You've seen a ton of Star Wars concept art before — but this galaxy still contains endless marvels that your eyes have not beheld. A brand new book called Star Wars Art: Concept features loads of artwork, selected by George Lucas himself, that tells the story of Star Wars from the beginning up to now. We've got some exclusive glimpses.
Top image: "Rebel Troopers" by Richard Lim, Concept art for Star Wars: First Assault, proposed video game.
Star Wars Art: Concept is a glorious coffee-table book that's chock full of great artwork by many of the masters who've worked on the film, from Ralph McQuarrie on down. Here's the official description:
As curated by George Lucas, the artwork that helped bring the StarWars Saga to life is revealed, featuring pre-production drawings and paintings from the Original Trilogy, the Prequel Trilogy, the TV shows, and the video games, including an exclusive preview of artwork from action-adventure proposed video game 1313.
The regular edition of the book sells for $40 — but there is a limited edition of just 350 copies going for $400 each, which feature an additional 50+ pages of concept art and five hand-signed giclee prints by the contributors. Also, one lucky buyer of the limited edition will get a "golden ticket," in the form of four original sketches created for the volume by artists Ian McCaig, Erik Tiemens, Ryan Church, and Doug Chiang. Scroll down for a peek at Chiang's sketch!
Check out some exclusive images from the book below, including one droid like you've never seen before! First, here's the full version of the above image, that you can click to expand:
Coruscant underworld police
Concept art for Star Wars: 1313
Proposed video game
Betty droid, reclining
Acrylic on illustration board
Nelvana Studio staff artist
R2-D2 and C-3P0 lay low in an urban hub
Concept art for Droids animated series
Pen, Ink, and Marker on Paper
Armed stormtroopers on the floating prison planet Alderaan
Concept art for A New Hope
Acrylic and gouache and colored pencil on illustration board
And here's Doug Chiang's "golden ticket" sketch that one lucky buyer of the limited edition will get to own: