ByMark Marianelli, writer at Creators.co

My first post on Moviepilot, no pressure!

My name is Mark Marianelli, I'm an illustrator living in New Hampshire... and by Illustrator, I mean I'm a 9 - 5 corporate web designer who likes to doodle in his spare time. I grew up admiring people like Jim Davis and - okay, well Jim Davis was the only cartoonist I knew when I was little because, come on, Garfield is just about the greatest thing to ever bless the newspaper. When you're little, you don't really understand Sunday Funnies (assuming you're old enough to know what those are) like Dilbert, but you see a fat cat kicking a dog and eating lasagna and it's practically life changing!

And that's where my love of cartoons began. Garfield inspired me to draw, and I would spend the majority of my time doodling in notebooks (instead of writing notes... I was a great student). Now I doodle for a living and turn those ideas into web designs. But nothing outshines my love for illustrating cartoons.

Ironically, I really enjoy Dilbert now.

So what does any of this have to do with Star Wars? Nothing really, I just thought I'd tell you a little bit about myself before I visually serenade you.

Any person who loves creativity naturally should appreciate the Star Wars universe and it's colorful array of characters. About a year ago in my spare time I decided to sit down and illustrate these characters from both the films and the novels in my own style. There's a billion more out there to draw, but my wrists can only take so much punishment. Hope you enjoy!

General Grievous, Darth Maul, Darth Vader
General Grievous, Darth Maul, Darth Vader
Prince Xizor, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Emperor Palpatine (getting a piggy-back from his royal guard)
Prince Xizor, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Emperor Palpatine (getting a piggy-back from his royal guard)
Exar Kun, Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku (Post-decap. And technically his hands shouldn't be there either, but who really cares?)
Exar Kun, Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku (Post-decap. And technically his hands shouldn't be there either, but who really cares?)
Darth Revan, Lord Malak, Joruus C'baoth
Darth Revan, Lord Malak, Joruus C'baoth
Boba Fett (attempting to escape the Sarlacc Pit), Jabba the Hutt (and that little muppet thing), Greedo (post Han shooting first)
Boba Fett (attempting to escape the Sarlacc Pit), Jabba the Hutt (and that little muppet thing), Greedo (post Han shooting first)
Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the ever emo Anakin Skywalker
Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the ever emo Anakin Skywalker
Han Solo & Chewbacca (on the Millenium Falcon), Dash Rendar & LE-BO2D9 (aboard the Outrider) and Lando Calrissian & Lobot (chillin' on Cloud City)
Han Solo & Chewbacca (on the Millenium Falcon), Dash Rendar & LE-BO2D9 (aboard the Outrider) and Lando Calrissian & Lobot (chillin' on Cloud City)
Mace Windu, Qui-Gon Jinn and Yoda (using the force on Luke's X-Wing)
Mace Windu, Qui-Gon Jinn and Yoda (using the force on Luke's X-Wing)
Princess Leia, Padme Amidala and Mara Jade Skywalker
Princess Leia, Padme Amidala and Mara Jade Skywalker
C-3PO, R2-D2 and Wicket W. Warrick
C-3PO, R2-D2 and Wicket W. Warrick
Nien Nunb, Admiral Ackbar and Wedge Antilles
Nien Nunb, Admiral Ackbar and Wedge Antilles
Jawa, Tusken Raider and Gamorrean Guard
Jawa, Tusken Raider and Gamorrean Guard
Rancor, Hoth Wampa and Exogorth
Rancor, Hoth Wampa and Exogorth
Stormtrooper (riding his AT-ST), Rebel Trooper and Clone Trooper
Stormtrooper (riding his AT-ST), Rebel Trooper and Clone Trooper
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