Photoart for the Ewok Attack Glider
What we have here are the 3 original pieces of photoart used for the images on the back of the box for the Ewok Combat Glider. In the age of photo editing standard, Adobe Photoshop , a call for artists to airbrush work is all but a memory. This was the norm in the late '70s-mid '80s though, and Kenner was at the top of thier game with brilliant designers doing this packaging work.

The first image on this page shows the cover sheets that came on each piece of photoart. The word "GLIDER" is hand-written in marker on each of the cover sheets. In the lower right hand corner of each sheet you will see the CYB logo of the design firm that was responsible for working on these.

The first image is the nicest of the 3 images when it comes to airbrsh work. If you at the Ewok figure being pulled from the glider you notice some wavy lines around it indicating motion. These lines were all airbrushed in and today would be nothing more than the click of a mouse. You can also see some light oversrpay running along the lower left and bottom edge.

The second image shows a lot more aibrushing in the lower right hand corner. You can see all of the overspray present. This was done to obscure the rest of the child's arm and any background images that were not needed.

The third shot shows a child once again holding the glider. Little to no airbrushing was done on this image.

This final shot is how the images appeared on boxes worldwide.

These are significant pieces to say the least. Over the years I've heard many people call pieces like this insignificant or "just pictures" but when you think about the fact that these were airbrushed by hand and then used as a master for every single box to come out of Kenner and it's overseas affiliates it's staggering. These are THE master images and are the paper equivalent of a wax sculpt. That's cool stuff in my eyes.

Finally, we have a shot of the series of Ewok Combat Glider pieces that Zac has assembled. These pieces include examples of several stages in the process used to create the vehicle. Shown are some of the original pieces of photoart for the back of the box, a color key, a proof sheet, various box flat samples and proofs, an Engineering Pilot, a production boxed glider, and included in the series, but not pictured, is a first shot.

Description by: John J. Alvarez
Photo: Zac Schneider
From the collection of: Zac Schneider
Country:United States
Film:Return of the Jedi
Licensee:Kenner
Year:1983
Category:Prototypes / Product Artwork


  


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