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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    A Breathtaking Must-Have for Star Wars Nuts

    As an avid Star Wars fan of the Special Edition generation, I dove eagerly into "Star Wars Art: Illustration" when it appeared. It's actually the third book in the series, after "Visions," a gathering of outlandishly reimagined Star Wars scenes by a varied gallery of artists, and "Comics," a compendium of comic art. This is by far the best of the series so far. It collects several novel covers (mostly from the Bantam Spectra era) along with an absolute deluge of paintings from fan club releases, "Star Wars Insider" covers, toy packaging, trading card series, and who knows where else to create a breathtaking collection of flat-out gorgeous art. Much of it focuses on previously unimagined or under-examined moments from the Star Wars chronology, often with witty titles. To sample a few: *** "The Fallen" is a photorealistic rendering of Darth Vader on the TANTIVE IV, lightsaber ablaze, flanked by stormtroopers, standing over the charred corpse of a Rebel soldier. *** "Too-One Bee's Discovery" depicts the medical droid in a moment of self-realization as he compares Luke's just-manufactured mechanical hand with his own five-fingered digit. *** "A Slight Disturbance in the Force on the Battlefield of Hoth" shows Vader on foot, discovering the battered remains of Luke's snowspeeder, as the Hoth battle rages behind him. *** "Wampa Attack" is a terrifying realistic portrayal of an Echo Base Rebel dragging a wounded soldier OUT FROM UNDER the feet of a rampaging Wampa, pointing a tiny blaster pistol up at the huge white hand that's about to crash down on him. *** "Yoda Enters the Cave" is my personal favorite. It depicts the Jedi Master perched defiantly on a familiar Dagobah tree root, holding an ignited (blue?!) lightsaber and a golden bundle of Force energy, as seen from the point of view of whatever is inside the cave. Other illustrations include rich renderings of familiar characters and settings from the films, none straying too far from the Drew Struzan school of photorealism (which is fine by me). Loads of artists well known in the Star Wars world are represented, from Struzan himself and Ralph Mcquarrie to the Hildebrandt brothers and Paul Youll (whose awesome "X-Wing" novel covers are generously enlarged to elucidate every detail of their sprawling space battles). Also included are all (I think) of Christian Waggoner's inspired "Reflections" series, in which familiar confrontations from the Star Wars universe (Vader vs. Obi-Wan on the Death Star, Han vs. Greedo, Boba Fett vs. carbon-frozen Han) are imagined as they would appear reflected in the eyeballs, eyepieces, or helmets of one of the adversaries. And I was thrilled to find Hugh Fleming's "Star Wars Rocks!" band portrait, which spawned a licensed T-shirt and an Internet meme a couple of years back, as well as Fleming's Episode I-themed follow-up, "Jedi Boogaloo," and a later homage called "Sith Rocks!" All in all, "Star Wars Art: Illustration" is a Godsend to Star Wars fans. By turns hilarious, awe-inspiring, and thought-provoking, it's a testament to the enduring resonance of these characters that so much artistic talent went into shedding new light on their stories. Go get it!!

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  • Posted October 9, 2012

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    An awesome collection

    This collection of illustrations has both original and classic artwork, and it is very worthy book for any Star Wars book collector. My favorite illustration is the one of Yoda jumping around with lightsaber in hand. It was a perfect Star Wars moment that brilliantly captured by the artist.

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    Posted October 9, 2012

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