The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Product DescriptionThis book is a visual chronicle of the Lucasfilm art department’s creation of new worlds, unforgettable characters, and newly imagined droids, vehicles, and weapons for the first movie in the Star Wars Story series—Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In the same format and style as Abrams’ The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the book gives readers unprecedented access to hundreds of concept paintings, sketches, storyboards, matte paintings, and character, costume, and vehicle designs. The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will stand as the definitive guide to the artwork and imagination behind the newest chapter in the Star Wars franchise and will delight Star Wars fans and cineastes for decades to come.
Directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters), with production design by Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont, Rogue One chronicles the adventures of a Rebel cell tasked with a desperate mission: to steal the plans for the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor’s rule. The all-star cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Jiang Wen, and Donnie Yen.
Top ReviewsThe Art of Rogue One
by JMM (5 out of 5 stars)
December 17, 2016
Regardless of how you feel about any given Star Wars film, one thing that is just about undeniable is that each and every installment in the Star Wars series has wonderful design work. "Rogue One" is no exception, and "The Art of Rogue One" goes in-depth into the art and design of the characters, locations, and key sequences in the film. I had mixed feelings about the film on the whole, but I was incredibly impressed by the work of the art department and production design team. This book is a must-own if you enjoyed the film or enjoy great artwork.
There is so much artwork here that one could spend hours going through and studying the images in the book. Some of my favorites are detailed below:
- The designs of K2-SO, the film's new droid and likely a fan favorite from the film. The book shows very early concepts of K2, and well as artwork that looks to be near to the final film version of the droid.
- Rough sketches of Jyn, including various alternate costume and gear designs.
- Designs for the new all-black Death Troopers, Director Krennic's elite personal guards.
- Illustrations of Krennic's encounter with Darth Vader in his castle on Mustafar.
- Full two-page spreads of artwork from the Battle of Scarif (both the ground and air campaigns).
In looking through the book, it's interesting to see how the design team takes cues from old Star Wars (necessary given the film's proximity to the original 1977 film) and build on it to create new designs. For example, you'll see the traditional TIE Fighter that you know and love, but you'll also be introduced to the TIE Striker (very similar in overall look and design, but a distinctive new shape).
I really enjoyed spending time going through "The Art of Rogue One", and will likely find myself revisiting it many times in the future. The level of creativity on display in Star Wars is a major reason why it's my favorite film series, and books like this capture everything I love about the art and design of the movies.
WORTH EVERY PENNY!
by Gemini 11 (5 out of 5 stars)
December 23, 2016
So I received in the Mail today my favorite "Christmas Present" - The Art of Rogue One. - This is one of the best and most bad-assery books I have now. The images I so wanted to pause from the movie are in it including Darth Vader's Castle - various Concept Paintings. The book does not waste pages with photos from the movie, just pure image after image after image of conceptual design. Most of "The Art of" books" give a budding artist ideas (good ideas) on what to do to get inspired. The one I read today is that when they were developing the U-Wing, the art director gave the various concept artists a game/competition - draw as many as ideas in 1.5 minutes (GO!) and there are literally hundreds of great starship designs. That's how you do it!
Highly recommend this book - 5 stars out of 5!
A fascinating look behind the scene at the latest Star Wars cinematic outing.
by Richard J. Estep,Top Contributor: Batman (5 out of 5 stars)
December 26, 2016
I'm an unabashed Star Wars fan, so this purchase was a no-brainer for me. It arrived in the mail one day after the movie was released in theaters/cinemas (delete as applicable based upon which side of the Atlantic you're on) and I waited until I'd seen Rogue One before cracking the book. This is a sumptious book, nicely bound and printed on high-quality paper. Clocking in at 256 pages, it's also good value. You get a lot of bang for your book here: each of the planets visited in the movie are covered (and there are quite a few of them), as are the starships, fighters, shuttles, and other tech. The cast of characters are also featured, and the book takes you from the first concept art through to the final designs. This is a book that Star Wars fans will want to return to after each viewing of the movie, and even the casual reader can appreciate the sheer amount of effort that went into designing and producing the latest Star Wars blockbuster. Highly recommended for Star Wars fans (five stars) and recommended for others (four stars).
by Sebastian Zavala,Top Contributor: Star Wars (5 out of 5 stars)
March 20, 2017
Unlike other movie art books, The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is also more of a making-of book, detailing the thought and creative process that took place to develop the film's look, story, characters and links to the original trilogy. The paintings included are amazing, but as usual, the most interesting aspect of the book is seeing what could have been --different (and sometimes crazy) designs for new characters, ships and worlds. And hey, this is the first official confirmation that Vader's castle, indeed, is on Mustafar. All in all, this is a MUST HAVE for any Star Wars fan!
Essential Star Wars Fan Material
by EvilAnimator (5 out of 5 stars)
January 20, 2017
Like all good "Art Of" books, this one provides as much behind-the-scenes info as it does concept art. The book itself is impossible to leave on the table. The cover art alone commands a few page flips at the very least. There is plenty of artwork from Industrial Light & Magic concept art veterans including Doug Chiang and Ryan Church that provide a sense of progression to what ultimately made it to the final cut of the film. There are also pieces in the book that provide a hint at what the initial cut of the film must have been like tonally. This is a must-have for any Star Wars, art, or film connoisseur.
Wonderful companion. Packed with awesome environment art.
by Parka,Top Contributor: Coloring (5 out of 5 stars)
December 20, 2016
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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Wow - absolutely beautiful
by jc (5 out of 5 stars)
February 22, 2018
I bought this book for a secret santa gift, and when I got it in the mail and went to wrap it, I was immediately jealous.
This thing is gorgeous. I has so much art, way beyond just the things you see in the movie, and even without seeing the movie it's just a ton of pages of dreamy, awesome sci-fi worlds that are fun to get lost in.
I had forgotten about it over the holiday, but now that Amazon just reminded me to write a review, I might just buy this for myself :)
My favorite art of star wars book, great for concept artist inspiration and study
by MountainWalker (5 out of 5 stars)
June 13, 2018
Worth every penny, the quality of artwork is outstanding and the caliber of talent that worked on this film is fantastic. great book to have as some one who appreciates art, but even better for some one who does it for a living, especially concept artists.
Beautiful, but not quite up to established Star Wars standards
by Rob Caswell (4 out of 5 stars)
January 5, 2017
This is a beautiful volume and includes some great pieces of concept art, including design processes on new elements like the U-Wing fighter and the K-2SO droid. I appreciate what's here... but I docked it a star for what's not. The original Star Wars Art of... books included both concept art AND pictures of the final product. That was helpful to compare the design art to the finished filming piece and I really miss the ability to compare and study that all within one volume.
Great Book from a Great Movie
by Samuel B. White (5 out of 5 stars)
January 22, 2018
I really enjoyed this movie, and this book is a great resource for seeing how the characters, ships and planets were designed (especially since Disney isn't giving us the great "Making of" books we got with previous "Star Wars" movies). As a budding sketcher myself, I love getting books like this and just trying to figure out how the artists involved can even THINK like that!
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