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!