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The Star Wars Sketchbook by Joe Johnston
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May 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, star-wars, picture-books
Read in May, 2011

This is a really cool part of Star Wars history, and a nice assortment of original sketches that helped define the visuals. While not all-inclusive, it does have a good variety of sketches and some narration to go with it.

It ranges from sketches of the Death Star, to X-Wings & Y-Wings, and to the advanced Tie Fighters they were planning. There are notes that explain some of the different elements, and also perhaps originally would explain the concept to the director or model maker.

Somethings seem to take more focus than you might think deserved… like a bunch of sketches on the Death Star surface. But we have to remember that only so many sketches were ever needed for artistic design (also, others could’ve already been designed). So this is a nicely put together compilation of the works that were done by Joe Johnston.

I’m always amazed at how closely sketches and artistic renderings are followed for final elements in the actual films. It makes sense to do the work on paper first before spending money with physical implementations… and this gives you a glimpse into that process.

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