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Star Wars Paintbrush: #014 SKY TRAFFIC OVER BESPIN (detail)

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Two brothers’ archive of 1990s Star Wars images made on Microsoft Paintbrush

Co-founders of Dastoli Digital Robert and James were huge fans of Star Wars in the late 1990s, recreating hundreds of images from comics, books and game graphics on Microsoft Paintbrush using the Windows 3.1 operating system. In the run-up to the release of Star Wars Episode VII which will come out on 18 December 2015 they’re releasing an image a day from this seemingly bottomless archive, giving fellow fans a glimpse of their fantastic attention to detail and brilliantly retro colour palette.

Robert explains: “My brother and I would spend hours working on each of them and many of them have an impressive level of detail and accuracy. Most importantly though, they serve as a charming reminder of the power of our fandom.” That they do; the archive harks back to the golden age of gaming and shows the brothers’ ravenous hunger for Star Wars ephemera in whatever form it presented itself. Good job there are 472 more drawings to come, eh?

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Star Wars Paintbrush: #002 STORMTROOPER BATTLE CRUISER ON PANNA PRIME

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Star Wars Paintbrush: #006 WORLPORT ON ORD MANTELL

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Star Wars Paintbrush: #014 SKY TRAFFIC OVER BESPIN

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Star Wars Paintbrush: #015 BATTLE OF ENDOR

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Star Wars Paintbrush: #017 NEBULAN RANGER AND SUNGEM OVER IZIZ

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Star Wars Paintbrush: #016 BIMMISAARI MARKET PLACE

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Star Wars Paintbrush: #019 GANATH

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Star Wars Paintbrush: #020 SEBULBA’S PODRACER