Our friends over at R2-KT are celebrating the artists of the galaxy, shining a light on their work during these tough times which has seen conventions cancelled and postponed and their main revenue streams cut off as other matters take precedence. Each day through June, R2-KT focuses on a talented artist of the galaxy, and today it’s Matt Busch.
The original Star Wars films inspired Matt as a Michigan boy to follow his passion of drawing, but never in his wildest dreams did he think he would actually be producing official art for the galaxy far, far away. Busch moved to Los Angeles where he attended the Art Center College of Design to pursue a career in the entertainment arts. During that time, he got his first big break in 1994 illustrating for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game books. From there, his career exploded, working directly for Lucasfilm and many of the Star Wars Licensees.
One of Busch’s career highlights was being a featured illustrator for the book You Can Draw Star Wars, from DK Publishing. In addition to producing over 300 drawings and paintings for the book, Busch also created a series of videos to promote the book. Originally airing on StarWars.com, these videos still inspire young artists Online to follow their dreams as well, just like Matt did so many years before.