Topps Rogue One Cassian Sketch Card

I was recently commissioned to recreate a sketch card I had done for the first series of Rogue One by Topps. There was a mistake in the sketch cards delivered to me, so to correct that I was sent a few blank sketch cards after I had completed the project. With this project, I couldn’t create a new image on the blank sketch card they sent me but instead I could redraw any of the sketch cards I did that were approved by Lucas Film /Topps.

All of my Rogue One Sketch Cards
All of my Rogue One Sketch Cards

So a client chose their favourite sketch card I had done for that set and I then redid it. I think this one came out way better than the first, with more vibrant colours and the ink work being tighter. Client was super happy with it too!

Rogue One sketch card of Cassian
Topps Rogue One sketch card of Cassian
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Boba Fett Print

First time I’ve really tried colouring something in Photoshop. Normally when I use Photoshop it is for editing photos or my artwork. For my work at Long View Systems, I often use Photoshop for manipulating colours, removing portions of a photograph so it works better in a graphic, or to add visually appealing text to an image. However, here I imported the hand drawn and inked sketch into Photoshop and then created multiple layers with a few stylistic effects added to them. I don’t know too much about painting in Photoshop, so what I did here was to create ‘flats’ and then manipulate those overtop of one another while the drawing was on a top layer. This is a common way for digitally colouring comics, which led me to the idea of using the Ben dots on the blue background and a paper texture on the Fett helmet. I think it pulls everything together nicely and allows the solid white Fett prototype to really pop.

star wars ralph mcquarrie prototypeThe drawing itself is a compilation of Boba Fett’s helmet (background) and the prototype Boba Fett originally designed for the movie (foreground). I basedmuch of the drawing off the Fett prototype statue produced from Sideshow Collectibles (seen here to the left). Ralph McQuarrie was the main concept artist on the original Star Wars movie, and though you don’t see Boba Fett in the first movie, McQuarrie had designed a costume for him. Originally the costume was all white and had a few important differences from what you end up seeing in the remastered A New Hope and later in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. McQuarrie’s Fett concept is very popular, along with his other concept designs, and I thought it would be interesting to draw this version of Fett with the Fett helmet you see in the movie behind him.

Why is Your Name All Across the Print?

No, my name will not be all across the print once it’s actually made. I place my name across a lot of my art when I post it online to detract from people stealing it. I’ve seen a lot of cases where companies or individuals have stolen other people’s art that they have posted online. This art is then printed or reused for sale by that other party. Sometimes people also steal someone else’s art and claim it as their own to boost their portfolio. So to try and deter this from happening I digitally place my name on my artwork when I post it online ūüôā

How Do You Get This Print?

Going to be turning this into a print but it won’t be for sale! The only way to get it is to purchase an original drawing or commission me. This print will be sent with your drawing as a thank you! I have always included thank you’s when people purchase artwork from me and try to do new prints every so often. Usually I only do about 40 copies of a print, so it will run out sooner rather than later!

Contact me about a commission or to purchase one of my pre-done drawings below:

Commissioned Portrait

I was recently commissioned to create a traditionally illustrated portrait. The portrait is actually of a friend of mine. The stipulation was just that she wanted me to base the portrait on a particular photo she supplied me. Everything else was up to me.

The Process

commission stage 1The illustration was created on a fairly smooth 11×14″ bristol board paper; not sure if I’d use this same paper again though. An initial, fairly rough pencil sketch of the illustration was created and I sent photos of these to the client for approval before I began colouring.

 

Alphonse Mucha paintingI was given free reign on the background and how to position the portrait in the frame. I decided to do something I rarely have an opportunity to do, which is Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Being influenced by Alphonse Mucha, I created an organic border of vines and leaves with a few flowers. I had the top ends of the vines turn into a metallic brass and drew a metallic brass plate that ran across the bottom.

 

commission stage 3Prior to colouring the piece I cleaned up some of the thicker lines with my pen eraser and dabbed my kneaded eraser across the entire surface to lessen the amount of graphite that sat on the paper. Then I started colouring it with my Copic markers. I sometimes use Copics almost like paintbrushes, lightly blocking in areas of colour and applying colour in a stroke-like fashion, allowing the colours to blend in. I also use a Colorless Blender marker that significantly aids in blending Copics.

 

commission stage 4After I was satisfied with the Copics I used Faber-Castell Polychromos pencil crayons. Faber-Castell is my favourite brand of pencils and their pencil crayons are a pure joy to work with. I dry blended the pencil crayons and kept certain lines intact, such as around the cheeks of her face to add a bit of movement. The hair was approached differently as I added heavy layers of pencil crayons to build up colour, tone, and shape.

 

commission stage 5The final steps were using acrylic paints on certain areas to bring out highlights or allow portions of the illustration to sit further back, such as the yellow petals at the top were given a light white wash so they were less impactful. Once dried, I sprayed a fixative on the illustration so it wouldn’t smear.

 

The client was very happy with the results. She was also particularly happy that she had given me free-reign on the background -and so was I. All too often the projects I work on (like sketch cards) are very specific in what I can do. This is fine but sometimes it’s good to stretch your legs as an artist!

Final Product

If you would like me to create a portrait for you of a family member, favourite celebrity, or perhaps of the cherished family pet, contact me here and we can get started!

commissioned portrait

Blog Subscription Contest

meme of Data saying i'm detecting much win in this sectorI am having a blog subscription contest! What’s the prize you ask? Well, it’s two codes for downloading a free pack of the digital Star Wars cards off the Topps app AND a digital download of the movie The Expendables 2! One¬†entrant will be randomly chosen and the codes to the prizes will be direct messaged to them on Twitter!

How to enter

You may be asking yourself how do I enter this contest? Well my friends, all you have to do is follow these three simple steps:

  1. Follow me on Twitter (link on the right side)
  2. Retweet the CONTEST post I share on Twitter
  3. Subscribe to my website’s blog (it’s on the right-hand side of this blog post)

And that’s it! Do those three things and on this coming Monday, May 15th, I’ll draw a winner at random that has done those three things!

But wait, what happens when I subscribe to your blog?

By subscribing to my blog you will then receive a simple email whenever I post a blog on my website. I post roughly once a week, so you definitely won’t be spammed. The perk of subscribing to my blog is that you will never miss anything I post on my website! Sure my blogs appear on Twitter when I post them, but those posts are quickly lost in the Twitter feed. By subscribing you will see an email and be able to read what I wrote, like finding out about new projects I’m working on, upcoming sales on sketch cards, prints, or other items, and about other future contests. Perhaps I’ll have a contest soon for only those that have subscribed to my blog!

After entering the contest why not check out some of my Star Wars 40th Anniversary sketch cards I have for sale on Ebay and then watch the trailer for The Expendables 2 down below!

Watch the trailer for The Expendables 2!

Star Wars Day: May the Fourth Be With You!

Star Wars Day: May the Fourth Be With You!

I love it when companies utilize fun ‘holidays’ in ways that engage the customers. Not for the sole purpose of selling stuff (though I have done that with my art!) but to just provide a positive and fun atmosphere for their customers. Doing so fosters a culture and atmosphere that customers will remember going forward. Today, Star Wars Day or also known as May the Fourth Be With You Day, is one such day where companies can grow that culture and atmosphere.

What one may not expect is when it is not a company but rather a government agency that plays along with these ‘holidays’. The Government of Canada Transport agency had one special and very witty post for this Star Wars Day and the Canadian Army was not to be left out as they created a video! Neither of these try to promote the agencies in what they do nor have any political motivation behind them, besides that they create a positive atmosphere and culture, and hot damn I loved it!

Transport Canada website had a timely recall notice today!

transport canada recall notice on star wars day 2017

And the Canadian Army also posted a timely video in celebration of Star Wars day!

and just because here’s another sketch card I did for the latest Topps 40th Anniversary Star Wars set!

Darth Vader 40th anniversary sketch card for topps

Topps 2017 Star Wars: 40th Anniversary Trading Cards

Topps 2017 Star Wars: 40th Anniversary Trading Cards

On May the 4th, as in “May the 4th Be With You”, comes the latest Topps Star Wars trading card product: the 40th Anniversary of A New Hope! This product highlights favourite moments throughout the Star Wars 40 year legacy with imagery from all of the movies, animated TV shows, and more; however, for the sketch card artwork I focused on the first movie, A New Hope.

There are multiple chase sets in this product including commemorative medallions, autographs, and rare ‘buy back’ cards like the original Star Wars cards from the 1970’s & 80’s, along with newer cards stamped with the ’40th’ logo. Some of these buy back cards are sketch cards and I learned that one of my own older sketch cards was used as a buy back! Check out my post to learn about my buy back sketch card.

For more information on this trading card product, please visit the Topps website.

My Contribution to the Set

For this product I created 100 original illustrated sketch cards. All of the cards are in colour. I employed two different styles when creating these cards. One was a comic style where I used a Japanese brush pen to ink the cards and then they were coloured with Copic markers and lightly with¬†polychromous pencil crayons. The second style was new to me as I solely used the Copic markers and polychromous pencil crayons. I have seen a few fellow artists use this method of markers & pencil crayons and liked how they achieved a softer, more realistic effect with it. This is a style I have continued to use after this set and I think I’m continuing to get better with it too!

All of the sketch cards I drew for this series feature scenes and characters from A New Hope, the first Star Wars movie. Attached here are my 13 artist return cards that are for sale. If interested in these please contact me here, otherwise they will be auctioned off on Ebay beginning this Saturday.

I will also be posting the other sketch cards I created for this set slowly over the next month or so on my Twitter and Instagram feeds, and eventually they will also be uploaded to my Tumblr page.

 

princess leia with medallion artist return sketch card princess leia artist return sketch card princess leia & C3P0 artist return sketch card gold leader artist return sketch card Red leader artist return sketch card Obiwan and R2 artist return sketch card Obi Wan artist return sketch card Luke Skywalker as pilot artist return sketch cardHan Solo artist return sketch card Greedo artist return sketch card Chewbacca artist return sketch card sketch card of C3P0 and R2D2 Escape

 

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EUGENE CERNAN (1934-2017)

I’ve always been fascinated with space, NASA, and those that pushed through the impossible to explore the unknown. Eugene Cernan was born in 1934. He was an American astronaut, naval aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer and fighter pilot. In 1972, the last and final NASA mission to the moon took place, with Cernan, his third trip to space, as commander of Apollo 17. This final lunar landing was to have Cernan be the eleventh person to ever walk on the moon and be the last man to re-enter the Lunar Module.

This sketch of Mr. Cernan was done on 8 3/4″ x 6″ illustration paper. I used a black #14 Kuretake brush pen and white acrylic paint. The NASA emblem was coloured with copic marker and then edited in Photoshop to give it a grainy texture and added the white splash marks overtop of it.