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 $175US 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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Topps 2020 Star Wars Masterwork Trading Card Artwork

Topps 2020 Star Wars Masterwork is a premium trading card set that includes sketch cards, some of which I drew! As this is a premium set, the sketch cards are on quality paper stock that have a great texture to draw on. The cards are also stiffer and thicker than other, regular sketch cards.

This isn’t the first time I’ve contributed artwork to the Masterwork product too! I’ve previously worked on the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Masterwork sets! The 2016 set was the inaugural edition of the set and is considered by many collectors to be the finest Star Wars trading card set Topps has ever produced.

For this project, again as it’s a premium product, I also worked on a limited amount of booklet sketch cards. These cards are the size of two sketch cards (2.5×3.5″) that are connected and fold together to form a book. One of the booklets was on the thicker premium paper stock and the others were on thinner paper. Not sure why there was a difference.

star destroyers book sketch card topps 2020 master work illustrated by matt stewart
Regular booklet sketch card

Pack inserted artwork

All of the artwork I did for this set was painted with gouache or acrylic. I’ve been greatly enjoying using gouache and I think this is some of my strongest work yet with the medium.

Artist Proofs

For this set I have left all of my artist proofs blank. This way, you can commission me to draw whatever character you’d like on the card!

Use the form below to contact me about commissioning one of these artist proofs. I only have a few left!

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!

Star Wars The Mandalorian Trading Card Artwork

Star Wars the Mandalorian trading cards were just released by Topps this week. Some of my original artwork can be found in packs of these cards, sold at hobby shops and retailers!

This trading card series focuses exclusively on season one of the Mandalorian, and explores all of the characters and settings from this season. While this is the first trading card set to focus on the Mandalorian, it wasn’t the first time I could draw characters from this series. In the Women of Star Wars set that released in the spring of 2020 I was able to draw the female characters from the Mandalorian such as Cara Dune. Two other sets I’ve worked on also allowed me to draw characters from this show but these sets won’t release for another month or two (Masterwork and Holocron).

Samples of my Mandalorian artwork

I created 35 full colour sketch cards for this set. I jumped between a few different styles and mediums, which if you’ve read my previous posts you’ll see that’s common for most of the sets I work on. The sketch card below of the Mandalorian as a child was painted with designer gouache and the ice cream maker was painted with acrylic. The other three cards were coloured with Copics and pencil crayons overtop. Some of the cards for this set were done with Copic markers and inks.

Let me know if there are any characters that you loved from the show in the comments below!

Artist Proofs

Unlike many of my other projects, I don’t have any completed artists proofs for sale. Instead, my APs are blank and can be used for commissions of any character or scene from the show! Contact me below to find out more!

Mini Pop Culture Paintings

I’ve been creating acrylic paintings on 2×2″ canvases for a little while now. Often I create these when I have some leftover paint from a project or just some time between projects. They’re a great way to practice painting, and because they’re roughly 1/2″ deep with a wooden frame, I can attach a magnet to the backside so they can hang from the refrigerator door.

I make these to sell but also for fun, so the subject matter is usually just fun stuff that I like. I’ve been slowly working my way through iconic looking comicbook, cartoon and Star Wars characters. It’s only the face of the characters, so I try to choose only iconic looking characters like Wolverine or Batman, but I have done a few stylized portraits like that of Stan Lee.

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If you’re interested in buying one of these they’re $65 each or $100 for two, including shipping.

Star Wars: Chrome Perspectives Sketch Cards

For baseball fans, this was a big week with the release of Topps Chrome Baseball but in a far off galaxy is another shiny chunk of cardboard, Topps Star Wars: Chrome Perspectives. This set focuses on the latest Star Wars sequels, episodes VII-IX (check out some of my previous posts featuring artwork from other Star Wars sequels like Rise of Skywalker Series 2 or Last Jedi).

For this set, the characters, vehicles, worlds, and all that lies between is brought forth on premium card stock with a chrome finish. Like previous Star Wars trading card sets this product also includes sketch cards, which happily I got to scribble a few drawings upon!

Pack Inserted Sketch Cards

The sketch cards for this set look similar to previous sets and despite the name, there is no chrome element to the cards. For the pack inserted cards I, as per usual, used a few different mediums when creating the artwork. Some of the cards were painted with gouache, some in acrylic, and some with light gouache washes and inked overtop.

Below are 8 examples of sketch cards I created that were included in the trading card set. Some of these, like the Luke painting, I was very tempted to keep as an artist return and I think it’s a sign I did some good artwork when I am torn about what paintings to keep.

Something I’ve not done before is to use a very light wash of gouache overtop of a pencil drawing and then use brushed india ink overtop. The Rey card below was done in the same manner except instead of brushed ink I used pencil crayons to add definition. Using light washes is a lot faster than what I was doing on some of the other cards, like the Luke painted in acrylic, but I think they still look pretty solid. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

Artist Proof Sketch Cards

For my artist proofs, three were painted with acrylics and oil pencils were used overtop to add definition, while a fourth card (featuring Carrie & Billie) was painted in gouache with oil pencils again added overtop. What is a little bit different is that I wanted to paint some iconic scenes from the new movies instead of actors. One of the cards features the bomber seen at the start of the Last Jedi, with one of them exploding in space. The second scene I painted features a uniquely shaped gun turret at the rebel base on the planet Crait, again in the Last Jedi movie.

Contact me to find out which artist proofs I still have available or if you’d like to commission a drawing of a different subject!

 

Materials I used

Pick up the same art supplies I used on these cards below!

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Acrylic Paints

Holbein Traditional Gouache Paints

Faber Castel Polychromous Pencil Crayons

 

 

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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

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!

Acrylic Paints

Holbein Traditional Gouache Paints

Faber Castel Polychromous Pencil Crayons

 

 

***Mattstewartillustrations.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.