Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi (30th Anniversary)
Perth 2018Sydney 2018
Mark looks forward to meeting all his fans in Sydney and Perth in June 2018.
Mark will give a Q&A panel each weekend, and sign autographs on Friday in Sydney, and throughout Saturday and Sunday in both cities.
Further information on Mark’s panels will be listed in our Event Programme, released closer to the convention.
Born in the late 1950s, Mark Raats was attracted to art at a young age, practicing his drawing skills by copying Hal Foster’s weekly comic strip – Prince Valiant. On completing his education, Raats was keen to pursue a career with Disney animation and in the very early 80s he was attracted to the fledgling computer graphics industry – completing his first computer animated short film in December 1985.
The field of animation continued to play an important role in his creative career but in 2000 he was reintroduced to traditional art when he was asked to do a coloured pencil portrait of President Nelson Mandela – for the Nelson Mandela Children’s fund.
Mark Raats’ first official project for Lucasfilm and its licensees was done a little more than 25 years ago and in the time since, he has worked on Lucasfilm projects for clients such as Hasbro and Topps. He was contracted to create a teaser theatre poster for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, went on to do a 30th Anniversary poster for Return of the Jedi and he also created the official movie theatre poster for the IMAX and Blu-ray release of Raiders of the Lost Ark – amongst others.
For his private collection, George Lucas has purchased most of the original art Raats has created for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises and most recently, Mr Lucas acquired the poster illustration created for an upcoming documentary on the life and legacy of Star Wars design legend, Ralph McQuarrie.
Mark Raats works from his studio in Perth, Western Australia and the medium of choice for all his illustrations is: marker pen, gouache paint and coloured and graphite pencils. Due to time constraints, he only works on a select number of illustrations for his clients in any given year. Mark’s most recent work includes two privately commissioned illustrations for MARVEL legend, Stan Lee and an official bespoke poster illustration for Lucasfilm/Disney’s SOLO – A Star Wars Story.