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.
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