Star Wars Kids Alphabet: Interview With Artists, Brandon and Emma
If you are searching for a unique way to teach younglings the ways of the alphabet, then look no further because we have a nerdtastic treat for you!
I admittedly only recently discovered these illustrations, much later than others in internet years, through a bilingual French site, Geek-Art.net; a wonderful blog managed by Thomas Olivri, where I notably fawned over the mutual adoration of Star Wars. In Thomas’ original post, he provided a link to the source of the alphabet illustrations which lead me to a cantina where I happened to meet up with the two bounty hunters artists.
Husband and wife, Brandon and Emma Peat, are in their mid-twenties and met while attending the graphic design program at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. “I’m sure that having like-minded artistic brains was a major factor in how and why we got together”, Brandon says. They started dating shortly after he graduated in 2007 where they were married 2 years later.
Tycho was something of a surprise for us, and like many first-time parents, we were a little intimidated.
Do or do not; there is no try.
Their first-born son may have been a surprise, but they planned on using The Force (or artistic talent) for the greater good. When Emma was about 4 months pregnant, they began Project Ackbar. The original concept was intended to be wall art for Tycho’s room, but according to Brandon, “It was a way for both of us artists to wrap our heads around the idea of parenthood.” Emma picked Star Wars as the subject matter, which Brandon happily agreed to.
“The project was slow going at first, and there were definitely some, ah, creative differences in the early stages before we locked in on the overall aesthetic.” They eventually finished in less than 3 months.
Tycho is now 15 months old and “a real handful”, says Brandon. “He loves dinosaurs, books, and going on ‘adventures’ (trips to exotic locales such as the store or library).”