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 and commissions of scenes from classic films. Even George Lucas has added them to his collection! Don't miss our exclusive selection, which includes characters like Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, Yoda, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2-D2 and Han Solo. To find out more about commissions, contact us

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 canvasses.

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.

Horror fans will love Robert's selection of spine-tingling drawings from classic films like A Nightmare on Elm StreetAn American Werewolf in London and Phantom of the Opera, while movie buffs will recognise scenes from more cult classics. He has also created a range of artworks inspired by the TV shows Star Trek and The Incredible Hulk, which have been signed by the actors William Shatner and Lou Ferrigno.

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.” 

Shop Robert's latest original pencil sketches here

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Inside the world of Robert Bailey

Robert uses a method called hatching, whereby his closely-drawn parallel lines imply shade, tone and texture. Known as hachure in French, it may look messy but 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.

If you like reading about our artists' studios, don't miss our regular Studio Sessions feature in Fine Art Collector magazine. Catch up on previous issues here.

From the blog

Original Art of the Month

Journey into space, the final frontier, with this selection of otherworldly Robert Bailey drawings hand-signed by world-famous actor/singer/real-life astronaut William Shatner!

5 reasons why you need these Robert Bailey Star Wars sketches

Collected by celebrities including Harrison Ford, John Travolta and Tom Cruise, Robert's incredibly detailed original pencil drawings are the perfect addition to any Star Wars fan's collection.

Magazines and brochures

Fine Art Collector | 2020

Showcasing the very best of our artworks, along with behind-the-scenes updates and interviews, the new issue of our Fine Art Collector magazine is a must-read!

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