While overlooking Mos Eisley, Obi-wan Kenobi cautiously warned Luke Skywalker: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy." The same could be said for the digital steampunk "Star Wars" characters floating around in the imagination of artist Bjorn Hurri.
"Star Wars" fan art is as ubiquitous as the Midi-chlorian count in Anakin Skywalker, but every once in a while something special pops up and gets everyone buzzing. Hurri combines the Victorian- and mechanical-inspired world of steampunk with various characters from the "Star Wars" saga, including Han Solo, Leia, Boba Fett, Yoda, C-3PO, and Jabba the Hutt. These drawings may not be new to some die-hard fans, as Hurri had teased work-in-progress images several years ago. The results are steamy.
The force is with Hurri, a lead artist for a U.K. design agency who has sketched art for several video games, including Tribes 2, the Total War series, and various other Sega titles.
Can George Lucas hire this guy and make a steampunk "Star Wars" video game already?