Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Happy Birthday to Ralph McQuarrie! Team | June 13, 2009

Today marks the 80th birthday of an artist who made filmmaker George Lucas’ vision of an action-packed galaxy full of Jedi, Sith, stormtroopers and droids a reality through his breathtaking pre-production artwork.

The execs at 20th Century Fox were so impressed with McQuarrie’s concept art that they gave Lucas the funding he needed to make Star Wars and change cinema and our vision of space forever.

Artist Ralph McQuarrie tells Star Wars Insider:

Star Wars included the sort of stylized design I was interested in when I was at Art Center College of Design, which I never had a chance to work on commercially prior to Star Wars. It sort of wound up being mine because I was given the privilege of designing the sets, the costumes and everything else in the paintings I did for George’s presentation to Fox.”

He continues, “George and I didn’t think the stuff that I did would necessarily be in the film, but he wanted me to show him what I thought would be an ideal solution for each scene. And it turned out he took those paintings along when he went to England to talk to the crew who designed the sets and costumes. And there they were, these paintings I’d done, up on the wall. I think they presented a pretty concise image of what the film could look like, so George could say, ‘This is what I want.’ They used quite a lot of what I had done in their designs.”

In addition to the Star Wars trilogy (as well as the Star Wars Holiday Special), McQuarrie also contributed greatly to Star Trek, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Battlestar Galactica, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, among other noted films.

Happy Birthday, Ralph! Thanks for making us all take out our sketchpads and attempt to draw worlds as beautiful as yours.

Read more McQuarrie’s work on Star Wars here:
Ralph McQuarrie on Designing Star Wars

To learn more about the life and work of Ralph McQuarrie, visit

McQuarrie Honored by Digital Artists

Pete Vilmur | May 29, 2009


According to the CG Society’s official website, legendary Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie has been awarded the distinction of “EXPOSÉ 7 Grand Master” by the group.

“The CGSociety is the most respected and accessible global organization for creative digital artists,” reads the group’s site. “The CGS supports artists at every level by offering a range of services to connect, inform, educate and promote, by celebrating achievement, excellence and innovation in all aspects of digital art.”

Fitting, then, that such an esteemed group of artists would honor McQuarrie’s work and career with such a prestigious award. Most Star Wars fans would agree that it is certainly well-deserved!

Head on over to the CG Society’s website for the award announcement, interview, and a great look back at McQuarrie’s spectacular career.

San Jose Super-Con 2009 Recap Team | May 26, 2009

(Jane Wiedlin poses with 501st and wee little fan)

Not all conventions are made equally. While San Diego Comic-Con International is still considered the Mother Ship of geektastic gatherings, some of the smaller conventions still hold a special place in my heart. San Jose Super-Con (held May 16-17, 2009) is one of those tiny conventions that still believe comics, not movies, are king.

Here’s a recap of what you might have seen/heard/witnessed/tweeted if you were there.

(501st greet a young recruit)


Star Wars Easter Egg Art

Bonnie Burton | April 10, 2009

Star Wars artist Amy Pronovost painted these awesome Easter eggs that look like Darth Maul, Chewbacca and Wicket.

Check out the eggs under the cut.


Found on eBay: First Bronze Yoda

Pete Vilmur | April 8, 2009


No doubt about it — the little Jedi Master has still got it! A recent auction for the ultra-rare 1990 Empire 10th anniversary bronze Yoda fetched just north of $5,000 — not bad for an original investment of $500 in 1990. Just one of 50 produced, it’s not hard to see why this little 9-inch sculpture is so coveted by collectors.

More than a mere hunk of heavy metal, this was the inaugural sculpture of famed Star Wars artist Lawrence Noble, who has gone on to create several more Star Wars bronzes in the years since, including one life-size Yoda that welcomes guests to LFL’s Presidio campus.

Check out details of the auction here.

It’s a Painting!

Bonnie Burton | April 4, 2009

Art by Thiago Moura Januário

Cartoon Network Profiles Katie Cook Team | March 23, 2009

Cartoon Network interviews Star Wars artist Katie Cook about her work on The Clone Wars webcomic, her style, how to draw Chewbacca, why Grievious likes kittens and why Katie loves R2-D2.

WATCH VIDEO: Cartoon Network Spotlight: Katie Cook

Be sure to read our profile with Katie Cook on here.

Salvador Dalí AT-AT Tattoo Team | March 19, 2009

(Image from BME News)

Check out this amazing AT-AT tattoo inspired by Salvador Dalí’s surrealist painting called “Elephants.” BME News has more info about this skin art inked by Paul at Old School Tattoo in Bellingham, Washington.

Read all about the tattoo here:
Laugh it Up, Fuzzball (via BME News)


Faux Retro Howard the Duck Poster Team | March 19, 2009

In honor of the DVD release of Howard the Duck, here’s an awesome fan-made poster by artist Mark Leggett depicting our fine-feathered cigar-smoking hero in a ’60s poster design.

Star Wars Lunch Bag Art

Bonnie Burton | March 17, 2009

As a kid, brown bagging your lunch was always a gamble. Would you get an apple or a Twinkie? PB&J on Wonderbread or weird salami sandwich on rye? CapriSun or milk box? But one thing’s for sure, if my dad drew awesome cartoons on my bag I’d be pretty excited.

Derek the dad does just that. Plus he blogs all his lunch bag art that his kids get to see every day. Recently, he drew portraits of a battle droid, a clone trooper and Yoda himself. chats with Derek about his art and why battle droids make decent lunch companions.

What made you decide to decorate lunch bags for your kids?

The markers and crayons were there, and I’d just put their names on the bags. I just got fancier as time passed.

What prompted you to do one of battle droids?

My son thinks the battle droids are funny. I have many questions about them myself. What are their lives like? Do they grieve for fallen friends? Do they know fear? Who builds them? Do they ever feel remorse for the evil they do, or is that an upgrade? Can a battle droid finish a tour of duty and become a different kind of droid? I like to think that R2-D2 was a particularly smart battle droid who earned a new body after he left the military.

What is your favorite bag so far?

I do like the battle droid a lot. Reproducing someone else’s character design is interesting. You appreciate that the droid is goofy, but he’s also a little scary.

I watch The Clone Wars series with my kids. There are strong female characters, which my daughter likes. There’s a lot of mayhem, which my son likes. And I keep wondering, what will become of Ahsoka when Order 66 is given?

Check out Derek’s art here:
Lunch Bag Art Blog