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.
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!
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Topps 2017 Star Wars Galactic Files Reborn released this week! I did a small batch of sketch cards for this product and have eight returns to sell (pictured below). One of the fun aspects of this set is that I am allowed to draw from all of the Star Wars universe, including all of the movies (to date) and the animated TV shows of Clone Wars and Rebels.
It can sometimes be daunting when working on a set that has such broad parameters such as this one, but to make it easier on myself I often come up with a theme or themes. In previous sets, I will choose a few scenes to work from so that I can focus on a certain group of characters. This makes it easier in finding reference images and thinking of styles /compositions. For this set I chose a slightly broader theme in drawing the women of Star Wars. I hadn’t always drawn a lot of women in previous Star Wars sets and thought with such amazing characters like Rey, Jyn, Sabine, and Ashoka, it was about time I did!
Perhaps the one sketch card I’m most proud of is the one to the left, where I drew four of the Star Wars royal ladies. Starting clockwise from the top right is Rey, Jyn, Leia and then Padme. I also included the Deathstar on the bottom left and the Starkiller on the bottom right. I think some of the small details got away from me on this card, but I still really like the overall composition and it is something I’m really keen on redoing on a larger scale. Perhaps I’ll add in a few subtle details like the rebel insignia when I do!
What do you think though? Would you like to see the Star Wars royal ladies card done as a larger illustration? Is there another female Star Wars character you’d like to see in the illustration too? Or do you think the overall composition needs some more work? Just leave a comment below to let me know what you think!
If you really like this idea, why not commission a Star Wars drawing for yourself! Perhaps tell me which female characters you would like portrayed or leave it up to me & soon you can have your own original Star Wars illustration hanging on your wall. Just give me a shout and make it happen!
I was one of the sketch card artists that worked on the Topps 2017 Star Wars: 40th Anniversary Set. What I didn’t know while working on the set was that the product would include buyback cards. These are previously released Star Wars cards, principally being cards from the original 1978 set. The cards were stamped with a silver 40th anniversary logo to make them unique. In addition to these 1978 cards were choice other cards from previous Topps Star Wars sets.
I often check Ebay to see if any of my previous work is being resold. This helps me gauge a price point for selling my sketch card artist returns. Upon doing this I found a 40th Anniversary buyback card of one of my own sketch cards! Topps had chosen the below sketch card of a Pit Droid I drew for the 2015 High Tek release; the 40th stamp is on the back of the card. Pretty happy they felt that one of my older sketch cards was good enough to include in this buyback set!
Commission a 2015 Star Wars: High Tek Sketch Card
The 2015 High Tek product was a bit of an odd set to work on. Artists were supplied with smaller than usual sketch cards to work off of. These were then sent to Topps where they were manufactured into the reflective casing you see in the photo above. As per every product I work on, I receive a given number of sketch card returns to resell. For this set my artist return sketch cards were sent to me blank, where I would work on the cards after they had already been encased with a shiny border. As I’ve been quite busy I never got around to working on these cards. Please contact me here for rates on commissioning an illustration on one of these cards!
Topps 2017 AMC The Walking Dead Season 6 Sketch Cards
For the first time I had the opportunity to work on AMC’s The Walking Dead property by creating original sketch cards for Topps’ The Walking Dead Season 6 trading cards. I did a relatively small number of sketch cards for this project, with the subject matter being a mix of walkers (zombies) and main cast members from the TV show. Each illustration of an actor was approved by that actor themself, which I always think is pretty cool when I see that they personally approved a drawing I did of them.
I’m also a Fan of the Show!
I’ve been a big fan of the Walking Dead ever since it first came on TV. Back in 2010 I was at San Diego Comic Con with my wife, where we saw posters and whatnot for the upcoming Walking Dead TV show. At the time neither one of us were familiar with the comic book so the TV show meant little to us. Looking back on it, this was a bit of a missed opportunity to see the show’s panel or potentially meet some of the cast!
Right around Halloween of that year I saw TV previews for the Walking Dead and thought it looked pretty good. My wife had to work the night it premiered but the day after I couldn’t stop telling her how good the first episode was. By the next week she was watching the second episode with me and was as deeply hooked on it as I was.
To this day, Sunday nights during the fall and winter months are date nights. My wife and I curl up on the couch, becoming transfixed on watching the Walking Dead followed by the Talking Dead. We’ve loved the show from the start and it’s not the ‘zombies’ that draw us in on a weekly basis, although they are quite entertaining in their own right. Instead, it’s the characters that make us love the show. We love how the show is about people facing extraordinary circumstances. Each character has a full arc, with dynamic changes occurring through their stories.
More Images to come!
This was the first project I used oil based pencil crayons on. Previously I had lightly dabbled in them, but for roughly 1/4 of this set I went all out. For all of the walkers I inked them with my trusty Japanese brush pen and then coloured them with Copic markers and used a white gel pen and pencil crayons for highlights or backgrounds. For the portraits I sparingly used the brush pen again or not at all. Then I used copics to create a base layer of colour and then pencil crayons for highlights and on some, like especially the Negan and Glen pictured above, I used an extensive amount of pencil crayon. I repeated this approach in the Star Wars: 40th Anniversary set which was released last month but was actually created after my work on the Walking Dead set.
For this Walking Dead product, which is the first Topps Walking Dead product to include sketch cards, I was allocated five artist proofs for sale. All five of these have been sold but you can still commission me to create an illustration of your favourite Walking Dead character or walker; just not on a Topps card. Despite all of my artist proofs being sold, I will be posting some examples of sketch cards I did for the set that can be found in the product itself. Look for those being posted on my social media channels like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!
I was asked recently by a collector what sketch cards I had drawn for the Rogue One cards by Topps. It got me thinking and I ended up making a quick spread of all the sketch cards I did for Rogue One srs 1 & 2.
I had also worked on Rogue One Mission Briefing but that did not feature any of the characters from Rogue One.
When I started looking at what I had did for the two sets I think I can see an improvement in my art from the one set to the next. Probably feel that way again too if I put those next to what I did for 40th and the upcoming Galactic Files!
Contact me here if you see something you like and would like to commission your own Star Wars artwork from me.
I 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:
Follow me on Twitter (link on the right side)
Retweet the CONTEST post I share on Twitter
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!
Topps 2017 Star Wars: 40th Anniversary Trading Cards
The day before May the 4th, as in May the 4th be with you, comes the latest Topps Star Wars trading card product, the 40th Anniversary. This product highlights favourite moments throughout the Star Wars 40 year legacy with imagery from all of the movies, animated TV shows, and more. There are multiple chase sets in this product including commemorative medallions. There are also rare ‘buy back’ cards that are the original Star Wars cards from 1977 that Topps has sought out from collectors and stamped with a commemorative 40th anniversary logo and randomly included in packs. Likely the two biggest draws for this product are the autographs from original cast members like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, and the sketch cards! 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.