Fan art is something that has just become commonplace in the modern age. For anything that is popular, there are surely plenty of Instagram and Tumblr accounts that are devoted to making art of many kinds in honor of those popular things. Long before it was easy to do so, Star Wars fans have been making fan art, but freelance digital artist Steven Lear has taken it to an awesome new place. Just because he can, Lear has made dozens of images depicting Star Wars characters on famous album covers, and it is really, seriously cool.
The images were posted to his website, which is called Why The Long Play Face, and feature tons of Star Wars characters, ranging from the most famous to the most obscure, photoshopped expertly onto album covers. Not only does he employ a wide range of characters with this series of fan creations, but he also uses albums from every corner and era of music, as well as many different art styles to suit the specific piece. Lucky for fans, he does do prints.
While there are a ton to choose from, there are some serious standouts. One of the more clever ones features the Death Star on the cover of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. It is pretty obvious, but really great. One of the better examples of Lear using some more obscure characters was taking The Band's self titled album, and placing the Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, otherwise known as the Cantina Band, on the cover. There are of course plenty of the core Star Wars characters used on many of the covers, like Luke Skywalker on the cover of Black Sabbath's Paranoid, and Han Solo on the cover of David Bowie's Heroes.
Fan art is something of a conundrum that is handled and looked at very differently by those in control of the properties being utilized in the art. While some creators aren't as happy about people taking their creations and doing as they please, Lucasfilm has always embraced Star Wars fans and their creations. Even since Disney took over in 2012, the company is big on letting the fans show their love however they see fit. So, we are all in the clear and can enjoy Lear's really cool creations.
Star Wars is not the only property that Lear has expertly taken and placed in the world of famous album cover art. Because he has a self proclaimed "unhealthy obsession with movies, music, and Photoshop," he has also done pieces involving Pulp Fiction, The Dark Knight Rises and Jeff Goldblum, in his famous pose from Jurassic Park. You can check out all of Steven Lear's Star Wars creations below, or visit his Instagram to check out some of his other work.