Darth Vader Waterball Concept - Concept art for a 45mm Darth Vader waterball. This particular design was chosen by the managers at LucasFilm and completely developed to a finished retail piece. Art is mixed media: Prismacolor Marker, graphite, ink and acrylic paint.
Yoda Waterball Concept 1 - Concept art for Yoda - Dagobah waterball. This design was selected by the managers at LucasFilm to be produced for retail sale. Art is ink and graphite on paper.
Yoda Waterball Concept 2 - Alternative concept design for Yoda waterball. This design was not selected for production. Art is ink and graphite on paper.
R2-D2 and C-3PO Waterball Concept 1 - Concept art for R2-D2 and C-3PO Tatooine 45mm waterball. This design was selected by the managers at LucasFilm for production. Art is ink and graphite on paper.
R2-D2 and C-3PO Waterball Concept 2 - Alternative concept design for R2-D2 and C-3PO 45mm waterball. This particular design was not selected for production. Art is ink and graphite on paper.
Star Wars Coruscant Waterball 1 - Clay sculpt for a large Star Wars collectible waterball. This particular sculpt was intense. The little buildings drove me crazy but I had a lot of fun working on it. The people at LucasFilm are very protective of their intellectual property. Like most prominent licensors, they want to make sure the integrity of their products is maintained. This was definitely a challenge. But in the end they were quite happy with the results.
Star Wars Coruscant Waterball 2 - Another view of the Coruscant waterball. Sculpting material is automotive-grade oil-based sculpting clay.
Star Wars Coruscant Waterball 3 - Additional view of all the tiny details on the buildings.
Wyland Dolphin Figurine - Side View. Pencil on paper.
Wyland Turtle Figurine - Front view. Pencil on paper.
Side view of Wyland Turtle figurine - pencil on paper.
Harley Davidson Metal and Ceramic Stein Concept - Pencil on Paper
Harley Davidson Sculpted Collector's Shotglass - Pencil on Paper
Harley Davidson Sculpted Collector's Plate - Pencil on Paper
John Deere Metal and Ceramic Stein Concept - Pencil on Paper
John Deere Metal and Ceramic Stein Concept Art - Pencil on Paper
Petco - Inaugural Petco Park Commemorative Water Ball - Color Pencil and Ink on Paper.
Petco - Inaugural Petco Park Commemorative Ornament Waterball - Color Pencil and Ink on paper.
Product Design-Licensed

Concept art for licensed products including: LucasFilm, Warner Bros. Studios, Harley Davidson, John Deere, Wyland, Thomas Kinkade.

Nicholas Mikesell
Product Designer & Illustrator Dallas, TX