Editor’s Note: Star Wars fans, and visitors to StarWars.com, are bound to recognize Katie Cook’s work, as well as her… unique… sense of humor. We’ve written about her a few times before, and are huge fans of her comics — some of which you can share as Star Wars eCards. And now we’re pleased to have her with us as a regular contributor. She’ll take it from here.
Archive for ‘Creativity’
This week marks the sad passing of conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie. The legendary conceptual artist not only inspired filmmaker George Lucas making Star Wars possible, but also other future directors, actors, screenwriters and more, not to mention millions of fans worldwide.
We asked some of our favorite celebrity fans what McQuarrie meant to them, as well as gathered the best celebs tweets that celebrated this one-of-a-kind artist.
Read more about Ralph McQuarrie and his work on Ralph McQuarrie.com.
Star Wars Prequels Producer Rick McCallum writes:
Ralph was the very first person I went to when we started prep on The Phantom Menace. When Ralph came to visit at the Ranch, he told me he just didn’t feel strong enough to take charge of the picture, but I felt sure I could convince him to change his mind. George and I were willing to work in any way that would make it possible for him to be part of the creation of the new trilogy. We had a great few days going over everything and finally when he told me he simply couldn’t take on the challenge because of his health, we took him into our conference room.
I showed him artwork from young artists from schools and visual effects companies throughout the world. We must have had at least 35 seriously talented artists work positioned throughout this big room. He walked around in total silence for nearly three hours, meticulously looking at everyone’s work and then he gathered Eric Tiemens, Ryan Church and Doug Chaing’s work and put them all together — then he sat down and looked at their work for what seemed like another hour and then suddenly he pointed at Doug Chaing’s samples and he exclaimed with urgency and a huge smile, “Yes, he’s the one!” And that’s how we hired Doug to become the Concept Designer on Episode I. And on Episode II and III, Ryan and Eric became the concept designers!
Ralph was a constant source of inspiration. We always had his art work hanging all over the art departments in the hallways and offices in London, Sydney and at Skywalker Ranch. There was never a single moment that I can remember not seeing someone looking, staring, or studying the beautiful and stirring images that Ralph created.
He was kind and decent — a consummate gentleman with a unique and beautiful perspective on our own world and those beyond. He will be sorely missed from our hearts but never ever forgotten.
MTV star Liz Lee smooches a Gamorrean GuardGet in the Valentine’s Day spirit with this list of fun Star Wars-related romantic sites.
VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS & CRAFTS:
- Valentine’s Day Cards by artist Katie Cook (Starwars.com)
- The Phantom Menace Valentine Cut-Outs by artist Grant Gould (Starwars.com)
- Star Wars Valentine’s Day Cards and Gifts (Starwars.com)
- Printable Star Wars Valentine’s Day Cards (Retroist.com)
- Star Wars Valentines by James Stowe (jamesstowe.blogspot.com)
- A Very Star Wars Valentines (Something Awful)
- Valentine’s Day cards, Star Wars style (Club Jade)
VALENTINE’S DAY FUN:
- Star Wars Sweethearts Soundboard! (Starwars.com)
- Romancing the Droid: Why I Married R2-D2 (Official Starwars.com Blog)
- 8th Grade Star Wars Love Letter (Official Starwars.com Blog)
- How to Woo a Nerdy Girl (Official Starwars.com Blog)
- Stormtroopers in Love (Official Starwars.com Blog)
- Halo Master Chief’s Date with a Stormtrooper (Official Starwars.com Blog)
- Love In The Time Of Carbonite, or the Best Couples from Star Wars (io9.com)
- Pop Culture’s Best Couples: 26 True (Fictional) Lovers (EW.com)
Check out this fan-made rendition of Return of the Jedi in pixels!
Thanks to Jedi Master of Paper Crafts dad Anthony Herrera has us all frantically making geektastic Star Wars Paper Snowflakes of Yoda, Admiral Ackbar, Ahsoka Tano, C-3PO, and more!
Learn how to make these cool snowflakes and more here:
Star Wars Snowflakes
Want to send this year’s seasons greetings from Darth Vader, R2-D2 and Yoda? Making your own holiday collage cards is fun and easy.
To make a collage card all you need is a collection of images from your favorite magazines and comics, glitter glue and construction paper!
Famous surrealist artists used the collage technique to make interesting art from photos, newspaper clippings, ribbons, magazine images and fabric scraps.
Just follow the simple instructions provided below. And soon you’ll be giving friends and family members one-of-a-kind holiday collage card creations for the season!
While everyone knows Darth Vader for his intimidating black helmet, another famous fella can be spotted a mile away — even way up in the sky — from his signature headwear as well.
To celebrate the holiday season, here’s a handy guide on how to make festive Santa (and elf) hats for your Star Wars action figures, statues and toys!
What You Need:
1. Red and Green felt
2. Red and Green construction paper
3. Red and Green ribbon
5. Craft glue
6. Needle and thread
11. Adult-sized Santa hat
This Imperial AT-AT of gingerbread on display at Orange County’s Discovery Science Museum would impress even the Dark Lord of the Sith! It’s made by the culinary Jedi Masters at Blackmarket Bakery.
Read more about it here:
Gingerbread AT-AT Overruns Discovery Science Center
(via the OC Weekly)