Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Series 2 Sketch Cards

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Series 2 is the final trading card installment to the last film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Back in December Series 1 released and for the printed card and sketch card imagery, they drew mainly from what was available from the trailers. Series 2 releases well after the movie had come and gone from the theatres, allowing for a lot more of the movie’s imagery to be used including imagery that would be spoilers to the film.

 

Artist Proof Sketch Card

I’ve been using acrylic paints more and more on my sketch cards. It takes a little longer than markers and pencils crayons or inks, but I’m really enjoying it. I feel that my acrylic work is getting better and for this project I decided that all of my artist returns would be done in acrylic.

I was able to retain four sketch cards as artist proofs. One was a portrait of Rey that I felt had a different vibe than my other portraits of her. I liked the light and dark side showing of her face, and used mixed media of acrylics and pencil crayons. The helmeted woman is Zorii Bliss, a fan favourite from the new film. She didn’t have a huge role in the movie but her costume looks bad ass!

 

My last two artist proofs are a puzzle of Rey & Kylo dueling in a watery environment on top of the remains of the Death Star. I tried to capture the movement and mood instead of being bogged down with the details on the figures. A lot of fun to paint!

Pack Inserted sketch cards

This project included regular and shaped sketch cards. I used a few different mediums and below are three that I painted with acrylics. I’ve been quite enjoying working with acrylics and when I use them I go over the painting with pencil crayons to give them more definition & detail. I also used gouache on a handful of the cards, and some were done in a more comicbooky style with markers & brushed ink. Love changing up mediums on projects 🙂

 

Materials I used

Pick up the same art supplies I used on these cards below!

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Acrylic Paints

Holbein Traditional Gouache Paints

Faber Castel Polychromous Pencil Crayons

 

 

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Cryptozoic DC CZX Super-Heroes & Super-Villains Sketch Cards

Cryptozoic DC CZX Super-Heroes & Super-Villains Sketch Cards was released in 2019, so I’m a little behind on posting about the artwork I did for this set 🙂 This set focused on the movies from the DC Universe. Including the Watchmen, Superman vs. Batman, the Justice League, and many more!

This isn’t the first project I’ve done for Cryptozoic. In the past I’ve worked on The Ghostbusters, Rick & Morty, DC Bombshells, and there might be a few more in the near future!

This was a premium trading card set from Cryptozoic that boasts a very strong checklist of signers. You could nab an autograph from actors like Gal Gadot or Ben Affleck, or a sketch card from an artist like yours truly!

Examples of My Sketch Cards

Follow me on Twitter & Instagram to see more of the sketch cards I created for this project. Every day for the next few weeks I’ll be posting one of these sketch cards!

Artist Proofs

Most of these have already sold but I do have a few left, and can always be commissioned to draw one of these characters on plain paper.

Materials I used

Pick up the same art supplies I used on these cards below!

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Holbein Traditional Gouache Paints

Faber Castel Polychromous Pencil Crayons

Watch your favourite dc movies again!

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Women of Star Wars Sketch Cards

Women of Star Wars is a brand new line of Star Wars trading cards from Topps that celebrates the women of this brilliant universe. From the female characters themselves to the women that portray them, there is a very deep list to draw from in this set.

This is another Star Wars set where I could draw from characters across the movies and TV shows (see 2018 Star Wars Masterwork for another set), and for the first time that included The Mandalorian. I drew many of my favourite characters like Ahsoka, Sabine, & Jynn Erso, but also focused on a few amazing Mandalorian characters who were played by actresses that I adore from other shows.

Ming-Na Wen is an actress known for her voice acting of Mulan in Mulan, Agent May in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and the critically acclaimed role of June in The Joy Luck Club. Ming-Na also recently joined the Star Wars universe when she played Fennec Shand in the Mandalorian, which placed a coveted third jewel in her Disney crown as she has now been a Disney princess, a Marvel super-hero, and a character in the Star Wars universe!

Who are some of your favourite characters from The Mandalorian and do you have a favourite role that Ming-Na Wen has played?

Booklet Sketch Card

In addition to the regular sketch cards I drew for this project were booklet sketch cards. These had the dimensions of two regular sketch cards that were joined in the middle and folded like a book. Two of the booklets I drew were inserted into the packs and one was kept as an artist proof!

Below is the booklet artist proof I retained for sale. Featuring one of my favourite Star Wars characters, Ahsoka, fighting the Seventh Sister in Star Wars: Rebels.

Regular sketch cards

I went back and forth between using gouache and copics & inks on this project’s artwork. I also created an arrow like design to go behind some of the portraits, as seen in the orange shape behind Enfys Nest below.

Comment below with what your favourite of the mediums that I used and what you think of the orange arrow design I used.

 

Materials I used

Pick up the same art supplies I used on these cards below!

Curious about what art supplies I use? Follow the links below to purchase the same supplies I used in creating the Ghostbusters illustration!

Holbein Traditional Gouache Paints

Faber Castel Polychromous Pencil Crayons

 

 

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Topps 2020 Baseball Series 1 Sketch Cards

Topps 2020 Baseball Series 1 was released last week and my artwork was included in it for the third year in a row. As a big baseball fan myself, I love the fact that I have the opportunity to create licensed MLB artwork of some of the best players in the game!

For many collectors, one of the appealing aspects of the first baseball set of the season is the opportunity to add the latest rookie cards to their collections. This year the main rookies are Gavin Lux, Bo Bichette, Yordan Alvarez, and Aristides Aquino. I made sure to draw all of these rookies plus the big stars of the game like Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, Yadier Molina, and more!

Previous MLB Sketch Card Projects

Topps 2019 Baseball Series 1 Sketch Cards

Topps 2019 Baseball Museum Collection Sketch Cards

Mediums

For this project, I decided to paint the majority of the sketch cards with gouache. I’m really loving this medium as I can use it on a multitude of different paper surfaces. The paint has an opaque characteristic that allows for great blending of colours and can be reactivated with water. It’s also great to use pencil crayons overtop to bring out details.

Except for a few of the gouache paintings, I added acrylic backgrounds of different colour patterns. I think it really helped everything pop and give the artwork a unique characteristic to it.

Samples of my Artwork

These sketch cards were all included in the packs. Let me know if you found any yourself!

Artist Return Sketch Cards

I’ve pre-drawn on a few of my artist return sketch cards but also left a couple blank for commissions. Contact me if you’re interested in picking up one of my blank sketch cards for commission or ask about larger illustrations that I can create for you!

New Star Wars Sketch Cards!

New Star Wars sketch cards! This time from the newly released Return of the Jedi: Black and White trading cards from Topps. This set follows it’s namesake, with black and white (or grey tone) imagery from the particular movie. This is also the third Black and White set Topps has produced for Star Wars. The previous two were for A New Hope & Empire Strikes Back, both of which I worked on.

Mediums

My artwork for this set is all black and white or grey tone. I worked off imagery across the movie, focusing primarily on the characters and a few scenes /locations.

I bounced between three mediums for this project. For some of the cards I only used my graphite pencils and a couple were inked. The rest of the cards were painted with acrylics. I am learning to love acrylic paints, and although it is time consuming I think the results are worth it!

Inserted sketch cards

Below are a few examples of the sketch cards I made that were inserted into the set. These sketch cards can be found roughly 1-2 per case, or every 12 boxes. Definitely not common!

Two of the 35 cards I illustrated were shaped like the Millenium Falcon. I wanted to do something a little different so I drew have the Falcon on each card and the other half had a side profile of Chewy and Han.

I was provided two booklets to draw on for this project. One was a tryptich (three sketch card) booklet and the other a double booklet. The double booklet is shown below and I wanted to do something different and fun for it, so I chose the infamous Luke “kicking” one of Jabba’s enforcers! Used acrylic paint on that one too.

Artist return sketch cards

The two sketch cards below are original, one-of-one paintings. Please contact me if you’d like to purchase them or commission something different!

Please see my earlier article explaining what artist return sketch cards are.

KISS Sketch Cards from Dynamite

Last year I was overjoyed to find out I would be drawing sketch cards for a brand new set of KISS trading cards! I’ve been a big fan of KISS for a long time, so this was definitely a dream project. In highschool my friends and I would listen to KISS on repeat and draw them in art class, and every other class in the corners of our notes and textbooks. I even had an old car that I would hide the rust spots by placing stickers overtop, one of which being the KISS logo. On New Years Eve, 1999, I saw KISS for the first time and sadly missed out on seeing them on their recent farewell tour. I was never an official member of the KISS Army but their music has been a part of my life and can often be heard playing in my office while I’m working!

KISS trading card from the 1978 Donruss set.
KISS trading card from the 1978 Donruss set.

The KISS trading cards from Dynamite are a 40th anniversary set from the first ever KISS trading card set. This first set was a 1978 set from Donruss. This is highly sought after 132 card set that new and old fans are still  collecting. The new Dynamite set has some nods to the original set with cards that form to create a large puzzle and amazing photography of the band. Adding to the original content, the new set has autographs from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, artwork from the new Dynamite KISS comics with autographs from writers and artists from those series, plus original art cards (sketch cards) made by people like myself.

“Kiss trading cards are some of the most collectible memorabilia out there, they’ve been around since the early days of the band,” bassist Gene Simmons. “These new cards add to the tradition and the lore of Kiss, and I can’t wait for fans to get their hands on them.”  ultimateclassicrock.com

Sketch cards I made for the set

For this trading card set I focused primarily on depicting Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Peter and Ace were also drawn in this set but not as frequently. There are only a few sketch cards where more than one band member was drawn on a card. The paper stock was too slick to use my polychromous pencil crayons on and it was too thin for paints, so I stuck to inks and markers. I actually quite like using just inks and markers here as it gave a comicbook feel to it that works great for KISS.

Artist returns

If you’re interested in purchasing some of my artist returns from this set or to commission me to draw one or more of the KISS band members, please contact me here!

Topps 2019 Baseball Museum Collection

Back-to-back weeks of baseball goodness! This week Topps 2019 Baseball Museum Collection trading cards were released! These are a high-end, prestige format trading card set that is offered at card and collectible stores.

I have nine artist returns available from this project and three of my drawings were reproduced in this set for the Canvas Collection series. These three drawings are of Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken jr., & Ozzie Smith. Additionally, I created regular sketch cards and sketch cards done on shaped cards that were inserted into the packs! Check out my social media channels for examples of the cards I drew that wound up in the packs!

Artist Return Sketch Cards

Each one of the below artist return sketch cards are an original, one-of-one, hand drawn art card. I use a mix of copics, pencil crayons, acrylic, & gouache paints to create these, and each one is signed on the back.

Reprints

These three cards are reprints of three sketch cards I drew for the set. I know that someone found the original Nolan Ryan sketch card but the other two are still out there! What I love about the three players they chose from what I drew to be reprinted, besides the fact that my art was reprinted, was that they chose three of my favourite players from when I was a kid. I grew up in and around St. Louis and saw quite a few Cardinals games in the 80s. Ozzie Smith, like so many other kids in the 80s, was my favourite player. His great smile, backflips in outfield, and amazing play was something that made him stand out and become my all-time favourite baseball player!

If you would like to purchase these directly from me and have them signed, or if you have a copy yourself that you would like me to sign, please contact me! If you’re purchasing them they are $7 each or $15 for all three plus shipping.

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