Episode 24: Star Wars Artist Brian Miller

 

In this episode, Brian shares with Beth

  • How his father took him to air shows, space museums and started the foundation of an influence in air and space exploration. Then Star Wars came out and changed everything.
  • What it was like to work with Marvel and DC Comics right out of college!
  • What it would look like if all the planets in the Star Wars universe had their own luggage tags!?
  • Brian’s favorite ride at Disney ever (it’s NOT Space Mountain)…
 

Key Takeaways:

  • Brian’s art is inspired by travel posters, mission patches, and even NASA-based projects along with conversations he shares with Star Wars, Disney & aerospace fans that results in a multi-dimensional perspective reflected within his work.
  • “The story that compels [me] is that sense of exploration, that sense of what could be..what’s just beyond our grasp, and I’d like to think that other people are inspired by that as well.  I like to pay homage to Gemini, Apollo and the space shuttle missions that look back into the past, too. Many of the innovations we enjoy now were from those previous programs. If anything I do inspires anyone to go into the spaceflight or aviation field, that could be the best compliment that could ever be paid to my artwork.”

“My job as an illustrator is to fill in between the lines, which in Star Wars means to fill in the stories that happen between the stories we’ve already seen. The what-if’s. The things that happen off film. That’s what I enjoy dreaming up, and (I believe) we can all enjoy the shared secret.”

Brian Miller

SHOW NOTE BONUS LINKS!

Brian Miller’s Art can be found at Oktopolis.com

CASUAL SPACE LISTENERS can use the discount code BLASTOFF20 to save 20% off all Space Exploration artwork*.

*Thanks, Brian!

Learn About Disney’s Role in the Space Race: https://io9.gizmodo.com/how-walt-disney-helped-promote-the-space-race-to-americ-1834585175

About Brian Miller

Brian Miller is the creator behind Oktopolis. Best known for his pop culture propaganda artwork Brian currently illustrates artwork for Star Wars, Doctor Who, The X-Files, Rick & Morty, Archer, and GI Joe as well as other popular characters from comics, film, television, and video games. Brian’s illustrations can be found featured at major events like Star Wars Celebration, Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts, San Diego Comic-Con International, and Disney’s D23 Expo. Brian has also illustrated cover art for publishers like Disney, IDW, & Titan UK for graphic novels & comics.

Brian’s love of spacecraft has lead to the launch of his Space Exploration series of posters inspired by NASA and historic space missions. Brian’s fondness for adventure travel is reflected in his new International Parks Poster series where exotic destinations are reimagined in the style of vintage parks and travel posters.

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