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