Book Review: The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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This is yet another wonderful artbook for Star Wars. The quality is right up there, similar to the artbook for The Force Awakens.

This 256-page hardcover is densely packed with concept art from front to back. The artworks are reproduced large, some pieces are printed across double pages. The huge reproduction sizes do make an impact and they surely look good.

The bulk of the book features environment art, scene paintings and some storyboards. In smaller amount are the designs for characters, creatures, droids and spaceships. All the artworks are digitally painted, with a few pieces 3D rendered or 3D painted over.

The environment artworks are breathtaking. The composition is wonderful, lighting beautiful, and the design and idea look great. The vast textured landscapes look and feel believable. They are painted with so much detail that I took my time to slowly peruse each piece, wondering how they would look like if actually printed as huge paintings on walls.

If you're looking for character art, they are there but definitely not as many pages when compared to the environment art. You do see some costume designs, iteration for Jyn, the stormtroopers, robots.

All the artworks are well captioned, and occasionally there are lengthy and insightful writeup on the design and story process.

It's clear that a lot of work went into creating the concept art. More than hundreds of drawings were created just for spaceship designs. Kudos to all the artists from the art department.

It's an amazing companion for the film. Highly recommended to fans of Star Wars and sci-fi concept art. It's one of 2016's top artbooks to me.

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