Paul Allan Ballard studied Painting and Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University including studies at Glasgow School of Art and the Corcoran College of Art & Design. His first professional illustration commissions were for role-playing games and collectible card game art. This led to working on comic book covers and licensing work with Lucasfilm on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Since then he has also worked with Topps Entertainment on a variety of properties, including NBC Heroes, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Star Wars Clone Wars, and Star Wars Masterpieces. His illustrations were featured in the Jedi Path book and the Sith Book. He also created the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back limited edition print "The Departure", which proved to be an instant sell out. As a guest artist at Star Wars Celebration Europe II his limited edition print "Padme Ver Sacrum" combined Jugendstil art with Star Wars .  Starting 2020, Paul will be hosting a video show on the cultural origins of genre fiction and pop culture.