There is seemingly an endless supply of concept art from George Lucas’ Star Wars movies. This makes a certain amount sense. After all, there have been six movies, multiple TV shows, holiday specials, videogames, books, comics, and much more, so in over 30 years of churning out products from that galaxy far, far away, you’re going to generate an ungodly amount of sketches, paintings, and similar pieces. And if this latest batch of never before seen Star Wars concept art is any indication, we’re far from the end. Not to mention that with a slew of new films in the works, both another trilogy and a series of origin stories, the stream is likely to be endless. We might just down in it.
Io9 debuted these new pieces, which as implied above, have never been released for public consumption. These images come from a new book called Star Wars Art: Concept. All of the pictures were hand picked by Lucas himself, and, when taken together, they supposedly paint a narrative picture of the Star Wars universe from the origins to now.
As you would imagine, the contents include work from the original trilogy, as well as the less-beloved prequels. However, you’ll also get to gawk at pieces from the various TV shows and videogames. This last category includes a glimpse at Star Wars: 1313, the proposed game that was in the works for a long time, but was ultimately abandoned recently.
There really is a wide variety in this selection of pictures. They range from what appear to be quick pen and paper sketches that look like they’re intended to get a feel for the position and angles of a character, to ones that completely imagined frames. Some even look like fully realized oil paintings. You’ll recognize most of the classic names from the Star Wars canon that you expect to see, like Ralph McQuarrie, Joe Johnston, Doug Chiang, Ryan Church, Iain McCaig, and Erik Tiemens. On the other hand, you’ll also get acquainted with some newer additions to the family, those who’ve worked on the projects like The Clone Wars and the various videogame offerings. So the book should be educational as well as pretty to look at.
Star Wars Art: Concept hits stores in less than two weeks on October 15, but you can pre-order it now from Amazon and other outlets if you’re into such things. The book retails for $40, though Amazon currently has it for $24, which is one hell of a markdown. If you’re feeling frivolous, however, there is also a limited edition of 350 books that go for an even $400, but come with an extra 50 plus pages, and five signed giclee prints from contributing artists. And if that isn’t enough to get your blood pumping, one of these lucky big spenders will win four original sketches created just for this release. That is, admittedly, pretty cool