Monday, January 4, 2016

Amazing "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Concept Art by Doug Chiang

Monday, January 4, 2016 - by Maurice Mitchell 0

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Check out Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) concept art by Doug Chiang!


One of the biggest scenes in the blockbuster film is the Millenium Falcon vs Tie Fighters fight over the sands of Jakku. The planet was first seen in the game Star Wars: Battlefront which is set 29 years before the events of J.J. Abrams' Episode VII. Concept art has been seen in the art book The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and now Chiang has shared artwork from the film.

Doug Chiang is a professional concept artist and  vice-president and executive creative director at Lucasfilm who's worked on major motion pictures like Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1992), Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) and War of the Worlds (2005).

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The biggest change to the battle was the Star Destroyer almost had a much narrower opening Rey had to fly through.



He also shared artwork from Rey's Star Destroyer scavenging



Chiang has a lot of experience with Star Wars since he worked on the prequels with creator George Lucas. In an interview with Mississauga News he said Lucas pioneered a technique of designing for the film during the writing process. "We were designing as he was writing, which is actually very unusual," Chiang said, "I think it’s a model that is now used in many films but it was very unusual in the sense that I got to start designing right when he was writing. My job didn’t end until the film was up on the screen.”

While the sequel to Return of the Jedi isn't directed by George Lucas, the films show his influence. "Episode VII is probably closer in kin to EpisodesIV,V and VI in terms of design esthetics for what’s being created." Chiang said, "It’s interesting in the sense that J.J. is a huge admirer of George and of course everybody is really trying to live up to George’s vision. What I find fascinating is that, even without George guiding everything, we’re (still) in that role of trying to fill George’s shoes and trying to be a filter.

"And it’s a really tough task. After spending seven years with him, I thought I knew Star Wars. But George always surprises me."

Here's a video David Sobozenski made from the trailer footage of the battle.



See more of Doug Chiang masterful portfolio at http://www.dchiang.com

Click on the links if you want to see more of Doug Chiang's work or Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace artwork on my blog.

What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens what do you think of the designs?

Official Star Wars VII Summary
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII..
Directed by J.J. Abrams
Cinematography by Daniel Mindel
Production Design by Rick Carter and Darren Gilford
Starring: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o, and Gwendoline Christie, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker
Release Dates: December 18, 2015 (USA)
Official Site: http://www.starwars.com/theforceawakens
© Copyright 2015 Lucasfilm, Bad Robot. All rights reserved


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