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Christopher West
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Christopher L. West is a self-taught artist working in pencil, pen & ink and watercolors. Hugely influenced by the cartoons and comics of the 80’s and 90’s, the subjects of his work cross the genres of superheroes, sci-fi and horror. If it has a cape, a lightsaber or eats brains, he will draw it.

Current Residence: Florida
Shell of choice: Ninja Turtle
Favourite cartoon character: Batman
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10th Bday by Tyrant-1

My last journal entry was a big deal. I finally got to tell the world I drew Star Wars on a professional level. While I can't top the excitement of working on my first real Star Wars gig, I can now say I have completed my second Star Wars gig! I completed 50 panoramic sketch cards for Star Wars Illustrated: A New Hope.

This project hit a personal chord for me because it's based on the Star Wars radio drama which aired on the radio back in the early 80's. Every week I tuned in religiously sitting in front of the stereo with those giant 80's headphones on. I'd pop a blank cassette tape in and record each episode. We didn't have a VCR at the time so I couldn't watch the movies on VHS yet. So the radio drama filled that void.

Since there were thirteen episodes much of the story from the movie was expanded. Was so cool to experience it with all the extras. It was kinda like a Super Special Edition Star Wars. You got to learn about everything before Vader catches up to Leia over Tatooine in the opening scene of the movie. There were the deleted movie scenes with Luke and Biggs and his friends. Luke racing his Skyhopper even! That part as I think about it now kinda had a bit of an American Graffiti flavor to it. There are plenty more expanded scenes like Vader torturing Leia and the droids hiding on the streets and back alleys of Mos Eisley.

For years I think a lot of what was in the radio drama was considered cannon and if it is or not now days, who really knows. Between the Special Editions, Prequels, novels and comics a lot has changed. Star Wars is a new and ever evolving beast these days.

Funny thing is I listened to all three radio series of Star Wars, Empire Strikes back and Return of the Jedi while I was working on my first set of Sketch cards for Galactic Files Series 2. So when I got the invite to be a part of this set I was totally floored. It meant so much to me to even be asked to be a part of the set.

See, Star Wars means something different to everyone and that's one of the coolest things about it. I remember running around the playground as a kid as Boba Fett or Darth Vader. Han if I had to be a good guy or if the girl I liked was Princess Leia. I'd draw Star Wars pictures all the time. I had the toys and posters and trading cards. I loved it so much kids even called me Star Wars.

As cool as those things are, Star Wars for me was always a place where the most amazing things happened beyond your imagination. And though it said it was, it didn't seem so far away. It was a place where anything could happen and dreams came true. That...was real to me.

So it's really cool to say I worked on this set. Listening to the radio back then does seem like a long time ago. As awesome as it is thinking back to then, I can't imagine what that kid would think if he knew what he was drawing now.


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DenaeFrazierStudios Mar 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the Added to my devWatch!!
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:iconprofessorwagstaff:

Hey Christopher, thank you oh sooo much for the multiple faves and the watch. Wow.

I can't believe you are just starting out w/the copic markers, your work is excellent. I myself have attempted several ATC's (mostly sports related) but have kept with using just pencils. I have a fear of anything I can't erase. I am also presently located in Fla but for only one more month. Thanks again, I really do appreciate your very generous words.

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:iconjedidad:
Hey, thanks for the watch!  Congrats on getting the SW cards!
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:icontyrant-1:
Very cool! Great work!

Thanks! This was my third Star Wars set and I am thrilled to be on another! It means so much to me to be able to contribute and draw stuff I did when I was a kid. I am so thankful to have the opportunity.
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dino-damage Feb 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey Chris,
Your work is fantastic! Love your colouring and palette choice. Definitely had to return the watch! I'll catch you on Facebook as well.
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:icontyrant-1:
Great! Thanks! Catch u on FB too!
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MrEdgyart Dec 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you :) 
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MadGardens Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
 Thank you very much for the Deviant Watch!  :D  It's greatly appreciated!  :iconhappybounce:
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DaveStrong Oct 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch and faves, man! 
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Christopher-Manuel Sep 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oustanding gallery!
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:icontyrant-1:
I appreciate that! You have one quite the same, sir. 
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SurfTiki Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch!
Your number 653!

And thank you for the advise.
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:iconhammerhead15:
Awesome art!  I've sent you a direct message.
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:icontyrant-1:
Got it! Thanks again! I shot you an email. Look forward to hearing from you.
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Kweh-chan May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the watch, I greatly appreciate it :)
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PositivelyBatty Apr 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch :)
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Hello there. I am sorry to bother you but I am trying to help spread around this petition to save the animated show Star Wars The Clone Wars. As you might have already heard, the show has been cancelled as of Disney's aquistion of the Star wars franchise. While I believe this is a long shot, people right now are trying to persuade disney not to cancel the show and allow them to continue creating everything they had originally planned. It is said that they had plans to take the show to an eight season if possible. Right now they plan to only release two arcs for the so called bonus content and neither of them reveal the fates of Ahsoka, Ventress, Maul, or Rex. They were even suppose to make a bounty hunter arc that revealed the fates of Cad Bane and Aurra Sing but now that won't be shown.

For the sake of continuity in the Star Wars universe, as well as a good show, I ask you to sign the petition below to help save the Clone Wars. All you need is to be on facebook. If you do not care for the show or are not interested, I respect your opinion and apologize in advance for bothering you. Thank you for you time.

If you already signed the petition then I am sorry annoying you. If you could share the petition with your friends and other star wars fans, that would be great.

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Steevcomix Oct 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch!
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:icontyrant-1:
Cool stuff. Look forward to seeing more.
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William-John-Holly Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks for watching! Your gallery is bad-ass, I'll be watching back :D
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