I’ve been a Star Wars fan all my life. Literally, for as long as I can remember. I was a smidge too young to see the movies on their original release so had to rely on them being shown on TV. Remember, this was a time before home video and on-demand movies, kids. I’m pretty sure I saw Jedi first, then Star Wars, then Empire. Thus I spent most of my formative years utterly confused about the order in which they were supposed to be watched.
Topps is an American company that have been producing trading card sets for decades - including baseball, football and The Garbage Pail Kids - and when they invited me to contribute some hand-drawn sketch cards for their Star Wars Masterwork 2017 set, I was absolutely over the moon. “That’s no moon…"
Trading cards are much like the football stickers we used to buy in the UK in the 80s and 90s. Each pack contains a number of mass produced base cards plus, if you’re lucky, a ‘hit’ which could be an autograph, a swatch of Ewok costume (yes, really) or a sketch card.
The sketch cards are one-off, miniature pieces of art measuring 2.5” x 3.5" created by artists from all around the world. They’re not reprinted in bulk so if you find one, you have the only one and this can make them quite valuable. For this particular set, we were free to draw any character from any of the movies so I quickly started to form a list of who I wanted to draw but by the end of the project I’d drawn fewer of those than I expected and more of the ones I didn’t.
I even drew Jar Jar.
The set is due out in November 2017 and that’s when I’ll be able to share all the cards I created, plus lots of work in progress shots, and a trilogy of brand new time-lapse videos. So, if you’re following me on social media, I hope you like Star Wars!