I first discovered digital artist Calum Jones while scrolling through my Instagram feed. As I'm always on the lookout for cool Star Wars-related images, Jones' gallery tickled me with the way he took SW action figures and re-created scenes from the movies.
In some cases, he went "off the screen" and depicted events that never took place in the films, and yet one could imagine happening.
After "liking" most of his photos, I reached out to the London-based artist to ask him some questions.
I wanted to know why he started the gallery; what equipment he used; and what inspired him. We corresponded mainly via e-mail, and this is what he told me:
Geek To Me: I really enjoyed checking your stuff out on your Instagram, and I wondered where the idea came from? What got you started?
Calum Jones: I used to set them up just for fun, I'd never thought to take pictures of them until my sister who was on Instagram suggested I try and save them for posterity!
Geek To Me: Where do the ideas for the different scenes come from?
Calum Jones: I draw my ideas for set ups from the source material of the films, but also imagining what might be happening in between the scenes.
I tend to work on the idea in my head - usually when I'm running - then I work out the posing.
I'm always trying to capture the spirit of Star Wars and try to represent the kind of adventures I used to have with my old Kenner figures back when I was a boy growing up!
Geek To Me: Who are some of the artists who have inspired you?
Calum Jones: I love the Ralph Mcquarrie concept paintings; to this day I can't stop looking at his great work without a sense of awe!
For posing figures, I'm heavily influenced by comic book art. I'm a big fan of Frank Miller and his Sin City.
Geek To Me: How long does it take for you to get a scene finished?
Calum Jones: Depending on whether my cat Henry decides to get involved I only take a few minutes to take the shots.
I then take a quick screen shot of an appropriate still from the movies for my background.
The bit that takes the real time - sometimes a few hours - is in Photoshop where I composite the shot together and paint in effects and do all my general editing.
Geek To Me: What equipment do you use?
Calum Jones: Equipment-wise I use the camera on a Galaxy S2 phone, Photoshop, natural light and a king sized prawn (when available) to distract the cat.
Geek To Me: I just recently discovered you, so how long have you been doing this?
Calum Jones: I started taking pictures in April last year.
Geek To Me: I can only imagine how many figures you have. Have you counted how many are in your collection?
Calum Jones: My collection is pretty massive.. I actually don't know how many figures I have!
Geek To Me: Is there some Star Wars item out there that you don't have yet, that you really want to own?
Calum Jones: The one item I really want to get my hands on is the recent Toys R Us Exclusive Speeder Bike; it didn't have a release over here in the UK and I totally missed it!
Geek To Me: Which of the Star Wars movies is your favorite?
Calum Jones: I've come to love all 6 Star Wars movies, but my favourite film in any galaxy will always be the original: A New Hope. It was the first movie I ever saw at the cinema and my love for it has lasted my whole life!
Geek To Me: Any advice for young artists?
Calum Jones: My advice would be to create work that you personally love to make; by making it a personal it becomes a piece of you and that makes it unique.
I also think you should always keep pushing your boundaries, always keep trying to beat your best game and you've got a shot at something awesome!
See more cool Star Wars action in Calum Jones' gallery on INSTAGRAM