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The Art of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (The Art of Star Wars)

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THE ART OF STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is a magnificent, full-color celebration of the amazing artistic and technical accomplishments in the second chapter of the most spectacular space epic of all time. Lavishly illustrated with production sketches, production paintings, costume designs, construction drawings, matte paintings, storyboards, and stills, and complete ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 14th 1997 by Del Rey (first published 1980)
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Matthew Lloyd
First things first: the art is all, pretty much, amazing. One of the things which really made the original Star Wars trilogy special was the amazing settings, the fully realised worlds, and the costumes, and most of these are detailed here. But there is much more detail than that. This volume describes the process behind designing and animating the Tauntaun, the construction of Dagobah and the animation of Yoda, and the way in which matte paintings were used to enhance the sets. Perhaps the most ...more
Anton Klink
Mar 26, 2013 Anton Klink rated it liked it
The Star Wars art of Ralph McQuarry is first rate and by itself would garner any book a five star rating. However, the art of some additional artists featured in the book was not that exciting. This book is probably a treasure trove for a dedicated Star Wars fan, however for the layman the constant barrage of half-finished sketches can become tiresome. All the finished paintings looked amazing but I was not that keen to see all the iterations of all the characters and vehicles during their devel ...more
Mark
Dec 30, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: film
Eschewing the format of the other two books in the series (for the original trilogy, at least) this doesn’t contain the screenplay but the additional space given over to the glorious artwork (that is reproduced in crystal clear clarity) more than makes up for it. Broken into six parts - Hoth, Star Destroyer, Dagobah, Asteroid Belt, Bespin and Rebel Cruiser and closed out with biographies of key personnel - each of which starts with a synopsis and production notes, this includes development sketc ...more
Parka
Dec 04, 2012 Parka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-books, movies

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This book is much better than the first art book as the script is removed and replaced with more art.

The concept sketches and paintings are grouped under different sets: Hoth, Star Destroyer, Dagobah, Asteroid Belt, Bespin, Rebel Cruiser. Storyboards, character designs, matte paintings, vehicle designs, models fill the pages. The concept design for old Yoda are hilarious, no offense intended, with a few looking like smurfs or Santa's elves.

There are not much tex
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Jeff Lanter
May 15, 2012 Jeff Lanter rated it it was amazing
I am going through and re-reading books from my childhood and I'm continuing with The Art of Star Wars books. I bought these when they came out and have fond memories of them. The book is two parts: the background information on how characters and scenery were made and the art itself. Just like with A New Hope, I really enjoyed the storyboards, concept art, models used in the movie, and other pieces of art that was produced before the actual movie was shot. What separates this one from the last ...more
Andrew
Jan 31, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing
This book really carries on the story of the star wars saga - (not the film but the creation if its atmosphere and iconic images) - see my review of "The Art of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" to see the story behind the book for myself and enjoy the beauty of the book behind the film. over the years many books have come out from the star wars franchise some little more than re-hashed means of milking more money while others (as is this book) is a window in to an aspect of the film never see ...more
Krystle
Apr 19, 2016 Krystle rated it really liked it
Shelves: nf_sge, txt_original
My favorite of the "Art of" series for the original trilogy.

Unlike Hope and Jedi (both edited by Carol Titelman), this doesn't include the film's script. Instead, the text is more descriptive and explanatory. There's also a better organization based on locale.
Brian
Dec 10, 2007 Brian rated it really liked it
I'm not a big Star Wars fan, but this is one of the best making-of books I've seen. Full-color concept art arranged in a legible layout. Don't miss the two-page spread of concept sketches for Yoda.

(The text-based rainbow cover on my 1980 edition is much cooler than this!)
Matias Membrilla
May 21, 2015 Matias Membrilla rated it it was ok
nome gusto mucho!
Rick
Very fun to see a lot of Ralph McQuarrie original concept art and how it differed from what made it into the movie.
Joe
Oct 18, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing
Another book with wondrous sketches, including the what ifs for what became the walkers.
Curtiss
Another art-collection/movie script tie-in to the Star Wars phenomenon.
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