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Akirant - Face the Dark Side

July 17, 2019

Akirant - Face the Dark Side

Alberto Quirantes aka Akirant was born in Madrid in 1970. Passionate for scifi illustration since he was a child, began drawing and taught herself to paint with airbrush in the mid-80's and finally he graduate in graphic design.

His first work was as an illustrator at a newspaper for 4 years. Later he began to work in different advertising agencies like Saatchi&Saatchi or J. Walter Thompson as Art Director for more than 20 years.

After all this time, during which he doesn't forget his true passion, he finally decides to end his stage in advertising and began to work again as an illustrator, collaborating with different publications, making mattepaintings for post-production studios (another of his artistic inclination) and start his collaboration with Acme Archives as LucasFilm licensed artist, where his love for natural landscapes is very present in all his work. As passionate about scifi&comic, he was influenced by different artis as Melvyn Grant, Syd Mead, Frank Frazzeta, Moebius or Derek Riggs.

On the other hand, Akirant has also worked for metal bands around the world, creating album covers for bands such Scelerata and Seiva Bruta (BR), Force Majeure (FIN), or Blaze Bayley (UK). Currently is working for Iron Maiden.


Words from the Artist


Beyond of our personal preferences as a SW fans, there is not doubt that The Last Jedi contains epic moments that will perdure in our retinas forever. For me, one of these legendary moments is when Luke faces an AT-M6 battallon commanded by

Kylo Ren, who out of control shoot with all the power to the master Jedi. I think the atmosphere color on this scene is incredible, with all the explosions on the layer of white salt over a red soil, and also the disposition of all the Gorilla Walkers perfectly aligned around Luke.


I tried to represent all these shots in just one frame, that's why I usually use very horizontal formats for most of my pieces. On the other hand I always try to finish my digital paintings as real paintings, but I don't like to use textures like canvas or so, I just use a real brushes set. Also I try to use the same method as if I were painting on a real canvas. First I do the sketch of the scene, then normally I put a layer of ochre color, and then I start to put layers from back to front, and from top to bottom.


Obviously digital painting are more versatile, and in case of doubt I can go back or forward in every moment on the "history", and the most important thing is I don't have to worry about drying times. But the best moment is when I have on of the final copies on my hands, all this work would not be worthwhile without ACME, their reproductions are astonishing. 


I hope you like it and may the force be with you.

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