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Star Wars art-Are these the artists you’re looking for? Official artists vs. Fan artists

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(art by John Alvin, who did movie poster art for Star Wars)

We’ve been in the thick of the Star Wars art world for quite some time…and that world is pretty convoluted.  Here’s how it works

  • There are artists who worked on the movies and are official artists with the Star Wars art licensee:

Those people have art they sell through the official LucasFilm licensee, but up until a few months ago, even when ordering a commission George Lucas got right of first refusal to buy the art.  This became quite a drag when collectors and artists worked together and George took it.  Yes it’s an honor, but still.  Now those rules are changing, largely because George has largely gotten himself out of Star Wars.  We always got the first chance to sell art George said no to if the art was made to create a limited edition.  There have been more pieces available in the last few months, which is great for collectors!

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(art by Bill Silvers, who did backgrounds for Star Wars)

  • There are artists who worked on the movies or campaigns that weren’t “work for hire”:

When an artist is a “work for hire” it means nothing created can be sold and belongs solely to LucasFilm.  There are some older artists who don’t have that contract but they are extremely rare.  John Alvin is one of those guys, and that’s why we have his work from Star Wars and can sell it.  It is official art but also he was able to keep it as part of his deal with the studio when he worked for them.   Great for collectors as well, but the art is getting harder and harder to find, since like John so many artists are passing away, and so few new artists work outside the “work for hire” clause.

We only sell artists in these two categories.

 

  • There are artists who are contracted to occasional work for LucasFilm:

Mostly these are the folks who sell their art at the Celebration shows.  They may or may not be work for hire, (most are) but LucasFilm doesn’t seem to mind them selling their art directly to collectors.  This is where the laws about original art vs. limited editions gets weird.  While it’s true that any artwork that is transformative can be sold as long as it’s original and there aren’t any prints of them, some of the studios believe any art of any kind created using their images shouldn’t be sold without a licensing fee.   This is why we don’t really sell those artists and we love supporting when they go to events like Celebration and are able to sell their work.  Much of the work is from books, comics, or trading cards.  We love these artists.  They work hard and tend to create in a variety of genres, in addition to creating art for their own characters, worlds, and stories.

  • There are fan artists:

You know these folks.  They are on Etsy printing up $30 prints of their work, making it tough on the artists that actually work for LucasFilm.  No one begrudges them making originals, even though even that would be frowned upon by LucasFilm.  Imagine being at a Con and seeing 3 artists in artists’ alley doing original work with their own ideas and collectors skipping them for the fan artists who are churning out prints of Star Wars characters.  We can’t really blame the collectors here, they have no idea about the rules.  Here we should blame LucasFilm for not policing images.  When so many artists applied for Star Wars Celebration (the artists for which must have officially worked for LucasFilm at some point) and killed themselves making new art, paying to go to the event, etc., LucasFilm should be more tenacious about limiting access online to only those who meet their criteria.  Only artists who create official art should be allowed to sell prints, AFTER those prints have been approved by the studio.   Yes it’s political, but welcome to the art world 🙂

Understand I have great love of fan artists and their expression, but they do know the rules and should follow them out of respect for the property and the artists that inspire them.

SO WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THE NEW MOVIE COMES OUT??

We don’t really know the answer to that question yet.

In general, fan art vs. official art is a constant source of angst for me.  I love the joyful expression of someone’s love for a fandom, but not the mixing and confusing of those artists for those who worked on the films or properties being represented.  Why should anyone promote official art or pay a licensing fee if no one is policing people making prints and selling them on Etsy or Ebay?  All this comes from a desire to make sure people who are making the movies we watch beautiful get the credit they deserve.  They, in essence, are the reason the fan artists love the movies enough to create art.

Things are always changing.  So hopefully there will be room for all the artists, all those who design and build the cinematic worlds we cherish, and those who get chances to add to those worlds, and those who just want to express their love of them.  Will the new Star Wars be a part of that change?

Only time will tell.  Let’s hope the force is with the official artists on this one.

 

ArtInsights Holiday Gift Guide: Art of Star Wars

5 OF THE RAREST & MOST EXCLUSIVE STAR WARS ART IMAGES AVAILABLE TODAY

Guaranteed to put the ‘HO-HO-HOTH’ in the holiday, sending Star Wars fans into hyperdrive, this art by iconic movie poster artist John Alvin will get them right in the geek, making you look Yoda-wise and Jedi-clever.

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(click above to see ALL the Star Wars art)

The Cold of Hoth by John Alvin: Giclee on paper $300, estate signed exclusive limited edition for Star Wars Celebration ArtInsights Exclusive

Star Wars: The Cold of Hoth

There Will Be No Bargain by John Alvin: Giclee on canvas estate-signed for John Alvin $595, only 10 available for sale ArtInsights Exclusive

There Will Be No Bargain

 

Episode IV Decade III by John Alvin: Giclee on paper, original commissioned by George Lucas $1200 signed by John Alvin- Extremely limited and an ArtInsights Exclusive

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Original art for the Return of the Jedi movie poster, as it was originally called, REVENGE OF THE JEDI created and signed by John Alvin: For those searching not just for droids, but the rarest of the rare!

Revenge of the Jedi comp: McQuarrie

WHY OFFICIAL STAR WARS FILM ART BY JOHN ALVIN?

Have you seen the new top selling book The Art of John Alvin, written by Andrea Alvin?  If you haven’t, go HERE, and order it today!

If you have, “why buy Alvin now” is a question that answers itself.  He has more than 200 finished posters to his credit, passed away in 2008, and is now building new fans all over the world, and adding to his longterm rabid, loyal collectors!

All things Star Wars will only continue to expand in worldwide media reach as the hype about JJ Abrams and his Star Wars VI rises to new froth and drool inducing heights.   All the news may bore the not-so-sci-fi-savvy, but for those who love the series, it is a time of celebration.  There are so many Star Wars related toys and gadgets out there, and your loved one can find those easily enough, but official art by John Alvin, one of the top movie poster artists in film history, actually created for LucasFilm, will get even the biggest fan’s lightsaber glowing a pretty holiday green or red!

All Their Wicked Ways by Tim Rogerson

Commissioning Original Film Art: Designing A Dream

Did you know you could have art made specially for you by top Disney and Hollywood artists?

ArtInsights has been working with insiders licensed by the studios to create original art for our clients for over 20 years!

What makes this so special and unique is you can have a beautiful original piece of art to display in your home, in your media room, or family room… or a place of honor that reminds the whole family of favorite moments from a new or old classic film or cartoon.  It is truly my favorite thing to do at ArtInsights:  working with art lovers who feel as passionate as I do about the memories they hold dear from movies that may have been seen by millions of people, or by just a few true fans.  We find the perfect artist who may have actually worked on that film, or with that studio, or who is significantly influenced by the movie you celebrate and want represented.  Mixing a scene or scenes you love with the design aesthetic that has made them revered and successful in the world of film art, they construct a wonderful piece of original art JUST FOR YOU.

Even more exciting is the art is often chosen by the studio to be turned into a limited edition, which makes the original art all the more important.

We believe there is a conversation that occurs… a relationship between the artist and the collector…when a work of art is created and passed on to be enjoyed as part of the art that makes the collector’s living space or work environment unique and special.

It is exciting to know you can bring a little bit of Hollywood home, and celebrate the movies you love!  Here are just a few original pieces created with artists through ArtInsights:  (don’t fall too in love with THESE pieces, they were made, just as we can for you, as commissions–you’ll have to decide what would make YOUR heart sing as these pieces did for their collectors…anything you can dream of, our artists can bring into being!)

By Disney artist Tim Rogerson:

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By famed movie poster artist John Alvin: (creator of movie posters for over 200 movies)

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By Disney art director Toby Bluth:

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By movie concept artist Harrison Ellenshaw (concept artist for Star Wars, Tron, and many others)

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by artist Disney, Star Wars, and Warner Brothers artist Mike Kungl:

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By Disney visual development artist Lisa Keene:

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By movie poster and Disney artist John Rowe:

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By Warner Brothers and Disney concept artist Jim Salvati:

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This is a very small percentage of the art we have created for our clients.  Up to this moment we have never had the artists we work with not absolutely exceed our and our clients’ expectations.  It’s why the Hollywood studios choose them over and over again even today!

We chose these pieces to show you because nearly all of these were turned into limited editions by the studios.  Most of these artists can be commissioned to create a wide variety of images from live action movies encompassing the entire history of film as well as Disney and other animation studio features.

Contact ArtInsights today to find out how you too can have a one of the best film artists create a one-of-a-kind work of art just for you!