One of the most cunning and ruthless warrior in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe. From his introduction in the best-selling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command and beyond. Grand Admiral Thrawn has earned an iconic status among the greatest Star Wars villains. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red.eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power-and infamy.
But this isn’t a review of Timothy Zahn’s ambitious book, but the creative work that went on behind the scenes creating the iconic artwork of the book by Two Dots, a creative studio dedicated to the entertainment industry, and their client…LucasFilm.
This blocking-in technique they use below is so reminiscent of the Star Wars concept artist veteran Ryan Church.
You can’t beat a lovely bit of simplicity with art, and Portuguese artist Filipe de Carvalho who previously did some flat icons of Star Wars characters, and in anticipation of The Force Awakens has updated his collection to include characters that will be seen in the new movie.
The series, aptly titled ‘Star Wars: The Flat Awakens’, and features characters like Kylo Ren, Maz Kanata, Snowtrooper, and the ever popular BB-8 droid.
They are all illustrated in Carvalho’s lovely flat icon style, using simple shapes and vibrant colors to depict the characters which are juxtaposed against a brightly colored background, resulting in bold, beautiful icons.
All the artwork is copyright Filipe de Carvalho and is a available to buy here.
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!
Patrick Concepcion has created this minimalistic Star Wars alphabet poster, made up of 26 silhouettes of characters, vehicles, and weapons from that galaxy far, far away.
See how many you can name… I got stuck on just one…Z
If you get stuck you can always click and enlarge it and refer to the key at the bottom.