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About Deviant Artist Mark RaatsMale/Australia Group :icont-hx-11-38: T-HX-11-38
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Mark Raats
I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be around when it happens… SPIKE MILLIGAN

Current Residence: Australia
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Favourite photographer: Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Michael Raats
Operating System: Mac OS X El Marco / Win XP / Win 7
MP3 player of choice: iPhone
Wallpaper of choice: Skywalker Ranch


TRON: Legacy - Private Commission.. by MarkRaats
TRON: Legacy - Private Commission..

A wonderful private commission for a top man and one that I enjoyed doing immensely. Not a franchise I know well but in conceptualising it, I knew that I wanted a piece of art that stood as art in its own right rather than just simply doing another movie poster piece - I hope that I was successful. 

Gouache paint and Prismacolor pencils on board.

As always, my sincerest apologies if I am unable to respond to and comments posted - its simply due to a lack of time.

Star Wars - The Force Awakens REY by MarkRaats
Star Wars - The Force Awakens REY

REY - lighting up Luke's lightsaber...

Commissioned piece - thanks so much, its was great to play. 

Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils on watercolour paper. 8 x 11 inches.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Poster Comp.... by MarkRaats
Star Wars The Force Awakens Poster Comp....

So, the way I see it The Force Awakens is really a Han Solo and Chewie movie that also stars Rey and Finn. 

Poster comp - Prismacolor pencils and Copics on acid-free paper ~ 8 x 11 inches. This version has been enhanced in Photoshop to bring out the colors and to add the text...

Luke Skywalker - Star Wars, a New Hope by MarkRaats
Luke Skywalker - Star Wars, a New Hope

Lets not forget that all next month's excitement started a Long, long time ago... (1977 to be exact) with a farm boy...!

Breaking in the new studio: Luke Skywalker Gouache paint and Prismacolor Pencils on board - 17 x 23 inches.

Thanks very much for looking and as always, my sincerest apologies that I am no longer able to respond to most of the comments. Available time is my main problem.

Chewie, we're home! by MarkRaats
Chewie, we're home!

I have steered well clear of doing any art for TFA because there is SO much of it around and also with the studio move, I was off-line for so long. This private commission gave me an opportunity to indulge and what better way than with the legendary Harrison Ford as Han Solo..

Copic Markers and Prismacolor pencils on paper 8 x 11 inches

As always my sincerest apologies that I am no longer able to respond to most of the comments. Available time is my main problem.

Here are the details for those good folk who are interested in acquiring the poster. Thank you to all for your kind comments.

Ralph McQuarrie

Limited to 250 signed and numbered copies, Mark Raats' "Ralph McQuarrie: An Illustrated Life" art print is now available to order for pick up at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim:…

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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Professional Filmographer
G'day, mate!  :)
jarah Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Great work. Your work reminds me of Drew Struzan's work. Really great
MarkRaats Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
Thank you Jarah!!

I know Drew personally and since we both worked for Lucasfilm for many years (and on the same franchises), I guess similarity is bound to creep in.

That said, its high praise indeed to be compared to the master and I cannot thank you enough for your kindness in doing so.

Kind regards
ResidentFrankenstein Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Student General Artist
Your gallery is magnificent! I can see the Struzan influence. :) Lovely, clean work and great composition.

(May I ask what materials you typically use in your poster works? Do you lay colored pencil detail over acrylic or some sort of other paint base? Just curious - thanks!)
EternalHours Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did you by any chance know a man by the name of Alan Duffield? He sends his regards
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