays releases, given his similarity in color scheme. I actually really like the black and vibrant pink on the website. Having done work on Star Wars action figures as well as famous TV show Top Gear, Dorrington is no stranger to the game. He produced this beautiful little graphic for kicks.

Wayne Dorrington Star Wars

I noticed that the scheme itself is very similar to his website/portfolio’s color scheme. A great piece of work to showcase his skill, marked by a very subtle signature set of colors.

I really like the simplicity and continuity in this piece of work. For example, all speech bubbles are marked in the same color, and the ideas they convey are identical throughout the picture, which makes it easy for the reader to follow. This especially shines through in the scene when the rebels come up with the plan to destroy the Death Star, which is represented simply by a line crossing through the Death Star. Later on, as the death star actually gets destroyed, the same icon gets enlarged and conveys it.

Check out the full sized image by clicking on the picture. You’ll get at least a quick re-ignition of what Star Wars was all about, if not a few laughs.

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