The Industrial Light & Magic art department recently shared a collection of concept art created for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It reveals an exceptionally detailed and well planned environment filled with the “used universe” objects and heroes we know and love from the iconic “space opera.”
The artwork is wonderfully evocative, but perhaps the most impressive thing we see in these scenes is how mature each concept was before going forward with production. Small details have changed for the final film, but largely the scenes, vehicles and characters are as we saw them. This wouldn’t surprise anyone at ILM, it’s just how they get down to business:
Each artist began to explore his individual response, and collectively, we began to answer, with our words and art,” says Rick Carter, co-production designer on The Force Awakens. “Out of our brainstorming sessions emerged visual imagery of where we might want to go and what it would look like when we got there. We were not merely illustrating scenes that already existed: we were initiating storytelling concepts through the visual images themselves.
See the entire collection here.