Having already tackled both The Art Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and The Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Phil Szostak is no stranger to the "Art Of" series as he continues to inspire with his most recent release, The Art Of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Available from Abrams, this 250 plus page book of color photos and stories covers every aspect your can imagine that goes into pre-production movie magic. The book is broken down into 17 separate sections related to the movie. With so many characters, locations and factions, there is a lot to cover.
Flip through each section and follow the creative process showing the evolution of characters, and their accessories such as costumes, weapons, speeders, swoops, and ships. You would never have guessed there were 20 plus speeder designs for Han Solo's ride on Corellia before they settled on the one used. Same goes for The Millennium Falcon, you should see some of the crazy ideas shown in the book. Eventually you start to see the world come to life around it all as certain scenes are depicted in different scenarios, some of which I personally would have rather seen in the film.
This book is the book that the 11 year old me inside of the 45 year old me loves to go over again and again finding new things each time. The visual voyage takes you there and immerses you into the world of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Overall the book is a solid 5 out of 5 sabers and a definite recommendation for all Star Wars fans to add to their library soon!
The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story
By Phil Szostak, and Lucasfilm Ltd
Illustrator various artists
Foreword by James Clyne, and Neil Lamont
Imprint: Abrams Books
Publication Date: May 25, 2018
Trim Size: 11 5⁄16 x 10 3⁄8
Page Count: 256
Illustrations: 300 color illustrations
Rights: US/CAN/AUS/NZ/UK English
The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals, for the first time, the design evolution of each new fantastical set, otherworldly machine, and unforgettable character in the film. Packed with hundreds of spectacular images, including production paintings, concept art and sketches, storyboards, and matte paintings, The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story is the definitive guide to the art of the film—and a must-have keepsake for fans.
“Szostak has worked with the Star Wars art departments for nearly a decade. He explores the filmmakers' visions and illuminates their creative process. The book features concept art, costume sketches, storyboards, and blueprints, and provides a deep dive into the development of the worlds, characters, and creatures – both old and new – of Solo.”
“The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story... offers unprecedented insight into the Lucasfilm art department’s concept work over the course of Solo’s production.”
“Author Phil Szostak worked directly with the team at Disney to uncover the most vital art and concept illustrations created in the lead-up to the film..."
“Seeing art imagined for a film, whether it ended up being used or not, is an educational gift, a look into the process and genesis of locations and character development. It’s why “Art of” books are special..."
“...The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak... collects hundreds of pieces of concept art, sketches, and early computer renderings tracing the evolution of the film.”
— Yahoo! Entertainment
“With over 200 pages of beautiful images and insights from the creative crew behind Solo, you'd be hard-pressed to find something more valuable outside a train car full of coaxium.“
— SyFy Wire
“…loaded with great concept art that tracks the creation of the film’s many worlds and characters.”
About the authors
Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak has worked in conjunction with Star Wars art departments since 2008. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, Szostak ran the JAK Films Art Department on Skywalker Ranch for more than three years before joining the narrative design team on LucasArts’s Star Wars: 1313. He is also the author of The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Abrams, 2015) and The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Abrams, 2017).
Neil Lamont served as supervising art director for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, War Horse, Edge of Tomorrow, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He was co-production designer on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and is the production designer of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
James Clyne has worked as a film industry artist for well over a decade. Clyne has collaborated on more than thirty film projects, including A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report, Avatar, Star Trek (2009), and Star Trek Into Darkness.
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