Concept and Prototype Boba Fett Sketches by Robert Chapman
Ever since the start of the White Boba Fett project, we have had the pleasure of meeting and featuring many talented artists who have brought the Star Wars universe to life in each of their own unique styles. Needless to say, we are very pleased to have the privilege of adding the talented Robert Chapman to this distinguished list. Robert’s body of work just so happens to contain a plethora of concept and prototype Boba Fett sketches in a multitude of styles. From Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept to the white-armored but familiar-looking Boba Fett who appeared in the 1978 screen test, Robert has all of our bases covered.
Of course, to say that we were only captivated by Robert’s subject choice would be both disrespecful of his work and just plain false. One glance at his Twitter account will reveal a treasure trove of beautiful Star Wars art, covering everything from A New Hope to Rogue One. While sketch cards are perhaps the most common format that Robert has showcased so far, his online portfolio also includes larger pieces like this spectacular marker drawing of Jabba the Hut, and a striking Boba Fett piece that has caught the discerning eyes of the official Boba Fett Fan Club. It’s also abundantly clear that character portraits aren’t Robert’s only forte, as shown by exceptional pieces like Poe Dameron’s X-wing and Snowspeeder. And of course, we can’t help but mention that among our personal favorites are his bounty hunter sketch cards!
We also have had the privilege of learning about Robert’s first project as a professional artist, with Marvel and Upper Deck no less. Having seen firsthand the caliber and quality of work that Robert is capable of producing, we are confident it will be the beginning of a long and distinguished art career. We can’t wait to see how it pans out!
What are three interesting facts about yourself?
I don’t feel there is much about me that would be very interesting.
I’m a fan of all the old classics such as Laurel and Hardy, Flash Gordon, The Adventures of Superman and all the old cartoons. Especially Tom and Jerry.
I am deeply interested in Quantum Physics and Astronomy.
I love the original Transformers and Star Wars!
What was your earliest Star Wars memory growing up?
My first memory of Star Wars is going to see the original release of A New Hope. I was very young. It was a long time ago and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since.
Your Star Wars sketch cards are easily as good as any we’ve ever seen, yet you’ve mentioned that it’s just a hobby. Do you have a background in art?
I belong to a beautiful family that is blessed with great musicians and talent in art. I went to college many years ago and did a very basic graphic design course. During that time I was always scribbling on scraps of paper or the back of my sketchbook trying to replicate John Buscema‘s style and the demonstrations from How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way, which is a brilliant book! I decided not to continue in education and I approached local businesses related to design or print as a starting point but no one had any places available. I continued to study art from books and comics, and recently I’ve been given an opportunity to work on a project with Marvel and Upper Deck. It’s hard going but I’m learning much from the experience.
What artists or artwork have inspired you the most?
The Star Wars art of Ralph McQuarrie, Doug Chiang, and Al Williamson has always impressed me. I admire the work of Jack Kirby and John Buscema. I love the wonderful paintings of Alex Ross. Studying fantasy artist Boris Vallejo‘s work and his techniques has influenced me greatly.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I’m not too sure. My intention was to do some Star Wars cards in a sketchy concept style but I think I’ve drifted towards comic book illustration with most of them. I think of them as mini posters of Star Wars characters. I often try to draw in different styles when I’m doing other things.
How do you decide on the subjects of your sketch cards? Do you have a favorite character to draw?
I generally choose something depending on what I find interesting. It could be an angle or the lighting that grabs my attention. I love doing Stormtroopers, Darth Vader and Boba Fett most of all. I like the designs so very much. I’ll have a go at anything Imperial, droids or alien creatures. I’m not great at doing portraits so I’ll avoid human faces unless its something in a comic book style.
Lastly, what are your dream goals as an artist?
Being a professional comic book artist would be a dream come true but I can’t see it happening. I think a job in animation would be cool. I’d love to design the Boba Fett movie poster!