Star Wars Art: Visions

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Overview

When Star Wars debuted in 1977, it revolutionized mainstream American filmmaking, transporting fans to new galaxies and introducing them to countless now-classic characters, aliens, planets, and starships. In the decades since, the Star Wars Saga has become a phenomenon impacting cultures across the globe.

Just as George Lucas drew upon the work of N. C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell for his own visual inspiration, he has now invited more than 100 well-known and promising artists to...

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Overview

When Star Wars debuted in 1977, it revolutionized mainstream American filmmaking, transporting fans to new galaxies and introducing them to countless now-classic characters, aliens, planets, and starships. In the decades since, the Star Wars Saga has become a phenomenon impacting cultures across the globe.

Just as George Lucas drew upon the work of N. C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell for his own visual inspiration, he has now invited more than 100 well-known and promising artists to draw upon the entire Star Wars galaxy for inspiration. Star Wars: Visions collects these magnificent artworks for the first time. Featuring pieces by renowned artists such as Amano, Allan R. Banks, Harley Brown, Gary Carter, James Christensen, Michael Coleman, Kinuko Craft, Jim Dietz, Phillipe Druillet, Donato Giancola, Ann Hanson, H. R. Giger, Daniel Greene, Ron Kleeman, Arantzazu Martinez, Syd Mead, Moebius, Paul Oxborough, Alex Ross, Anthony J. Ryder, Dolfi Stoki, William Stout, Dan Thompson, Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo, Scott Waddell, and Jamie Wyeth, Star Wars: Visions is a breakthrough tribute to the worldwide inspiration that is Star Wars.

Praise for Star Wars Art: Visions:

"Star Wars Art: Visions . . . acknowledges what fans have felt all along. They don't want to be mere spectators, but involved in the storytelling too."
 -Los Angeles Times

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To illuminate Star Wars' ever-expanding universe, George Lucas invited 100 well-known and promising artists from throughout our planet to draw upon the Star Wars galaxy for artistic inspiration. Among the contributors to this dazzling pictorial are Harley Brown, Moebius, Donato Giancola, Alex Ross, Kinuko Craft, William Stout, Phillipe Druillet, Ron Kleeman, Jim Dietz, Ann Hanson, Daniel Greene, and Jamie Wyeth. A peerless international assemblage. Flip the pages of this richly diverse collection. Each of the illustrators, designers, and fine artists has responded to Star Wars characters, settings, themes, and incidents that touched them personally.

Library Journal
George Lucas's space opera has inspired artists and writers for 30-plus years—the oceans of ink and paint spilled over it are immeasurable. This volume gathers 120 artists' "visions" of the saga, from straightforward illustrations of movie scenes to remarkably creative and far-out interpretations. The portraits and action shots are solid, but what shines here are the mashups combining real and unreal, like Uncle George as the Mos Eisley Cantina bartender with Graflex Lightsaber on the bar, Jaba's nerdy high school yearbook picture (a hoot), Luke's speeder parked at American Grafitti's Mel's Drive-In, and Padawan Ahsoka throwing down in a saber duel against her former master Anakin-turned-Darth Vader. Many selections mimic famous artworks and artist's styles ranging from LeRoy Neiman to Japanese prints to Picasso, and contributors include Gary Carter, H.R. Giger, Alex Ross, and Jamie Wyeth. The book also sports a foreword by Lucas and an introduction by Lucasfilm executive editor J.W. Rinzler, author of the epic The Making of Star Wars and Making of The Empire Strikes Back, and it is capped with the artists' biographies. VERDICT Beautiful and supercool, Visions will enchant Star Wars fans.—Mike Rogers, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810995895
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 323,391
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 12.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

J. W. Rinzler currently serves as executive editor at Lucasfilm.

George Lucas is the founder and chairman of Lucasfilm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2011

    A great book for the Star Wars fans

    Overall a great collection of inspired artwork from some of the best names out there. Obviously some artwork are more impressive than others. The book isn't perfect though. Only 142 pages of this book can be said to be given to showing artwork. The remaining are loaded with thumbnails and biographies, biographies which could've been more economically placed leaving more pages for more beautiful artwork. That minor issue aside, it's an excellent book to have, especially if you're a fan of the movies. Amongst the images are those taken or inspired from actual scenes of the movies. Others are more original and creative, like one of Kermit the Frog fishing next to a lounging Yoda, or "Regrets" picture featured on the cover. I especially like the ones that are original takes on the saga with themes, styles and narratives entirely of the artist's own. Just got the book, and I'm already hoping for a sequel. I wonder if the publisher would be up for taking requests. I'd love to see Mike Mignola have a go at capturing Sith culture, or Adam Hughes do a portrait of Darth Talon.

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

    Beautiful SW book!

    This book is amazing and has incredible artwork and the concepts created by these artists will leave you scratching your head and thinking for long afterwards about how different and cool their "vision" is.

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