n the early 90’s, Busch began his career in Hollywood, working in every aspect of the movie business, from concept design and storyboards to poster design and advertising. Simultaneously, he began illustrating books, magazines, posters, comics, trading cards and toys for notable pop culture properties, including LORD OF THE RINGS, INDIANA JONES, THE CROW, HEROES, G.I. JOE, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, The HULK, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, RESERVOIR DOGS, BRUCE LEE, WITCHBLADE, ROBOCOP, The MUMMY, STARGATE SG-1, and STAR TREK.
Mostly known for his work with the STAR WARS universe, Busch has worked closely with Lucasfilm, having written and illustrated dozens of STAR WARS books and magazines. He created the cover of TALES FROM THE EMPIRE, which became a New York Times Bestseller. Busch has also been involved with creating artwork for advertising, marketing, and licensed products for all three STAR WARS prequels. During the 30th Anniversary of the saga, Busch produced 7 different STAR WARS posters that year alone!
Busch also provided nearly 400 drawings and paintings for the critically acclaimed YOU CAN DRAW STAR WARS book from DK Publishing. Busch has also extended his own unique drawing and painting tutorials to video, with episodes at StarWars.com. These episodes also topped the charts on various social networks, with several videos going straight to Number One. Further, the first two exciting (and hilarious) seasons of episodes have been collected on DVD!
A closet musician himself, Busch has also enjoyed producing art for major musical artists like ALICE COOPER, BEASTIE BOYS, BECK, BLACK SABBATH, CINDERELLA, FOO FIGHTERS, GARBAGE, KID ROCK, L.L. COOL J, BILLY JOEL, MEGADETH, MOTLEY CRUE, TED NUGENT, OZZY OSBOURNE, POISON, and JESSICA SIMPSON.
The first hardcover collection of his work, “FANTASTIC VISIONS: The Art of Matt Busch” was Published by Avatar Press, which included an Introduction by POISON’s Rikki Rockett. SQP Publishing released a follow-up hardcover collection titled “PUCKER: The Seductive Art of Matt Busch” which featured an Introduction by SYSTEM OF A DOWN’s John Dolmayan. Hermes Press later published the quintessential collection, titled “THE WORLDS OF MATT BUSCH.” Recently, Busch’s own Planetmatt Entertainment released an oversized collection titled “MATT BUSCH’S SKETCHBOOK” which features nearly 500 concept drawings, comprehensive sketches, and imaginative doodles.
In 2006, Busch released his first independent movie, CONJURE, a film he wrote, directed, starred in, and even composed music for. Financing the entire movie himself, the unique film was met with critical acclaim and shattered records- becoming “The Highest PreSelling Movie of All Time” according to HorrorMovies.com.
Busch has simultaneously found success as a writer, having written numerous books and magazine articles on art techniques. He has also written and illustrated creator-owned comic books and graphic novels, including ALIZARIN’S JOURNAL, DARIA JONTAK, and CRISIS. Busch has penned several screenplays, including one that is currently in development with Producer Don Murphy (TRANSFORMERS, APT PUPIL).
One of Busch’s most recent endeavors has been HOLLYWOOD IS DEAD, a massive project where the artist painstakingly recreates classic movie posters before giving them a zombified treatment. Classics like Star Wars (Zombie Wars), Back to the Future (Bleak is the Future) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Breakfast is Tiffany) have gained the attention of such TV show’s as G4’s Attack of the Show and Late Light with Jimmy Fallon.
Ever expanding into new media, Busch is also in the midst of developing apps and games for post-PC devices. The first release is INTERACTIVE SKETCHBOOK, a drawing tutorial app for the iPad, which he co-developed with Digital Wave Creative, LLC.
Busch now resides in a multiple-facility home set up in Macomb Township, Michigan, complete with an art studio, digital editing suite, recording studio, product warehouse, and even a mini movie theater. Here, Busch continues to work on many ‘Hollywood’ projects via Internet and Fed Ex. However, Busch also spends a great deal of time on the road, and his most recent documentary collecting his travel adventures from around the world, ILLUSTRATION NATION, has just been released on DVD.