Incredible art brings Darth Vadar to feudal Japan

This incredible design was created as a 18x18in woodblock printed on 20x26in rice paper with deckle edge

This incredible design was created as a 18x18in woodblock printed on 20x26in rice paper with deckle edge

Sometimes it seems you can't move on the web for Star Wars tributes, and with excitement builds over Episode 7 (opens in new tab), that's only going to get more intense. But while of this illustration (opens in new tab) work is average at best, there are some real diamonds in the rough if you look hard enough.

George Lucas was famously influenced by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic Seven Samurai when devising the original Star Wars. So it's fitting that Brian Reedy has repaid the compliment here by reimagining Darth Vadar as a Samurai warrior in Japanese feudal times.

It's one of many prints he's created using ink, woodblock print and toned rice paper, all of which on sale in his Woodcut Emporium (opens in new tab) on Etsy. You'll also find a reimagined Death Star (below), plus tributes to everyone from Thor and Aquaman to King Kong and Godzilla.

To get started with woodcuts, see our guide to woodcut printmaking.

The Death Star, traditional style, as a 18x24in two color woodcut on rice paper

The Death Star, traditional style, as a 18x24in two color woodcut on rice paper

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Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.