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OK... enough of life's sad losses. Let's take a look at those who are still with us and inspire anew each day! Caesar102 ( ) , known to legal documents as Michael Vilardi, is an old friend and illustrator whose work constantly raises the bar for me… like a mean old bully who took my lunch and keeps it just outside of reach  :) Mike's always had mad drawing skills and began to seriously pursue it by attending the Rhode Island School of Design… but life gave him a wedgie and the plan changed. But there's no putting a damper on skills like his.

"Make A Move" by caesar120 Feral Attack! by caesar120 Dragon's Breath: Color Test by caesar120

I met Mike sometime in the 80's (insert wholly fabricated war story, here). When I became art director at Digest Group Publications I opened the door for him there where he produced some great art and proved himself to be the definitive artist for the Aslan alien race. I pulled Mike with me over to do work for West End Games on Paranoia and ultimately the Star Wars RPG.

"Aslan Attack" by caesar120 MegaTraveller: Arrival Vengeance by caesar120 'Tactical Error' by caesar120

Mike's Star Wars work left the rest of us in the dust. The opportunity to work on that license seemed to make his already considerable illustrative fires burn even brighter. We were there as the doors began to open on The Expanded Universe, allowing both of us to leave out fingerprints on the visual look of some key characters and hardware. Mike was one of the first artists to bring Mara Jade's image to life.

"Hold On Tight" by caesar120 "Cantina" by caesar120 "Blindside" by caesar120

These days Mike's ( ) still doing some sporadic gaming work, as well as taking on private commissions. And his work still embodies all those elements that make space operatic SF so much fun to dive into.
  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: Bagel Radio
  • Reading: Biocentrism by Robert Lanza
  • Watching: Arrow
  • Drinking: To lost friends and family


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I am a child of the Space Age and a largely self-taught artist.... but the best way to learn is by doing, and I've been at it since I could lift a pencil. Throw in a lifelong passion for astronomy, sci-fi, and scale modeling, and there you have it - the ingredients for Caswell Stew. Though my educational background is in hard science, my professional career has been a meandering path through many graphics/creative roles (illustrator, writer, editor, computer game design, photography, web design, etc, etc...). For the time being I've settled on "digital print maker".

I live in a beautiful corner of the US Northeast with my wife, two hamsters, and a constantly changing cast of wildlife in the yard. My favorite color is 045FB4.

Are you watching the new COSMOS TV series? 

30 deviants said Yes, every epsiode
22 deviants said It's not being shown where I live
9 deviants said I've caught one or two episodes
9 deviants said I don't care to watch it


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MrWonderWorks 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Hey Arcas-Art Can You Do The Revamped Version Of StingRay, The TerraHawks, FireBall XL5, SuperCar, & The ThunderBirds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6?
Arcas-Art 9 hours ago  Professional General Artist
HA! I wish I could :)
MrWonderWorks 9 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Your artwork, especially your Star Trek work, is beautiful. I've been seeing it on Tumblr and it's simply breathtaking. 
Arcas-Art Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I guess it's making the rounds?
KristinF Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Okay... found you! ;)
Arcas-Art Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
HA! Indeedy-doo you did! :D
KristinF Mar 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Woo-hoo! I am a dummy! 
Thanks a lot rob, nice to hear from you.
Hot jets! 
riftroamer Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for watching my stuff, Rob :-)
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