Illustrated Maps of Imaginary Worlds – Star Wars

If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’re probably familiar with the work of Ralph McQuarrie. This amazing designer has produced a lot of art relating illustrations to the Star Wars universe. His works are now collected in “The Illustrated Star Wars Universe”, a combined effort between McQuarrie and author Kevin J. Anderson.
The book collects concept art from the Original Trilogy, and includes not just McQuarrie’s work but also concept art created by Michael Butkus, Joe Johnston, Norman Reynolds, and Michael Pangrazio. Eight of the most important planets from the original movies are covered, and readers can enjoy looking at costume art, home layouts, alien concepts, and high level illustrated maps. For a Star Wars fan, this is not just a collectible, it is an amazing look into the raw vision of the original designers.
The planets covered in the book are:
• Alderaan
• Bespin
• Coruscant
• Dagobah
• Endor
• Hoth
• Tatooine
• Yavin 4
This means that the book covers a huge range of environments, from snow-covered Hoth to the deserts of Tattooine, and the more built-up Coruscant. Every environment is explored.
The book is rather old now; it was first published in 1995, but it is still well worth a look. The art style is timeless (as you would imagine, for something that covers a science fiction theme), and the text that accompanies the images is fascinating to read. The images are elaborated upon by fictional characters form the Star Wars universe, including an Imperial Advisor to the Emperor’s court, a Councilman, a scientist, and a shape-changing Anthropologist.
If you’re a fan of exploring different worlds, as well as your own world, then this particular tome is most definitely one worthy of adding to your collection. Why limit yourself to exploring just one galaxy?

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