Posts Tagged ‘Art’



Dork Vader

Katie Cook | August 14, 2012

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How To Spot a Ralph McQuarrie

J.W. Rinzler | August 8, 2012
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A Ralph McQuarrie concept artwork or a licensed artwork?

The easy answer is, look for an awe inspiring composition, a refined color palette, dynamic character poses, and original ideas. But my job in researching the Making of Return of the Jedi was to differentiate between a McQuarrie production illustration and his licensed artwork. Not so easy as it might sound, as they’re all stored together in the archives.

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SWCVI: The As You Wish Helmet Project

Art Andrews | August 1, 2012

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Star Wars: Celebration V was an amazing experience for me as it was my first Celebration.  I have attended dozens of conventions but none have compared to the magnitude of a gathering that is 100% STAR WARS!  Years ago, I had seen the Vader Project, online, and was very impressed by it, but hadn’t thought much of it since then.  Imagine my surprise to see that the 501st Legion had put together a similar project at Celebration V; the TK-Project, using Stormtrooper helmets instead of Darth Vader helmets, and all to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation!  My wife and I were so impressed; we bid on several, and ended up winning one of the helmets!

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SWCVI: First Look at Attendee Badge Art

StarWars.com Team | August 1, 2012

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There are a lot of things that set Star Wars Celebration apart from the slew of other pop culture conventions out there — Stormtooper security guards, life-size TIE Fighters in the hall, droid races — but some are more subtle, like the badges that all attendees and staff wear. Unlike most cons that use the same boring badge design with minor color variations for every type of attendee, Star Wars Celebration is known for its badge collections, with over 15 badges — each with an artist’s fresh take on classic characters.

To fit Celebration VI’s “Join the Party” theme, artists Chris Trevas and Brian Rood came up with 19 new character designs featuring famous faces from a galaxy far, far away celebrating Celebration. Click through to see them all, from a moustachioed Droid general to a balloon wielding bounty hunter!

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Darth Wader

Katie Cook | July 31, 2012

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Enjoy this quick cartoon based on a joke a little boy told me at San Diego Comic-Con. He was pretty proud of the pun and told me I should draw it (pushy little guy!).

Katie Cook is a cartoonist and writer. She is kind of a big deal… to her cat. You can find her art and comics at katiecandraw.com, gronkcomic.com and find her mumbling like a raving lunatic at on Twitter @katiecandraw.

… And Tarfful is on the synchronized swimming team.

Katie Cook | July 26, 2012

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Katie Cook is a cartoonist and writer. She is kind of a big deal… to her cat. You can find her art and comics at katiecandraw.com, gronkcomic.com and find her mumbling like a raving lunatic at on Twitter @katiecandraw.

Happy 4th Of July!

Katie Cook | July 4, 2012

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Who knew Wookiees and Tusken Raiders had so much in common? Happy Fourth of July from all of us at StarWars.com!

Katie Cook is a cartoonist and writer. She is kind of a big deal… to her cat. You can find her art and comics at katiecandraw.com, gronkcomic.com and find her mumbling like a raving lunatic at on Twitter @katiecandraw.

Introducing… Katie Cook

Katie Cook | July 3, 2012

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.

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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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Win a LEGO Episode I 3D Mural

StarWars.com Team | February 16, 2012

Southern California fans (Update: see below) have a chance to win one of the stunning Star Wars: Episode I 3D murals comprised completely of LEGO bricks spotted at select theaters across the country. ArcLight Hollywood has just posted a contest to their Facebook page asking fans who see The Phantom Menace 3D at the Hollywood venue to snap a photo of themselves in front of the mural with a caption explaining what makes them the biggest Star Wars fan!

The entry that receives the most votes by Wednesday, February 22 will take the LEGO mural home! Click here to enter.

There’s a good chance that more of these murals will become available in similar contests across the country, so stay tuned as we’ll update this entry with any new contests that are announced!

Go to the official ArcLight site for more info.

UPDATE: It appears that Harkins Theatres of Scottsdale, Arizona has launched their own mural giveaway contest, requiring only that you “Like” them on Facebook to enter! Check it out here!