Artwork of Chewbacca by Michael Soto

On May 25th, 1977 a movie was released that would forever change my life, that movie was Star Wars. Now, I’m not trying to sound overly dramatic or anything, but trust me when I say that I am not the type of fan that cares who shot first; we all know who shot first. Star Wars as it was simply called back then, was filled with amazing characters that any 8-year old boy would call awesome; CP3O, R2-D2, Luke, Leia, Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, Han, and Chewbacca. Chewbacca was played by the actor Peter Mayhew who passed away on April 30, 2019. It’s bizarre how a fictional character could play such a huge part in a person’s life. Throughout the years I saw Peter Mayhew a few times at various comic conventions. I always wanted to go up to him and purchase an autograph. However, I was simply too timid to go up to him and ask. Silly I know, but it’s something I regret not doing. Hearing of his passing made me think that I need to stop being afraid and allowed myself to be vulnerable. On the day of his passing, I drew this picture as a tribute to the actor who portrayed one of my favorite Star Wars characters, R.I.P. Peter Mayhew.

The Battle at Monkey Village

Artwork of The Battle of Monkey Village by Michael Soto

This drawing was just a simple exercise to see how many different elements I could add into a drawing and tell some kind of a story. The title, The Battle at Monkey Village has no real meaning other than these two warriors are about to fight in a monkey village. With that said, maybe there is a bigger story here to tell. Why are they fighting? Why are they in the monkey village? Which warrior is good and which is bad? It might be fun to explore the narrative of this piece and see where it goes.