Sooo, back in 2007, we at GirlsDrawinGirls were called upon by the kind folks at The Vader Project to do our take on the classic pop culture icon: the Darth Vader Helmet. Various well-known artists, such as Shag, Biskup, Baseman, and Kozik did their own interpretations on the helmets. So it was a real thrill & honor to be asked to submit one.
After deliberating over what & how to paint this thing, we got a bit frustrated. Luckily we had a few beers, and in a slightly-buzzed, throw-my-hands-up-in-the-air moment, I joked that we put the fearsome lord in drag (this, too, is my answer to MANY things).
"F#ck it! Put a bunch of fruit on his head & call him 'Carmen Mirandarth'! "
So that's exactly what we did.
We rushed over to Michaels, bought a bunch of doo-dads & notions, and went to work. In one night, after some serious glue-gunning, we came up with this:
When unveiled to the girls at the next GDG meeting, one notably commented: "I'm scared."
Little did we know the buzz Carmen Mirandarth created would turn out to be huge. She made a fabulous debut at Comic Con 2007.
Tons of people blogged about her. She got so much press & is currently touring the world! The last place she was exhibited (and probably the LAST place we'd think she'd be) was at a Carnegie art museum!
Now the Vadar Project helmets are going up for auction. With all the buzz our girl has generated, I'm curious to know how she does. I can honestly say it's not the money I care about. I'm getting a bigger kick out of how well she's been received. Disturbing, yes. But in the end, she's making people happy. And hopefully she makes one STAR WARS super fan extra-super-*faaaabulously* happy.