The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Phil Szostak, Rick Carter

As with previous “Art of” books for the Star Wars saga, this is something special.  Within is an archived treasure trove of costume sketches, concept designs, and environment paintings, assembled together for a single purpose: to bring The Force Awakens to life.  Regardless of what you think about the story, the visuals are top notch, and every shot had to be pre-visualized by the art team before it could be constructed, sculpted, sewn together, or digitized.

Star Wars has one of those unique places in film history where an overwhelming number of fans are just as eager to know about the details of production as they are the movie itself.  With this in mind, this book packs more of a punch than those for the original trilogy or for the prequels.  So far, perhaps only The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars can be compared to it in terms of detail and scale.

There are literally hundreds of drool-worthy reproduced artworks in this book.  Since I can’t sit here and describe them all, I’ll just have to show you a small selection.

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See what I mean?  Amazing.

5 stars

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