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The Art Of Solo: A Star Wars Story Book Review

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“The Art Of Solo: A Star Wars Story” is a welcome addition to the ongoing series.

In typical “art of” fashion, the book kicks off with forewords (in this case by art director Neil Lamont and lead concept designer James Clyne). Topics of conversation include environments, Lucasfilm, teamwork, influences, pre-viz and more.

After that, the work by writer Phil Szostak begins to unfold. As per usual, the book is divided into sections. There’s background information on the development of “Harry and the Boy,” Han’s character journey, spotlights on characters such as Qi’ra, Lady Proxima, Chewbacca, Beckett and his gang, Enfys Nest and the Cloud-Riders Gang, Dryden Vos (who was once going to be an alien character), Lando, L3-37, Imperial troopers (I dig those red trooper designs!), creatures, Pykes, film influences, ships (including the iconic Millennium Falcon), and planets (Mimban, Corellia, Vandor, Kessel, and Savareen). Each section is accompanied by stunning art pieces by costume designers, concept artists, sculptors, art and creative directors, graphics designers, prop masters, and a whole lot more. Among the artists whose work is featured here are Vincent Jenkins, James Clyne, Adam Brockbank, Glyn Dillon, Jack Dudman, Iaub ,McCaig, Neil Scanlan, Lunt Davies, etc.

If you’re a big “Star Wars” fan (or a “Solo: A Star Wars Story” fan for that matter), “The Art Of Solo: A Star Wars Story” is pure heaven. Not only do you get to gawk at wonderful art and props (I’ll get to that shortly), but you really get a deeper look at the production of this film. As with every “art of” book, my personal favorite aspect is seeing what was once considered and or cut out of the film. This particular book has a host of fascinating material that includes alternate Lawrence Kasdan ideas, Wookiee troopers, another alien character that was initially part of Beckett’s gang, different events that took place on Mimban, Tanaab once being envisioned as a location, unique Millennium Falcon designs, different interpretations of Qi’ra, creepy robot dogs (look at version 5), and oh so much more. Every page is filled with so much artistry and imagination.

On the subject of art, there is so much beautiful work on display here that includes everything from character designs bandied about to speeder designs. Among the highlights include James Clyne’s color key of the entire film and the jaw-dropping two-page spread mountains exterior version 1B by James Clyne and Thom Tenery.

Overall Thoughts: I could go on and on about the content in this book, but believe me, it’s better left experienced by yourself. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to see “Solo: A Star Wars Story” again…

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June 6, 2018 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , , , , , ,

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