Friday, January 15, 2016
ReaditDaddy's Book of the Week - Week Ending 15th January 2016 - "The Art of Star Wars - The Force Awakens" by Phil Szostak, with foreword by Rick Carter (Abrams)
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: Abrams Publishing, Book of the Week 2016, Phil Szostak, Rick Carter, The Art of Star Wars - The Force Awakens
I'd originally put this book on my list to Santa, but Santa didn't deliver. Thankfully the magic of christmas money meant I could go and grab a copy myself and what a book it is!
If you're worrying about spoilers, don't - I know there may be a few of you out there who haven't seen it yet and are somehow managing to dodge that particular bullet on the internet (you must be living in a cave somewhere with no wifi!) However it's fair to warn you that "The Art of Star Wars - The Force Awakens" contains quite a lot of character and concept art that may ruin things for you if you look a bit too closely.
That said, this is the absolute NADIR of source material for budding artists who just happen to be complete Star Wars geeks. Having seen the movie (and loving the art direction, characters and effects a lot more than I loved the plot - I'll leave it at that), it's incredible to see how the tiniest grains of ideas once the new movies were announced were fleshed out into designs that made it into the final film.
|Gloriously illustrated spreads peppered with fantastic artist anecdotes make this book utterly essential for SW geeks or just art book lovers!|
|Some awesome production art, fleshing out the eventual look of Captain Phasma and other key characters.|
|Rey's home - let's face it, who WOULDN'T want to live in a tipped-over AT-AT?|
Ultimately, whether you love or hate the idea of your childhood heroes being rebooted and reinvented, and whether or not you saw and enjoyed The Force Awakens, you will definitely develop a huge amount of love and respect for the artists who made that fantasy world a reality on film.
We're fast developing a decent collection of these "The Art of" books from Abrams, who always do an utterly brilliant job of bringing the material together in a huge and involving volume. Cannot recommend this enough - it might be pricey but it's sure as heck worth it!
Charlotte's favourite bit: Seeing all the different iterations of Rey's "look" before the final 'junker' desert look was decided on, and of course loads of awesome pics of Princess (sorry General) Leia Organa-Solo!
Daddy's favourite bit: Gorgeous gorgeous illustrations that are enough to humble anyone who thinks they've got a smidge of artistic talent, but also some really cool production notes and anecdotes from the art teams involved. So cool to read how various ideas were arrived at, and also the influences artists called on (everyone from Ralph McQuarrie to Chris Foss and Jodorowsky).
"The Art of Star Wars - The Force Awakens"
Written by Phil Szostak
Foreword by Rick Carter
Published by Abrams Publishing
Publication Date: 18th December 2015