When you think of Star Wars fans, what’s the first thing you think of? For me, it’s just how creative the fans are. There’s leagues of fans who create movie accurate costumes. They build R2D2 replicas that are fully functioning. They create beautiful works of art to express their love of the series. Quatro Knows has released series of books that feed into that creativity. From model kits to cross stitching, these books hone the skills of the artists and help out the less creative types – like me!

Two of their biggest series of instructional books are the Master Models and the Learn to Draw. The master models focus on creating paper models, some depicting characters like R2D2 and Darth Vader. The learn to draw series features more of the galaxy, covering characters and ships. We were able to look at two of the more unique releases. We have the Master Models Star Wars Scenes kit that includes 3 movie scenes to recreate. And the How to Draw Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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When you get a Master Models set, you may assume that it just includes a step by step instruction on how to put the model together. But this set goes the extra mile. They talk about the events happening in the scene, how they filmed the scene for the movie and then an instruction guide. It’s a surprising and welcome little bonus. The iconic scenes they chose are from each trilogy of films starting with the prequels. They recommend these sets for ages 14 and up. It’s a very time consuming project that deals with small pieces, so anyone younger than 14 should be supervised. To build all three, they estimate it will take 15-20 hours. Seems like a lot but then you have them to display forever! They’re great for older fans and those who appreciate paper models. Definitely check it out!

Since 1977, when the world was first introduced to the Star Wars, audiences have been swept away by the onscreen wizardry that has so vividly brought to life the struggle between the dark and light sides of the Force. Now, learn the secrets behind the effects and innovations that made three action-packed scenes possible: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader’s duel on the smoldering mining planet of Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith; the trench run on the Death Star in A New Hope; and Kylo Ren and Rey’s lightsaber fight in the forest of Starkiller Base in The Force Awakens.

Recreate these iconic scenes in papercraft dioramas, including one with LED lighting! Follow the easy, step-by-step instructions to turn the included punch-out pieces into your own keepsake replicas.

You can buy it here at Quatro Knows.

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Right off the bat I’m going to say that I can’t draw. The best drawing I have ever done was an old man stick figure, so needless to say, I’m pretty useless with a pencil. But with the How to Draw set, they break down what you need to do to draw some of your favorite characters, droids and ships. What I really wanted to do was learn how to draw BB-8. And with the step by step instruction, it turns out – I still can’t draw. This set seems to be for the more advanced artists. Since I don’t have artist tools like a compass for drawing circles, it was difficult for me to get the perfect round body for the droid love of my life. It’s worth mentioning that this set is specifically for graphite pencils. While you should be able to draw it with anything you want, the instructions require some erasing so you need to keep that in mind. But the art that’s included is beautiful and fans interested in art should definitely give this one a look.

Learn to Draw Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings modern Star Wars iconography to life in stunning graphite pencil, transforming memorable characters including Rey, Poe Dameron, BB-8, and Kylo Ren (along with Leia, Han Solo, and R2-D2) into detailed, realistic portraits. 

Lucasfilm collaborator and professional artist Russell Walks guides artists step by step and provides insightful notes, drawing tips, and memorable moments for each character from the film. This book allows readers to develop and strengthen their drawing skills, while experiencing this legendary series in a whole new light.

You can buy it here at Quatro Knows.

 

Overall, I found that I’m still terrible at anything artistic. But they were still fun to play with and can be used as hours of entertainment for artistic fans. I would even go as far to say that the Learn to Draw books should be in every Star Wars artists home. I can’t get enough of the detail in the art! Be sure to check out their other Star Wars sets on their website.

Erin Lynch