Max Max: Fury Road is an incredible visual spectacle, in which a beautiful landscape and some incredibly insane vehicles collide in a fireball of pure brilliance. But before it was a work of art, this movie was a collection of eye-popping drawings and paintings. Check out an exclusive look at the concept art of Fury Road.

Top image: Concept art of the Citadel.

In fact, there was no “screenplay” for Mad Max: Fury Road — just storyboards, and tons of concept art. Comics artist Brendan McCarthy gets a co-writing credit on the film, and the narrative took shape as much through art as anything else. We’re stoked to present a selection of concept art from the film, from the new book The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road, which comes out tomorrow from Titan Books.

Some of this artwork stretches back to the late 1990s and early 2000s, showing just how long George Miller was trying to get this film off the ground.

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Concept art of the Citadel.

Character art of Furiosa

Character art of Furiosa

Character art of Furiosa

Comic-book style art pieces from the late 90s and early 00s

Comic-book style art pieces from the late 90s and early 00s

Concept art of the “Buzzards” and their vehicles

Concept art of the “Buzzards” and their vehicles

Comic-book style art pieces from the late 90s and early 00s (Previously published)


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