Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Barack Obacca

Bonnie Burton | January 20, 2009

(Art by Ryan Case)

We’ve already seen President Barack Obama as a Jedi, a Rebel pilot, and even as Admiral Ackbar; but this is the first time he’s been spotted as a Wookiee.

Check out this unique portrait of President Barack Obama here:
Barack Obacca (via Etsy)

My Little Chewie and Han Solo

Bonnie Burton | January 14, 2009

(photo and art by Mari Kasurinen)

Laugh it up Little Pony! Just when you thought Chewbacca wouldn’t get any cuter, artist Mari Kasurinen gave Chewie a My Little Pony makeover. chats with Mari about her Star Wars-My Little Pony mashup art.

What kind of art do you do?
At the moment my art is mainly considered as Pop Art — a genre of art that uses elements of popular culture. In my art I find my inspiration from movies, music and comics, mainly from the ’80s
and ’90s. For my My Little Pony customs I choose characters which I find to be icons and phenomenons of their time.

Why did you decide to make a My Little Pony version of Chewbacca?
I’ve been a Star Wars fan as long as I can remember. I grew up with the “old trilogy” and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one! I find that Star Wars was a huge phenomenon back then and continues to be it even to this day. One of my goals is that I capture all of my favorite characters from Star Wars into My Little Pony customizations. Chewie is one of my favorites and he was “next in line.” Before him I did Darth Vader, Princess Leia, a stormtrooper, Boba Fett and Han Solo. The list goes on and yet I’m not even halfway there!


Vader Project Art from Thunderdog

Bonnie Burton | January 13, 2009

If you’re a fan of the unusual and creative helmet art series The Vader Project, it looks like new pieces are being added for 2009!

Tristan Eaton and AZK ONE’s Thunderdog Studios custom for The Vader Project reinterprets the Dark Lord of the Sith’s iconic helmet by grounding it to the history of earth-bound conflict. The Thunderdog emblazoned piece recalls WWII era gas maks, the visor style eye-pieces key into a more modern aesthetic. It’s the face of battle – past, present and future.

Read more about it here:
Thunderdog Studios for the Vader Project (Vinyl Pulse)

Andy Helm’s Star Wars Dudes

Bonnie Burton | January 5, 2009

Artist Andy Helm has been drawing a Dude-a-Day for awhile, but it’s his sketches of Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Han Solo, C-3PO, R2-D2 and a stormtrooper that caught our eye. Most impressive.

Check them out here:
Andy Helm’s Dude-a-Day (via Drawn!)

Japanese Star Wars Art Collection

Bonnie Burton | December 31, 2008

(Photo by Danny Choo)

Star Wars fan and Tokyo Trooper Danny Choo visits Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki and blogs about his incredible collection of toys and art including Japanese-style Star Wars art. The R2-D4 sculpture is exceptionally awesome.

Check out the photos here:
Takashi Okazaki Photo Set (via

SOURCE: Boing Boing

Found on eBay: African Ewoks Poster Art

Pete Vilmur | December 12, 2008


We caught this item on eBay a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty cool. According to the seller’s description, movie posters in some West African regions hand-painted oversize movie posters back in the day in order to travel with the film as it toured several theater venues. From the description:

The artist had the freedom to add or change scenes seen or not seen in the film in order to make the poster more attractive!…These posters were rolled or folded and easy to move around with the mobile Cinema…The profits of the mobile Cinema operators were also reduced and they were not able to afford the “expensive” talented artist to paint their signboards anymore!

This artwork is actually based on a similar poster used internationally for the video release of Battle for Endor in 1986, although in this instance the artist’s sense of proportion appears a bit skewed (we’ve heard of strong-headed heroes, but big-headed?). Gladly, the piece was successfully sold to one lucky bidder who might want to proudly display it over the living room sofa.

Or not.

Droid Billboard Art Promotes Nutrition Team | December 2, 2008

(photo from San Francisco Bay Area Murals: Communities Create Their Muses 1904-1997 by Timothy W. Drescher)

When Star Wars debuted in theaters everywhere in 1977, fans everywhere couldn’t get enough of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Darth Vader and the droid duo of C-3PO and R2-D2. Fans paid tribute to their favorite characters with filk songs, comics, fanzines and street art.

During this time, San Francisco artist and muralist Xavier Viramontes joined other artists from the Galeria de la Raza to send positive messages to neighboor kids living in the Mission District. They had become frustrated with all the billboards promoting cigarettes and liquor, so they “appropriated” one of the street-level billboards on Bryant Street by painting over it with positive messages for the community. Over the years the billboard has been home to murals painted by both local and guest artists.

In 1977, Viramontes painted his “Avoid Junk Food” billboard which featured none other than the helpful droids C-3PO and R2-D2 as they explained which healthy foods are good sources of minerals and vitamins.

Check out the full image here.

The billboard has since be repainted, but you can learn more about it and other murals in the book San Francisco Bay Area Murals: Communities Create Their Muses 1904-1997 by Timothy W. Drescher, published by Pogo Press.

More Yoda Sketchbook Portraits

Bonnie Burton | November 12, 2008

(Yoda sketch by Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening)

If you are still in awe over Fantagraphics Web Editor Mike Baehr’s Yoda Sketchbook featuring drawings from comic book icons such as Daniel Clowes, Lynda Barry, Tony Millionaire, Adrian Tomine, Gilbert Hernandez, Craig McCracken, and Mary Fleener, get ready to be impressed further.

Looks like Mike has some more amazing portraits of Yoda to add to the collection, and are now up on his Flickr set for our viewing pleasure. I met Mike face to face at this year’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) in San Francisco, and got to see the sketchbook in person. And let me just say it’s packed with truly creative renditions of our favorite Jedi Master!

Mike writes:

I’ve got the APE Yodas scanned and uploaded, including Matt Groening (WOO HOO) and a bunch of other great ones (Tom Neely: CRAZY; Lilli Carre: GORGEOUS) plus, fresh from last night, Bill Griffith (it’s a hybrid Yoda/Zippy)!

Check out the new Yoda portraits here:
Yoda convention sketchbooks

(Yoda/Zippy Sketch by Bill Griffith)


Bonnie Burton | November 7, 2008

Drawing Princess Leia Frankenstein

Bonnie Burton | October 31, 2008

Ever wanted to draw Star Wars characters and vehicles just like the professional comic book artists? In this step-by-step series, Star Wars artists and illustrators show you how to draw some of the most beloved characters in the saga.

Star Wars illustrator Nicole Falk explains with these easy-to-follow steps how to draw Princess Leia dressed as the Bride of Frankenstein just in time for Halloween.

Check out the drawing tutorial here:
Drawing Princess Leia Frankenstein (