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The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Hardcover – December 16, 2016
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There is so much artwork here that one could spend hours going through and studying the images in the book. Some of my favorites are detailed below:
- The designs of K2-SO, the film's new droid and likely a fan favorite from the film. The book shows very early concepts of K2, and well as artwork that looks to be near to the final film version of the droid.
- Rough sketches of Jyn, including various alternate costume and gear designs.
- Designs for the new all-black Death Troopers, Director Krennic's elite personal guards.
- Illustrations of Krennic's encounter with Darth Vader in his castle on Mustafar.
- Full two-page spreads of artwork from the Battle of Scarif (both the ground and air campaigns).
In looking through the book, it's interesting to see how the design team takes cues from old Star Wars (necessary given the film's proximity to the original 1977 film) and build on it to create new designs. For example, you'll see the traditional TIE Fighter that you know and love, but you'll also be introduced to the TIE Striker (very similar in overall look and design, but a distinctive new shape).
I really enjoyed spending time going through "The Art of Rogue One", and will likely find myself revisiting it many times in the future. The level of creativity on display in Star Wars is a major reason why it's my favorite film series, and books like this capture everything I love about the art and design of the movies.
This 256-page hardcover is densely packed with concept art from front to back. The artworks are reproduced large, some pieces are printed across double pages. The huge reproduction sizes do make an impact and they surely look good.
The bulk of the book features environment art, scene paintings and some storyboards. In smaller amount are the designs for characters, creatures, droids and spaceships. All the artworks are digitally painted, with a few pieces 3D rendered or 3D painted over.
The environment artworks are breathtaking. The composition is wonderful, lighting beautiful, and the design and idea look great. The vast textured landscapes look and feel believable. They are painted with so much detail that I took my time to slowly peruse each piece, wondering how they would look like if actually printed as huge paintings on walls.
If you're looking for character art, they are there but definitely not as many pages when compared to the environment art. You do see some costume designs, iteration for Jyn, the stormtroopers, robots.
All the artworks are well captioned, and occasionally there are lengthy and insightful writeup on the design and story process.
It's clear that a lot of work went into creating the concept art. More than hundreds of drawings were created just for spaceship designs. Kudos to all the artists from the art department.
It's an amazing companion for the film. Highly recommended to fans of Star Wars and sci-fi concept art. It's one of 2016's top artbooks to me.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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