Topps Star Wars Masterwork 2018

Star Wars Masterwork from Topps is a premium set of trading cards that comes out every year, for the past four years. I’ve had the pleasure of creating sketch cards for the last three of these products, and I feel that this year’s is my best work yet (See previous year’s work here)!

Star Wars Masterwork sketch card booklet by matt stewart
My one Booklet sketch card

One of the reasons why I love working on Star Wars Masterwork is that it allows me to draw from the entire film and TV universe of Star Wars. There’s other sets (like Galactic Files Reborn) that also allow for all of the Star Wars universe to be drawn from, but this one provides me thicker, higher quality sketch cards to work off of. If you were buying a top loader or one-touch protector for these cards they’d be 100pt, as opposed to regular thin trading cards from other sets. This project also has unique booklet cards, of which I was invited to draw on one of them -they are especially rare!

Mediums Used

As per usual, I utilized a few different techniques for creating my sketch cards. For some of them I used pen and ink with copic marker. This produces a comic book like style that I greatly enjoy and has been my mainstay ever since I begin drawing sketch cards. I also used my more recent method of marrying copic markers with polychromous pencil crayons, which gives the image a richer and more realistic appearance.

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New to this project was my usage of water colours and acrylic paints. For the water colours I also used a little bit of gouache. I wanted my pencils to be visible and the water colours to be simple washes. The paper wasn’t too great for it but I think the images still look good. Unfortunately, my scanner didn’t pick up the water colours too well. They look much better in person and I now have a new scanner so future projects with water colour work will be displayed even better!

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Pack Inserted cards painted with water colour /gouache

Earlier this year I began dabbling with acrylic paints on my sketch cards. I’ve been inspired by other artists like Kris Penix & Jay Marchand, who create their sketch cards exclusively in acrylic paint. Painting with acrylics is an incredibly so process so I decided to do only a small batch of my cards in this medium. I feel that with every project my acrylic work is getting better and I’m definitely going to be continuing to use it! I even kept a handful of these as my artist proofs!

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Examples of my sketch cards painted with acrylic paints and inserted into packs! The Ahsoka on the bottom left has already been pulled and listed on ebay.
Artist Proof Sketch Cards

I have six artist proof sketch cards available to sell from this project. The Yoda, Fett & AT-AT Driver are all painted in acrylic. The Jyn and Rey have acrylic painted backgrounds and copic/ pencil crayon portrait foregrounds. The Galen is all copic /pencil crayon.

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Artist Proof Sketch Cards

Please contact me if you are interested in buying one or more of my artists!

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Topps 2017 Star Wars Rogue One: Series Two Sketch Cards

Topps 2017 Star Wars Rogue One: Series Two Sketch Cards

I love Star Wars and am always happy when I have the opportunity to work on a Star Wars trading card set from Topps. Today, April 5th, Topps releases a new Star Wars trading card set called Rogue One: Series Two. This is the third trading card set I have worked on from Topps that specifically deals with Rogue One – the first two being Rogue One: Mission Briefing and Rogue One: Series One.

What many people may not realize is that these trading card sets are created months before they release. The products are timed to release as close to the movie’s release date as possible means that it can be difficult to obtain much information on the characters while working on the artwork. When it comes to the sketch cards the artists are not privy to too much other than what has already been released to the general public. The Rogue One: Series Two product is timed to release with the Blue Ray /DVD release of the movie, which¬†meant the deadline for the art cards was cutoff about a week after the theatrical release back in December of 2016. For my reference material this meant that I had access to all the magazine articles (I was also given some costume photos to work with), all of the trailers, and like a true fanboy I had rushed out to see the movie on opening night. Because I had actually seen the movie I could draw a few of the spoiler characters which I had not previously known about!

In all I created 100 sketch cards for this product. I alternated between water colors and a mixed media of pencil crayons (mainly just white pencils), copic markers, and india ink. I felt a little rushed on some of the cards but am overall happy with my results. Below are 13 of my Artist Returns from this project, all of which are listed on Ebay (on April 8th).


Topps 2017 Star Wars: Rogue One Series Two, Artist Returns

Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Darth Vader Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Chirrut Imwe Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Two Tubes Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Admiral Raddus Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Rebel soldier Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Stormtrooper Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Chirrut Imwe Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Jyn Erso Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Baze Malbus Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Jyn erso Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card K-2SO Star Wars Rogue One Series Two Shoretrooper sketch card