The time for Celebration reveals has begun!

by Bill Cable
on 2022-04-27, 08:58:01

Celebration attendees have begun revealing some swag, and you're going to be seeing some pretty awesome stuff that I had a hand in creating.

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Yesterday Eric Franks shared the first photo from a 15-patch set that I designed. They are inspired by the Vintage Topps wax packs for the classic trading cards. I designed these in early 2020, intending to get them done way, way early so I wouldn't have to worry about last-minute catastrophes. So they're all dated for the original Celebration Anaheim event. That kinda sucks, but I know ours won't be the only swag with the wrong dates.

It was a fun project. I sketched out all the characters, blocked out the colors in Photoshop, dropped them onto a template and boom - magic! I figured, as the artist, I'm permitted to share some behind-the-scenes tidbits. So here's a step-by-step breakdown of the AT-AT Driver patch. First, I drew. (note that all these images are clickable)

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I was going for a comic-book style reminiscent of the original wax pack wrappers from Empire Strikes Back. And we did ESB because Celebration Anaheim was supposed to focus on the 40th anniversary. Supposed to...

After that, I blocked out the colors in Photoshop. For nearly all of them I tried to incorporate the background color (for Series 1, red) into the design. For these old spot color pieces, the background was pretty much a "free" extra color if you could work it in.

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The last step was to drop the design onto our template.

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I did this for 15 different characters. Here's some art for the rest of Series 1:

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Series 2 and 3 should premiere today and tomorrow, so keep an eye out on the swag boards on Facebook. And I'm expecting a big shipment to arrive today from an even bigger project. Stop back next week for all the insider details!





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