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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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Anton Klink
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
Dec 30, 2012 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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

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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.

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Jeff Lanter
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
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
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
nome gusto mucho!
Very fun to see a lot of Ralph McQuarrie original concept art and how it differed from what made it into the movie.
Another book with wondrous sketches, including the what ifs for what became the walkers.
Another art-collection/movie script tie-in to the Star Wars phenomenon.
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