BRAND NEW STAR WARS POSTER BY MATT BUSCH!
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,
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."
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."
August 19th, 2012
NEW VIDEO: POWER OF THE FORCE GIRLS!
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,
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.
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
July 30th, 2012
STEALTHISART.COM OFFERS MATT BUSCH GICLEE!
the first time ever, notorious Online art dealer,
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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
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
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the sacred saga?
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this incredible Hollywood-is-Dead box office
April 18th, 2012 NEW
ALL-PUPPET HOW TO DRAW STAR WARS SERIES FINALE
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!"
April 11th, 2012 THE
ALL-PUPPET HOW TO DRAW STAR WARS VIDEO SERIES
FINALE PREMIERS NEXT WEDNESDAY!!
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!
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."
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.
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.
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!
11th, 2011 NEW
VIDEO: YOU CAN DRAW STAR WARS: MAILBAG!
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!
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
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!
June 16th, 2011 NEW
HOLLYWOOD IS DEAD SHIRT FROM FRIGHT RAGS!
Matt Busch has made a huge
splash in the year and a half with "Hollywood
is Dead," a series of parody
movie posters in which he recreates them with
a zombie twist. Beginning with zombifying the
6 Star Wars movies
(Zombie Wars) for StarWars.com,
Busch has gone on to destroy nearly 50 cinema
classics, including Breakfast at Tiffany's
(Breakfast is Tiffany), Indiana
Jones (Indiana Bones), and
Toy Story (Toy Gory).
the official site, www.Hollywood-is-Dead.com,
has been selling graphic black and white T-shirts
for a while now, the number one producer of
fine horror T-shirts, Fright Rags,
has licensed Busch's take on The Empire
Strike Back (The Living Dead Strike
Back) to create a brand new full color
Fact: MattBusch.com designer/webmaster
Paul Michael Kane created the
logo for this shirt!
shirt is as high quality as you can get! 9 color
super smooth screenprint on the softest 100%
pre-shrunk ringspun cotton. Plus- who wouldn't
want to wear a T-shirt where a zombie Han is
blood vomiting into zombie Leia's face?
your shirt right now, exclusively at Fright
Rags, right HERE!
30th, 2010 BUSCH'S
CV PRINT NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!
Busch's STAR WARS Celebration
V limited edition print is now available
Each print is hand signed and numbered by Busch,
and limited to just 250 pieces. It measures
18" x 24" (standard poster frame)
and it's printed on 100 lb. paper with a nice
matte finish. They won't last long!
image features all the tenacious bounty hunters
from The Empire Strikes Back, and the tagline
at the bottom reads:
30 Years of
and No, I Am Your Father.
will never be available again, so if you want
one, nab it now!
You can get them at StarWarsShop.com right HERE!
20th, 2010 MATT
BUSCH ARTIST SERIES FROM ZAZZLE!
Lucasfilm and Zazzle, a new Online
Store featuring the STAR WARS
art of Matt Busch has just been unveiled! Here
you'll find 25 different artistic images of
the 'galaxy far, far away' that Matt has illustrated,
and with any given image, you can order tons
of different products! T-Shirts, Hoodies, Stamps,
Buttons, Magnets, Mouse Pads, Key Chains, Coffee
Mugs... Even clothes for your Dog!
products you purchase through Zazzle are also
customizable, so for example... If you want
a T-Shirt that has one of Matt's Yoda pieces,
you can customize it to say "YODA LOVES
YOLANDA... FOREVER!" ...Or whatever you
possibilities are endless! Check out Matt's
store and get some rare, one-of-a-kind products
for the STAR WARS fan in your
life... Christmas is almost 5 months away, so
get your Christmas Shopping done early!
out Matt Busch's STAR WARS Artist
Series Store HERE!
31st, 2010 LATEST
VIDEO: HOW TO DRAW AND PAINT
THE CLONE WARS!
Busch delivers another pulse-pounding episode-
this time illustrating an epic montage poster
promoting the animated television show, The
Busch dons the fedora one last time for the
final chapter of the Indiana Jones parody, an
incredible STAR WARS crossover
three years in the making.
2 more episodes left to complete your training!
10th , 2010 BUSCH'S BOBA FETT T-SHIRT AVAILABLE AT
KOHL'S ONCE AGAIN!
by popular demand! The Kohl's exclusive Boba
Fett T-Shirt, illustrated by Matt Busch is available
Online once again! Hit their official site right
now to nab this killer T for the SALE PRICE
of only $9.99!
VIDEO: HOW TO DRAW SKETCH CARDS!
Matt Busch takes you behind-the-scenes
at STAR WARS WEEKENDS at Disney World
in Orlando, Florida! Here, Matt gives some great
tips for quick sketching- a skill very useful
CARDS! This episode focuses on the custom
collectibles that have taken fandom by storm,
and how you can create your own sketch cards!
15th, 2009 LATEST
VIDEO: HOW TO DRAW ANIME & MANGA!
WARS artist Matt Busch takes
you right into the heart of Tokyo, Japan, on
a journey through the anime and manga underworlds!
You'll learn to draw Padme Amidala anime style
from several different angles.
also meet some interesting folks in Japan, find
out what they love about STAR WARS,
visit the Sith Hotel, get tips on speaking Japanese,
and see two Obi-Wans in drag duke it out!
12th, 2010 MATT
BUSCH HEADS THE TK PROJECT!
the International 501st Legion of Strormtroopers
and the Make-A-Wish Foundation comes
The TK Project: A collection custom crated
and painted TK Stormtrooper helmets from around
the world. You can bet that Matt Busch is
involved- in fact, he created the brochure cover
logo you see here! Find out more at: http://www.501sttkproject.com.
Busch's contribution to the collection of custom
TK Helmets, his take was a no-brainer. "I
was 4 years old when Star Wars first hit theaters,
but prior to that, I was a huge fan of the classic
Universal Monsters, with The Creature from the
Black Lagoon being my favorite." Comments
Busch, "So when I first saw Star Wars,
of course it was like nothing anyone had ever
seen, but for some reason, even at 4, I saw
a visual connection between the Stormtrooper
helmet and The Creature." The TK Project
finally gave Busch the chance to merge the two
icons with an uncanny result.
process Busch used in putting it together involved
some preproduction work. "After priming
the actual TK helmet, I then used black acrylic
gesso over the entire helmet, as I knew I'd
be working with acrylics." says Busch.
He then sprayed on a can of stone texture which
he would paint over, but that still wasn't enough.
Busch elaborates, "While the basic shape
of the TK Helmet was enough to resemble The
Creature, I knew some added fins, ribbed brow,
and emphasis on the fishy lips would help."
Using Liquitex Modeling Paste, Busch added those
appendages to create the overall shape he desired.
The Creature was a bit of a challenge, as most
of the reference available are black and white
movie stills, or other artistic representations
from the movie posters or licensed products.
The only problem is, the colored details are
never the same. In some cases, The Creature's
lips are red, sometimes green, and sometimes
a fishy yellow ochre." Busch made compromises
and decisions along the way to try and make
an amalgam of all known reference, using an
opaque acrylic technique, working from dark
light. The last step was to try and make the
helmet look permanently wet, as if The Creature
had just risen from the watery surface. Comments
Busch, "That was the easiest. I just poured
a can of acrylic gloss medium over the entire
helmet and let it drip."
30th, 2009 HOW TO DRAW AND PAINT SLAVE LEIA: PART 2!
week, the long-awaited Slave Leia video was
released, and the buzz quickly spread Online.
Fans and aspiring artists welcomed Matt Busch's
return to the popular series he's known for,
and the antics seen in the new video didn't
exactly one week later, Busch has released the
follow-up episode, quite possibly the most outlandish
How To Draw video yet! Here you'll see some
of Matt's great tips and techniques with painting,
using an airbrush, and working with color pencils.
course, everyone is waiting to see the Slave
Leia models duke it out in the grand finale,
as the ultimate cat fight breaks onto Comic-Con's
main floor! Check it out!
24th, 2009 HOW TO DRAW STAR WARS: SLAVE LEIA!
wait is over! It's been a year and a half since
the last episode, but Artist Matt Busch is back
is full swing with Season 3. The action begins
with a 2 Part video tutorial on how to illustrate
Jabba's captive princess!
this first segment, Matt holds auditions for
Slave Leia models from around the world at Comic-Con
International in San Diego, California. He also
shows how to work with photo reference in your
in next time to see Matt complete the painting,
and hopefully resolve the ultimate cat-fight
in Comic-Con history!
17th, 2009 ZOMBIE WARS: RETURN FROM THE GRAVE
Busch's Zombie Wars poster parody
concludes with Episode VI: Return from the Grave,
based on the infamous 1982 advance one-sheet
for Revenge of the Jedi, before the title was
changed to Return of the Jedi.
six of the posters Busch recreated tell a very
different version of the saga. Here we see the
final evolution of Darth Vader's zombie conquest,
but we also see an alternate ending with Luke
dueling Vader...one where Luke doesn't win!
poster may not be an epic montage like I did
for the first five posters," comments Busch,
"but I love the simplicity of Drew Struzan's
original. It's become such an iconic vision."
Paul Michael Kane comments on his logo work
-- "This was the easiest of the posters
for me. This totally showcases the amazing image
and the type is cast as a secondary element.
Sad to see this one come, as it signaled the
end of the project. But what a blast it was!"
the original advance poster had no credit block,
Busch had fun with the tag line at the bottom,
"Coming soon from a cemetery near you."
for joining this intergalactic journey of the
undead. ?See more incredible artists rendering
Star Wars Zombies here.
Have a wonderful Halloween and the Force will
be with you... Always.
16th, 2009 ZOMBIE WARS: THE LIVING DEAD STRIKE BACK!
Zombie Wars epidemic continues
with artist Matt Busch's recreation of the saga.
Here, the story of a "zombified" Luke
Skywalker develops, and romance between Han
Solo and Princess Leia is more tender than ever.
on the original Gone With the Wind-inspired
poster for The Empire Strikes Back
(illustrated by Roger Kastel), Busch couldn't
resist pushing the envelop with his parody.
"The original poster for Empire is so emotional,
I had to pull out all the stops and make this
one the bloodiest mess of them all. There's
even a pointless explosion of blood in space!"
much gore for Star Wars? "The
original version of this was definitely too
over-the-top, though in a humorous light. I
purposely tried to push the limit, knowing I'd
have to make some alterations. It went through
several revisions before it was tame enough
to be shown here, though I'm always more than
happy to make changes. The fact that us artists
have been given a chance to play with such a
dark and twisted version of Star Wars
at all is a riot."
vision of a dark and twisted tauntaun also had
a last-minute change, though for the worse.
"I was finishing up this painting in Nashville
at a pop culture show called GMX," recalls
Busch. "I was marveling at how funny I
thought the tauntaun was now, with its little
chicken-like claws that clearly have done some
damage. As I finished the painting, my friend
Kim Dunaway, who happened to be watching, asked,
'Wait a minute -- where are the tauntaun's cut-out
intestines?' I knew I had to go back and add
her brilliant idea, thus immortalizing her name
in the credits as well."
complete the feel of the original, designer
Paul Michael Kane created the new logo in Adobe
Illustrator and then skewed it in Photoshop
to match the original logo angle.
out more at StarWars.com right here!Tomorrow
concludes Busch's horrific spin on classic Star
Wars posters with Episode VI:
Return from the Grave!
16th, 2009 ZOMBIE WARS: A NEW EPIDEMIC!
Busch's re-imagined Star Wars zombie-fest continues
with the fourth installment of Zombie
Wars (and the first of the classic trilogy),
A New Epidemic.
series introduces new characters two decades
after the prequels, including a newly-infected
Han Solo, portrayed by fellow Star Wars artist
Spencer Brinkerhoff III! However, you can still
see the evolution of Darth Vader from the last
poster, as well as Obi-Wan Kenobi, who's now
nothing more than a skeleton in a cloak.
Busch, "In this alternate version of Episode
IV, the first Death Star is still under construction,
and features two beam dishes, creating the eerie,
or perhaps humorous illusion of a skull."
also admits there is a fine line between horror
and humor. "Many horror filmmakers like
Sam Raimi really push the exaggeration between
the two. Here, I thought it would be creepy,
and funny, to have R2-D2 so filled with blood
that it's spilling over where his dome swivels.
This cracks me up, as I don't know why blood
would be inside an electronic droid in the first
unique poster, originally illustrated by Drew
Struzan for the 10th Anniversary of Star
Wars, also required some serious work
from designer Paul Michael Kane. "This
is my favorite poster of the bunch and the hardest
to work on," says Kane. "The logo
and type design had to be perfect because it's
featured so prominently on the poster."
Next up, THE LIVING DEAD STRIKE BACK!
15th, 2009 ZOMBIE WARS - Episode III: REVENGE OF THE
Matt Busch continues his Zombie Wars
saga with Episode III: Revenge of the
Zombies! Here, we see the decaying evolution
of characters like Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan
Kenobi from the earlier posters that Busch created
for Episodes I and II.
the clashing of this epic disaster, one character
hasn't changed at all. Matt comments, "Darth
Sidious is already so evil and vile physically,
he pretty much looks like a zombie. I thought
it would be funny to just keep him the same
when depicting Drew Stuzan's original rendering."
has also worked in 'easter eggs' into his posters
wherever possible. "If you look closely,
you'll see all kinds of cute additions. For
example, in one of the Jedi Starfighters, you'll
see an Astromech Droid head missing, and replaced
with a zombie head sticking out of the droid
may also notice some changes in the poster's
credit block, which was recreated by Paul Michael
Kane. Matt elaborates, "You may notice
that some of my posters include the name Doug
Drazin as a Skull Handler. When I was taking
photo reference of plastic skulls, Doug helped
me out by holding them at the correct angle
while opening the jaw, suggesting a horrific
more info and a look at other incredible zombie
art from artists Nicole Falk, Cat Staggs, and
Jeff Carlisle, click
here. Stay tuned- tomorrow begins Busch's
'zombified' renditions of posters from the classic
trilogy, starting with Zombie Wars - Episode
IV: A New Epidemic!
14th, 2009 ZOMBIE WARS - Episode II: ATTACK OF THE UNDEAD
Busch's alternate 'zombified' Star Wars
saga continues on StarWars.com
with Episode II: Attack of the Undead.
Here, even Yoda has joined the Dark Side!
may note an evolution with the characters throughout
Busch's series of zombie posters. For example,
Obi-Wan Kenobi, who found his demise in Busch's
first poster for The Zombie Menace,
now is clearly infected and ready for revenge.
love how in the middle of all this horrible
inter-galactic zombie massacre, Padme and Anakin
still find a tender moment," says Busch,
"but my favorite part of this poster is
Jango Fett. His body and clothes have decayed
to nothing more than a mere skeleton, yet his
armor is still perfectly intact. Oddly, it gives
him almost a Popeye-like physique."
keen eye may also notice some familiar faces
from the real-world Star Wars community. "I
wanted to do something special for the army
of clones, so I sent requests to some of my
fellow Star Wars artists to send me photo reference
of them in zombie poses." From left to
right, you can see artists Cynthia Narcisi (Cynthia's
husband Ian can also be seen in the background),
Brent Woodside, Kayla Woodside, Mark McHaley,
and Denise Vasquez. On the right side of Jango,
artist Randy Martinez hammed it up to portray
a horrified Jedi.
13th, 2009 ZOMBIE WARS - Episode I: THE ZOMBIE MENACE
commemorate the release of the world's first
STAR WARS horror novel, DEATH
TROOPERS, StarWars.com is running a special
Zombie Week! When asked to contribute a zombie-inspired
poster, artist Matt Busch not only jumped at
the chance, he decided to do six of them, one
for each movie in the saga.
Zombie has a Beginning,' and it all begins here,"
says Busch, "though these posters tell
an alternate vision of the saga. One that's
more... Infectious. In this version of Episode
I: The Zombie Menace, even Jar Jar is
deadly and provides no comic relief."
addition to having fun shredding these classic
characters into zombies, the project has also
been a rewarding and educational experience
for Busch. "I've always been a huge admirer
of the original poster artist, Drew Struzan.
Doing this parody really let me study the master
with fine detail. I've learned a lot and and
now have even more respect for Drew's work."
the logo and typography, Busch turned to his
long time professional partner Paul Michael
Kane, who recreated the Episode I logo in Adobe
Illustrator. Comments Kane, "Nailing this
one down was crucial, as the rest the prequel
posters used the same title and credit fonts."
on over here
to see more, plus other fantastic art from Spencer
Brinkerhoff III and Katie Cook! Stay tuned through
the week to see a new zombie poster each day
from Matt! Tune in tomorrow to see the continuation
of the Zombie Wars saga with his rendition of
Episode II: Attack of the Undead!
August 26th, 2008 BOBA FETT T-SHIRT BY MATT BUSCH AVAILABLE NOW!
Super department store chain KOHL's now has an exclusive Boba Fett T-Shirt illustrated by Matt Busch. "Boba Fett has always been a favorite STAR WARS character of mine," says Busch, "I just love drawing all the clunky armor and compact weapons."
Fans may recall the Fett image that appears on the STAR WARS novel Tales from the Empire. "That cover is painted in full color
acrylics, so it's neat to see this shirt be a complete departure from that- a straight-up sketchy pencil technique."
The shirt retails at $18.00, but is currently on sale for just $8.99! You can see the shirt at Kohls.com HERE. While the shirt is
already sold out Online, you can find the shirt on sale at a KOHL'S
department store near you.
August 2nd, 2008 EXCLUSIVE MATT BUSCH MIGHTY MUGG FIGURE!
Matt Busch has hand painted one of Hasbro's Mighty Mugg figurines as part of a charity for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The character of his choice?
You can find out about how and why Matt created this character at his LiveJournal HERE.
The charity, which is now live Online is called The Empire Muggs Back, and you can bid on all the artist's exclusive figures HERE!
21th, 2009 MATT BUSCH A GUEST AT DISNEY WORLD THIS WEEKEND!
weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios
in Orlando Florida is the opening of STAR
WARS WEEKENDS! Matt Busch will be a
guest signing autographs along with actors Ray
Park, Warwick Davis, and James Arnold Taylor.
of copies of the book You Can Draw STAR
WARS will be on hand in the Star Tours
Store (Wicket's Warehouse), and Busch will be
signing on Saturday, May 23rd from 11am to 1pm
and from 4pm to 6pm.
will also be filming this weekend for an upcoming
episode of You Can Draw STAR WARS,
so bring your costumes, spirits, and be ready
13th, 2009 YOU TOO CAN OWN MATT BUSCH'S SLAVE... LEIA!
WARS artist Matt Busch, Actress
Carrie Fisher, Lucasfilm, Motor
City Conventions and Paul Michael Kane
have all teamed up to offer this beautiful lithograph
depicting Princess Leia as Jabba the Hutt's
slave. All proceeds from the sale of this print
will benefit actress Carrie Fisher's endorsed
charity, the Pajama Program.
has graciously authorized this lithograph
painted by Matt Busch. Limited to just
200 editions, the art measures 13" X 19"
and is printed on thick, high quality 100 lb.
stock. Each print is signed and numbered by
print is created exclusively for the Motor
City Comic Con, running May 15th - 17th
at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Michigan.
Actress Carrie Fisher will also be in attendance
at the event, in case you want to score her
signature on the piece, as well.
while the posters won't be physically available
until that weekend, you can pre-order your print
right now, and have it mailed safely to your
home! The price of this print is $25, but don't
forget that these are extremely rare, and you'll
be contributing to a wonderful cause. You can
lock one in with PayPal before they're sold
out by ordering right here.
can also find out more about the Motor City
Comic Con here.
can find out more about the Pajama Program here.
14th, 2009 LUCASFILM AUCTIONS BUSCH ART TO HELP
AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS!
an effort to help the Australian Red Cross
aid the Victorian Bushfire Appeal, Lucasfilm
is auctioning off an extremely limited print
illustrated by Matt Busch. The print being auctioned
is titled "Evolution of the Empire"
and was previously sold exclusively in London
at Celebration Europe in 2007.
art features all of the clone troopers and stormtroopers
from all six movies of the STAR WARS saga. These
are over-sized lithographs, not to be confused
with the smaller 24" posters that were
also produced. They originally sold for approx.
$300 U.S. dollars then, and of course it's virtually
impossible to get one of these now. As it is,
there are only 66 of these numberes and embossed
prints in existence!
is graciously offering this from their collection
for a great cause. You can bid on the print
via Ebay right HERE!
Hurry before it's too late!
9th, 2009 STAR WARS GALAXY 4 TRADING CARDS IN STORES
latest STAR WARS Trading Card series
from Topps is GALAXY Series 4, which
features a collection of artistic visions from
the Galaxy Far, Far Away... The set features
incredible talents like J. Scott Campbell, Russell
Walks, Randy Martinez, and yes, Matt Busch!
Busch's card, he chose to illustrate his favorite
toy growing up: The Imperial Troop Transporter.
Say Busch, "It was such a killer toy. And
it was neat because it was the first Star Wars
toy of something that wasn't in the movie. It
even came with these strange black brainwashing
devices that you would place on figures faces.
Creepier was the photo of the toy on the packaging
which featured a throng of troopers surrounding
Princess Leia as she's being forced to wear
can see this vision come to life in this incredible
set with fascinating imagery from an incredible
collection of artists. STAR WARS GALAXY Series
4 cards are available wherever trading cards
16th, 2008 HOW TO DRAW ANIME / MANGA STAR WARS!
has recently released the third and final installment
of Matt Busch's How to Draw Anime / Manga
STAR WARS series. This article features
a tutorial on how to draw Padme Amidala in the
3/4 view. You can check it out HERE!
can also check out the first two Anime / Manga
tutorials at StarWars.com HERE
stay tuned for Season 3 of How To Draw
STAR WARS videos- the first of which
will feature how to draw Anime / Manga, with
footage of Matt live in Japan! Details soon...
13th, 2008 HOW TO DRAW STORYBOARDS!
STAR WARS Artist Matt Busch continues his series- this time exploring the preproduction world of storyboarding. As Busch dons the fedora for another chapter of the ongoing Indiana Jones parody, you'll see how storyboarding and previsualization can help build the framework for movies, television, video games, music videos, and more.
This is the last episode of Season 2, but fear not- Season 3 is on it's way and in the planning stages right now! Stay tuned...
16th, 2008 HASBRO RELEASES NEW STAR WARS ACTION
FIGURE NAMED AFTER MATT BUSCH!
the official licensee for STAR WARS
toys, has released a new "Droid
Factory" collection of action
figures, where collecting six figures gives
you six extra pieces to create an all-new "Build-a-Droid"
figure. The new series lets you build MB-RA-7,
a figure somewhat created by and named after
artist Matt Busch.
the first STAR WARS
film was released in 1977, Kenner (a subsidiary
of Hasbro) released "Death Star Droid",
a chrome protocol-type droid which was later
named as an RA-7 droid. Comments Busch,
"The Death Star Droid as seen in the movie
is actually black, though a memorable chrome
RA-7 droid communicates with R2-D2 in the Jawa
forward to 1998, almost a decade before the
book You Can Draw STAR WARS
was released, Busch was the regular writer and
artist if the "How to Draw
STAR WARS" articles for STAR
WARS KIDS Magazine. "To help
make these tutorials fun for kids, I wrote and
illustrated them as if a droid was teaching
you. I always loved the look of the RA-7 droid,
and so, to give this fictional teacher an identity,
I simply tagged on my initials, making him MB-RA-7."
the course of two years, every issue of STAR
WARS KIDS featured a drawing tutorial,
lead by MB-RA-7. Now you can build your own
MB-RA-7, by collecting the new wave of "Build-a-Droid"
STAR WARS figures, which includes General Grievous,
Bail Organa, and FX-6! Hasbro STAR WARS figures
can be found in any store that sells toys.
7th, 2008 MATT BUSCH BECOMES A STORMTROOPER!
WARS artist Matt Busch has
become the world's first Honorary Member
of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers to
get his armor! The 501st is a worldwide community
of fans that costume as collectors, fundraisers,
volunteers, and doing charity work.
was inducted as an Honorary Member of the 501st
in 2006 by Jay Shimko of the Great Lakes Garrison.
Other Honorary Members include many notable
STAR WARS actors, artists and writers behind-the-scenes,
as well as celebrities like Kristen Bell, Seth
Green, Kevin Smith, "Weird Al", Yankovic,
the band No Doubt, and George Lucas himself.
Busch is the first to have completed TK trooper
armor and be registered, several other honorary
members are on their way. Col. Anthony Toledo,
the master drill instructor for the 2007 Rose
Parade, has an Imperial officer costume, but
no armor yet. Author Karen Traviss
is working on Clonetrooper Armor. Actor
Jeremy Bullock was given a full set
of Boba Fett armor, but he
hasn't joined the Legion yet. Author Timothy
Zahn is also doing an Imperial Officer, too.
ID in the 501st is TK-3477. He received an incredible
amount of help from Terrell Reber, TK-1787 of
the Great Lakes Garrison. The armor was made
of vacuum formed plastic, then trimmed, assembled
with E-6000 glue, velcroed and riveted, sanded,
painted with high performance enamel gloss white,
detailed, and strapped together with velcro,
elastic, and nylon straps. Other folks that
helped out were Tony Krewson (TK-4063) for the
blaster, Wyatt Stevens (TK-4205) for the undersuit
top with neckseal, Brooke Merva (TD-1148) for
the belt, and Steve Brejnak (TD-465) for strapping
up the armor.
can find out more about the 501st Legion of
Stormtroopers at www.501st.com.
31st, 2008 MATT BUSCH ON THE FORCE-CAST AT FAN
weekend Matt Busch was a guest
at the STAR WARS FAN DAYS 2
event in Plano, Texas. The show was incredibly
well-received by both fans and guests, and the
excitement was captured in audio with TheForce.Net's
addition to to the guest actors and artists
(and Elvis Trooper!) Matt Busch
is interviewed about his latest involvement
with all things STAR WARS and otherwise. You
can listen to it right now by clicking HERE.
(Note that Matt Busch's segment begins with
-14:29 left of the show.)
19th, 2008 BUSCH ILLUSTRATES CLONE WARS POSTER/
FAN DAYS IN TEXAS!
on the highly anticipated CLONE
WARS show coming to Cartoon Network,
Matt Busch has illustrated a beautiful montage
capturing the turmoil and excitement! The weekly
show begins in October stomps right on the heels
of the theatrical release last August.
can you nab one of these posters? For FREE?
will be attending the STAR WARS FAN
DAYS II show in Plano, Texas, October
25th and 26th. Be one of the first 500 through
the door and you'll get one of these puppies
free! In addition, Busch will be doing exclusive
show sketch cards. Mind you, 30 second sketches,
but those will be free as well. Busch will also
have books, posters, DVDs and even original
art on display and for purchase. Don't miss
this show! More info HERE!
13th, 2008 JAPANESE STAR WARS PRINT AVAILABLE ONLINE!
exclusive Celebration Japan
print, illustrated by Matt Busch
is now available for a limited time at StarWarsShop.com!
The print run is limited to 250,
and each piece is signed and numbered by Busch.
The poster-size print measures a whopping 24"
X 36" and has a deluxe aqueous coating.
You can check it out right HERE!
"Land of the Rising Suns",
the foundation of this piece began years ago
as a wrap-around cover of Autograph
Times Magazine. At the time, the
image featured a self portrait of artist Busch
engulfed in a sea of characters from the original
trilogy and Episode I. The image quickly became
a favorite among fans, requesting that it become
a print in the future. That day has come, and
Busch has updated the image to reflect characters
and vehicles from each of the movies, with a
twist of Japanese pop culture design.
to what the Japanese characters represent? "For
the fans that can't read Japanese, I don't wan't
to spoil it. I think half the fun is the mystery
and the adventure of figuring it out. For part
of it, I will say this, though: Konnichiwa,
Boku wa Matt Busch desu. Anata Wa Star Wars
o kakeru!" This rare poster won't last
so grab yours while you can! Click HERE!
11th, 2008 HOW TO DRAW STAR WARS: MORE COMIC BOOKS!
BUSCH is back- this time offering even
more great tips on how to draw COMIC
BOOKS! This episode focuses on how
to tell your visual story through dynamic page
layouts. Check it out below!
can also see this episode in higher 640 X 480
res at StarWars.com by clicking HERE!
Busch is currently on in Tokyo promoting
the 30th Anniversary of STAR WARS
in Japan! This weekend/next week is the STAR
WARS Celebration Japan show at the
Makuhari Messe in Chiba. Taking advantage of
the trip, Busch will also be filming scenes
for several new videos, as well as actually
getting some vacation time- something unheard
of for Busch.
addition to an exclusive set of one-of-a-kind
sketch cards, Busch will be toting a brand new
STAR WARS poster, Japanese-style!
Titled "Land of the Rising
Suns", the foundation of
this piece began years ago as a wrap-around
cover of Autograph Times Magazine.
At the time, the image featured a self portrait
of artist Matt Busch engulfed
in a sea of characters from the original trilogy
and Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
The image quickly became a favorite among fans,
requesting that it become a print in the future.
That day has come, and Busch has updated the
image to reflect characters and vehicles from
each of the movies, with a twist of Japanese
pop culture design.
As to what the Japanese characters represent?
"For the fans that can't read Japanese,
I don't wan't to spoil it. I think half the
fun is the mystery and the adventure of figuring
it out. For part of it, I will say this, though:
Konnichiwa, Boku wa Matt Busch desu. Anata Wa
Star Wars o kakeru!"
week from now Busch will head straight for San
Diego for the Comic-Con International
show, which Busch is a featured Special
Guest. Stay tuned for a complete schedule
of all the things he'll have planned for that!
7th, 2008 YOU CAN DRAW STAR WARS VOLUME 2 COMING
a follow-up to the original series of tutorial
videos that found limited release on DVD in
2007, Lucasfilm Ltd. has authorized
a new DVD from DK Publishing
and Planetmatt Entertainment:YOU CAN DRAW STAR WARS- VOLUME TWO.
Hosted by notorious artist Matt Busch, the DVD
will collect all seven Episodes from Season
2 released this year.
first series chronicled the entire creation
of a 30th Anniversary poster, whereas Season
2 includes the creation of the REVENGE
OF THE SITH Style D One Sheet,
but also spreads focus to areas such as drawing
on the road, storyboarding for film and animation,
and comic books. Each chapter includes comical
skits to spice up the pace, including a few
where Busch parodies Indiana Jones-
another Lucasfilm staple.
tutorials began as a side promotion for the
book of the same name from DK Publishing, to
which Busch produced nearly 400 illustrations.
Before released on DVD, all videos can first
be seen on StarWars.com
The videos later hit other avenues online, and
have had more than one million plays on MySpaceTV
alone. "It's awesome that these are available
on DVD," comments Busch, "for the
dedicated aspiring artist, to be able to experience
the details at four times the resolution is
himself will be attending the upcoming STAR
WARS Celebration Japan next week in
Tokyo with a brand new limited edition poster.
The following week, Busch will be a featured
Special Guest at Comic-Con International
in San Diego, the largest pop-culture show on
Volume Two DVD will debut at Comic-Con as well.
To find out how to get your hands on
a copy for FREE, check out Busch's Spotlight
panel on Saturday, July 26th from 11:30 - 12:30pm
in Room 30CDE. Another good idea would
be to stop by the DK booth and find out when
Busch and author Bonnie Burton and fellow artist
Tom Hodges will be signing books. To find out
the latest info on how to nab a DVD, stay locked
in to www.MattBusch.com
10th, 2008 HOW TO DRAW STAR WARS: EPISODE 12!
released this past weekend on MySpaceTV,
Matt Busch's latest How To Draw
video topped the MySpace Video Charts,
coming in at Number One for
categories of Instructional and Animation/CGI,
and Number Two for Entertainment. To date, Busch's
videos have gathered more than a million plays
on MySpace alone.
Busch returns with a plethora of tips- this
time delving into COMIC BOOKS!
The latest episode focuses on how to illustrate
your visual storytelling in your panels through
shots and angles.
the INDIANA JONES
parody from where Episode 10 left off, Busch
evades more Stormtroopers and finally makes
his way to the Temple of Vader, but will he
successfully nab the golden idol? You'll have
to watch to see!
addition to the MySpace Video below, you can
also see this episode in higher 640 X 480 res
at StarWars.com by clicking HERE.
As well, you can download all of the How To
Draw STAR WARS episodes as Quicktime files at
the DK site HERE.