Topps 2020 Star Wars Holocron Trading Card Artwork

The final Star Wars trading card set for the year released this week and it wouldn’t be 2020 if there wasn’t at least one little mishap! In this case there are two. The first is that the set was delayed a number of times and it’s now a little crazy for me to look at my artwork again after so many months!

The second mishap is that my scanner was glitchy. It created a green line that ran through the middle of a lot of my scans as you can see with the Ahsoka above. I’ve since patched the problem but the scanner is definitely on its last legs. So if you like my artwork and want to pick up some of my artist returns or commission an original, then you now know what that money will be going to! 🙂

Pack Inserted Artwork

I created 40 regular, pack inserted sketches for this project. I used some different mediums on these cards including, gouache, acrylics, and marker & inks. In addition to the regular sketch cards is one 4 card puzzle. This puzzle card is numbered on the back and I was told that all four of the cards will be packaged in the same pack. So no worries to collectors wanting to scour the internet for years trying to complete a puzzle sketch card!

While the subject matter was pretty much anything from the Star Wars universe, to make things easier on myself I went after just a few topics /movies. I drew heavily from the final season of Star Wars: Clone Wars the Animated series as the final episodes had been just released prior to me working on this project. I also drew a number of different scenes and characters from Empire Strikes Back as it’s the 30th anniversary of the movie. On top of those particular movies /series I drew some of my favourite characters and gave a little love to characters from the prequels. Overall it’s a pretty good spread of scenes and characters from the prequels, animated series, original trilogy, and the Mandalorian. Very little if anything from Solo, Rogue One, or the new trilogy though. However, if you’re following me online or here on my website you’ll now I drew a lot of Solo stuff for Masterwork!

Artist Proof Sketch Cards

I have five artist proofs from Holocron that I have already finished off. They’re all approved and ready to go to a new home! The Leia below has already found a new home, thanks to a terrific long time supporter of my art. The two sketch cards of the Child are also on hold for another terrific collector but they might become available if he decides to pick up one of my other sketch cards instead. If that happens, please let me know if you’re interested in one or both of the Child sketch cards and I’ll message you later to let you know if they become available or are sold.

My Bo Katan and Bo Katan with Ahsoka sketch card artist proofs are available and are $150US each, including tracked shipping from Canada. Please send me a message about adding either of these to your collection! You can also pay 50% upfront and 50% when it’s done, or 100% upfront.

Also, funnily I had NO idea Bo Katan and Ahsoka would be in the second season of the Mandalorian! I’m just a huge Rebels fan and figured other people are as well! 🙂

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Newly Commissioned Artwork

I wanted to share a few commissions I completed for people over the past few months. It’s a mix of sports and pop culture, and all of it was bigger than the artwork I do for trading card projects!

Colby Cave Commission

Colby Cave in Bruins uniform Illustration Commission hand drawn by matt stewart

This was a 9×12″ mixed media commission of the late hockey player Colby Cave. Colby passed away this summer and he was a very promising hockey player who played for the Boston Bruins & Edmonton Oilers.

The image above is a scan of the original but the lettering at the bottom is digital. I hand drew the lettering on the actual commission but I wanted it to look even more crisp in the digital version so I superimposed digital lettering overtop.

Son’s Hockey Portrait

For this 6×8″ commission, a father asked if I could draw his son playing hockey from a photo he had. I gave it a few small design elements and added the “Young Guns” and his jersey number at the bottom similar to what you would find on an Upper-Deck hockey card.

Eminem portrait

I think this is the first time I’ve been asked to draw a portrait of a musician. Personally, I love Eminem and especially his latest album, which was playing on repeat while drawing!

I was provided a specific reference to work from and was asked if I could have “Slim Shady” written somewhere on it. I thought it would be cool to have the words in a funky script and have the background somewhat come through the lettering so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. For the background I wanted to attempt a graffiti like design. I have the phrase “12 Mile” in that background and extended the tops of the “M” to act as horns behind Eminem’s head. He really liked how it turned out and it’s easily one of my favourite drawings from this year!

Mickey Redmond Commission

This was a fun but challenging one! A huge hockey fan asked me to draw Mickey Redmond, who was one of his favourite hockey players when he was growing up. The challenge was that the one reference image he wanted me to work off of was very blurry. There aren’t a lot of great photos of him playing hockey to start with, so on things like his hair I had to make it up.

The design of the drawing is based off a Topps baseball card from the 80’s. He loved those baseball cards and thought it would look really neat if Redmond had a card similar to those baseball cards. The lettering was tricky and honestly I’m not the best at drawing it, but I think it still turned out pretty cool! He definitely loved it at least!

Luke & Vader Commission

Hand’s down the largest and possibly most time consuming commission I did this year. The original concept was of showing half of Luke & half of Vader’s face. I then went a little overboard by adding elements of ships and whatnot from The Empire Strikes Back and the Star Wars title at the bottom. It was pretty much a process of me doodling on the paper, filling it in with this or that.

It measures 11×17″ and is a mix of gouache, copic, pencil crayon, and acrylic paint. Overall I think it turned out pretty well and I might make a few prints from it once Cons come back!

Commission your own

Thanks for reading about some of the commissions I worked on this year. If you would like to add one of my drawings to your collection, please contact me through the form below and let me know what you would like!

Space 1999 Sketch Cards

Space 1999 is a new trading card set released from Unstoppable cards and features imagery, autographs, and sketch cards based off the iconic 1970’s sci-fi TV show! The show was a groundbreaking TV show that has continued to be popular, spawning such things as this trading card series!

Check out other projects I’ve done for Unstoppable Trading Cards:

Unstoppable 2017 Terminator 2

Unstoppable’s Gerry Anderson Supermarionation Sketch Cards

Websites have been created to further the Space 1999 fandom. One such website is The Catacombs website, which features episode guides, a library of photographs, and lists merchandise from the series including this recent trading card set. This website was kind enough to feature each artist that worked on this set, including myself! Go check out their website to find out more about Space 1999!

The legendary actor Martin Landau starred in Space 1999. Like many, I’ve always loved Landau’s performances and had to draw him as many times as I could for this set. He has a distinctive face that is fun to draw, so I drew him in a few different ways: inked, pencil crayon, & gouache. Besides Landau, there were lots of fun aliens and spaceships to draw.

Sketch Cards

Artist Proofs

I have a few remaining blank artist proof sketch cards from this set for commissions. Please message me to check on their availability or to contact me a different project!

Art Practice with Lost in Space Sketch Cards

Sometimes when I’m feeling burnt out, uncreative, or I just get an idea in my head I do up some sketch cards just for fun. This recently happened with me when I decided to draw four characters from the classic science fiction show, Lost in Space.

Lost in Space came on the air decades before I was even born, however I did watch it on reruns. I enjoyed the campiness of the show much like how I also enjoyed watching Bonanza, Gun Smoke, the original Star Trek, and perhaps my favourite, Combat! I’m not sure why, but growing up I watched a lot of rerun TV Shows.

Slightly off topic, this did get me thinking why more of these classic shows aren’t aired anymore. I’ve also especially wondered why streaming sites like Netflix doesn’t have more of these classic TV Shows. I would imagine they would be fairly cheap to purchase the streaming rights to?

Methods

For these four cards I drew them on personal stock sketch card paper. This paper is from a larger 300lb sheet of paper that is ideal for markers and dry mediums, and I had cut down into 2.5×3.5″ sketch cards. After pencilling out the images, I used my trusty mediums of Copic Markers and polychromous pencil crayons. I added a little bit of acrylic whites to the robot and alien, but otherwise left them as is. However, I did try a slightly messier and blockier style of colouring these, which I quite liked as it added a bit more movement and liveness to the images.

lost in space sketch cards by matt stewart

Purchase

If you would like to add one of these sketch cards or to commission a drawing of your own, please use the form below to contact me!