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Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept art is the most beautiful thing we’ve seen today…

March 14th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Award-winning visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has updated (via Squareeyed) their official site with a breathtaking portfolio of Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept art, showcasing the ILM’s talented cohort of artists.

The unveiling of their work is accompanied with a message: “Since Industrial Light & Magic’s inception in 1975, every idea dreamt into existence found its genesis within the ILM Art Department. Forty years ago, legendary concept designers like Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston brought George Lucas’s brainchild of an asymmetrical Star Wars “used universe” to life, imagining fantastic worlds bursting with iconic heroes, villains, spaceships and aliens.

“The ILM Art Department continues to revolutionize film design today, coupling classical technique with the very bleeding edge of technology. Acclaimed directors like Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and J.J. Abrams work hand-in-hand with the best art directors and artists in the film industry, exploring ideas and iterating on those ideas until their vision is realized, making the unreal real and the impossible possible.

“Each artist began to explore his individual response, and collectively, we began to answer, with our words and art,” wrote Rick Carter, co-production designer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

“Out of our brainstorming sessions emerged visual imagery of where we might want to go and what it would look like when we got there. We were not merely illustrating scenes that already existed: we were initiating storytelling concepts through the visual images themselves.”

Check out a few of our favourites from the gallery below. The full collection can be found on ILM’s website. 

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The below image shows the concept design for Ren’s mask and helmet. We’d like to draw your attention to Exhibit D— it looks like something you might see in Predator, not Star Wars. We really like the design of B…

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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