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Star Wars Celebration Concept Submission by Tyrant-1
Star Wars Celebration Concept Submission

Last year I had the opportunity to submit samples of my work for consideration to participate as one of the artists for the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Art Show. It is a juried process and only artists who have worked for Lucasfilm or through one of their licensees are eligible to submit their work. Having worked on the Star Wars license officially through Topps, doing multiple sets of sketch cards, I thought I would give it a shot! After all, this crazy ride started with a portfolio review at the Celebration VI in Orlando back in 2012!

I was fortunate to make it through the first round. For all artists participating you can then submit a concept for an exclusive print of your artwork to be sold during the convention. It's pretty much open to whatever you want to create.

In creating a picture for the Star War Celebration Art Show, I knew I wanted to develop a piece featuring the aliens from Jabba's palace. When I was a kid, I thought Jabba's palace was so amazing and it really captured my imagination like no other place. The thing that intrigued me most about it was the depth of creatures and strange people. Even as I watch Return of the Jedi more than thirty years later, I continue to discover more characters lurking in the shadows. It's with that continued fascination I wanted to include some of the obscure denizens of Jabba's court such as Cane Adiss, Sic-Six and a few others. I hoped to convey that same sense of discovery to the viewer.

No Jabba the Hutt picture would be complete without his favorite wall decoration either. While Han Solo evaded scores of bounty hunters the chase would end soon enough with Boba Fett teaming up with Darth Vader! It's that feeling of inescapability I wanted to represent by making Han the center point of the image. The seemingly eternal confinement and uncertainty of his fate echoed in the border design.

So here it is! Though I didn't make the final cut this time, I'll give it a shot again for next year with the Star Wars Celebration Europe in London 2016! This was my first shot. If you are a Star Wars fan, you know how important it is to shoot first! Haha!

Thanks for looking! May the Force be with YOU!

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Star Wars Masterwork Sketch Card Set 1 by Tyrant-1
Star Wars Masterwork Sketch Card Set 1
A new set of Star Wars sketch cards!!! I'm in for a notch over fifty cards this time around including a few special cards. These are going to be just a little different! It is a high end product and these cards are heavy stock at a 72pt thickness. Soooo nice!

The approved cards pictured are a standard 2.5 x 3.5 inch sketch card.

Cards pictured are pencil, Copic marker and Copic inks on an official Topps sketch card.

More to come! In the meantime, I hope ya'll dig!

Also make sure you check out my preview set here tyrant-1.deviantart.com/art/St…!
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Yeah, I know there are some that can go backward...but whatever!

So much has happened and while I could tell u about all kinds of ups and downs and twists and turns the rollercoaster has made, I'll just share what I have been able to take from the ride so far...hope it doesn't come across as preachy...ALL of these thoughts r based on some event or circumstance I've experienced that were a kick in the head...and my head just about turned to mush! lol

- sometimes things r taking shape beyond your ability to know or see them...have a little faith it is still happening...because when it does happen u will feel like a knucklehead for thinking it wouldn't
- never give up...never give up...never give up...and make sure you never give up
- follow your instincts...even if something wonky happens u were probably telling yourself to do it because u needed to learn from it to move forward
- there will b ups and downs so don't get stuck on the down part for long because it won't stay there...really
- there r people looking out for u
- get feedback from the people who support u...the key word being "support"...u know who they r...the ones who help u move forward...they see what you can do and what u need help with
- believe it will happen (kinda like the first thought above but this is about believing...listen to the things Yoda says)...even if it doesn't happen when u want it to...there is a timing for everything
- don't psych yourself out or try to defeat yourself...u r absolutely the worst person that can talk u out of doing something (if u think the world is against u why join them?)...especially when u know it's what u need to do...so do it
- trust in the timing of things (as noted above)...things don't always happen when u want them to but when they r meant to happen
- keep moving forward...crash and burn or whatever epic fail u find yourself wrapped up in take inventory and move along...and realize that just might happen again (and again) before u get where u are headed
- reach out to people who know and have been there and listen to them...u don't know everything
- acknowledge those who have provided opportunities for u to move forward and make sure they know u appreciate what they have done for u...but don't be creepy...lol
- pass on what u have learned and help who u can help...pretty sure u didn't get where u r without a hand or two and whoever did was kind enough to do the same for u...and it's just what u gotta do

I don't know that I do all of this all of the time but I try to remind myself...the rollercoaster moves forward. (Yeah, I know the backward ones...WHATEVER!)
Star Wars Masterwork Sketch Card Preview by Tyrant-1
Star Wars Masterwork Sketch Card Preview
A new set of Star Wars sketch cards!!! I'm in for a notch over fifty cards this time around including a few special cards. These are going to be just a little different! It is a high end product and these cards are heavy stock at a 72pt thickness. Soooo nice!

The cards pictured are a standard 2.5 x 3.5 inch sketch card.

Cards pictured are pencil, Copic marker and Copic inks on an official Topps sketch card.

More to come! In the meantime, I hope ya'll dig!
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Monsters and Maniacs Set 2 by Tyrant-1
Monsters and Maniacs Set 2
Monsters & Maniacs sketch cards for Monsterwax

Measure 2.5x3.5 inches

Copic Marker/inks
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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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Yeah, I know there are some that can go backward...but whatever!

So much has happened and while I could tell u about all kinds of ups and downs and twists and turns the rollercoaster has made, I'll just share what I have been able to take from the ride so far...hope it doesn't come across as preachy...ALL of these thoughts r based on some event or circumstance I've experienced that were a kick in the head...and my head just about turned to mush! lol

- sometimes things r taking shape beyond your ability to know or see them...have a little faith it is still happening...because when it does happen u will feel like a knucklehead for thinking it wouldn't
- never give up...never give up...never give up...and make sure you never give up
- follow your instincts...even if something wonky happens u were probably telling yourself to do it because u needed to learn from it to move forward
- there will b ups and downs so don't get stuck on the down part for long because it won't stay there...really
- there r people looking out for u
- get feedback from the people who support u...the key word being "support"...u know who they r...the ones who help u move forward...they see what you can do and what u need help with
- believe it will happen (kinda like the first thought above but this is about believing...listen to the things Yoda says)...even if it doesn't happen when u want it to...there is a timing for everything
- don't psych yourself out or try to defeat yourself...u r absolutely the worst person that can talk u out of doing something (if u think the world is against u why join them?)...especially when u know it's what u need to do...so do it
- trust in the timing of things (as noted above)...things don't always happen when u want them to but when they r meant to happen
- keep moving forward...crash and burn or whatever epic fail u find yourself wrapped up in take inventory and move along...and realize that just might happen again (and again) before u get where u are headed
- reach out to people who know and have been there and listen to them...u don't know everything
- acknowledge those who have provided opportunities for u to move forward and make sure they know u appreciate what they have done for u...but don't be creepy...lol
- pass on what u have learned and help who u can help...pretty sure u didn't get where u r without a hand or two and whoever did was kind enough to do the same for u...and it's just what u gotta do

I don't know that I do all of this all of the time but I try to remind myself...the rollercoaster moves forward. (Yeah, I know the backward ones...WHATEVER!)

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Tyrant-1 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 14, 2015
Anyone looking for more of my work on FB I'm here m.facebook.com/tyrantdrawnwest…
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droogx47 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Love the work you did for Legendary Lovecraft.  Do you have any APs or blank commissions  from that set available?
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Tyrant-1 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Thanks! Sure do. Send me another note here or email me at chriswest74@lycos.com or msg me on FB. Whichever is best for u.  
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Frisbeegod Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
THANKS for watching!!!  Nice gallery-!!!
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Tyrant-1 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Keep up the great work! And thx! I appreciate it! So much new work cooking right now with new card sets and a secret project and a few other things. Should have more new stuff to post in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned!
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thebingbang Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thx for the Added to my devWatch! dude! 
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Tyrant-1 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Yep yep!
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Purple-Pencil Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch and the advice! :)
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FlatsNColors Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
great sketch cards
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Tyrant-1 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Thanks! And thanks for the watch! Back atcha!
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DenaeFrazierStudios Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the Added to my devWatch!!
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professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014

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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JediDad Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Hey, thanks for the watch!  Congrats on getting the SW cards!
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Tyrant-1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
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 Featured By Owner 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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Tyrant-1 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Great! Thanks! Catch u on FB too!
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MrEdgyart Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you :) 
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MadGardens Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch and faves, man! 
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Christopher-Manuel Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oustanding gallery!
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