Star Wars Vegetables 03/12/13
We chat to artist Nela Krzewniak about her delightful series of Star Wars inspired vegetable characters including Leek Skywalker and Chewbanana.
Where did the idea for your Star Wars vegetables come from?
I think it was mid 2012 and I was browsing the internet and I came across an image of chewbroccoli (one of the characters of Grocery Store Wars, I remember seeing it years ago). I thought the mix between vegetables/fruits and Star Wars characters was fun and it inspired me to make a digital piece of chewbacca. I decided on a banana as I liked the name mash up. At first I never intended to go past Chewbanana, as it was mainly meant as silly fun and something to doodle. But after I showed it to my boyfriend he said I should make a series out of it.
How did you decide which fruit and vegetable matched which Star Wars character?
I came up with Chewbanana (he was the first one I made) because I just liked the way the two names sounded together and went from there. My boyfriend helped me with the other three names, we basically chose the names of fruits/vegetables that sounded best when combined with the original characters names. I still have a list of other name pairs that I didn’t turn into paintings yet, I might eventually go back to it and add to the series.
Which one is your favourite?
I think it has to be Leek Skywalker, because the name goes really well and I like the way it came out. I also like the Leia one, mainly because people are confused as to what it actually is, some say its a pear, some say it’s a pickle, it was actually meant to be a guanabana (soursop) but I think because it’s not a common fruit (and the lack of name on the actual picture) that’s where the confusion comes from.
But I like them all really!
How long did it take you to create these print?
Because they aren’t overly detailed they all took around 2-3 hours each, I never intended them to look very polished, I like the messy look (where you can still see brush strokes) hence why they didn’t take that much time.
Can people purchase prints? If so how?
I didn’t release them as prints because they fall under the category of fan art (deviantart actually doesn’t allow to sell prints of pieces listed as fan art). I am however open to commissions (more information can be found on my deviantart page for anyone who is interested.