Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 Artist Selection

Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 Artist Selection

Officially announced yesterday, I will be one of the official Star Wars artists participating in the Star Wars Celebration Orlando Art Show!  I’m not allowed to show the art I have been working on until it’s been officially revealed on www.StarWars.com but if you are interested in the creative process, I wrote a blog about my work for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in 2015 that you can read here.  You can also watch me work on Star Wars and other projects live on my Twitch Channel: www.twitch.tv/kohseart 3-5 nights a week. Until such time as I can reveal my latest official Star Wars Art, here are a couple of pieces I have in the studio I did for Lucasfilm. See you guys at Celebration Orlando in...
Star Wars Celebration Studies

Star Wars Celebration Studies

While working on my Star Wars Celebration Anaheim print, I created several pieces to practice and study various elements of the final painting.  I was asked if I could post some of those studies and explain my process a little. Building the Idea: First is the concept stage.  I worked out several thumbnail sketches to figure out the story I wanted to tell.  Once I had that, I worked out the perspective and how I wanted the characters arranged in the composition.  I took photos of my assistant dressed as a Jedi (using some robes I borrowed from an old high school friend) for reference.  Small USB laptop lights were used to try and create the glow from the Control Crystal.  Using all this I created this concept sketch (above) I finally turned in to Lucasfilm for approval. Sketch Studies: Once I got word that the concept was approved for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, I had to work out some issues. Mainly the fact that I choose to paint an image that takes place after Star Wars Episode VI (Return of the Jedi) and good reference for the actors likeness after the film came out was very limited.  I did find some Episode V (The Empire Strikes Back) behind the scenes photos of Carrie Fischer that had her head at the right angle, but the lighting was wrong and it was in black and white.  Using that image as reference, I studied Leia’s face and how light shaped it. I also did some sketches of Luke (with beard, without beard, various hair styles, etc) to study how he should...
Bruce Lee, Red Dragon

Bruce Lee, Red Dragon

Bruce Lee has always been inspiring to me.  Whether your a visual artist or a martial artist, you can find ways to apply his philosophy and wisdom to what you love to do. Painted using acrylics on textured paper.  ...
Mini Sketches 01

Mini Sketches 01

      4×7 mini sketches.  Pencil/Ink/Copic on cardstock. I do a bunch of these for every event I do so be sure to check out my table in Artist Alley at any convention to see what new sketches I have...