CONCEPT ART LENDS TO THE VISUAL DEPICTION OF IDEAS THAT GIVE HOPE TO A GREAT FILM.
Back when George Lucas was making Star Wars he thought it would be a good idea to have concept art to sort of frame in thoughts and to help the creative process of movie making. That idea has grown and now concept art for any movie is now a staple part of the final product. So it works for movies, but how about shows?
The Mandalorian premiered, November 27, 2019 and became the must see show. Before the show could be, Lucasfilm and its art department started to bring ideas to life. In what very well could be the best concept art book, The Art of The Mandalorian offers outstanding concepts and as always some was used some ended up on the cutting room floor.
What sets The Mandalorian art book apart from other Star Wars art books is it is darker in tone. That is not a bad thing, after all the first season was a bit dark. Another aspect of the book that separates it from the others is that there is much more character concepts. In the other Art of Star Wars books there is a balance between characters, ships and planets. In the Art of The Mandalorian it is character heavy.
As in most art books knowing the artist and the work they do comes by understanding what they excel in. While everything fits under the Star Wars umbrella, all the artists are truly unique and no artists work can be mistaken for another. That is part of the joy of these books, getting to know an artist and the skill-sets they have.
The Art of The Mandalorian (Season 1) is a beautiful book, the art is stunning and it is easy to see why the concept art sets up what is shown and what is not. this is a must have for any Star Wars or art fan.
Up next: The Art of The Mandalorian Season 2