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Star Wars Art Books

Star Wars art books will transport you to a galaxy far, far away from the comfort of your own home.

By Futurism StaffPublished 8 years ago 3 min read

In a galaxy far from earth, a franchise was born. Star Wars was the catalyst for a systemic shift in brand marketing. But beyond R2D2 phones, Sith video games, and animated Clone Wars, Star Wars represented a significant evolution in sci-fi art. Star Wars was so visually stunning and inspirational that a generation of artists created an entire sub genre of science fiction art from it. Over four decades of direct and derivative-based pieces have been used to create an art universe as complex, as it is vast. These Star Wars art books are a must have for any serious fan and collector.

The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens delves inside the Lucasfilm art department to explore the creation of fantastical worlds, unforgettable characters, and unimaginable creatures. Walking readers through the film's production, from the gathering of artists and production designers, through production, to the conclusion of post-production, the book contains exclusive interviews with the creative team. The volume also contains unused concept art, offering readers a look at the roads not traveled in this film.

Star Wars has enjoyed nearly four decades of poster art, most of which was created by the most renowned artists working in movies. From Tom Jung's iconic one-sheet for Episode IV to Roger Kastel’s Gone with the Wind–inspired painting for Episode V, the poster art of Star Wars is perhaps the best-known art in the franchise. Star Wars Art: Posters is hand-curated by George Lucas himself, featuring artwork from all six Star Wars films, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television series, and limited-edition prints.

Lucasfilm opened its archives and presented the complete storyboards for the original Star Wars trilogy in Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy. The book also contains never-before-published art from early conceptual and deleted scenes. Including storyboards by artist Joe Johnston, early boards for Episode IV by Alex Tavoularis, boards for Episode V by Ivor Beddoes, rarely seen Episode VI boards by Roy Carnon, and Ralph McQuarrie’s never-before-seen storyboards for Episode V, the book presents the visual inspiration behinds some of film's best-known moments.

Star Wars Art: Illustration captures the art created for the Star Wars industry born in 1978, which included books, trading cards, magazines, video games, and merchandise. Hand curated by George Lucas, this book features previously unpublished, rarely seen, and fan-favorite art from a wide variety of artists.

Star Wars Art: Concept collects the very best of Star Wars concept art, from the well-known artists of the original trilogies to the next generation of animation and video-game artists. Including pre-production drawings and paintings from the Original Trilogy, the Prequel Trilogy, the TV shows, and the video games, George Lucas curated this collection, which spans from 1975 to the present.

The sturdy paperback of Star Wars Art: A Poster Collection houses 20 removable prints of artwork from the George Lucas-curated Star Wars Art series. The selections include 16 pieces from Visions, Comics, Illustration, Concept, and Posters and four pieces newly commissioned specifically for this book. The large-format, crease-free prints are easy to frame and perfect for any fan of Star Wars art.

In Star Wars Art: Visions, Lucas invited over 100 well-known artists to use the Star Wars galaxy for inspiration. These artworks are collected in this volume, which includes works from artists such as Amano, Allan R. Banks, Harley Brown, Gary Carter, James Christensen, H. R. Giger, Daniel Greene, Ron Kleeman, Arantzazu Martinez, and many, many more.

J.W. Rinzler's unprecedented access to the Lucasfilm archives has brought us The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, a volume full of informative, vastly entertaining, and often unexpected stories, anecdotes, recollections, and revelations. Including previously unpublished photos, production artwork, script excerpts, exclusive intel, vintage on-set interviews, and present-day commentary, this volume chronicles "how George Lucas and his crew of extroverted artists, misfits, and expert craftspeople roused themselves to great heights for a third time."

J. W. Rinzler makes use of his unlimited access to the Lucasfilm archives again, presenting its hidden treasures of previously unpublished interviews, photos, artwork, and production mementos in The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The volume contains details on the evolution of the script as conceived, written, and rewritten by George Lucas, famed science-fiction author Leigh Brackett, and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan.

Star Wars scholar J. W. Rinzler takes readers on a journey back in time to provide a behind-the-scenes look at George Lucas's quest to make the greatest space epic ever seen. For the first time, The Making of Star Wars reveals the evolution of the now-classic story and characters.

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