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

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Acrylic Paints

Holbein Traditional Gouache Paints

Faber Castel Polychromous Pencil Crayons

 

 

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Magik Drawing

I’ve been looking over some of my more recent drawings and it confirmed what I already knew; I’ve drawn A LOT of portraits. It’s a product of how I spend a lot of my time drawing sketch cards that entail drawing mostly portraits (Star Wars and baseball), and that when I am commissioned it is often from people asking me to draw a portrait of this or that person. Don’t get me wrong, I love drawing portraits, but I also love drawing other stuff like comicbook characters!

Since I wanted to enlarge the scope of my portfolio, I decided I’d start with drawing a few of my favourite comicbook characters. I haven’t had a tonne of time to do this, but I did recently finish a sketch of Magik. Also known as Illyana Nikolievna Rasputina, she’s an awesome character from the New Mutants, a comicbook from Marvel. The sister to Colossus, the Russian metal clad mutant of the X-Men team, Magik has the ability to teleport between dimensions & use magic, along with weilding an awesome ‘soul’ sword.

The Drawing

Anyways, below is the drawing I did and in the near future I might make a very limited print run of it. The original is also for sale, and measures 6×8″. I used india ink, copics, gesso, and gouache on the drawing. Like most of my drawings, it started off with the pencil sketch and then I inked it. After that I added copics markers for the colours and grey tones. I wanted to try something a little different  so I added a watered down layer of gesso to the back, black area. Overtop of the gesso I added black gouache to darken it again, but the mix of gesso and gouache gave it a different feel that I quite liked. Lastly, I used pencil crayons to mark the outline over the flames and then a little bit of white acrylic splatter.

drawing of magik the new mutants comic book character

For the print, which is shown below, I made a few digital edits to it with bringing up the whites and adding a texture to the background. The texture is of concrete which I thought looked pretty cool and allowed Magik to pop a bit more. I also made the image a little darker than the original and highlighted the white halo around Magik.

Commission Your Own

To commission a drawing like this, please follow the link to my commission page. If you are interested in purchasing this Magik drawing it is $100 with shipping included, and comes with a mystery thank you print! Please contact me below if you would like to score this original drawing!

 

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!

Copic Markers

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!

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

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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Ghostbusters Artbook RELEASED!

A few months ago I posted about how an illustration I created would be included in a Ghostbusters Artbook from Printed in Blood. Now I can share with you the illustration I created for it as the book has just been released!

who you gonna call ghostbusters illustration by matt stewart
“Who You Gonna Call?” Illustration by Matt Stewart (2020)

 

The Design

The illustration was hand drawn and painted with some digital adjustments. I used mixed media of gouache paint, acrylic paint, oil pencil crayons, and copic markers on illustration board. For the digital edits I just cleaned up the white spaces and did some colour correction but otherwise it looks the same as the original.

My idea behind this was that I wanted to do something different from what I normally draw, and to use text in the design. The phrase “Who You Gonna Call” is synonymous with the Ghostbusters franchise, allowing the concept to not be specific to any of the movies or TV show. I also liked the idea of drawing the lettering the same as the font in the Ghostbusters logo, plus having it nice and bold so that it’s easily readable.

While I liked the idea of doing a text based design, just having the lettering wouldn’t be enough. So I went off designs I’ve seen before where characters or objects are drawn hanging off and on the letters. I thought it would be fun to do this here but with some of the more famous ghouls from the movie. Going a step further to tell a little bit of a story with the illustration I added the four Ghostbusters at the bottom shooting the letters with their proton packs. I debated removing the figures but ended up leaving them in place because it didn’t look quite finished without them.

Order Now

Pick up your copy of the book today at your local comic book, book store, or through the Amazon link below!

Order the art supplies i use

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

 

PRevious Publications

Last year I was published in the Stranger Things: Visions from the Upside Down artbook. This book was also published by Printed in Blood. Check out my previous post to see what I contributed to that book!

stranger things illustration created by matt stewart for the printed in blood artbook, visions from the upside down

 

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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!

Ghostbusters Artbook from Printed in Blood

I’m excited to announce that an illustration I created will be included in the upcoming Ghostbusters artbook from Printed in Blood & Insight Editions! The book releases in May and I will have a limited run of official prints to offer at that time.

Order Now

Pre-order your book today! It will come out in May, but secure your copy today & when you see me at a show I’d love to sign it for you!

PRevious Publications

Last year I was published in the Stranger Things: Visions from the Upside Down artbook. This book was also published by Printed in Blood. Check out my previous post to see what I contributed to that book!

stranger things illustration created by matt stewart for the printed in blood artbook, visions from the upside down

 

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