Archive for ‘Creativity’



Celeb Fans Remember Artist Ralph McQuarrie

StarWars.com Team | March 5, 2012

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.

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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.

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Jabba the Cake!

Bonnie Burton | February 15, 2012

This Jabba the Hutt cake looks like one tasty Lickmoomoo — that’s Huttese for dessert! Henry is one lucky kid to get this amazing edible creation from Kates Kakes!

Star Wars Valentine’s Day Roundup!

StarWars.com Team | February 9, 2012


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 FUN:

May the Pixels Be With You

StarWars.com Team | January 26, 2012

Check out this fan-made rendition of Return of the Jedi in pixels!

Lifesize Stormtrooper Cake!

Bonnie Burton | January 23, 2012

This 6’4″ tall edible Stormtrooper was made by Oak Leaf Cakes for the Arisia Science Fiction Convention in Boston.

Check out more cakes in our Flickr set here:
Star Wars Edibles

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R2-D2 & Leia Paper Snowflake Craft!

Bonnie Burton | December 20, 2011

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!

Now he’s inspiring other crafty fans to come up with even more Star Wars Paper Snowflakes! Check out these R2-D2 from Randy Slavey and Princess Leia by James Rooney.

Learn how to make these cool snowflakes and more here:
Star Wars Snowflakes


Star Wars Holiday Cards Craft

Bonnie Burton | December 19, 2011

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!

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Deck Your Toys With Holiday Headwear

Bonnie Burton | December 15, 2011

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
4. Cotton
5. Craft glue
6. Needle and thread
7. Paperclips
8. Stapler
9. Scissors
10. Tape
11. Adult-sized Santa hat

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Gingerbread AT-AT!

Bonnie Burton | December 12, 2011

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)

Utinni! Jawa Vegan Cookie Cupcakes!

Bonnie Burton | December 12, 2011

I love crafty fan JustJenn Designs and her tasty tributes to Star Wars! Using the new Williams-Sonoma Droids and Aliens Cookie Cutters, JustJenn Designs made these adorkable and delicious Jawa Vegan Cookie Cupcakes!

JustJenn writes:

The new Droids and Aliens cutters came out and I was drawn to the Jawas. I was always fascinated with how the hoods covered them entirely and how deeply inset their faces seemed to be – what exactly was behind those beady yellow eyes? I knew I wanted to capture that same idea when using the cookie cutters.

I was going to a Merry Sithmas party believe it or not, and one of the guests had a lot of food allergies. She is always left out when it came to desserts and seeing as how she LOVES Star Wars as much as I do, I decided to come up with a totally Vegan cookie and cupcake combo.

Find out how she made these delicious desserts here:
Jawa Vegan Cookie Cupcakes (via JustJenn Designs)

Be sure to check out her other Star Wars crafts & recipes: