As everyone is gearing up for Star Wars Celebration, I thought I’d start the party by sharing some of my favorite Star Wars artists. There is an abundance of spectacular Star Wars art out there, so I feel extremely guilty for leaving out so many, but I’ll start with 5 of them today.
Joe Corroney: Joe is a fellow Ohioan (O-H!) and has been creating official Star Wars artwork since 1997. His designs are magnificent. Every piece is perfectly balanced and each one is vibrant and eye-catching. Joe’s work is ideal for framing and hanging in your home. I myself have several framed prints and I’m sure I will be adding plenty more. If you’re at Celebration, don’t forget to stop by Joe’s booth (# 2810) to grab some prints and say hello!
Jenny Dolfen: Jenny is a self-taught artist from Northern Germany, who now lives in Cologne. Her use of watercolors is fascinating to me. The blending of colors is stunning and seems so effortless. I was originally drawn to a piece of hers entitled Ben and Little Rey, which seems reminiscent of an old Alice In Wonderland illustration. I particularly enjoy the Kylo Ren artwork. It gives a glimpse into his internal struggle and the watercolor allows for a softness that one doesn’t normally associate with his character.
James Hance: James is a British artist living in Florida and creates some of the most gorgeous things. I think I was initially drawn to his work because of the vastly different styles and varying mediums he is able to use. Whether you’re looking for realism, pop art, or just something cute and kid-friendly, James Hance has it. If you have younglings, (or even if you don’t) make sure you check out Wookie the Chew, which is a Star Wars/Winnie-the-Pooh mash up and absolutely perfect for a nursery or kids’ room.
Stephen Hayford: Stephen is a diorama expert from Florida who has over 20 years of experience in photojournalism. His work is unlike most others in that he creates detailed scenes using action figures. I feel like I’ve been using my collectibles the wrong way this whole time! I’m amazed at how realistic he can make these scenes appear, and I love the fact that what he produces is so different from most other prints available. I can’t help but think of the amount of time that goes into it before he is able to photograph. Stephen will also be at Celebration, so stop by the Hasbro booth to pick up one of his posters and get it signed.
Skottie Young: Skottie is a writer, illustrator, and cartoonist from Illinois. He is probably best known for his work with Marvel Entertainment or the graphic novel adaptations of L. Frank Baum’s Oz novels. I felt Skottie needed to be included in this group because of his fun and adorable style. I’m constantly drawn to his cartoony versions of characters and, will probably always pick his variant covers over the originals if I’m given the choice. They’re just too cute to pass up.
Check out the links to all of these awesome artists and don’t forget to comment below or tweet me at @amlehr to share with me some of your favorite Star Wars artists. If you are at Celebration and get a photo with Joe or Stephen, feel free to post it in the comments!