Monday, June 20th, 2016

News on this site has been sporadic as of late, as Matt Busch is knee-deep directing the live-action ALADDIN 3477 movie. However, as Matt is the only artist to have exhibited at every single STAR WARS CELEBRATION, he certainly won't be missing the event happening in London next month!

With that brings a brand new vivid art print illustrated by Matt, exclusive to the show. The brand new REY'S VISION limited edition Art Print is available for PreSale right HERE, right now!

Inspired by the awesome dream-like sequence when Rey first touches the Skywalker lightsaber in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS! Artist Matt Busch has captured Rey's eerie visions of past, present and future, all collected into an evocative montage!

The limited edition print is 12" x 36", a unique size that is large without taking up too much horizontal wall space- perfect for those in-between wall spaces and nooks. It's also a common frame size you can find at any Wal*Mart or Target. Even easier, try Amazon to see their excellent selection of 12" x 36" frames. This would look fantastic in a living room or den!

The print is limited to only 250- all of which will be signed and numbered by Matt Busch. Only 200 will be available for PreSale, leaving at least 50 (if not more) available for attendees at the show. All prints will be rolled in plastic, which protects it well from bumps and dings.

Attendees who purchase the print (during the PreSale or at the show) will get to choose their Limited Edition Number based on a first come, first serve basis. No exceptions. You want a specific number, make sure you get to Matt Busch and Lin Zy's quick: Booth N526 (Near the Celebration Show Store!)

As well- there will be an opportunity to have your print remarqued. This means you can have Matt Busch personally draw you an additional small sketch of Kylo Ren (or any character you want!) in the left box area at the bottom of the print! (The box on the right is for signature and limited number.) Matt normally does not take commissions, so the chance to have your own original sketch from him is super rare!

PreSale ends July 1st at Noon PDT, so order HERE before it's too late!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

News on this site has been sporadic as of late, but rest assured, Matt has been immersed in lots of crazy-cool projects like new STAR WARS material as well as his new movie ALADDIN 3477!

Matt took a quick breather for an in-depth interview which you can check out at Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings! You can check it out HERE!

Matt chats about growing up with creativity and how it got him to where he is now, the differences between working in the concept and previz art world and the advertising art world, Star Wars, Aladdin 3477, practical effects versus CGI, the beauty of the science fiction genre, and the future of what to expect from Matt! Check out this very insightful interview, and you can expect to see some exciting announcements here soon!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Notorious music artist Klayton of Celldweller has a new episode of CELLEVISION where he takes a tour of Matt Busch and Lin Zy's home studios! In this episode (Part 1 of the tour) you get some sneak peaks at some of the projects Matt and Lin Zy are currently working on!

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Back by popular demand from his appearance at last year's Star Wars Celebration Europe II held in Essen, Germany, Matt Busch and his wife, Star Wars Artist Lin Zy, will be returning to Jedi-Con in Düsseldorf, Germany as Special Guests this October!

You can find out information on it here:

In English: http://www.jedi-con.de/starwars-en/gaeste/artist_busch-matt.php

In German: http://www.jedi-con.de/starwars/gaeste/artist_busch-matt.php

Of course interest in Star Wars is at an all-time high with J.J. Abram's Episode 7 filming this summer! Matt and Lin Zy will have new art exclusive for the show!

With Matt's own highly anticipated movie, ALADDIN 3477 (www.Aladdin3477.com) also filming this summer, Matt hopes to give fans in Germany a first-look at some finished footage of the film! To keep up-to-date on the Aladdin 3477 movie, be sure to like the Facebook Page. Due to filming the movie this summer, Jedi-Con in Germany will be Matt's first and only appearance in 2014.

And speaking of Matt Busch in Germany, did you know that he has an official German website that has been running for over 10 years? Be sure to check out www.MattBusch.de , as there will be some exclusive tidbits there as well.

See you in Düsseldorf!

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Artist Matt Busch has just released a Kickstarter campaign for the long-awaited Hollywood is Dead coffee table art book. Clocking in at 192 pages, the hardcover book will feature the giant collection of zombified parody movie posters that Busch has illustrated over the past five years, dozens of which have never been seen. The tome will also take a look behind-the-scenes at how the posters are created and feature a gallery of his other zombie-related works for properties like Night of the Living Dead and The Walking Dead.

The Hollywood is Dead project began as a series of Star Wars movie poster images at the request of Lucasfilm, only to be repainted by Busch into a twisted undead universe. With fandom hits like Zombie Wars: The Living Dead Strike Back, it was clear that the artist was destined to move beyond Star Wars and into the rest of the iconic cinema classics. The project soon gained attention on G4TV's Attack of the Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as Busch unveiled one new zombified poster after another. Fan favorites include Breakfast at Tiffany's (Breakfast is Tiffany), Edward Scissorhands (Deadward Scissorhands) and Toy Story (Toy Gory).

While considered parody, these dark and mangled images aren't meant to demean or desecrate the original movie poster greats. "The book is really my love letter to the movie poster as an art form." comments Busch. "The project has let me not only explore my childhood memories, but study my favorite cinema artists' masterpieces. But I'd be lying if I said the zombie aspect wasn't a guilty pleasure, too!" Hollywood is Dead is Busch's 5th published collection of art, easily the largest, and the first where the all the art produced has a theme and was created with the book in mind.

The idea of doing a crowd-funding campaign wasn't initially considered by Busch. In the last year, he pitched the book to dozens of top publishers and literary agents, most of which saw the potential with Hollywood is Dead. However, Busch was unable to find a match to do the book as a deluxe gallery art book as he always intended. Due to high printing costs, publishers wanted smaller, abbreviated or even censored versions of the book, pushing Busch to rethink his crowd-funding options. "I didn't want to feel like I was asking for charity," says Busch, "but I've supported other Kickstarter projects, and the experience has been nothing but positive, and in fact really exciting. In terms of pledge rewards, I can't think of a better project suited for this than Hollywood is Dead."

Details on how the book will be available outside the campaign are not ironed out yet, but Busch assures that pledgers will get the book well before anyone else, and at a better price. The Kickstarter also features exclusive reward packages, like signed / sketched books, and art prints not available anywhere else. The campaign for the Hollywood is Dead art book (only 4 weeks, which is shorter than most) is now live, and will expire on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th at midnight.

For the Hollywood is Dead Kickstater project page, click here.

Monday, October 14th, 2013

It was just announced that Topps, Inc. and HighBridge Audio and teaming up to re-release the original STAR WARS RADIO DRAMA with tons of new features and content. And Matt Busch is one of many people working behind the scenes to make this release special!

Firstly, the Original Radio Drama from A New Hope will be released on November 6th on Mp3 CD. It features a LightSide Edition cover illustrated by Matt Busch and a DarkSide Edition cover illustrated by fellow Star Wars artist Randy Martinez. Each CD comes packaged with a limited edition Topps trading card featuring the art on the respective CD cover.

The Radio Drama is 7+ hours of story, ripe with additional and extended scenes that go way beyond what you saw in the first Star Wars movie. Plus, this edition has new audio content that goes behind the scenes. Order your limited edition copy HERE!

If that wasn't enough, next month Topps is also releasing a brand new Trading card series called STAR WARS ILLUSTRATED, based on the audible material from A New Hope's Radio Drama! Imagine- all of the bonus and extended scenes which were previously exclusive to the Radio Drama will now be brought to life visually through the cards. And guess what? Matt Busch has illustrated nearly 3 dozen of them!

For most of these cards, Topps has come up with a new idea to keep all the cards among different artists have a consistent look. Topps has teamed up with Comic Book coloring masters HI FI COLOR to color all of the line art produced by the artists, including Matt Busch. The end result is fantastic, and it keeps a great consistensy as you go through all of the story-driven cards.

Busch also took part in this series' sketch cards, which this time feature double-sized panoramic style cards that open like a book! Twice the canvas for truly vivid one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Busch produced nearly 60 of these, which lucky fans will find randomly in their trading card packs.

Busch also has another fully-painted STAR WARS ILLUSTRATED trading card that will be bagged exclusively in the next issue of STAR WARS INSIDER MAGAZINE! Expect that to hit news stands and mailboxes in a few weeks.

The STAR WARS ILLUSTRATED Trading Cards are expected to be released at some point in November... More soon!

Friday, October 11th, 2013

18 pieces of new Aladdin 3477 movie concept sketches, paintings, and previz boards from artist/writer/ director Matt Busch have been unveiled on the official site's Concept Design Gallery. You can see them HERE!

Most of what's been released to the public has been early designs that have influenced the current direction of the film. However, specific visuals from Aladdin 3477 have been vague if not sparse... Until now! The new glimpses into the Asian world 1,500 years from now show us societies that live with multiple technologies. With limited resources, many hodge-podge the old with the new. People live in used locales, similar to the original Star Wars universe, coexisting with robots, holograms, and vehicles that defy gravity.

The art gives us our first sneak peeks at major characters, like Aladdin and his sidekick Fidgi, as well as darker and mysterious characters like Lochan Shyamal, Harshad, and Shankar Prawn.

Visually, we also get a rough glimpse at the basic story, as if it wasn't apparent that it is inspired by the original Aladdin tale. However, Busch is quick to point out that there will be plenty of surprises. Some key images to note are a ship that Aladdin pilots called a SkySail, pursuing the lamp in the mystical Dipali Chamber, and we get a brief glimpse of Aladdin and Fidgi with the Jinn of Wisdom himself!

In addition to the new concept art added, massive updates and spring cleaning has happened throughout the site, so you may want to browse through to see what's new, and find what Easter Eggs you can.

In the meantime, Busch continues to work with his relatively small team to plan what they can before the major preproduction begins this winter building sets, larger props and vehicles. This winter is also when casting will be done, so expect some juicy announcements soon. Aladdin 3477 is scheduled to film in the Summer of 2014 and expected to be released if all goes as planned in 2015.

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

This July, Matt Busch and wife Lin Zy will be visiting numerous locations in Europe. Much of the time will be personal faction, with a pinch of location shooting for the new movie, ALADDIN 3477, which Busch is writing and directing.

The only public appearance either artist will have is at the STAR WARS CELEBRATION EUROPE II, which will be held in Essen, German July 26th - 28th. Both Matt Busch and Lin Zy are featured artists and have an exclusive limited edition art print at the show: Matt's "Luminous Beings Are We" Yoda piece (see news bit below) and Lin Zy's "Our Actions Define Our Legacy" Clone Wars piece. Both will also be involved with panels and workshops.

Matt Busch will also be unveiling a brand new German RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK poster, commemorating three decades of Indiana Jones! "Honey, it's not the years, it's the mileage." And guess what? Matt is giving away 225 of these posters for FREE! As well, Lin Zy is debuting 4 different Princess Leia themed prints that she will be giving away FREE exclusively at SWCEII!

Here is Matt Busch and Lin Zy's SWCEII event schedule. You can find them at booth #1300 and #1302, right by Jabba the Hutt!

FRIDAY, July 26th

  • 11am Lin Zy will be giving away 50 copies of a Princess Leia art print titled "Elegance"!
  • 2pm Matt Busch will be giving away 75 copies of the German "Raiders of the Lost Ark" poster!
  • 4pm Lin Zy will be giving away 50 copies of a Han and Leia art print titled "After the Ceremony"!

SATURDAY, July 27th

  • 11am Lin Zy will be giving away 50 copies of a Princess Leia art print titled "Hope"!
  • 2pm Matt Busch will be giving away 75 copies of the German "Raiders of the Lost Ark" poster!
  • 4pm Lin Zy will be giving away 50 copies of a Han and Leia art print titled "After the Ceremony"!

SUNDAY, July 28th

  • 11am Lin Zy will be giving away 50 copies of a Princess Leia art print titled "Remembrance"!
  • Noon-1pm Matt Busch will be running a workshop called "Master the Jedi Master" teaching how to draw Yoda!
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm Linzy will be running a workshop on how to create Star Wars puppets with household objects!
  • 2pm Matt Busch will be giving away 75 copies of the German "Raiders of the Lost Ark" poster!
  • 3pm-4pm Lin Zy will join fellow celebs for a "Women of Star Wars" panel!
  • 4pm Lin Zy will be giving away 50 copies of a Han and Leia art print titled "After the Ceremony"!

For more information on this incredible event, visit www.StarWarsCelebration.eu

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

YouTube has updated its format, and one of the channels chosen for premiere upgrade is the Matt Busch Channel!

With nearly 2 million views so far, you'll find plenty of step-by-step vids on how to draw and paint STAR WARS and other cool geeky stuff. Matt shares killer tips, tricks and techniques.

You'll even get tours of Matt's multi-faceted home studio- a creative playground like you've never seen! Plus- exclusive looks at new Books, Posters, Graphic Novels, Games, Apps... And, inside looks at the new Movie written and directed by Matt: ALADDIN 3477!

Check out the Channel Trailer right here!

So click on that SUBSCRIBE button now! Don't miss out on new and exciting videos! You can go to Matt's YouTube Channel right here: http://www.youtube.com/user/mattbusch

Monday, June 10, 2013

The second Production Diary for Aladdin 3477 movie has just been released! This time, Writer/Director Matt Busch and Producer/Visual Choreographer Lin Zy take you to the other side of the world, Location Scouting in India! Check out the new video below!

India served as 1/5 of the countries the filmmaking duo scouted while globe trotting for the movie. Footage in India was primarily filmed in Agra, Jaipur, and New and Old Delhi. According to Busch, while the movie will take place in many locales around the world (though mostly in Asian countries), about half of the movie's duration takes place in India... 1,500 years in the future, of course.

In the mean time, pre-production on Aladdin 3477 is moving forward at a propelling rate. Find out more at the movie's official website: www.Aladdin3477.com!

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

sLive in South Eastern Michigan and considering a career in the Media and Communication Arts? Matt Busch is a Professor and Faculty Advisor of the Creative Imaging and Illustration program at Macomb College. Check out this great video to see what it can do for you!

For more information, check out www.Macomb.edu!

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The PreSale for Matt Busch's STAR WARS Celebration Europe II Limited Edition Art Print is ONLY available here in the Online Store! Get one while you can right here!

The title of the piece is "Leuchtende Wesen Sind Wir" which translates in German as Yoda's profound statement "Luminous Beings Are We." The art is stunning and quite a departure from Busch's movie poster style and focus of all things Dark Side. Matt Busch comments, "I wanted to do something artsy and evocative for a change. And while I love illustrating the bad guys, was anxious to paint something positive- showing that the good in us all ultimately prevails!"

The limited edition print is 12" x 36", a unique size that is large without taking up too much horizontal wall space- perfect for those in-between wall spaces and nooks. It's also a common frame size you can find at any Wal*Mart or Target.

The print is limited to only 250- all of which are signed and numbered by Matt Busch. The price is 25 EUR, which equals $32.34 USD.

There will also be an opportunity for you to have your print remarqued in person at the SWCEII show for an additional cost. What this means is you can have Matt Busch personally draw you an additional sketch of Yoda in the left box area at the bottom of the print. (The box on the right is for the signature and limited number.) The cost of having your print remarqued will be for an additional 15 EUR (about $20 USD), payable at the show.

Ordering here secures you locking in a print, which you can pick up at the STAR WARS Celebration Europe II show, running July 26th - 28th in Messe Essen, Germany. For more information, check out www.StarWarsCelebration.eu.

This Art Print will be available for Pre-Order up until July 19th, or while supplies last. Hurry before they're gone!

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Announced last September on Matt Busch's 40th birthday, he will be writing and directing a live-action sci-fi version of Aladdin! Now, Busch has released the very first Aladdin 3477 Video Production Diary Online, where he shares a unique look at the film's visual inception and current concept art. A new Production Diary will be released about every other month, leading up until the estimated 2015 release.

The Aladdin 3477 movie is a culmination of several projects that Busch has had in development for over 20 years. He began the initial idea for his magnum opus during the time he was studying illustration and film at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. The below video shows you a rare look at how the project has evolved and where it stands now.

Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EmIUzEO-vaQ

The next step in amassing such an epic project will be pre-production filming overseas for nearly a month. Production begins in India this month before moving on to numerous exotic locales throughout Southern Asia. Busch elaborates, "This trip will first serve as inspiration in refining the script. Second, to scout locations for future shooting. Last but not least, we'll be filming background plates to work with for compositing and animation." Aladdin 3477 will film in nearly a dozen countries, however the majority of this particular journey will be spent in India, Thailand, the Kingdom of Cambodia, and China.

See more at www.Aladdin3477.com!

Monday, November 12th, 2012

A new Sound Effects library has been released from Ric Viers: The ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. Ric is the world's foremost independent producer of Sound Effects, and his work can be found on many of the movies, TV shows, and video games out there today.

For his latest zombified release, he turned to Matt Busch to create the box cover art, which also became a promotional movie-sized poster! Matt's wife, Lin Zy not only took the reference photos, but also designed the logo and packaging.

The poster is one of the most epic zombie related- or anything related pieces Matt has done to date! Lots of hidden easter eggs and secret messages! You can order copies of the poster at Blastwave FX's official site here: http://www.soundeffectsbible.com/Zombie-Poster.html

Of course, lots of adventures in creating such a poster, and everything was documented. See what Matt Busch and Lin Zy contributed to the project! Check out the video below...

Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq5XpaKXJ-E

September 23rd, 2012

On his 40th birthday, Matt Busch announced candidly on his YouTube channel he will be writing and directing a feature-length live-action movie titled Aladdin 3477. Loosely adapted from the Arabian Nights classic tale, Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, this version is set 1,500 years into the future. The movie will be produced by Kaleidoscope Koi Entertainment and filming in locations around the world.

See Matt make the announcement here:

Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G72EM0lBc1M

The Aladdin 3477 movie is actually a culmination of several projects that Busch has had in development for over 20 years. He began the initial idea during the time he was a college student, self-publishing his own comic books. When Busch was studying illustration and film at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, he would utilize class projects to create concept art and character designs for the story. Aspects of these visuals later came to life in future creator-owned published comic books and magazines, but ultimately Busch held out to one day produce Aladdin 3477 as a feature-length movie.

This futuristic version of Aladdin will be nothing like Disney's 1992 animated feature. "There's no singing and no dancing." comments Busch, "This version stems more from the original story, which is much darker in tone. The visuals will look more like Star Wars, mixed with Eastern culture, Hindu mythology and Asian design motifs." Busch plans to shoot as much live-action elements as possible, in lieu of the ever-increasing CGI present in today's science fiction films. In the next few months, location scouting will begin in India, China, and Thailand.

As Busch continues with the early stages of preproduction, video diaries will be released Online every other month to help build anticipation and give fans a unique look behind-the-scenes. With the scale of this production planned, principle photography isn't expected to begin until 2014. While a distributor for Aladdin 3477 is yet to be decided, Busch is estimating a 2015 release.

For more information, visit: http://www.Aladdin3477.com!

September 19th, 2012

Matt Busch's wife, Lin Zy, has unveiled the first full episode of her animated mash-up parody Power of the Force Girls. The debut episode, "Introductory Off Her" premiered weeks ago at the Star Wars Celebration VI show in Orlando, Florida, to crowds of overjoyed fans.

In addition to conceiving the cartoon (and providing the voice for Babbles), she writes, hand-draws every shot of the girls, and digitally colors everything. Matt lends a hand painting backgrounds, illustrating the villains, and editing the animation. Sound design and audio mastering on this episode is produced by the legendary Ric Viers (Sound Effects Bible), and Aaron Golematis (Aaron G TV) performs the voice of Major Grievance. Check it out!

Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW0V1c4jfMg

September 12th, 2012

Artist Matt Busch has produced a limited edition poster that was given away for free at the Star Wars Celebration VI show in Orlando, Florida. Authorized by Lucasfilm, the poster commemorates the 20th anniversary of Dark Horse's comic book / graphic novel series, Dark Empire.

"My favorite storyline in the Star Wars saga is Dark Empire." Busch elaborates, "I love the idea that Luke is tormented with needing to know why his father turned to the Dark Side. That series really inspired me as a young adult and lit the fire under my bum to really go after my dreams. So this poster is really a tribute, both as a fan and a professional."

Copies of the poster were given away free each day to the first 50 attendees at Busch's exhibitor booth. The poster measures 24" x 36" (movie poster size) and was printed courtesy of Busch. "This is really my way of saying thank you to all the fans and friends who have been supportive of my career."

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Matt Busch's wife, Artist/Designer Lin Zy, has created an animated mash-up parody titled Power of the Force Girls. Matt has also been involved with some of the art and animation. The trailer/opening credits can be seen here, while the full first episode will debut later this week at the Star Wars Celebration show taking place in Orlando, Florida.

Lin Zy writes the episodes, hand-draws every shot of the girls, digitally colors everything, and has a hand in editing the animation and music. Matt Busch lends a hand painting backgrounds, drawing some of the villains and editing. Other pros have risen to help make the cartoon top notch, including sound design by the legendary Ric Viers, and several character voices by voice actor Aaron Golematis.

The first episode, "Introductory Off Her", world-premieres at the Star Wars Celebration VI, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida August 23rd through the 26th.

Monday, July 30th, 2012

For the first time ever, notorious Online art dealer, StealThisArt.com, is offering an exclusive Hollywood-is-Dead art print! Illustrated by Matt Busch (with logo designs by Paul Michael Kane), as if you were expecting someone else, this zombified movie poster returns to the gruesome galaxy with ZOMBIE WARS: The Corpse Wars!

In the midst of intergalactic turmoil, an infectious virus has overcome alien worlds, leaving everyone for dead- only to rise again! Zombies, alien zombies, and even clones of zombies... What more could you want from this undead spin on the sacred saga?

13" x 19" Giclee on Matte Velvet Art Paper

This is a rare opportunity you need to jump on fast! These will only be offered at StealThisArt.com today, and there will only be 100 copies printed!

Go and steal this incredible Hollywood-is-Dead box office cadaver now!

Wednesday, May 10th, 2012

Matt Busch has once again teamed up with Digital Wave Creative to bring you a new app: HOW TO DRAW! It's now available for iPhones and iPads, and is only $1.99. Check it out HERE!

The App is loaded with 4 great portrait tutorials- each one has 11 Steps to follow with over 3 dozen drawing tips to discover. You can pinch and zoom, so it's easy to see detail on the iPhone and it looks awesome on the iPads new retina display!

The interactive formula lets you enjoy the art and instruction at your own pace with as little or as much detail as you're looking for. Whether you plan to use the app alongside physical pencil and paper, or just read along to get inside the head of Matt Busch, this app will inspire and give you professional tips, tricks, and techniques.

Note that this is an instructional app that you can draw along with, not actually in the app itself. If you're interested in getting a great drawing App for the iPad, check out INTERACTIVE SKETCHBOOK Here!

The new HOW TO DRAW App is only $1.99! It's fun to flip through, even if you're a newbie! Check it out HERE!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

In this 4-part series finale, artist Matt Busch breaks conventional art tutorial videos one last time with a chapter that's produced almost entirely with puppets! Directed by fellow Star Wars artist (and Matt's wife) Lin Zy, the Matt Puppet travels to Dagobah to learn how to be a Jedi-like artist from the ultimate puppet master,Yoda. Other puppet cameos include Chewbacca, Princess Leia, and the triumphant return of Bob Ross.

Of course, the ride is never just fun and games. These epic segments cover areas most art educators never dare to go: How to break into the professional world and work for industry giants like Lucasfilm. Complete with exclusive interviews from veteran Star Wars artists like Russell Walks, Randy Martinez and Spencer Brinkerhoff, these videos are the must-know insiders' guide to taking that first step into a larger world.

In Part 2 of the series finale, fellow Star Wars artists join Matt in giving secrets to becoming an artist and building a portfolio. The segment also finds Matt Puppet training with Yoda amongst other puppet cameos including Grover, Han Solo, and Cookie Monster! Plus- see what happens to Matt Puppet when he comes face to face with Darth Vader!

Part 3 focuses on showing your work, networking at conventions, marketing yourself, and building a brand name. While Matt Puppet trains to be a Jedi-like artist, Yoda convinces him that digital art is just another useful tool like any other, but that what really makes an artist shine is the foundation of drawing and the fundamentals of design.

In the final segment of the series finale, Matt Busch completes his journey as fellow Star Wars artists give incredible words of wisdom for breaking into the industry.

From Matt: "This concludes the third and final season of How to Draw Star Wars videos. It's been an incredible six years, and I hope you've enjoyed the ride as much as I have. And, just because I say this is the last How to Draw Star Wars episode... I should never say never, right? In the mean time, keep at it, stay persistent, and by all means, make sure you're having fun!"

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Years in the making, Matt Busch is about to unveil the series finale of the How To Draw Star Wars video tutorials. Going out with a bang, this triple-sized installment titled "Episode 22: Break into the Biz!" promises to give aspiring artists insight on getting work with industry giants like Lucasfilm. Always entertaining with typical Busch mayhem, the pearls of wisdom this time around will be done with all puppets!

Busch began filming episodes for the series in 2006 as a promotional vehicle for the book You Can Draw Star Wars from DK Publishing. Written by Lucasfilm's Bonnie Burton and co-illustrated with Tom Hodges, the Bestseller eventually became DK's top selling Star Wars book of all time. The promotional video series debuted on StarWars.com and DK.com, but also shattered records on social networks like YouTube and MySpace TV. The first 2 seasons of videos were also collected onto limited edition DVDs.

The popularity of these videos can be attributed not only to the vast educational material, but Busch's fast-paced visual presentation, sprinkled with comedic skits. Busch comments, "I love watching artists' demos and video tutorials, but they can often be boring. Drawing is supposed to be fun, so I try to keep that magic in my videos." Examples of Busch's past antics include: a parody of VH-1's Behind the Music, dressing as Indiana Jones, models fighting in Slave Leia costumes, and teaching to draw anime in Japanese (with English subtitiles). The most popular episode to date features Busch donning an afro wig to impersonate Bob Ross with "Happy little interrogation droids."

In the upcoming series finale, Busch plans to outdo them all with an episode filmed almost entirely with puppets! Hand-crafted by Busch's wife Lin Zy (who is also a licensed Star Wars artist), the scenes find Matt Puppet on Dagobah training with Yoda to be a Jedi-like artist. Puppet cameos include Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Sesame Street characters, and even the triumphant return of Bob Ross. However, the episodes are never just fun and games. "Break into the Biz!" also vows to give the inside scoop on how to build a portfolio, network with big shots, and make your dream career a reality. It also features exclusive interviews with veteran Star Wars artists like Russell Walks, Randy Martinez, and Spencer Brinkerhoff.

The final episode of How To Draw Star Wars right here at MattBusch.com and his YouTube channel on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012. "It's kind of emotional and bitter-sweet." comments Busch. "I can't begin to describe the amount of work put into these videos over the last six years. I set out with a master plan to do three full seasons and completed exactly that. The entire series captures a pretty thorough education for aspiring artists, so I feel my work is done." Closing this chapter in Busch's career is also paving the way for his next big thing, which he's currently tight lipped on. One thing's for sure, the Force will be with him. Always.

To see the all previous 21 episodes of How To Draw Star Wars, visit Busch's YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/mattbusch. Once there, be sure to click the Subscribe button so you can be alerted with Busch's future videos!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

In this exciting double-size episode, artist Matt Busch gives a rare look at his home studios and incredible collection of life-size STAR WARS statues!

Matt also shows how to paint your own custom action figures, what kind of erasers to use, and where you can get your hands on that tone paper he uses. Plus, you'll catch a glimpse behind the scenes of creating Zombie STAR WARS posters, and learn who would win in a fight between Indiana Jones and Darth Vader!

This is the second-to-last episode in the entire 3 season series. Be on the lookout for the grand finale "All-Puppet" episode to hit within the next month... Stay tuned!

Monday, February 27th, 2012

After an incredible destination wedding in September of 2011, Matt Busch and Lin Zy planned an extraordinary party for their reception, two months later near their home in Michigan.

Of course, when something happens with Matt Busch, there are two things you can always count on. 1.) Things never go as planned. And 2.) Matt finds a way to make things over-the-top.

So grab the popcorn and see what may go down in history as the most creative Wedding Reception Entrance... EVER!

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

On September 18th, Artist/Writer/Filmmaker Matt Busch wed Artist/Designer/Puppeteer Lin Zy in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.

Years prior, Lin Zy had been a student of Matt's, but the two also shared common friends and attended the same high school. Before dating, Matt and Lin Zy had collaborated on a number of projects, including the Matt Busch Playing Cards and a number of Hollywood is Dead posters. Lin Zy, an artist in her own right, has provided art for several STAR WARS Galaxy Trading Card sets, and illustrated book covers for the Jake Bashe mystery novels.

Matt and Lin Zy wed in a private park in front of a small number of family and friends, including MattBusch.com designer/photographer Paul Michael Kane, who captured the extraordinary images. Matt's father, Frederick Busch was his best man. Lyn Zy's father, Clayton Selestow, is the minister who performed the ceremony.

After their vows, Matt and Lin Zy wrangled up their families and friends and hopped onto the largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbeans' Allure of the Seas, for a week-long honeymoon through the Caribbean, with stops in the Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Martin. Look for videos soon which will share the adventures through the vivid eye of Paul Michael Kane.

As for the future, on a personal level, the couple will live happily ever after. (A larger reception for the couple will be held in Michigan this November.) On a professional level, expect to see some pretty wild creative collaborations. Up first, Lin Zy has designed all the puppets for the final "all-puppet" episode of You Can Draw STAR WARS, which drops this winter.

August 20th, 2011

Years in the making, Matt Busch is proud to unveil the illustrated Indiana Jones World Map! Perfect timing, being the 30th Anniverary of Indiana Jones this year. Authorized through Lucasfilm, the map shows all of the locations that Indiana Jones has made archeological discoveries- not just the movies- but the novels, the comic books, the Young Indy TV shows, the video games, and more.

There are 36 different archeological artifacts displayed, each illustrated where Indy discovered it, and numbered chronologically. 3 Legend sections list info on the artifacts, including name, city and country, year, title of the story the artifact was discovered in, followed by symbols. The Key chart lets you decipher those symbols for each artifact to see how the story was presented, be it film, novel, TV Episode, etc... In many cases, these stories have been delivered in multiple platforms. In other words, "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis" was at first designed as a video game, but later developed as a comic book, too...

The amount of research and detail Busch has put into this is incredible. In each of the four corners, he illustrated an exotic stone relief carving, each representing a cultural motif from one of the four Indiana Jones feature films.

The print measures a whopping 24" X 36" (fit for a world map!) and easy to frame in any standard movie poster size frame. All prints are signed and numbered (limited edition of 255) by Matt Busch. You can order one now right HERE!

The video below shows a fantastic behind-the-scenes look at how this monumental world map was put together!

August 11th, 2011

It's been over a years since the last You Can Draw Star Wars video was released. To make up for the brief hiatus, artist Matt Busch invites you into his home for a double-sized episode, answering your emails with behind-the-scenes tutorials, custom built for you!

This episode covers a wide range of topics, from drawing LEGO Star Wars sketch card puzzles, to airbrushing, to working digitally and creating animations based off of your art. You'll also see Matt off-roading in the Vader Hummer and find out the truth about Garrindan the Kubaz...

This makes episode 20 of a now-extended series of 22 installments. The last two episodes are well into production and should be available soon. In the mean time, enjoy the new video!

July 29th, 2011

DRAWN BY SUCCESS is a fantastic website designed for aspiring artists and pros alike who are looking to improve their business side by attracting better clients and higher fees. The site is run by Carlos Castellanos, who is mostly known as the illustrator of the popular nationally syndicated comic strip Baldo.

Recently, the DRAWN BY SUCCESS team caught up with Matt Busch for an awesome 1 hour interview that you can listen to! The conversation covers the map of insightful ways that artists can market themselves and make their mark in the creative industries.

Check out the interview now at http://DrawnBySuccess.com!

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Comedian Mike Bobbit and artist Matt Busch share a lot of coincidences, from growing up with an affinity for Star Wars in the suburbs of Michigan to... Well, you'll just have to check out this fantastic interview on Mike's official website, http://OffTheMike.com.

The interview is is extremely insightful taking a retrospective look at Matt's career. Check it out HERE!