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Rafael Kayanan

Rafael Kayanan

Sketch Card Credits

Star Wars: Clone Wars (Topps, 2004)
Star Wars: Heritage (Topps, 2004)
Lord of the Rings: Evolution (Topps, 2006)
Lord of the Rings: Masterpieces* (Topps, 2006)
Star Wars 30th Anniversary (Topps, 2007)

* Fans have treasured Rafael Kayanan's sketch cards from sets like Star Wars: Clone Wars, Star Wars: Heritage, and Lord of the Rings: Evolution. But Kayanan's most coveted cards are his "Original 1/1 Art" cards from Lord of the Rings: Masterpieces where his original art reproduced for the set's "Etched-Foil Puzzle" cards where randomly inserted as six (6) special sketch cards.


Since 1983, Rafael Kayanan has illustrated comic books for every major comic publisher. His most notable work has been on Marvel Comics' Conan, Acclaim Comics' Turok and DC Comics' Firestorm. He also inked the Eisner-nominated series Chiaroscuro: The Life and Times of Leonardo Da Vinci for Vertigo Comics. Other comics he has worked on include Spider-Man, Star Wars, John Rambo, Magic: The Gathering, Turok, Firestorm and Batman. His most recent work was on Conan for Dark Horse Comics.

During the late 1990s, he was the creator and art director for Cross Plains Comics featuring the Pulp Magazine characters created by Robert E. Howard. Kayanan also developed concept designs for Nintendo's hugely popular Turok: Dinosaur Hunter II video game.

Kayanan is also an instructor in Sayoc Kali and a master-level edged weapons expert. This rare combination of a visual and martial artist, has led to projects which utilize both skills to illustrate fight storyboards for a film. Kayanan choreographed and trained the actors, in William Friedkin's The Hunted, starring Benicio Del Toro and Tommy Lee Jones. He also trained actor Sam Rockwell for director George Clooney's film, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Most recently, Kayanan was a development artist, fight trainer and weapons consultant for Paramount Pictures adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter of Mars.

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