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Here are the talented Star Wars artists appearing in the Celebration Art Show this April in Anaheim. You’ll find them either throughout the exhibit hall floor, or in the Art Show pavilion sponsored by ACME Archives.
Nelson Alexander Ross is an American comic book writer and artist who is known primarily for his painted interiors, covers, and design work. He first became known with the 1994 mini-series Marvels, on which he collaborated with writer Kurt Busiek for Marvel Comics. He has since done a variety of projects for both Marvel and DC Comics, such as the 1996 miniseries Kingdom Come, which Ross co-wrote. Since then he has done covers and character designs for Busiek's series Astro City, and various projects for Dynamite Entertainment. His feature film work includes concept and narrative art for Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, and DVD packaging art for the M. Night Shyamalan film Unbreakable. He has created covers for TV Guide, promotional artwork for the Academy Awards, posters and packaging design for video games, and his renditions of superheroes have been merchandised as action figures. Ross' style has been said to exhibit "a Norman Rockwell-meets-George Perez vibe,” and has been praised for its realistic, human depictions of classic comic book characters.
Born in 1982 in South Lake Tahoe, Brandon is a professional artist/illustrator. His work can be seen in numerous trading card sets including licensed properties from Star Wars, Marvel Comics, Major League Baseball, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Brandon received a B.S. from the Art Institute of California where he studied traditional animation and illustration. He currently resides in Rancho Mirage where he works full time in his studio. Brandon's preferred medium is airbrushed acrylic paint.
Brent Woodside is a self-taught artist who has been professionally producing illustrations since 1997. He has produced work for Disney, Lucas Arts, Acme Archives, Wizards of the Coast, Topps trading cards, Tolkien estate, Emerald City Expeditions, Iron Fortress, and others. In addition to working for companies, he attends several conventions and art shows every year. He resides in Sedalia, Missouri with his wife and fellow artist Kayla Woodside, with whom he often collaborates on art projects. In his free time he studies German Longsword in the tradition of Johannes Liechtenauer and mixed martial arts. You can see his work at http://www.woodsideillustrations.com.
Brian started his journey as a Star Wars artist as Joe Corroney's Padawan, coloring the majority or Joe’s artwork. Brian studied the ways of the Force diligently to become Joe’s apprentice coloring and painting Joe’s artwork for Star Wars Insider magazine, collector card sets, books, games, and previous Star Wars Celebrations. As the Force grew stronger within Brian he began illustrating Star Wars sketch cards under the guidance of his Jedi Master. Brian has recently created several Star Wars illustrations offered as limited editions by ACME Archives. Following in his master’s footsteps Brian will be exhibiting his artwork at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim where his latest illustration, Remember the Death Star, will be available exclusively to attendees.
Brian Rood has been creating Star Wars artwork for the various licensors of Star Wars merchandise and directly for Lucasfilm for over a decade. His artwork has been used on everything from the Star Wars Blu-Ray packaging to an extensive line of Star Wars fine art reproductions with ACME Archives. He has spent the better part of the last year doing artwork for a Published Storybook collection that will be available in various printed formats throughout 2015…. From the classic Star Wars Reader books to a 300 page imaginative retelling of the Classic Trilogy. Brian has produced over 200 new illustrations for this project all based on Episodes 4, 5 and 6. He has a multitude of Star Wars based projects on the horizon for 2015. In addition to the Star Wars Art-show at Celebration VII look for Brian at Star Wars Weekends this summer in Orlando, he will be there the last weekend with ACME as a special guest doing live art demos and debuting new artwork at the show. This will be Brian's seventh time exhibiting in the Art Show at Celebration.
Cat is currently working as an artist on Orphan Black and Star Trek for IDW Publishing and previously worked with DC comics, illustrating the covers and interiors for the Smallville Season 11 series and The Vampire Diaries, as well as the interiors on the Phantom Lady mini series. Her work is featured in the book Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years. Cat designed one of the most popular t-shirts for Ashely Eckstein’s Her Universe, Star Wars clothing line and is currently working on new designs. Previous comic-related work includes creating original character sketches for a new character by Stan Lee for POW! Entertainment and she has been working for the Star Wars and Lucasfilm since 2004, for which she has illustrated short fiction for starwars.com, produced sketch and trading cards, exclusive prints for Star Wars Celebrations III, IV, Europe, Celebration V, Celebration VI, and the recent ACME Limited Release Star Wars Gallery event.
Chris Dee is a freelance illustrator living in Luxembourg, currently studying visual effects in Paris, France. His choice to become an artist, was sparked by The Clone Wars television series when it first aired in Europe in 2009. A visit to Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, 2012 landed him his first job in a galaxy far, far away as a sketch card artist for Topps. This year he is back, with a print that is a tribute to everything that inspired him to chose his path.
Chris Trevas has been illustrating Star Wars for twenty years. His art is featured in books, games, trading cards, packaging and many other products from licensees like Hasbro, Disney Interactive, Randomhouse, DK, Scholastic, Topps, and Acme Archives.
A contributor to past Celebrations, Doug Cowan's Star Wars paintings are frequently featured in the Topps Star Wars Galaxy card series. His artwork was recently included in both the Star Wars Illustrated and Masterwork card sets. Other notable Star Wars credits include the limited-edition book Star Wars Art: Illustration. Beyond the Star Wars universe, his work has been exhibited by the Society of Illustrators, and the Salmagundi Club in New York. He cites Joe Johnston, Ralph McQuarrie and Nilo Rodis-Jamero's work in The Art of Return of the Jedi as a substantial influence.
Normally, to impress an audience or fit in at a gallery Drew Baker might fill this space with phrases like "Bachelor of Fine Arts," "Yale University Fellowship," and "questions of the human condition reframed through the use of popular iconography," just to prove he’s an artist. “But here, what it really comes down to is one of my strongest childhood memories of Yoda on a movie screen,” he writes. “I was desperately tired, so the memory is through half closed eyes, but I remember feeling that was something I just had to see. I couldn't last, and I fell asleep. Later I learned my parents stayed through the next showing and woke me up halfway through so I could see the rest of the movie. “It's that image of Yoda that stuck with me.” Drew’s kids now play with his old tauntaun and biker scout toys, and swing their own lightsabers. When Drew goes to buy a Darth Vader helmet he can say “It’s for work.”
Erik Maell has enjoyed a very diverse career working both as a commercial illustrator and as a fine artist. Aside from his extensive portfolio of Lucasfilm-licensed imagery from the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, his work as an illustrator has included assignments for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company, Topps Trading Card Company, and Victoria's Secret Beauty Corporation. As a fine artist, he has exhibited his paintings in many solo and group shows across the United States and in Europe. He is also the author of the just-released book, Mona Lisa Reimagined.
Grant Gould is a freelance illustrator based in Minnesota, and this year he's celebrating his 10th year of illustrating official Star Wars products! Since 2005 he has worked on a number of Star Wars kids' books, trading card sets, website features, the official The Clone Wars web comic, and much more. Grant also spends his time working on creator-owned projects, such as the fantasy RPG Blade Raiders, as well as a new comic book series. You can find more info and links to all of his various sites at www.GrantGould.com!
Jake Murray has been drawing and imagining fantastical things for as long as he can remember. Entangled with his obsession for drawing was also a love of story telling. Movies, video games, comics, and playing pretend were among his favorite childhood pastimes, and he still has notebooks from the first grade that are filled cover to cover with primitive doodles of Velociraptors, Sonic the Hedgehog, and X-Men. Jake is currently self-employed as an illustrator working in the fields of publishing, gaming, and advertising. He works with a variety of clients, and has created art for franchises such as Star Wars, A Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and Warhammer. He and his fiancé Krysti live in the German Village area of Columbus, Ohio with their two loudmouth parakeets.
Jason William Christman has a minimalist and vintage style that is inspired by any number of searingly sci-fi, unapologetically geeky pop-culture touchstones, from Star Wars to Saul Bass. Born in 1971 he was raised in
Oregon and in the late 80s moved to Southern California and became a photography major and darkroom guru who realized the potential of the digital world when Photoshop came to be. In the 90s he was mentored by LightWorks Productions photographer/owner Richard McLean, and in 1998 Jason set off to become a successful freelancer. At the same time he opened a gallery in the Pomona Arts Colony where he could share some of his favorite art, music and movies from around the world. By 2005 he moved back to Oregon to raise a family with his wife Jenny, and children Kaileigh and Kaiden. Currently he is co-founder and creative director of Blue Couch Media based out of Portland Oregon.
Jason began working in the comic book industry in 1990 painting covers for Star Trek. Since then, he’s worked as an illustrator on a vast variety of projects, including art for TV shows, story boards, concept work, collectibles, advertising and package art for companies such as Paramount, Warner Bros, HBO, AMC Lucasfilm and Sideshow Collectibles. His recent projects include package art for the Indiana Jones blu ray set and marketing concepts for HBO’s Game of Thrones. He has also developed several popular series of licensed art prints such as Firefly/Serenity with Universal Studios, Walking Dead with AMC and Castle with ABC/Disney.
Jeff Carlisle's first illustration job was for Star Wars Gamer magazine and the Star Wars Roleplaying Game. In the last fifteen years he's also created The Clone Wars, Doctor Who, Dungeons & Dragons, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Pathfinder, Star Trek and The Guild illustrations.
Jeff Confer attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he began his freelance career designing concert flyers. Since then he has done numerous commissioned illustrations as well as complete card sets for Lucasfilm, Distortion Productions, Metropolis Records, Topps, Rittenhouse Archives, and Cryptozoic Entertainment. Jeff Currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama where he draws, designs, and also does other stuff in no particular order. http://cargocollective.com/jpc-art and www.facebook.com/jeffconfer.art.
Jerry VanderStelt has enjoyed a great working relationship with Lucasfilm for many years, having produced many Star Wars and Indiana Jones artwork for their various licensees such as Acme Archives, Topps Trading cards ,Scholastic books and Hasbro toys. As a commercial artist, Jerry has produced book cover artwork for various Sci-Fi and fantasy publishers such as Ace, Roc, Pocket and Scholastic books, as well as the Franklin Mint, The Bradford Exchange, Vivendi/Universal Games, and Capital One Bank. Jerry also works with Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema in the creation of licensed reproductions for his The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit Fine Art Program.
Joe Corroney has been providing Lucasfilm and Disney with official Star Wars artwork for books, games, trading cards, comic books, posters and magazines since 1997 and he's continuing to create new Star Wars artwork for them currently. Some of the projects and licensors he's recently illustrated for include The Imperial Handbook, The Bounty Hunter Code, The Essential Reader's Companion, Topps' Star Wars trading cards, Acme Archives and Star Wars Insider magazine. Other comic books and publishers he's illustrated include Star Trek, X-Files, Doctor Who, True Blood, GI Joe, IDW Publishing, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Hasbro, X Box, Becker & Mayer! Books, Random House and Simon and Schuster. Joe runs a full-time illustration studio and can be commissioned or contracted for work. Visit his website at www.JoeCorroney.com to contact him and view and purchase his artwork.
Karen Hallion is originally from Nahant, Massachusetts, located just north of Boston. She is a 1997 graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design and holds a BFA in Illustration. Karen has done licensed work for companies including Marvel, Lucasfilm, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks Studios, Cryptozoic, and Disney. She is a member of We Love Fine’s League of Artists and has had t-shirt designs featured on Threadless, Tee Fury, Tee Turtle, teeVillain, and Qwertee. In 2013, Karen was nominated for a Geekie Award for Best T-shirt Design, was featured in an exhibition at the Yetee Art Gallery, and won the first-place grand prize in DreamWorks Studios’ “How to Train Your Dragon” t-shirt design contest. Karen speaks fluent geek and pop culture, notably Star Wars, Firefly, Buffy, Harry Potter, Dr. Who and steampunk. She counts the amazing work of Glen Keane, Audrey Kawasaki, and Alphonse Mucha among her significant influences. She currently lives in Swampscott, Massachusetts with her two sons, and their cats, Obi and Kenobi.
Katie Cook is a comic artist and writer who hails from the mitten state (as is Michigan, not that she is in the state of being a mitten). She currently puts in an inordinate amount of time on her creator-owned book, Gronk: A Monster’s Story (www.gronkcomic.com), books published through Action Lab, as well as working on IDW’s smash-hit My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She has also done work for Marvel, Lucasfilm, Fraggle Rock, and so much more! Her mother thinks she is funny. Find her online at www.katiecandraw.com.
Ken has worked for Hasbro for over twelve years on different aspects of the Star Wars brand. Ken was the pencil artist behind the Star Wars Unleashed line, creating the blister art which graced the packages. The Boba Fett busting out of the sarlaac pit is kens fav, as he was blessed to create the design for the toy as well as he package art. Ken has also done countless illustrations for Lucasfilm which have graced over 600 products worldwide. Lucasfilm has used these illustrations for various applications from playing cards to bed sheets, and yes he has them on his bed as we speak. Perhaps the most well known Star Wars gig has the be the Star Wars car created at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2011. Ken drew on a 2012 VW Passat, drawing images from all six Star Wars movies in Sharpie over 4 days. It was the best job ever. Ken’s day job is creating comic images for various companies.
Lee Kohse was born to a family of rutabaga beta testers in Crescent City, California and as a child learned to draw in the dirt while mining dust for spaghetti western films. While serving in the Marine Corps, he started doing art for underground comics and indie rock magazines. One day, on an archeological dig in a broom closet, he discovered some oil paints and a brush. After an intense montage showing Lee teaching himself to paint featuring a solid punk rock soundtrack, Lee became a freelance artist working for such clients as Verizon, MSN, Lucasfilm, DreamWorks, Topps, Marvel, and 20th Century Fox. From 2010-2012 Lee was creative director of Speed Racer and in 2012 he became creative director of Webble. His first project for Lucasfilm was providing licensing art for Indiana Jones in 2006. In 2007 he provided licensed art for The Clone Wars theatrical release and has been contributing Star Wars art regularly ever since.
Lin Zy is a professional designer, illustrator and professor of media arts. Mostly known for her contributions to the Star Wars universe, she has produced licensed posters, art prints, trading cards, T-shirts, mugs, patches and more. Notable projects include exclusive Clone Wars, Rebels, and Princess Leia art prints, producing sketch cards for Topps' Star Wars Galaxy 6 and 7, Galactic Files 2, Star Wars Illustrated, Master Works, Rebels, and creating a life-size Clone Trooper LEGO mini-fig for The Helmet Project. Lin Zy is also the C.C.O. of Kaleidoscope Koi Entertainment where she is currently producing the film Aladdin 3477. See more at: www.Lin-Zy.com.
Malcolm Tween is the co-founder of the UK illustration studio Digital Progression. The studio’s clients include some of the worlds best known names in advertising, design and entertainment, including working with Lucasfilm on Revenge of the Sith, the original Star Wars trilogy and Indiana Jones. The diverse client base also includes Microsoft, Sony, BMW, EA, IBM, Starbucks and Budweiser. Malcolm has previously exhibited at Celebrations in America, Japan and Europe and lives and works in sunny Bournemouth on the south coast of England. See more at www.digitalprogression.com.
Matt Busch has been illustrating official Star Wars posters, books, magazines, apparel, trading cards, stickers and numerous other products for more than twenty years. He is the only artist to have exhibited at every single Star Wars Celebration to date. Mostly known for his entertaining You Can Draw Star Wars videos, Matt has inspired people of all ages to follow their passion creating art of the galaxy far, far away. Matt is also a recognized filmmaker and is currently writing and directing Aladdin 3477, a live-action sci-fi movie heavily influenced by Star Wars. Follow Matt on Instagram: www.Instagram.com/Matt_Busch_Instagram.
Randy Martinez is one of today’s most popular artists in the pop culture genre. His illustrations been have used for the biggest pop culture properties, including Star Wars, Marvel Comics, and Lord of the Rings. Considered the Swiss army knife of Star Wars illustrators, Randy Martinez has been creating cartoons, caricatures, illustrations, paintings, and 3D art for Lucasfilm since 1999. Martinez’s art first appeared in Star Wars Kids Magazine before he quickly moved on to create cartoons and caricatures for the Star Wars Insider. In 2007 Martinez was chosen to create the official key art for Star Wars Celebration IV and Celebration Europe. In 2010 he created the thirteen pieces of key art for Star Wars Celebration V. Martinez has continued a wide range of illustration styles for Scholastic Books, Acme Archives and Topps Trading cards, where he has illustrated over 160 trading cards and created over 10,000 sketch cards! Randy Martinez was bestowed a great honor when three of his illustrations were included in the book Star Wars Art: Illustration (Abrams Books). Every illustration in this book was hand selected by George Lucas from his personal art collection. Marvel Comics began production of Randy’s Marvel: Legacy series for the Official Marvel Fine Art collection in 2012.
Russell Walks began depicting characters from a galaxy far, far away in May of 1977 with a sketch of Darth Vader drawn in mom's backseat on the way home from the theatre. Since then, Walks has worked consistently in the world of licensed properties, eventually creating art for clients including Disney, Paramount, Warner Brothers and, of course, Lucasfilm. Walks lives in Montana, where he spends his days drawing, painting, and training hard for the next Kessel Run.
Scott Harben is a visual storyteller. He has worked as a photographer, director and artist for thirty years. Scott cut his teeth in comics working on the Punisher Max for Marvel and other collaborative projects with his pal Tim Bradstreet for Sandman, Jennifer Blood, and Hellraiser with Clive Barker.
Scott started working with Lucasfilm in 2010 creating images to bolster the marketing and artistic efforts for the original trilogy, prequels and The Clone Wars television series. Scott continues to work in the motion picture and entertainment industry creating concept art, production design and advertising.
Shea Standefer is an award-winning artist hailing from San Diego, CA. She has been a regular Celebration attendee since 2007, and also participated in the Celebration Europe Art Show in 2013. In addition to selling her print and custom-made art, Shea (an avid costumer) will be judging the workmanship side of the Celebration Anaheim costume contest.
Growing up in the '70s, Stephen Hayford's love of Star Wars and Kenner action figures shaped his interest in graphic narrative. That spark eventually lead him into a career in photojournalism. His visual storytelling experience then inspired him to relive his childhood by creating images with action figures and his scratch-built dioramas. On top of his unique illustrative work with various pop culture properties and commercial clients, Hayford also creates original comic strips, editorial cartoons and fine art in his diverse "Life in Plastics" collection of work. He lives in Florida with his wife and two children (who aren't allowed to touch his toys).
Steve Anderson is a professional artist living in Portland, Oregon, and has been an official Star Wars artist for Lucasfilm Licensing and some of their licensees for the past seventeen years. Steve has created artwork for all six movies in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels and the four Indiana Jones movies. In addition, Steve has done large quantities of art for Hasbro games and puzzles related to licensed properties such as G.I. Joe, Indiana Jones, Pokémon, Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Spider Man, Star Wars, The Clone Wars, Transformers, Jurassic Park, X-Men and others. He has worked for licensees of such studios as Disney-Pixar, Marvel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Universal Studios. Steve also does stand-in work and can be seen as an extra in movies and on television. He was the stand-in for Harrison Ford in the feature film Extraordinary Measures. See more at www.SteveAndersonDesign.com.
Tsuneo Sanda was born in Osaka and currently resides in Japan. He spent his early years running his own advertising firm while creating original artwork in his spare time. After winning the top prize in a Japanese science fiction art competition he came to the attention of New York-based OMNI magazine, and in 1989 the magazine began featuring his work as cover art on a number of its issues. In the years that followed, Sanda began producing more Sci-Fi and fantasy themed art with a special focus on Star Trek and Star Wars characters. Some of his work can be seen in art posters produced for Paramount Picture’s Star Trek; special posters commissioned for the Star Trek 30th Anniversary; cover art for the Star Trek fan mag, Communicator; and poster art for the opening of Paramount Parks/Experience. Since 1996, he has been producing art posters and book covers for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars. Lucasfilm has been acquiring Sanda’s work and currently holds the majority of all his original Star Wars-themed paintings. Since 2008 Tsuneo Sanda has dedicated himself fulltime to artwork painting. In 2010 he began producing Disney art through ACME.
William resides in Studio City, CA and has been an "unofficial" Star Wars artist since the morning after he first saw Episode IV as a little boy and started drawing X-wings and TIE fighters. Since then William has gone on to become a professional illustrator and writer. His freelance resume includes work for: Fox Television, MGM, New Line, Jim Henson Productions, Inkworks, Topps, Hanna-Barbera, Cross-Gen, Image Comics, IDW, and since 2004, Lucasfilm. William co-owns Hurricane Entertainment where he co-created the popular comic books VIOLENT MESSIAHS and CHASSIS. William also wrote the acclaimed comic book miniseries, JOHN CARPENTER'S SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES and the short film: AGENT 88. He is currently developing several projects for print, film and television. See more at http://gentlemannerd.deviantart.com/ and https://gentlemannerd.wordpress.com/.
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