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Kid Test Labs Review Draw Star Wars: Clone Wars



This video MADE MY YEAR! The parents and kids at Kid Test Labs shot a video reviewing my new book (illustrated by Grant Gould) Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars published by Klutz Books. The video interviews various kids as they attempt to draw everything from General Grievous to battle droids using the tutorials and tracing pages.



Seriously, how cool is it that actual kids went through my book with their parents to show them how to use it, and why the tutorials improved their drawing skills!? I'm very flattered they took the time to test out the book from cover to cover, and their suggestions and thoughts really meant a lot to me.

I especially liked that one kid decided to draw a fairy princess General Grievous, complete with gnomes! Most impressive!

Thanks young Padawans!

Read the full review here:
Getting Klutzy Wit It
(via Kid Test labs)
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Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars Book Trailer

When you draw R2-D2, does he look more like a watermelon on roller skates than a cool droid? Does the Yoda you see in your head look nothing like the green blob that ends up on paper? Don't go to the dark side yet! Learn to draw like a Jedi Master with this hands-on workbook -- Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars -- from Klutz.

Written by the editors of Klutz and Lucasfilm's Bonnie Burton, and illustrated by Star Wars artist Grant Gould, Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars is packed with tips and techniques, practice space to draw right in the book, and translucent overlays that make tracing a snap.

Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars hits stores in October 2009.
Here's the trailer to Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Enjoy!

WATCH VIDEO: Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars Book Trailer
(via Starwars.com)

Read more about the book here:
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First Look Inside My New Book: Draw Star Wars: Clone Wars

When you draw R2-D2, does he look more like a watermelon on roller skates than a cool droid? Does the Yoda you see in your head look nothing like the green blob that ends up on paper? Don't go to the dark side yet! Learn to draw like a Jedi Master with this hands-on workbook -- Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars -- from Klutz.

Written by the editors of Klutz and Lucasfilm's Bonnie Burton, and illustrated by Star Wars artist Grant Gould, Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars is packed with tips and techniques, practice space to draw right in the book, and translucent overlays that make tracing a snap.

Master the art of drawing from within -- beginning with stick figures, then on to basic shapes, and finishing with details. Learn to draw 20 different Clone Wars characters, including C-3PO, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, General Grievous, Asajj Ventress, and others.

The book comes with everything you need, including a black marker, double-tipped metallic colored pencils, and an always-sharp mechanical pencil. Of course, we also include perhaps the most essential tool for any artist -- an eraser; because sometimes even a Jedi Master could use a do-over.

Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars hits stores in October 2009.

Here's a sneak peek inside the Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars.






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SOURCE: Starwars.com
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Star Wars illustrator Nicole Falk explains with these easy-to-follow steps on how to draw a wampa family trimming the tree during the holiday season.

Click here to get instructions:
Draw a Holiday Wampa (Starwars.com)
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(Yoda sketch by Simpsons' creator Matt Groening)

If you are still in awe over Fantagraphics Web Editor Mike Baehr's Yoda Sketchbook featuring drawings from comic book icons such as Daniel Clowes, Lynda Barry, Tony Millionaire, Adrian Tomine, Gilbert Hernandez, Craig McCracken, and Mary Fleener, get ready to be impressed further.

Looks like Mike has some more amazing portraits of Yoda to add to the collection, and are now up on his Flickr set for our viewing pleasure. I met Mike face to face at this year's Alternative Press Expo (APE) in San Francisco, and got to see the sketchbook in person. And let me just say it's packed with truly creative renditions of our favorite Jedi Master!

Mike writes:
I've got the APE Yodas scanned and uploaded, including Matt Groening (WOO HOO) and a bunch of other great ones (Tom Neely: CRAZY; Lilli Carre: GORGEOUS) plus, fresh from last night, Bill Griffith (it's a hybrid Yoda/Zippy)!

Check out the new Yoda portraits here:
Yoda convention sketchbooks


(Yoda/Zippy Sketch by Bill Griffith)

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SOURCE: Official Starwars.com Blog
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Beware of Star Wars Creepy Links!

In honor of Halloween, here's a round up of spooky, scary Star Wars crafts, costumes, drawing tutorials, stories, blog entries and even a ghoulishly-frightening creature MP3 for your haunted house!

CREEPY CRAFTS/ACTIVITIES:

FRIGHTENING AUDIO:

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Ever wanted to draw Star Wars characters and vehicles just like the professional comic book artists? In this step-by-step series, Star Wars artists and illustrators show you how to draw some of the most beloved characters in the saga.

Star Wars illustrator Nicole Falk explains with these easy-to-follow steps how to draw Princess Leia dressed as the Bride of Frankenstein just in time for Halloween.

Check out the drawing tutorial here:
Drawing Princess Leia Frankenstein (Starwars.com)
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Art by Randy Martinez
Heads: Bonnie Burton, Steve Sansweet, Matt Busch, Mary Franklin

The Headless Horseman Has My Noggin
Words: Bonnie Burton

It's not every day that my severed head ends up in a piece of art work. Luckily for me, Star Wars artist Randy Martinez also put my noggin in the company of well-known heads that belong to Lucasfilm Events Manager and Bantha Tracks Editor Mary Franklin, Lucasfilm Director of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet, and You Can Draw: Star Wars artist Matt Busch.

I chatted with Randy about the Headless Horseman tribute which is featured in his upcoming book Creature Features: Draw Amazing Monsters & Aliens, published by Impact and due to hit stores in March 2009.

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Ever wanted to draw Star Wars characters and vehicles just like the professional comic book artists? In this step-by-step series, Star Wars artists and illustrators show you how to draw some of the most beloved characters in the saga.

Anakin Skywalker's second in command during the Clone Wars, Clone Captain Rex (CC-7567) was a freethinking and aggressive soldier's-soldier. Gruff, no-nonsense and tough as nails, Rex voiced his professional opinion to even the highest-ranking Jedi. In command of the famed 501st Clone Trooper Battalion, Rex and his men were assigned to patrol the most lawless and dangerous sectors of the galaxy within the feared Outer Rim.

Star Wars illustrator Grant Gould explains with these easy-to-follow steps on how to draw Captain Rex.

Drawing Captain Rex from The Clone Wars (Starwars.com)

Download the instructions for this tutorial here as well:
Draw Captain Rex (PDF download)
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Ever wanted to draw Star Wars characters and vehicles just like the professional comic book artists? In this step-by-step series, Star Wars artists and illustrators show you how to draw some of the most beloved characters in the saga.

Discovered by Master Plo Koon, Ahsoka Tano is a Togruta girl who was raised in the Jedi Temple. She graduated to Padawan at an early age, in part, as an effort by Master Yoda to teach her new Master, Anakin Skywalker, a greater sense of responsibility, but it was also necessitated by the Clone Wars. Regardless the reason for her advancement, Ahsoka remained eager, almost overly so, to prove herself worthy of her status as a Padawan.

Star Wars illustrator Grant Gould explains with these easy-to-follow steps on how to draw Ahsoka Tano. Steps 1-5 are to be drawn lightly with a pencil. No pen, no dark lines. Finished lines and details will come at the end.

Drawing Ahsoka Tano from The Clone Wars (Starwars.com)

Download the instructions for this tutorial here as well:
Draw Ahsoka Tano (PDF download)
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In case any of you want to stop by and say howdy on Sunday, July 27 at Comic-Con:


Matt Busch, Bonnie Burton, and Tom Hodges at the You Can Draw Star Wars book signing
at the DK Publishing booth during Comic-Con 2007. Photo by Nicole Love.

You Can Draw Star Wars book signing:
DK Booth Signing: Sunday. 7/27: 10-11am

http://www.theforce.net/books/story/DK_Book_Signings_At_Comic_Con_115991.asp

How to Draw Star Wars for Kids:
Sunday. 7/27: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm; Room 30CD

http://www.starwars.com/fans/events/2008comiccon.html
Special for Kids' Day at Comic-Con International, Lucasfilm's Bonnie Burton and artist Katie Cook will help kids (and their folks, too) draw Star Wars characters that are fun and whimsical. Bonnie Burton is the author of the book You Can Draw: Star Wars (DK Publishing). Bonnie also works as the Lucas Online Senior Editor, editing the drawing tutorials and craft projects. More of Bonnie's writing can be found at Grrl.com. Katie Cook (katiecandraw.com) has done licensed art for Star Wars, DC, Marvel, Heroes, Lord of the Rings and other such nerdy things.
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(Envelope art by Adam Koford -- Ape Lad)

I sure miss getting regular old-fashioned mail. In an age where everyone communicates through texting and email, it seems that Mail Art is becoming a lost ... well... art.

So I asked artist and illustrator Adam Koford (also known on the Internets as Ape Lad) if he'd be interested in a mail art swap with me, and lo and behold this masterpiece arrived today.

Adam is known for his own creation -- The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats -- as well as a fascination with hobos. So he merged those characters with a few Star Wars characters you might recognize acting as hobos in this set of images below.



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Watch the full video here.
(My Wookiee bet with artist Matt Busch shows up around 4:33.)
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Ever wanted to draw Star Wars characters and vehicles just like the professional comic book artists? In this step-by-step series, Star Wars artists and illustrators show you how to draw some of the most beloved characters in the saga.

While Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn did admirably train his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi to become one of the noblest Jedi in the saga, he is best known for his determination in making certain a young Anakin Skywalker was given a chance by the Jedi Council to train in the ways of the Force.

Star Wars illustrator Tom Hodges explains with these easy-to-follow steps on how to draw Qui-Gon Jinn.

Click here for more:
Drawing Qui-Gon Jinn
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For those of you who will be venturing to San Diego this weekend Thurs-Sun for Comic-Con International, PLEASE stop by my signings/tutorials and say hello!

I'll be signing my You Can Draw: Star Wars book over in the DK Publishing booth (#2913) Friday and Saturday from 4-5pm, as well as The Girls' Guide to Guys' Stuff comic anthology at the Friends of Lulu booth (#832) at various times!

On Sunday at 12:30-1:30pm, I'll be at the You Can Draw: Star Wars kids' drawing tutorial with illustrator Tom Hodges in Room 30 CDE.

And as always, I'll be at Comic-Con reporting for starwars.com on our Official Starwars.com Blog here.
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As usual, Matt Busch, Tom Hodges and myself had a blast meeting all of you at our latest book signing at Celebration Europe in London. We signed books, chatted with Star Wars fans and young artists, and of course Vader's Imperial forces crashed the event to make sure we were behaving ourselves.

Thanks again to DK Publishing (Lucinda, you rock!) for setting up the signing at Saturday and Sunday! We had so much fun meeting all of you!

Be sure to look for us at Comic-Con in San Diego in a week! ;-)

- Bonnie Burton, author You Can Draw: Star Wars


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Check out the last video listed so far in the You Can Draw Star Wars webisodes. Host and illustrator Matt Busch does a brilliant spoof on "Behind the Music" that I have to say is pretty darn funny.
Watch it here.

Also the book also got an awesome plug in the Pop Candy blog in USA Today.
Read it here!
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Check out these funny highlights from the new How to Draw Star Wars video series, hosted by artist Matt Busch. Current episodes can be downloaded here from DK Publishing and here at starwars.com.

The entire collection will also be offered as a limited edition DVD/FREE giveaway at the upcoming CELEBRATION IV in Los Angeles, courtesy of Lucasfilm and DK Publishing!

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO:
How To Draw STAR WARS Video Highlights
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Ever wanted to draw Star Wars characters and vehicles just like the professional comic book artists? In this step-by-step series, Star Wars artists and illustrators show you how to draw some of the most beloved characters in the saga.

As one of three deadly creatures unleashed in the Geonosian execution arena, the reek was dispatched to kill Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala and Obi-Wan Kenobi in Attack of the Clones.

Star Wars illustrator Randy Martinez explains with these easy-to-follow steps on how to draw the reek.

Click here to get started:
Drawing the Reek

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