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Local artist provides Lucasfilm with "Star Wars" images

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If you find a Blu-Ray set of the Star Wars saga under your Christmas tree, check out the artwork for "The Empire Strikes Back." The image of Yoda was created by Brian Rood.

He's a 37-year-old graduate of Whitmer High School who still lives in the Toledo area, but works for a galaxy far, far away. Rood is one of a handful of artists contracted by Lucasfilm to create publicity images.

You can find his paintings on mugs, trading cards and posters. He even created special images for the "Star Wars Celebration" convention this past year, which showcased his work on larger-than-life banners and promotional materials.

Rood invited 13abc into his basement workshop where his artwork takes flight. We got a chance to see him touching up a painting of the Star Wars character Boba Fett. He also showed our cameras a new fine art piece: mirror images of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and Han Solo.

Recently, Rood says he acquired image licensing rights to several other properties, including "Zorro," "Tarzan" and "Ghostbusters." You'll no doubt be seeing his work across the pop-culture spectrum for years to come, and you can take pride knowing it came from a hometown visionary.

See more online at http://brianrood.com/

 

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