The Vector Awakens: Star Wars and Adobe Illustrator
Orlando Arocena is a professional illustrator. You could also call him a professional fan, since many of his images depict pop culture touchstones. He creates them out of love for the subject matter, not in response to a client request.
His most recent batch of fan art is dedicated to the Star Wars film saga, which he’s admired since an early age. “Star Wars gets me because of everything it says — not just the creativity but also the philosophy,” Arocena notes.
Arocena uses Adobe Illustrator CC for his images. The intricate vector work behind his subtle gradients is amazing.
To enjoy many more examples of his Star Wars tribute imagery and learn about his Illustrator techniques, see “The Force Is Strong with Orlando Arocena” in Adobe Create Magazine.