In November of 2013 I had the crazy idea to draw one Star Wars character a day counting down the 760 days that remained until the release of Episode VII. The catalyst for this idea was simple enough: To learn to draw better.
The quest was soon after christened: Sketch Wars.
Once December 15th 2015 arrived and I had completed my quest, I began to wonder what the future of Sketch Wars should be. It took me two years of wondering but to make a long story short I decided to transition Sketch Wars from a platform that encourages myself to grow as an artist into a platform that encourages others to grow as artists. And so the Sketch Wars Drawing Club is born.
Here’s how it works is: I post a drawing prompt onto my Instagram and Twitter accounts, then participants throughout the week complete and post a drawing based on the prompt. They then post their artwork onto their personal Instagram and Twitter accounts with the tag #sketchwarsdrawingclub.
Last week, I wrote about the Jack Marshall comic strips I’ve been working on. This week, I’d like to share with you a couple of pieces that I’ve done recently just for fun.
First up, I’ve been waiting to do more Star Wars: The Last Jedi related drawings, but since I’ve been so busy I haven’t had much time. I really like my design of Chewy in my “HOPE” collage so I thought I’d do a Chewy focused piece. Add in a few porgs and…presto! Ya got a The Last Jedi tie-in drawing!
Next up, the AT-ST Walker.
Over the past month I’ve been wildly busy with projects that I’ve barely been able to keep up with it! I’ll be posting updates over the next few days of what some of those projects have been (Note: Some are still under wraps so I can’t say anything about them yet).
Firstly, I’ve continued my work with Screen14 Pictures’ Jack Marshall Can’t Do This which is a transmedia webseries. One of the characters, Donni Lawrence, draws comics and posts them on her Instagram. Below are same of my favorite I’ve done so far (keep in mind a lot of the humor comes from in-jokes from the show). They are drawn by me, and written by Grant & Victoria Hansen.
A few months ago I had the opportunity to do some drawings of X-Wing Pilot Helmets to accompany John Bishops’ interviews of actors who’ve portrayed various X-Wing/Y-Wing pilots in various Star Wars films.
Instead of interviews this time around, John has written up some biography-esque articles about two of Star Wars most memorable late, pilot actors. Follow the links provided to read all about Porkins and Rogue Two (aka the man with the most boring but easiest to draw X-Wing helmet in history)
Remembering Red Six: Bill Hootkins Was Jek Porkins
This fall I have the awesome opportunity of being part of Screen14 Pictures’ webseries, Jack Marshall Can’t Do This.
The show is a transmedia project as it spills out from the show itself and into social media. Donni, who is one of the characters, posts comics satirizing the events of each episode on her Instagram – @donnionthego. I’ve been tasked with ghost drawing these comics for her.
Below is the first comic that I did for the series. The rest can be found under the Comics part of this here website, or by visiting Donni’s Facebook or Instagram
[ Comics ]
Recently a friend of mine lost his brother. Since only few weeks ago he told me that his favorite character was Twisty the Clown from American Horror Story, I decided to gift him with a drawing of his favorite character.
I didn’t know much about Twisty and was surprised to discover that, even though he’s absolutely terrifying, he’s actually a pretty sympathetic character.
(Drawn and colored digitally)
Today is my 5th Wedding Anniversary. Below is a card I made for my amazing wife. Her favorite Star Wars character is BB-8 and so I had the Sketch Wars Drawing Club unknowingly draw her a bunch of BB-8s
This drawing was done completely digitally.
Over the last year I’ve had the opportunity to do some character drawings from the upcoming blockbuster Star Wars: The Last Jedi for MakingStarWars.net
One of my goals with my Sketch Wars project is to encourage others to draw and to draw often. After finding several other drawing clubs on Instagram I decide to start my own!
I’ll be posting drawing prompts from time to time on my Instagram and Twitter.
First up we did drawings of TIE Fighters as I’ve wanted to draw a TIE Fighter for a really long time.
You can view the other amazing entries under the hashtag #SketchWarsDrawingClub on both Instagram and Twitter.
This TIE Fighter was drawn digitally and then colored using Copic Markers.
Recently John Bishop of MakingStarWars.net got the opportunity to interview some of the actors who portrayed various X-Wing pilots from various Star Wars films. To accompany his interviews he asked me to draw the corresponding helmet.
I took this opportunity to continue to hone my digital art skills. Below are the first four helmets with links to John’s interview.
Red Three Standing By: Garrick Hagon is Biggs Darklighter