Star Wars Artist Spotlight: Blues Clues Vevo

Star Wars Artist Spotlight: Blues Clues Vevo

Blues Clues Vevo has created a ton of art of the current and future hero/villain characters as seen in the Star Wars Battlefront game. Here is my interview with him:


Where do you reside? Are you creating art full-time?

I live in Mexico City, I do not work yet, but I do hope to work in art full time.

How did you get the idea to do your Battlefront hero art series?

One day I asked my followers if they wanted a Phasma drawing, needless to say they did so I drew it. At that moment I got the idea of doing every hero in the game, but the spreading them into an advent calendar idea came later.

When did you become a Star Wars fan?

Been a Star Wars fan since I was 4 or 5 years old, my dad’s always been a huge fan

What did you think of The Last Jedi?

It is my second favorite Star Wars movie, no further comment 🙂

What did you think of Solo?

It was a fun movie, not perfect but really fun, and I think it has one of the best soundtracks in the series.

What do you hope to see in Episode IX?

I haven’t thought about IX at all, not cause I don’t want to see it but I want to see it without making any expectations.

What do you think of Battlefront II game at the moment?

Aside from a few bugs It’s becoming a great game, I’d also like to add that the community and devs (Ben Walke, Dennis etc) have done a magnificent job at keeping it relevant.

Who is your favorite hero/villain in the game?

I main Han and Grievous

Grievous by Blues Clues Vevo

What does your usual process look like – from idea to finished art piece?

I posted a few sneak peeks back in December, I always make them very round and outlined, I then sharpen them and remove outlines.

What advice would you give for any aspiring Star Wars artists?

Don’t for a second think that because someone’s “more talented” or “better” means people won’t like your art. I’ve seen tons of artists on the sub post super realistic and detailed art, yet mine somehow end up getting more attention at times. Also, don’t be disappointed at all if your drawings don’t seem to be getting much attention, 13 days ago at best I’d get 5 likes on a drawing, your moment will come if you fight for it and make yourself stand out.

Obi-Wan by Blues Clues Vevo

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Star Wars Artist Spotlight: Claudia Caranfa

Star Wars Artist Spotlight: Claudia Caranfa

Claudia Caranfa is an artist who first came on my radar in 2016 in the lead up to Rogue One and she has been creating awesome Star Wars art still to this day. Here is my interview with her:


Where do you reside? Are you creating art full-time?

I live in Chieti, Italy. Art isn’t currently my full-time job, but I create art on a daily basis and I often do professional illustration.

When did you become a Star Wars fan?

When I was a kid, like most people. The original trilogy is among my favourite childhood movies along with Gremlins, The Neverending Story, The Goonies and many other classics from the 80’s and early 90’s. But I liked Star Wars in particular because it was a trilogy. Back then, serialized fantasy blockbusters and sagas weren’t as common as they are now, so I was fascinated that it wasn’t just one movie but three, all connected as part of the same story. I can’t tell how many times I watched Star Wars with my dad, who introduced me to fantasy and sci-fi fiction. When the prequel trilogy was released, I was a teenager who thought she was out of her “children fantasy” phase, so I didn’t appreciate it as much as I could have (though I still liked it a lot). But I didn’t actively participate to the Star Wars fandom until shortly before The Force Awakens, which sort of reintroduced me to the Star Wars universe after a long hiatus populated by other interests.

How did you begin making (Star Wars) art?

Again, shortly before The Force Awakens was released. My first Star Wars themed fanart was a portrait of princess Leia as she looked in the finale of A New Hope. I made it to celebrate the beginning of the new trilogy. Little did I know that I would become so invested in the new characters!

Leia by Claudia Caranfa

What did you think of The Last Jedi?

I thought it was amazing. I know there’s some controversy in the fandom about the movie, but I personally really loved what Rian Johnson did with those characters. As you probably can tell from my artwork, I’m a huge fan of Kylo and Rey, both as individual characters and as a pairing, and The Last Jedi pushed their relationship forward in the direction I hoped for and even beyond. The Force bond between them is one of my favourite aspects of the new Star Wars canon. And the praetorian guard fight is one of my favourite lightsaber combat scenes in the whole franchise, period. I also loved what the film did with Rey’s parentage and with Luke’s character. Again, I’m fully aware that those choices were divisive and disappointed some fans, but I think it’s the most significant and compelling route the franchise could go in terms of these characters’ journey.

Halves by Claudia

What did you think of Solo?

I loved it too, though not as much as The Last Jedi (it’s less about the film itself and more about the fact that I’m not as much invested in the standalone movies as I am in the main trilogy ones). But I liked a lot the concepts and visuals in Solo and the entire backstory they created for Han. And the supporting characters were also awesome, especially Qi’ra, Beckett, Enfys Nest and young Lando. There are details in this movie that I really appreciated, like the presence of Han’s dice that connects the story to The Last Jedi like an emotional thread linking all the members of this family, and how they made the Millennium Falcon more than just a ship and almost a sentient character in its own right, by having the “conscience” of Lando’s droid companion uploaded into the ship’s system.


What do you hope to see in Episode IX?

Ben Solo’s redemption, an epic romantic kiss, a lightsaber battle that makes all the previous ones pale in comparison, new planets, hopefully a new and thrilling manifestation of the Force and/or a new Force power. Maybe an Anakin cameo in his Force ghost form, or an Obi-Wan one. In general, what I really want is the Skywalkers to have their final happily ever after, and the story to come full circle in a positive, hopeful way. I would have loved to see a family reunion between Ben and Leia, but I know it will be likely left to our imagination, given the unfortunate circumstances of Carrie’s passing.

The Prayer by Claudia Caranfa

Do you have a favorite Star Wars character / favorite character to make art of?

Yes, Kylo Ren. I love all the main characters (especially the original trio and Rey), but Kylo is definitely the one I’ve drawn more often. I really like the way he’s written and Adam Driver’s performance is incredibly compelling. He’s a character with a lot of grey areas and has some edge and mystery surrounding him, not to mention strong Mordred / “Prodigal Son” vibes, which is creatively very inspiring. There are many things you can do with him visually and symbolically.

Corrosion by Claudia Caranfa

Have you recognized any visual elements of what makes Star Wars art / design unique? 

The retrofuturistic aesthetic for sure, it’s just so unique to this saga. I think Star Wars is more fantasy than sci-fi, so you have old fashioned fairytale imagery revisited and adapted to a galactic context. Lightsabers are basically swords; the technology is campy and colorful and doesn’t necessarily make a lot of sense from a practical perspective; the heroes and villains wear cloaks and capes and helmets like medieval knights, you have princesses and wizards, monsters and caves, temples and castles, and so on. Then there’s the elaborate, vivid, majestic worldbuilding, with all the different planets each with their unique scenery, costumes, social structure, the variety of creatures and aliens, the staggering size of the Star Destroyers looming against the empty blackness of outer space, the endless expanses of the desert planets. And finally, I love the iconic character design, how it contributed to create wildly popular, instantly recognizable characters, the simple but effective visual symbolism in the different use of colors, shapes and materials to convey the characters’ narrative role and psychology (dark, sharp and angular suits for the bad guys VS flowing and earthly-toned garbs for the heroes), etc.

What does your usual process look like – from idea to finished art piece?

I usually start with a rough concept that I try to capture in a quick pencil or digital sketch – either entirely from my imagination or inspired by stuff I find on Pinterest, in the movies themselves, in advertising, music videos, anything. Then I start developing the original idea by collecting poses and references that help me translate my often vague initial concepts into a more definite structure and composition as well as achieve a semi-realistic look. Choosing the pose(s) and composition is very important to my process, because that’s where I build the entire artwork from. In fact it’s often through the characters’ pose and facial expressions that I try to convey the emotional, narrative or symbolical meaning of the artwork. I generally start my digital pieces in grayscale and then progressively add color.


What advice would you give for any aspiring Star Wars artists?

I don’t know if I’m in any place to give advice to other artists, to be honest, but I’d say be yourself and let your own style, personal inclination, cultural baggage influence your work. Draw the characters you want in the style you want, be it anime or hyperrealistic portraiture; borrow visual inspiration from anywhere you want; don’t be afraid to make strange associations and contaminate classic Star Wars imagery with other sources and elements. I’ve seen amazing Star Wars art done in the style of Blade Runner; medieval or samurai or modern versions of the characters, crossovers with Game of Thrones or Harry Potter or Disney classics; fanart depicting scenes we’ve never seen in the movies or anywhere else in the official canon. Star Wars is a pop culture phenomenon and I think everyone can revisit it in their personal style. For those interested in classic Star Wars aesthetics, though, I recommend buying the official concept art books and learning from the great visual artists that helped create the Star Wars universe as we know it, particularly Ralph McQuarrie.


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Star Wars Artist Spotlight #2: Shane Molina

Star Wars Artist Spotlight #2: Shane Molina

Star Wars Artist Spotlight #2: Shane Molina

There are many amazingly talented Star Wars artists, one such individual is Shane Molina – who is my favorite by far. The last time I spoke to him at length was in 2016 before Rogue One was released in theaters. So a lot has taken place since then in Star Wars and he has created a ton of top-notch art since then. So here is my second interview (and a small sample of his recent art):

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Star Wars Artist Spotlight: Hannah Payne

Star Wars Artist Spotlight: Hannah Payne

Star Wars Artist Spotlight: Hannah Payne

There are many awesome Star Wars artists out there, many of whose art I feature on a regular basis. But there is a smaller section of these artists who consistently create awesome and original work. One such person is Hannah Payne, 17, from Australia. Here is my interview with her:


When did you become a Star Wars fan? 

I used to watch the shows literally every single day when I was a kid and that’s probably the root of my obsession. I grew out of it but seeing The Force Awakens back when it was released for the first time definitely got me back into it!

Who is your favorite Star Wars character?

I think it’s pretty obvious by looking at my art that Ahsoka is number one. Though I will admit Anakin is a close second.

When did you start creating Star Wars art?

It’s hard to pinpoint a precise date, but probably around two years ago in 2016 was when I first started making and posting any fanart. I took a bit of a break in 2017 but I decided to make social media accounts purely for my art around late last year and I’ve been (trying to) make art consistently since then.

What’s the usual art process like from beginning to end?

The usual process involves me planning out some rough sketches and drafts just to mark out composition, getting halfway through the line-art, procrastinating and not touching the piece for a month, then finishing it off in one day by cramming in the rest of the line-art and coloring. On special occasions I’ll procrastinate for two months.

Do you have one character you’d like to make art of but haven’t yet? 

So many! It’s hard to choose. Surprisingly I still haven’t made any proper Anakin, Kenobi or Rey art yet, which is weird since they’re some of my favorites. I’ve done sketches of them but not proper pieces, which I’ll have to change. I’m also looking forward to drawing Finn because John Boyega’s face is beautiful.

Besties by Hannah Payne

What did you think of The Last Jedi? Where do you hope Episode IX will end up?

Quite honestly, I’m not a big fan of TLJ. I have a lot of problems with it, which I’m not going to go into because I know how to keep my mouth shut and not be rude. But it looks like a lot of effort went into the movie so kudos to the whole team that worked on it. I’m just hoping we get at least one of three things in IX; Force ghost Kenobi/Anakin, Finn and Poe finally confessing their feelings and getting married, or Ahsoka coming out of hibernation to help Rey absolutely decimate Kylo.

What did you think of Solo?

I loved it! It was super fun and I went in with absolutely no expectations, so it was a really pleasant surprise. Qi’ra was amazing, Enfys was badass, Lando and Han were spot on. L3 was iconic and That Cameo was mind-blowing. I just feel bad (I don’t, really) for all the people that boycotted because they’ve seriously missed out on such a good movie.

Have you had any cool experiences yet as a Star Wars artist? 

Having Mark Hamill, Ashley Eckstein and Vanessa Marshall acknowledge and compliment my art was kind of surreal. I’m still not over it. Also, the overall reception that my art has received is pretty mind-blowing. I never thought that so many people would genuinely enjoy seeing my work, let alone want to buy it, so it’s a great feeling. I’ve made heaps of new friends through it and I’m super grateful for all the support and love I’ve received.

Ahsoka and Shuri by Hannah Payne

What advice would you give to any aspiring Star Wars artists?

Persevere. When I first started, not getting that many likes or comments on something that I’d worked super hard on was really discouraging. It still is. But perseverance is the key in art, like it is any other occupation. It’s what’s pushed me past my limits and taken me out of my comfort zone to try new things. It’s how we improve. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment! It’s the first thing I tell anyone who asks for tips. Try new colour palettes, brushes, textures, poses, everything! And yes, I know it’s probably gonna make heaps of people uncomfortable but trust me, it saves your life. It’s how we discover new techniques and our own individual style and flair (which I still haven’t even found yet since I can’t seem to stick to anything). Just go for it.


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Star Wars Artist Spotlight: Michael Matsumoto

Star Wars Artist Spotlight: Michael Matsumoto

Star Wars Artist Spotlight: Michael Matsumoto

Michael Matsumoto has created eight awesome reimagined versions of Sequel trilogy characters. Here is my interview behind those and his Star Wars art journey.


When did you become a Star Wars fan?

I have been a fan for almost the entirety of my life. My family was never really into pop culture but did take it upon themselves to collect several movies that they heard were iconic or award-winning to have something entertaining to watch on their time off from work. The day I discovered Star Wars was in 1995, shortly after my family moved to a new home, and 5-year old me went skimming through our family’s vast collection of unopened, unwatched movies and stumbled upon the VHS box set of the original trilogy- the one that displayed half the face of Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper, and Yoda in front of a black background. I had no idea what Star Wars was, but I remember being captivated by the strange looking characters on each slip cover, as well as the little action scenes portrayed on the bottom. That alone was enough to strike my interest into watching them.

The moment I became a Star Wars fan was when I watched Episode V immediately after finishing Episode IV and witnessed the Millennium Falcon majestically soar through that asteroid field. I distinctly recall the music, visuals, and energy pulled me to the edge of my couch- the amount of wonder and thrills that scene gave me as a kid was something new and out of this world (no pun intended)! I like Star Wars up to that point but now I was won over and hooked from then on. After watching the Episode VI, I remember thinking that was it to Star Wars, but then a year later, something called ‘Shadows of the Empire’ popped up on my radar and made me realize that there was a whole universe outside of the films. I spent the few years leading up to Episode I hitting the theaters learning about the expanded universe, reading comics and novels, collecting toys and convincing my mom help me dress up as Han Solo for Halloween. When the prequel trilogy came out, it only added fuel to the fire and expanded my passion for Star Wars tenfold. My enthusiasm and excitement for the franchise grew to a new level each time something new came out. Star Wars, like for many other fans, became a cornerstone for my imagination and fascination of the arts.

The Prized Seeker by Michael Matsumoto

How did you begin making (Star Wars) art?

I was fascinated with art well before discovering Star Wars, but when Star Wars entered my life, it also made its way into my artwork. I remember attempting to draw the X-Wing and Millennium Falcon to the best of my abilities on loose sheets of printer paper and on the front of my grade school folders. Star Wars has always been a source of inspiration for me in learning about storytelling and visuals, and it found its way into my high school learning when I discovered the incredible artists Drew Struzan and Noriyoshi Ohrai were responsible for many of the iconic movie poster illustrations that I marveled at while growing up. I spent my high school and college years bettering my foundational art skills- like lighting, anatomy, composition, etc.- before I felt like I could return to illustrating something that meant a lot to me, like Star Wars. The beginning of my professional art career was spent using 100% of my working time to design and illustrate original concepts for all sorts of clients in the entertainment industry.

When Lucasfilm/Disney announced Episode VII’s imminent release in 2014, that same passion I had as a kid when Episode I came out rekindled itself, and the announcement got me so enthusiastic about Star Wars, that I found myself illustrating Star Wars fan art in my free time- something I hadn’t done since grade school. There’s a special gratification that comes from doing art for yourself, and I found myself happy when I could channel my geeky enthusiasm in an artistic way. Nowadays, I am always trying to make time to do some fan art in between working for clients and my other projects.

The Dark Progeny by Michael Matsumoto

What did you think of The Force Awakens / The Last Jedi?

Episode VII was amazing! It sent me down memory lane, especially when I got to see Han Solo, Chewbacca, and the Millennium Falcon return to the big screen. I never would have expected any of them would get another opportunity to show up. Now… Han Solo has always been my favorite Star Wars character ever since I first watched Star Wars, so you can imagine the emotional rollercoaster I was on when I saw this movie for the first time (no spoilers?). Now that I’ve seen this movie numerous times since it premiered, I find myself loving it more after each viewing. Episode VII brought back so much of the thrill and excitement that Star Wars had when I was growing up. Having to introduce a new storyline after a 10-year gap since Episode III premiered is an extremely daunting task for LucasFilm and JJ Abrams, and yet, the way they created a familiar tone to win back old fans and win over a new generation of fans while, simultaneously, introducing a new line of characters and plot for future Star Wars installments to build from was an incredible accomplishment!

Episode VIII didn’t quite have the same lasting effect for me. There was a lot that it was trying to say and prove, and I’m sad to see that it has created such controversy that a large split has formed in the Star Wars fan community. There are some truly incredible moments in this film as well as visuals that left me in complete awe the first time I saw it. I applaud it for being daring and unpredictable, and now I’m looking forward to where Episode IX will build from it!

Han by Michael Matsumoto

Do you have a favorite Sequel trilogy character?

Kylo Ren, for sure! Not only is his design fantastic, there’s so much complexity to his character in both his backstory and his current struggle between choosing sides. His character development was a definite highlight in Episode VIII, and I can’t wait to see where he ends up in Episode IX (Please incorporate the Knights of Ren somehow)!

The Hero Reborn by Michael Matsumoto

What was the thought process behind your alternate designs of Sequel characters?

I created the first two iterations of what would begin my personal project of “Star What-Ifs” characters on the night the very first teaser announcement for Episode VIII was released (I believe it was during Star Wars Celebration 2017 weekend). I had just finished spending the whole day designing for a client and now moved on to browsing for any breaking news from SWC2017. When I saw that a teaser announcement had been released, I must’ve watched it ten times in a row. The excitement of what would come next since Episode VII was finally in sight. I remember my mind was racing with the questions of “what if this happens, what if they end up turning out to be that, what if, what if, what if,” and it got to the point where I just needed to start answering my own questions by drawing them out because I couldn’t sit idly by until the movie came out.

When I grabbed my iPad and slumped back on the couch to start sketching out my excitement, I actually thought it’d be a fun challenge to design the two main characters had they gone down an alternate path in the canon storyline and come up with what they’d look like by the time Episode VIII started (I mistakenly assumed the new movie would’ve picked up a 1-2 years after Episode VII’s ending). I gave myself a short prompt to influence my design choices and created the concepts for “The Prized Seeker” Rey and “The Hero Reborn” Ben Solo. I had a ton of fun doing them while playing the trailer and listening to older Star Wars soundtracks. Once I finished them, I posted them online, and, unexpectedly, a lot of people enjoyed them. Over the course of what seemed like an eternity waiting for Episode VIII to premiere, I just kept choosing another character to redesign whenever I had the free time to do so. I ended up with eight characters by the end of 2017.

Finn by Michael Matsumoto

Where do you hope Episode IX will end up?

Honestly, I would just like a satisfying closure to what Episode VII and Episode VIII teased but have yet to wrap up. I’m hoping it can bring the Star Wars community back together, even if takes more than one movie to create a compelling, fleshed out story arc. I’m very optimistic that JJ Abrams will find a way!

Leia by Michael Matsumoto

What advice would you give for any aspiring Star Wars artists?

For me, it would be to devote at least an hour of each day to drawing  / painting / designing / learning and ultimately developing the core foundational skills (Lighting, Human Anatomy, Perspective, Color, Composition, Animal Anatomy, Material Studies, Industrial Design, and Life Drawing). It’s not easy and doesn’t happen overnight, but the more you practice, the more “mileage” you will add on to your craft. There are plenty of resources online and out there to help you dedicate time and direction to building your “mileage.” I’ve used Star Wars as both an inspiration to motivate me to continually improve my current skillset and to allow myself to channel my geeky obsessions. Study from the renowned artists who came before you and who currently live among you. Look at them and their art not to merely compare yourself and your current skill level to theirs during their prime, but rather as evidence that through discipline, dedication, and passion, it is possible that your skill level can reach a point where you, too, can create inspirational, dynamic artwork.

Poe by Michael Matsumoto

Do you have any plans to create more “what-if” type of Star Wars character designs?

What if I told you that I will always make time for doing personal fan art, especially when it comes to Star Wars, and I’ve got a few characters picked out from an entire galaxy that I’ll be revealing soon?

BB-8 by Michael Matsumoto


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Star Wars Artist Spotlight: Marietta Ivanova

Star Wars Artist Spotlight: Marietta Ivanova

Star Wars Artist Spotlight: Marietta Ivanova

There are many amazing Star Wars fan artists who create consistently superb and imaginative art. One of these artists is Marietta Ivanova from Finland. Here is my interview with her:


When did you become a Star Wars fan?
I have strong memories of the original trilogies from my childhood, and I even read Legends books in my teens. Star Wars had always been an obvious part of my world, but I wasn’t a real fan yet. I discovered my love for science fiction when I saw the movie Stargate (1994) in my early teens. I have been a hardcore scifi enthusiast ever since, mainly concentrating on shows like Stargate Sg-1, Battlestar Galactica and Serenity, and on writers like Asimov, Herbert, Card and Orwell. What actually pulled me into the Star Wars fandom was other fans. Less than two years ago I found very inspiring fan made art and fiction about Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. These two characters will always be the heart of Star Wars. Witnessing the fandom’s creativity and love for these characters reminded me of what the story is truly about, and it changed my world quite a bit.

 

How did you begin creating Star Wars art?
When I rediscovered Star Wars, I was suffering from an “art block” that had lasted for seven years! During that period I drew almost nothing, even though art had been my greatest joy earlier in my life. The inspiration that I got from Star Wars and my fellow fans pulled me out of that artless part of my life and I started drawing again with great enthusiasm. Star Wars does tend to inspire creativity.

 

Who is your favorite Star Wars character?
This is a hard one. Darth Plagueis is the one that intrigues me the most. He is endlessly mysterious and complicated. (YESI have heard about the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise!!) I’ve read his book countless times and I still feel like I get more from his character after each read. However, I do feel that no one can be rival Darth Vader in pure magnificence and power. He is the character that I think of when someone says the words “Star Wars”. I’d have to answer Vader.

 

Actor In The Armor by Marietta Ivanova

 

Which one is your favorite to make art of?
Imperial stormtroopers. From year to year their character design just keeps on mesmerizing me both as an artist and a fan. It is such a beautiful armor design. It is supposed to look intimidating with the toothy grimace and opaque lenses, but at the same time it is very expressive, almost charming with its round shapes and big dramatic “eyes”. I spend most of my time drawing stormtroopers.

 

 

What does your art creation process look like?
I’m making a few Star Wars fan comics at the moment. However, I’m not a professional writer, so I think about the story as it was a movie. I see the panels as still shots and I just try to capture the right moment from the most interesting angle. I’m awful at making sketches. The visual idea I have is usually so strong that I skip that part entirely and go straight to details. As for my other artwork, I draw whatever crosses my mind and interests me (it has something to do with the Galactic Empire most of the time). Star Wars is a bottomless well for ideas. I often get great suggestions from my fellow fans. Almost all my art is digital paintings.

 

If I come up with a clear visual idea, I don’t waste time. I skip sketching and go straight to painting it digitally. When I’m drawing challenging poses I’ll sketch on a paper and scan them. Even after drawing for 25 years digitally, I still feel more comfortable doodling with pencils and paper. My favorite traditional art technique is charcoal, which affects a lot my digital drawing style. I simply smudge together shapes, colors and lights using my artpad and Photoshop. Outlines are often the last thing I draw. I use a lot of reference images to get the details right, especially the interiors of the ships. I might even get into my stormtrooper armor in order to get a realistic pose reference.

 

 
What did you think of The Last Jedi?
I didn’t like it. Many of our fellow fans feel the same way because of its poor storytelling, nihilism and lack of understanding respect towards the franchise and the fans.
 
What are your thoughts right now on the upcoming Solo film?
Truthfully, the Original Trilogy is enough to entertain me for the rest of my life. I don’t crave for new content every few months. Star Wars means everything to me, but I probably won’t go see “Solo” in the movie theaters. I don’t want to support the social and political agenda driven exogorth that has swallowed the franchise, hurting the fandom in an unprecedented way.

However, the possibility to see some good old Star Destroyers and TIE fighters on a huge screen is very tempting. That is something that I‘m looking forward to very much, and it probably will end up changing my mind.
 
What are some things you’ve learned about the visual style of Star Wars?
Experiment! Draw new planets and aliens! Use your imagination. Star Wars is more than just what we see on the screen – it stopped being a movie or a “product” a long time ago. Star Wars is out there in the Ether inspiring endlessly and igniting curiosity.
 

 
Have you had any interesting experiences as a Star Wars artist?
Mainly just getting to know you fellow fans. Nothing compares to our amazing Star Wars communities. I’ve met new people from all over the world, made amazing friends, and we all share the love for same wonderful things.
 
What advice would you give to aspiring Star Wars artists?
Despite all, the Star Wars fandom remains massive and enthusiastic, and will eagerly embrace anything made with love for The Galaxy Far Far Away. Just put your work out there. Collaborate with other fans, create together new interesting art and fiction, fan films, anything that comes to your mind. I truly think that the fans create the best Star Wars content.


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