Stunning Collection of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Concept Art Released by ILM

Industrial Light & Magic has released a collection of beautifully stunning concept art created for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I love looking at concept art from sci-fi and fantasy films, and the stuff included here is exceptional work that reveals some insanely awesome unused ideas and designs for characters, locations, and vehicles. There are also some designs that match up directly with what ended up in the film. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, you’re gonna freakin’ love these. 

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.

Rick Carter, co-production designer, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, had this to say about the art you are about to look over:

“Each artist began to explore his individual response, and collectively, we began to answer, with our words and art. 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.”

Now enjoy the entire collection of concept art below.

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