Topps 2017 Star Wars: 40th Anniversary Trading Cards

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.

 

princess leia with medallion artist return sketch card princess leia artist return sketch card princess leia & C3P0 artist return sketch card gold leader artist return sketch card Red leader artist return sketch card Obiwan and R2 artist return sketch card Obi Wan artist return sketch card Luke Skywalker as pilot artist return sketch cardHan Solo artist return sketch card Greedo artist return sketch card Chewbacca artist return sketch card sketch card of C3P0 and R2D2 Escape

 

 

Happy LV426 Day!!!

Happy LV426 Day

lv426 alien shipI absolutely LOVE the Aliens movies. All of them. Full stop.

As a kid growing up in the 80’s, my parents allowed me to watch a lot of movies. My dad in particular let me see movies that perhaps most kids my age shouldn’t have been allowed to see, such as Hell Raiser, Pumpkin Head, Friday the 13th, and other now classic horror movies. These movies were about monsters, and I loved and love a good monster movie!

Continuing the story of when I was a kid, when I was around 5 or 6, my mom was attending Webster Groves University in St. Louis, Missouri. She was taking journalism classes and at the time my parents had divorced. This is one of my earliest memories, where when she went to class I would often go with her friends who were taking a film class. There, I suppose, I could sit in their classes as they watched movies to review and study. On one such night the class watched a movie that would shape my taste in horror and science fiction cinema… ALIEN!

There is so much to love about the Alien movies. Be it the strong characters, especially the heroin, the iconic monster and setting, or the witty and easily quotable dialogue. These reasons are shared by many other movie fans and has recently encouraged the creation of LV426 day. LV-426 is the code for the ‘shake and bake’ colony and planet that is visited in Alien and Aliens. The number, 426, has been used as a date of April 26th, so every year on this date you’ll see numerous social media posts about Aliens and a plethora of sales on Aliens merchandise crops up at stores.

My website shall not differ from other fans of LV426 day! A few years back I did a sketch card of an Alien warrior and I’m selling it today for the very appropriate price of $26!

aliens warrior sketch card

Topps 2017 Star Wars Rogue One: Series Two Sketch Cards

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

Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Darth Vader Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Chirrut Imwe Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Two Tubes Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Admiral Raddus Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Rebel soldier Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Stormtrooper Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Chirrut Imwe Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Jyn Erso Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Baze Malbus Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card Jyn erso Star Wars Rogue One Series Two sketch card K-2SO Star Wars Rogue One Series Two Shoretrooper sketch card