Eli Hyder is one of my favorite Star Wars artists. He has a unique style and consistently creates awesome art. Below you can learn more about him and his art:
When did you become a Star Wars fan?
I’d watch SW on old VHS recordings, from when they aired on TV, back in the 80s-90s.. We had to fast forward through commercials, haha. So I’ve been fond of the Original Trilogy since I was about 5. I was born in 82, so I pretty much missed out on the Original Trilogy in theaters. When the prequels came out, I really started to look deeper into the mythologies of the bigger overall picture and was so excited to see how this all begun. By the time ROTS came out, I was all in.
How did you begin creating Star Wars art?
I’ve been drawing all my life, but when I first got into digital art, I wanted to make SW art I hadn’t seen. I wanted to learn how to make lightsabers shine and reflect like I see them in my head.
What’s your favorite Star Wars character? Which is your favorite character to make art of?
I believe Anakin is my favorite character, not only does he become Darth Vader, (One of the coolest Villains ever) but he is fueled by his passions and doesn’t let anything get in his way. Yes he has his faults, but we all do and that’s what I love about him and can relate to him.
How would you describe your art style? Any inspirations or influences?
I describe it as messy,unfinished and always changing. With digital art the options are infinite, and trying to discover new styles I might use and like, is the best part. I don’t spend weeks on one particular piece, at the most I spend hours. Too many inspirations to list just a few, but I love Akira and it gave me a look into what is possible with drawings.
What are some things about the visual style of Star Wars that you’ve learned? What makes Star Wars art Star Wars?
That’s hard to say and I doubt I’ve come close to finding the answer. I guess what makes SW art SW is the attention to the rules and existing official art out there. When you go with some all new designs, its risky. Fans will not accept it, or it might be a new favorite. There is a fine line. You ant something to look familiar, but in a new way, without resembling any other franchises and that is difficult.
Have you had any interesting experiences as a Star Wars artist?
Many. Peter Mayhew personally wrote me asking for a picture I drew of him as a man, not Chewbacca. I have had multiple STAR WARS official social media sites, as well as actors share, like and comment on my art. That’s about as good as it gets, and is always a treat. Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega have all given me props. Unreal!
What are your thoughts on The Last Jedi? Where do you hope Episode IX will go?
I am not the biggest fan of The Last Jedi, but I have hopes I will enjoy IX much more.
How are you feeling about the upcoming Solo film?
I can’t wait to see SOLO, and I really think it will be a great addition to the stand alone stories. I love the era it is set in, I will judge it myself when it comes out, and haven’t let of the production talk sway me.
Do you have any Star Wars characters or pieces that you’ve always had in mind but haven’t attempted yet?
Oh there are 100’s of characters I have yet to tackle. I draw some characters a bit more regularly, than others, but it would be cool to have drawn everyone one day. Is that possible?
What’s your advice for any aspiring Star Wars artists?
Draw what you enjoy and have fun. Always practice as much as you can, and take and do as many classes/tutorials as you can. Art is something you can get better at, if you try. Draw what you want see. Let your imagination go wild.