The Art of The Force Awakens

We’ve just got our stunning first look at the cover of the new book, The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens— featuring the mysterious Kylo from the Knights of Ren in a digital painting by legendary Star Wars concept artist Doug Chiang.

I have such a fond love for the The Art of Star Wars books, ever since I got my ‘first edition’ of Star Wars by Carol Titelman back in 1979 with the stunning Pen & Ink drawings by Joe Johnston and Peter Ellenshaw’s exquisite matte painting (see below), this love continued with the Art of Empire and Jedi. I even own two from the prequels, which are packed with breathtaking digital visuals created by a team of world-class artist such as Doug Chiang‘s and the brilliant Erik Tiemens.

The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, looks like it will continue with this wonderful  tradition, it’s written by Phil Szostak, and will give us a rich portal into the gathering of artists and production designers who have brought J. J. Abrams’ vision to life, while the unused “blue sky” concept art offers glimpses into roads not traveled. We are told the book will be bursting with hundreds of beautiful works of art that include production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and the rich tradition of matte paintings…Bliss

…I can’t wait to get my hands on this 256-page tome!


Star Wars Stamps

Mail the Force be with You

Royal Mail is to issue a stunning set of 18 special stamps next month to celebrate Star Wars and the upcoming release of the new movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, these character stamps have been illustrated by British artist Malcolm Tween.  The Royal Mail said the stamps celebrate the British expertise behind the Star Wars films. Director of stamps and collectibles at Royal Mail, Andrew Hammond said: “We are excited to mark Britain’s contribution to the making of the Star Wars movies.”

Although these glorious new colourful Royal Mail stamps probably won’t get your post to a galaxy far, far away when they invade your local post office, they will indeed make a welcome souvenir to any Star Wars fan

Each stamp will feature a secondary character or scene created by Tween especially for the stamps.

Royal Mail's Star Wars The Force Awakens Stamp Collection - Star Wars Logo

I especially like the style of the ‘1st‘ value on each of the stamps which replicates the iconic font used for the films main logo

…what a lovely touch

Six further stamps explore the iconic vehicles and spaceships from the film series such as the Millennium Falcon plus X-wing and TIE fighter from the classic original trilogy and The Force Awakens

May the Parcel Force be with You