"Star Wars Art: Concept" is a wonderful art book with hundreds of pieces of conceptual artwork. The artwork in the book is nothing short of spectacular. The level of detail in the paintings is outstanding, and fortunately most of the pieces are printed full-page so that they are large enough to appreciate.
When I think of the Star Wars franchise, one of the first things I think of is the excellent design work on display. We all know there are people who criticized the story, script, and acting at certain points in the saga -- but the one thing that is undeniable is that all six films are visual masterpieces. As an audience, we are transported to extraordinary planets with unique environments and architecture, and we get to see alien species and advanced technology. And it all starts with the concept art.
One of the fun things about the book is being able to see characters, creatures, and droids in their very early design stages. This includes R2-D2, C-3PO, Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Boba Fett, Padme, Tusken Raiders, and yes... even Jar Jar Binks. Those are just a few of the many familiar characters that you'll recognize. Of course, there are also plenty of locations, environments, as well as vehicles/starships. Some were ultimately used in the movies, while others were scrapped.
The artwork is presented mostly in chronological order, starting with early concept art for the original "Star Wars" film; it then continues through "Empire" and "Jedi", before moving onto the prequel trilogy. There is also artwork from other sources, such as the "Droids" and "Ewoks" TV shows. For gamers, you'll be glad to know that concept art is included from "The Force Unleashed" and various other Star Wars video games (including an upcoming untitled game).
Since the artwork spans several decades, there is every conceivable type of artwork included. Many of the early pieces are traditional paintings and acrylics, while the more recent ones are digital art. Other artists used pencil, marker, and sometimes crayon.
As a bonus, you get a foreword by Joe Johnston, a preface by Ryan Church, and an introduction from Doug Chiang... many Star Wars fans know that these are three individuals who greatly shaped the look of the films. At the back of the book is an interesting interview with Erik Tiemens, concept designer on "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith".
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*Republished with permission from MovieArtBook.com
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