In 1995, I picked up my first boxed Shockwave.. I was a huge fan of the art, and was thrilled to have this boxed Decepticon as part of my collection! Back then though, I never thought I’d meet the original artist behind that art. I can say I have now, and it’s both an honor and a thrill, to spotlight this talented man and his product!
Tony’s a huge fan of Huffer, so he had to be near the top too!
A bit about the artist!
Mark Watts illustrated about 45 Boxes and Blister Packs for the Hasbro Transformers from 1981 onward.. He did the very 1st G1 Transformers Blister packs, that developed the look for the Transformer Toy Boxes! -Those boxes we so adore!- Would you like to own some of that art?! Well you can at www.tableartstudios.com and www.markwattsstudios.com
For you Retro Fans, you need to check out Mark’s Table-Art!
Mark’s art and designs shown below, along with his full bio!
Mark Watts Artist Bio: Mark attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Temple University, Tyler Campus in Philadelphia. He has been creating great works of art for the past 30 years. Now with two studios, one in the rolling hills of Bucks County Pennsylvania and one in Sunny South Florida. Mark has worked for clients such as Walt Disney, Budweiser, The Rolling Stones, Warner Brothers Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Tyco Toys, Crayola, William Morrow Publishing, and Avon Books – to name a few! Mark has produced many illustrations for popular toys such as the Hasbro Transformers kids toy boxes and the Tyco Toys Crash Dummies boxes. Some of his most recognizable book covers were made into movies: The Odessa File, Day of the Jackel, and The Dogs of War. He created the logo Illustration for the Clint Eastwood movie Pink Cadillac. Mark also has done many paintings for Budweiser that were produced on their Limited Edition Collector Car Steins. His work has been displayed in many shows around the country and also at the prestigious Society of Illustrators Club in New York City. Mark was a featured artist on the QVC Home Shopping television channel. He was invited to display his work for the past few years at the Antique Auto Museum Hershey Pa. – The event is Night At The Museum. Another exhibit, of his work “Reflections” at the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel, California in 2013, the Week of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Newest Show Press Release: BOCA RATON, FL (January 3, 2018) – The 12th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation on February 23-25, 2018 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club announces the featured artist Mark Watts during a tremendous weekend of events including Tim Allen as the Gala comedian headline entertainer. The Concours will feature an unforgettable performance by Allen, an actor, comedian, author and avid car collector at the Grand Gala Dinner, Auction & Show Sunday, February 25th sponsor, The Rick Case Automotive Group which will feature Jay Leno along with Tim Allen, the Gala headline entertainer as the celebrity judges.
Painting in oils, acrylics, and digital airbrush, Mark captures the essence of reflective surfaces such as cars and water. Some of his favorite subjects are classic cars, nostalgic scenes and surreal Images. Mark Watts Studios is now offering Fine Art Limited Edition Giclee prints on Canvas and new Fine Art Aluminum prints. These Aluminum high gloss prints are brighter and more luminous that an LCD display from a HD display screen.
Mark’s Facebook sites!
We’ll have some special announcements involving Mark and his art in the near future!
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