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Robert Bailey

Born: Stoke-on-Trent
Lives and works: Alberta, Canada
Education: Longton College of Art
“Only by practice can the dexterity of fine pencil work be kept up.”

Pencil artist Robert delights fans across the globe with his amazingly detailed Star Wars sketches. Even George Lucas has added them to his collection!

Inspiration

Raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Robert moved to Canada at the age of 17 to become a photographer. After a varied career that included stints as a photo lab technician, advertising layout artist and journalist, he became a medical photographer. During this time, he published lithographs of World War II canvases.

His work was noticed by Star Wars creator George Lucas, who invited Robert to work on Star Wars Visions – which saw 30 artists create their own interpretations of characters and scenes. George bought many of his prints for both himself and cast and crew members.

As a licensed Marvel artist, he has depicted iconic Spider-Man and Avengers scenes. Collectors of his Star Wars pieces include Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Tom Cruise and the late Carrie Fisher. Robert adds: “Only by practice can the dexterity of fine pencil work be kept up.”

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Inside the world of Robert Bailey

Robert uses a method called hatching, whereby he shades with closely-drawn parallel lines to imply shade, tone and texture. Known as hachure in French, the technique involves shading with closely-drawn parallel lines to imply shade, tone or texture. Whilst it may look messy, it’s a very controlled technique: the distance between the hatching marks determine how light or dark that area appears. 

Notable adopters of hatching include Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Michelangelo and Edgar Degas.

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