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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!

 

Proto Fett

Craig Drake has created a masterpiece of geek art from the original Joe Johnston white Proto Fett concept which he’s currently exhibiting at the Hero Complex Gallery, including these blue variants.

He couldn’t miss out on doing the full Boba Fett as well, but what I’m really looking forward to is the surprises he’s going to launch on us at Star Wars Celebration at Anaheim, and if it’s going to be anything like what he’s shown already, were in for a geekologie treat.