The Paintings of Star Wars Matte Painter Frank Ordaz

By Omar Kardoudi on at

Frank Ordaz worked with George Lucas in The Return of the Jedi—among other films—making some of its awesome background matte paintings. When he left the film industry he combined his freelance work with some personal projects involving oil painting. This is a selection of his latest work:

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

Here are some pictures of Frank working on matte paintings and models for Star Wars:

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

The paintings of Star Wars matte painter Frank Ordaz

Frank Ordaz did background matte paintings for specialised movie production effects and worked on films like "ET", "The Wrath of Khan", "Return of the Jedi" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". Leaving movie work, and self-employed, his award-winning paintings and illustrations have been used in a line of Christian books, professional sports posters, speciality greeting cards and even a line of jigsaws.

You can follow Frank's work on Facebook, his personal website and on his blog.


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