Russell Walks to Illustrate Indy Promos

January 17, 2008


According to, fans will soon see a lot of Indiana Jones promotional artwork coming from Russell Walks, an artist who Star Wars fans may recognize from the Star Wars Celebration Art Shows and the Topps Galaxy trading card series. For Indy, it looks like Walks will be illustrating for Dr. Pepper, Kellogg’s, and others.

His work for the film includes a life-size cardboard standee of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones – yes, the one featuring an expression with “slight undertones of happiness.” Using promotional shots provided by LucasFilm and poses from members of his fan base, Walks created the piece after a little bit of struggle, mostly with those slight undertones.

He did 10 or 15 sketches until he was finally satisfied with the expression. From there he did a value drawing, with a full range of tonal values in black and white. Walks usually prefers to hand paint his artwork, but because of the tight deadlines on the “Indiana Jones” project, he did most of the color in Adobe Photoshop, then added brush strokes and “the twinkle in (Ford’s) eye.”

Check out the full story here, and learn more about the artist in’s official artist profile.

Drew and Christian Struzan Unveil 80th Oscar Poster

January 16, 2008

80thposter reports today that Drew Struzan, creator of countless illustrations gracing both Star Wars and Indiana Jones posters and products, has teamed up with son Christian to devise the stunning artwork for the 80th Annual Academy Awards poster. Here’s more from the site:

The official poster of the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences’ 80th Academy Awards® features the iconic Oscar glowing among bright lights against a black background.

Capturing the allure and excitement of the Oscars®, the design was originally conceived by legendary motion picture poster illustrator Drew Struzan and executed by his son, Christian.

It appears the poster itself is available for pre-order from the site so if you’re a fan of Struzan’s work, this will definitely be one you’ll want to pick up!

Read more about it here!

LANDO Shaft Poster

December 14, 2007

Star Wars artist Matt Haley pays tribute to Lando Calrissian with his take on the classic Shaft movie poster. Bravo.


Star Wars Urban Art

December 12, 2007

Found on Flickr here.
The droid duo show up on a wall in Fremantle, WA.

O is for Ozzel

December 7, 2007

California artist Michael Fleming (AKA Tweedlebop) makes saying your ABCs even more fun with these adorable Star Wars tributes.

Check out more letters here:
Star Wars ABC

Baroque Star Wars

December 6, 2007

Sweden-based artist Mattias Adolfsson creates Baroque-style portraits (think wigs and Steampunk gears with a cartoony twist) of Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Luke Sylkwalker, C-3PO and R2-D2, a stormtrooper, and even the Death Star and the AT-AT!

See all of Adolfsson’s art here:
Star Wars, the Baroque Version:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


Wrecked AT-AT Wins the Day

December 4, 2007


Starship Modeler recently hosted a contest that asked contestants to submit their best model “wreck” — that is, any model that might be defined as“derelict, broken, abandonned, war-weary, busted, beat up, junker, hangar queen, crashed, pranged, in disrepair, poorly maintained and held-together-with-baling-wire-and-prayers”, etc.

Scratch modeler Dimitri Kaliviotis took home the first place prize with his stunning 1/32 scale AT-AT, which truly looks like something post-apocalyptic from that galaxy far, far way. Check out the rest of the entries for more Star Wars-inspired wrecks.

Stylin’ Chewie

December 4, 2007

Found on Flickr: Street art sticker of Chewie getting a little taken off the top.

Time for a Twi’lek Tribute

November 27, 2007

Artist and illustrator Mutley James created this lovely Twi’lek as part of his “30 Creatures in 30 Days” series on his Livejournal blog here.

Pixelated Artoo on BoingBoingTV

November 19, 2007

Our friends at asked artist extraordinare Adam “Ape Lad” Koford to pixelate R2-D2 and sneak him into the opening credits for BoingBoingTV. And for that way say BEEP (“thanks”)!

Editor Mark Frauenfelder explains the rest of the icons in the intro here: The Iconography of Boing Boing (Boston Globe)