Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Beware of Star Wars Creepy Links!

Bonnie Burton | October 30, 2008

In honor of Halloween, here’s a round up of spooky, scary Star Wars crafts, costumes, drawing tutorials, stories, blog entries and even a ghoulishly-frightening creature MP3 for your haunted house!






ILM Halloween Invites Retrospective

Pete Vilmur | October 29, 2008

ilm_hall.jpg recently posted a short retrospective of some of the cooler ILM Halloween Party invitations released over the last 10 years, several of which give more than a slight nod to Star Wars. These are often prized by Star Wars collectors for their fun spin on the property and their insider appeal. This year’s “Leia Vamp” may top them all.

And just for kicks, here’s a mock-up design I threw out there a couple years ago that didn’t take — Grievous as Jack Skellington was just too good to pass up. Enjoy…


Yoda Sketchbook Portraits Team | October 16, 2008

(Yoda sketchbook art by Paul Hornschemeier)

How many different ways are there to draw Yoda? Fantagraphics Web Editor Mike Baehr found out when he began asking his favorite comic book artists — Daniel Clowes, Lynda Barry, Tony Millionaire, Adrian Tomine, Gilbert Hernandez, Craig McCracken, Mary Fleener, and many others — to draw his favorite Jedi Master. chats with Mike about his favorite, and some of the weirdest, portraits of Yoda.

Why did you decide to start a Yoda sketch book? How did you get the idea?
I actually stole the idea from my Fantagraphics co-worker Jacob Covey. We were working at Comic-Con in San Diego last year as exhibitors and Jacob started a theme sketchbook based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which was a formative series for him as a young comics lover. He was having so much fun collecting sketches that I decided I wanted to get in on the excitement too. I wanted to choose a theme that was equally formative for me, and nothing sparked my young imagination quite the way Star Wars did, so that was a no-brainer. I settled on Yoda pretty quickly because what he represents is so positive. Plus I’ve learned that, since Yoda is so iconic, artists can take a lot of creative liberties with him and he’s still recognizable, so I get a lot of great variety and creativity in the sketches.

How many drawings are in the book so far?
Right now 102, in two volumes plus a couple of loose drawings my friend David did and gave to me. Not bad considering I just started it last year, but I have a bit of an unfair advantage working in the comics industry.


Obama Jedi Art by Suckadelic Team | October 16, 2008

“Brand New Funky President” custom art by Suckadelic

Artist Suckadelic Shows His Obama Support Star Wars-Style

With the presidential campaign heating up, there’s bound to be a few Star Wars fans out there wanting to show their support for their favorite candidate in their own creative way. Artist Suckadelic gives his take on presidential hopeful Obama with this one-of-a-kind art piece for the Jailbreak Toys “Art + Action = Obama ’08″ art show. Star Wars Blog chats with him to get the low-down on this cool piece of Star Wars political art.


Struzan Talks Movie Posters Team | September 17, 2008

posters_011.jpg recently posted a story about Drew Struzan, poster artist-extraordinaire who has illustrated many of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones posters we’ve come to know over the last 30 years.

Struzan recently announced his retirement from movie poster illustration, and TIME has selected eleven of his more well-known pieces to discuss with the artist.

Head on over for some little-known facts about some of the famous movie posters you grew up with.

Barbie and Han Solo Art

Bonnie Burton | September 3, 2008

Looks like Ken’s got some real competition for his gal. Artist Ben Walker pays tribute to Barbie and Han Solo in his art piece “A Love That Transcends Time, Space & Manufacturer.”

Walker chats with about the piece.

What made you decide to pair up Barbie and Han?
For Gallery 1988′s TOYS! show I wanted to play with the idea that as kids we don’t necessarily stick to the story lines supplied by TV, films and toy marketers. We would play out all kinds of fantasies and stories on our bedroom floor, and everything in our toy box was fair game in order to bring that story to life. I knew I wanted to do a piece that would poke fun at the idea of a forbidden love between characters that we held dear to our hearts but weren’t supposed to exist in the same universe.


The Vader Project on G4 Team | August 20, 2008

G4′s “Attack of the Show” host Blair Butler interviews The Vader Project co-curator Sarah Jo Marks and artist Wade Lageose about the popularity of the artsy helmets, as well the new additions to the collection as it’s shown at Celebration Japan.

VIDEO: Sweet Darth Vader Helmets

The Stained Glass Darth Vader Story Team | August 8, 2008

(Photo by Paul Souders)

Not every fan can say they have a stained glass window taken from the design of a drawing they did of Darth Vader when they were a kid. Paul Souders has such bragging rights. Here’s the backstory of the Stained Glass Darth Vader and how it came to be.

What’s the story behind the stained glass design?
In 1977, my family was living in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where my father (a geologist) was working on a long-term project. His colleague Jim was visiting from the Big City (Lincoln) and took the family to see Star Wars at what was probably the only movie theater in town. Scottsbluff is pretty remote — we got all our movies a month or so after the rest of the country. Anyway, Jim was a big SW fan, had read the Lucas novel, and seen it probably a dozen times already. He was an excellent interlocutor — I was 6 years old and my brother was 4, so a lot of the movie might have sailed over our heads if he hadn’t been on hand to translate. For about five years Jim was like my favorite grown-up.


Lost McQuarrie Art Revealed at CJ Panel

Pete Vilmur | July 19, 2008


When John Scoleri, co-author of the recent Art of Ralph McQuarrie book, discovered that a stash of early Star Wars illustrations had been uncovered behind a broken furnace in the artist’s home, he was elated — and frustrated. He and co-author Stan Stice had just sent their Art of Ralph McQuarrie to print — too late to include the new material. Fortunately for us, along came Celebration Japan.

Scoleri and Stice felt the event would be a great opportunity to showcase some of this lost art, and have put together a fantastic convention exclusive that’s sure to have many Star Wars and Mcquarrie fans calling in favors to their Japanese friends.

See more lost McQuarrie artwork after the jump –


The Vader Project in Japan

Bonnie Burton | July 18, 2008

The Vader Project, an exhibit featuring the reimagined visions of the iconic Darth Vader helmet by some of today’s hottest pop and underground artists, is currently on display July 19-21, 2008 at Star Wars Celebration Japan — at Makuhari-Messe in Chiba just outside Tokyo to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars.

The Vader Project is curated by Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys. Kelemer and Marks gathered close to 100 of the hottest underground and pop surrealist painters, artists and toy designers to participate. Each artist was given a 1:1 scale authentic prop replica of the actual Darth Vader helmet used in the Star Wars films. Each helmet served as a blank canvas for each artist to paint, design, mash up, and customize.

To kick off Celebration Japan’s display of The Vader Project, I chatted with curator Dov Kelemer about the new additions to the lineup.

Why did you decide to bring The Vader Project to Celebration Japan?
Another Celebration was planned in Japan and based on its past popularity Lucasfilm and the show promoters asked Sarah Jo and I to take the show over to Japan.