FIDM Graphic Design Grads’ Stormtrooper Art Featured in the “Legion” Star Wars Exhibition this Weekend

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus, Danny Osterman.

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus, Danny Osterman, currently a graphic designer at NEFF headgear

Celebrate “Star Wars” Day in  Los Angeles this weekend at the “Legion”  exhibition featuring artists’ unique interpretation of Stormtrooper helmets, including works by FIDM Graphic Design Alumni Eric Acasio and Danny Osterman.

Lucasfilm invited designers from Disney Consumer Products, where Acasio is currently a graphic designer, along with designers from snowboarder/skater headgear manufacturer NEFF, where Osterman is a graphic designer, and other guest artists to participate.

“Artists have sliced, melted, warped, ossified, pickled and otherwise completely re-imagined the classic trooper bucket,” describers Mashable writer Chris Taylor about the exhibition, which runs from Friday, May 2, to Sunday, May 4, at the Robert Vargas gallery in Los Angeles.

Osterman tells FIDMDigitalArts.com that his participation in Legion– the launch of which coincides with J.J. Abrams’ seventh “Star Wars” film cast announcement – has been like fulfilling a childhood dream for him.

“It feels amazing,” says Osterman who mentioned that the “Star Wars” films were part of his childhood. “Having your artwork seen is so hard now with social media platforms being so saturated. Being able to get that extra push from NEFF is exactly what I needed to be on a main stage and I couldn’t be happier. I’m hoping it will open the doors to new opportunities in the art world.”

He adds, “I learned so much and owe so much to FIDM and the faculty. It helped mold me to be what I am today.”

Osterman’s classmate Acasio, who was serendipitously invited for the same design opportunity, was equally thrilled.

“I’ve been a big fan of Star Wars ever since I was a kid. Every wrapping paper tube was a ‘light saber’ and I used to recreate the Death Star trench scenes when I kid,” says Acasio, adding:

“I’ve never had work on display at this type of scale before. There are so many talented creatives in this show so it’s a little intimidating, I’m just glad to be a part of it,” says Acasio. “I never have really worked on toys/sculptures before and it really is an awesome feeling taking on another medium, but I did get to incorporate some graphic design into it, too. Also knowing that one of my FIDM classmates in this show too… how awesome is that?”

See a sample of Legion’s Stormtrooper art below:

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by Disney Publishing digital design manager Kim Porter. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by Kim Porter. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Blank Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet used by the Legion artists. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Blank Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet used by the Legion artists. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by design manager at Disney consumer products Brian Godlewski. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by Brian Godlewski. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by Disney animator Rick Kess. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by Rick Kess. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by Alex Riegert-Waters. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by Disney designer Alex Riegert-Waters. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by global creative director for Disney Dan Owen. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by Dan Owen. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by director of design at the Disney book group Scott Piehl. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by Scott Piehl. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by Disney character artist Jeff Shelly. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

Star Wars Stormtrooper interpretive art by Jeff Shelly. Image courtesy of Mashable.com

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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