Star Wars Celebration V
Star Wars Celebration has been a Huge part of my illustration career. I’ve attended ever Star Wars Celebration since in inception, including Celebration 1,2,3,4,5, Europe, and Japan. This year I am breaking my streak of Star Wars Celebration appearances and will miss Star Wars Celebration VI. BUt, with all the fan excitement around Celebration, it has inspired me to reflect on the art work I have done for past Celebrations. I’m proud to say my art work has been an important part of these fantastic shows, I sometimes forget how much art I have actually created for the Celebrations.
For Star wars Celebration V I was contacted and asked if I’d like to tackle the huge undertaking of the CV key art. Normally, I have had to create one piece, but for CV I was tapped to create 13 all new paintings! So of course I said yes, having no idea how I’d get that much work done in so little time. This show was really big as it had moved to Orlando Florida for the first time. Lucasfilm loved my mash up work in the past so they new I was the guy to bring Florida and Star Wars together in the key art. Steve Sansweet and I came up with at least 3 dozen ideas and concepts before we landed on the concept of holiday postcards from Florida. Not only was the concept important to nail, but I also had to capture that intense color those old vacation postcards had. Something I had technically never done, but I knew I could get. So 2 months later and not much sleep I completed the series of paintings in this gallery!
For Star Wars CElebration V, Lucasfilm wanted to celebrate the fun and excitement of Star Wars and Florida (CV was in Orlando). So we started the key art campaign with a classic travel post card. This was also made into a beach towel!
Continuing our series of Star Wars meets florida, I mashed up the excitement of a space shuttle launch with Boba Fett’s Slave I attached.This was also made into a collectible pin.
Oen of the more difficult pieces to create for the Star Wars meets Florida series as I had to paint it upside down. This piece was used for advertisement and posters.
“Welcome to O Lando” was one of the last pieces I created for CV. 2010 Celebrated 30 years of the Empire Strikes Back, so featuring a piece with Lando Calrissian was a must. This art was used for posters, tshirts, and billboards around Florida
The First piece I competed for this series. Boba Fett Ski really set the tone for the rest of the CV Art. This piece was also used for limited edition tshirts as well as a limited Edition PIn.
Yoda in all his wisdom would know the value of Florida Oranges:) Used for Postcards, advertising, and a limited Edition Pin.
Lando’s Air Boat
CV was also celebrating the Clone Wars Animated series, so we through in a few characters from there. I love this piece because it’s classic Jar Jar for fans of Mr. Binks, and at the same time a wish come true for fans who hate Jar Jar.
Funny thing about this piece is this piece was what I call a throw away idea. I present several sketch ideas, even ones that I know won;t get selected. BUt this one made it through. Probably just for it’s silliness. It was printed as a postcard.
Of course fishing is a huge leisure activity in Florida, so I’m sure Captain Rex would have gotten some fishing in for a little R & R. Used for Post card series.
This was actually a cartoon I had sketched out years before but never made it in to the Star Wars Insider. Originally he had all four arms exposed with four golf clubs, missing four times. But, the arms were over kill. The joke reads as is. Used for post card set.
Credit for this concept goes to Steve Sansweet. When we first started the project, he said I could only have the job if I painted a Star Wars Ski Team. Great idea. Used for postcard series.
This piece was not so much meant to be funny, as it is meant to be COOL looking. ATATs were always one of my favorite things in Star Wars, so naturally I wanted him to be trampling through some Floridian Palm Trees. Used for Postcard series.