Thursday, February 22, 2007


Finally, I've been given the green light to post this special piece I've been working on. Titled 'Chewbacca- Hoth Encounter', this piece was commissioned by the Acme Animation Archives, who are the official licensees of all Lucasfilm artwork. It was recently launched at the 2007 New York Comic Con and Art Expo New York.

George Lucas had to approve the art every step of the way, so as you can imagine it was both an exciting and nerve-wrecking experience. It was a real buzz to hear that he loved the final result.

The piece was created in Cinema4D R10, Zbrush and Photoshop.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Shit...
Ten Flavours of 'kick-arse'.

Cause of the detail, I have to ask what dimensions you were working with.

12:30 AM  
Blogger Matt Huynh said...

insane work, Chris!

all that stress was well worth it


12:37 AM  
Blogger G said...

That's truly amazing artwork, Chris! Well done. Really admire how you've taught yourself how to make such amazing art!

12:58 AM  
Blogger SEILER said...


1:18 AM  
Blogger Andrew Glazebrook said...


A fabulous piece of work no doubt about that !!

2:11 AM  
Blogger Forbes Browne said...

Oh my god! Fantastic!

4:05 AM  
Blogger Piotr said...

wow great work chris! im sure youll get more from georgie...

7:54 AM  
Blogger Gon said...

Your Chewbacca is very reallistic! look at all the details.. awsome work!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

HOLEY MOLEY!!!!! fantastic!

9:08 AM  
Blogger Nelson Santos said...

Not bad for a rookie Chris ;)

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go dude, a dream come true. Working in my old studio listening to the soundtracks all the time. Well done.

1:27 PM  
Blogger J. Nowland said...

Hey Chris.... this makes the wait worth it... that hair is fantastic... Good as always... PEACE!

7:02 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Townsend (JERT) said...

sigh......definitely tickles my geek bone, nice piece o' work here, mr.wahl

7:12 PM  
Blogger greg oakes said...

chris... freakin' gorgeous man!!!

if i didn't know any better i'd have to say that you sold your soul to the devil. ;) lol...

everything you touch turns to gold!! very inspiring!!! :)

all the best...


6:01 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

Is WOW to short a reply? but WOW.

2:28 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

As usual, I learn something everytime I visit your blog! What a great piece! One day you have to put these tutorials on a disc and sell them at cons or something. They're really helpful!

2:04 PM  
Blogger smartartist said...

Dude... you rock!! congrats on a job well done.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another excelent piece of art . You just keep getting better

1:36 PM  
Blogger Ryan G. said...

Wow Chris! Freakin awesome!

4:06 AM  
Blogger bog_art said...

This is not possible!!.. congratulations!!.. this is a master piece!!..

1:08 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Marvellous blog, Chris!! most astounding! bows!

2:49 AM  
Blogger Kisel.B said...

AIIIIII! Absolutely amazing work man!

4:37 AM  
Blogger Jacobo said...

Thanks for your commentary. Your blog is amazing!!.It is very versatile. There is many quality and very much materially. Congratulation, I am without words.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Cactus- Thanks man! Done at A2 size (42cm x 59.4cm)

G- Hey thanks, Gary! (he says suddenly realising he owes you a pinup. Eep!)

Piotr- I was offered to do a whole series of 'uniquely cropped' Star Wars pics, but I'm just waiting to see what the response and sales are like for the Chewie piece before I commit.

Mark- Ah, those were the days...and don't forget the fried chicken. Mmm...Chicken Licken.

Greg-Sold my soul? Wonk ot ekil uoy t'ndluow. >:D-

Urbanbarbarian- Hey thanks Dan. Nice to know an artist with your talent can find something useful in all this malarkey.

Thanks everyone. All this makes the hard work worth it.

11:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Awesome work as always, but I thought I would point out that it's spelled "Wookiee."

1:07 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

ryan- Whoops, thanks for the correction.

1:11 AM  
Blogger j. said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Chris. You're artwork is always amazing but this is takes the cake!


12:58 AM  
Blogger Morly said...

This piece is pretty much one of the coolest that I've seen...but then, I'm a bit biased, too!

-Chris Jackson
Acme Archives

PS - Thanks again for the fantastic work, Chris! I can assure you, we'll be talking to you soon about doing another one!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks J!

Morly- Hey Chris! Thanks for dropping by to comment.

I'll talk to you soon.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what an honor! Knowing that Lucas approved and appreciated it too! I'm so excited for you :)

10:33 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Matt!

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris...just bought the last of the large canvas editions (21/25) from Animation Art in IL. LOVE IT!! I can't stop looking at it. Great work. Are you coming out with another?


11:07 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Hey Brian!

Thanks for buying this mate. Much appreciated.

I have been invited back to do more...we'll see. (just a matter of finding the time.)

Thanks again and enjoy!

12:23 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just pretty awesome! Thumbs up!

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very, very cool!!! Sounds like it was a dream project. Congratulations on an awesome piece!

7:20 PM  

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