PCC 2019: Drawing STAR WARS (Russell Walks & Tommy Lee Edwards) (Portsmouth Comic Con, May 2019)

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I was lucky enough to be asked by Tripwire Magazine‘s EIC Joel Meadows to participate in this years Portsmouth Comic Con, the second year for the show held at the historic Portsmouth Guildhall over the Bank Holiday Weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2019. Joel, Contributing Editor Andrew Colman and the entire Guildhall team put on quite the celebration of comics and pop culture, filling every available square inch of space with artists alleys, vendors, retailers, exhibitions and panels – it was quite the experience!


As part of my participation, I got the opportunity to talk to two master artists, illustrator Russell Walks and comics artist Tommy Lee Edwards, specifically about their experience of drawing and rendering the worlds of STAR WARS. Tommy may have shown up a little late, making the grand, dramatic entrance but he quickly got into the flow of the conversation and joining in.

We kicked off with a loose chat about influences and how STAR WARS had steered both of their their professional careers, leading into the practical nuts and bolts of working in these galaxies a long time ago, far far away – especially when you have the likes of Lucasfilm and Disney, guarding the gates…


Thanks to the entire Portsmouth Comic Con team for their help in putting on these panels, and to Joel and Andrew for the invitation to participate.

Portsmouth Comic Con is confirmed as returning to the city’s Guildhall in 2020, over the Bank Holiday weekend of Saturday 2nd / Sunday 3rd May. Find out more about the show at their official website, www.portsmouthcomiccon.com

Intro music: ‘Punky’, bensounds.com

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