While in college I was a charicature artist, so understandably I am a sucker for stylized cartoons. So when I stumbled upon Katie Cook's stylization of classic Star Wars characters, I was instantly hooked. She makes the most vile and retched creatures of the galaxy so damn cute and cuddly that you can't help yourself from saying AWWWW! She really hit home with this site when she immortalized the famous cut wampa scene in the drawing above for a Topps Star Wars Galaxy 5 sketch card.
Katie has done work with Marvel, Lord of the Rings, DC, The Muppets and has her own web comic Gronk. Katie also has her "Daddy's Little Girl" Leia and Darth shirt available at the new HerUniverse.com, Ashley Eckstein's (Ahsoka Tano) Star Wars clothing line for girls. She will also have 200 prints of her Acme Star Wars print available at Celebration but if you are unable to make it, she said they will be available on StarWars.com. Katie along with Bonnie Burton also just finished up a panel at San Diego Comic Con to teach kids how to draw Star Wars.
"I'm a huge fan of the creatures of Star Wars and the Wampa is right at the top of my list of favorite SW critters. In a deleted scene from Empire, Han wants to take a shortcut through a room in Empire and Leia tells him 'that's where they keep those creatures'. C-3P0 does something totally out of character and takes the warning sign down, hoping to trick the troopers into going in there. I've ALWAYS wanted to see the scene where the stormtroopers are being attacked by the wampas trapped in this room. I imagine it to be a furry, frantic battle where, of course, the wampas win."
Check out more about Katie Cook @ KatieCanDraw.com