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Heading for the Stars
This is the story of a young high school student. Already a designer, interested in comic books and cinema, which he practices in his own way with small films based on Star Wars figures, Brian Matyas wrote to Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) somewhere during the 2000s. The special effects company created by George Lucas will eventually answer him through Cary Phillips, who a few years before Matyas, had gone through a high school of the same area. Impressed by CD compiling the young man’s work, Philips invites the student to Skywalker Ranch, where he meets Lucas and so many others, hard at work on Attack of the Clones.
A few years later, Brian Matyas is Senior Concept Designer at Lucasfilm, and specifically works on The Mandalorian, whose overwhelming success only fueled the artist’s talent. Finally, we can admire it in the pages of The Art of the Mandalorian (available at Abrams Books), in which his clean line and the purity of his concepts are everywhere!
For the record, this is not Matyas’ first attempt at Star Wars. He had already been noticed for his work on the Star Wars Uprising mobile game, which featured some amazing designs. Doug Chiang, the artistic director of the Star Wars universe, was right to trace this prodigy back to him for The Mandalorian, after equally impressive passages on Telltale Games’ titles, like Guardians of the Galaxy and Batman – his take on The Penguin is phenomenal, by the way.
Please check out Brian’s expertise below! Among the new generation of artists invited to express themselves on Star Wars, only a few are that talented with colours, the famous “space western” formula and “tacticool” vibes.
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