Portrait of Luke Skywalker on Tatooine

It is not often one of your heroes acknowledges your work. Yesterday I posted this piece of Mark Hamill as the young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine at the beginning of the Star Wars universe of stories.

Well, Luke Skywalker himself, @HamillHimself on twitter, liked the post…which was enough to set this fanboy agog having seen the original film in theaters back in 1977 and hundreds of times since.

Twitter exchange with Mark Hamill

Mr. Hamill came back and commented that he didn’t like the piece, he loved it. This may seem inconsequential to many, but to an illustrator and fan whose life has walked alongside the Star Wars stories for the past 40+ years, this was everything.

Someone whose work I admire and has brought joy to me, and millions of others, noticed my work and was kind enough to tell me so. Almost speechless…almost.

Portrait of Luke Skywalker on Tatooine

Kindess is a superpower; no matter how small or large the gesture. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Its ability to shape behavior and change the outcome of any situation is boundless. Thank you Mr. Hamill for your kindness. 

This portrait was created using Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Corel Painter.

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