on 24 May 2014
It's an odd thing finding the quality in these drawings, especially when looking at a beautiful drawing of the despised JarJar Binks, but that's the pleasure here.
The majority of the artwork, especially that where the artists have clearly been allowed more time, comes from the pre-production period from The Phantom Menace. These drawings are full of the energy / vivacity, which the soulless films needed.
I'd highly recommend this book to all with an interest or involvement in the art dept. pre-production process and anyone hoping to get an insight to the role of the storyboard artist. Any student looking to improve their drawing technique would do well to take a few lessons from the artists featured.
This book makes a great accompaniment to the extra features on the prequel DVDs which detail the process of creating the second trilogy. Through them a horrendous tale of complacency and insipid filmmaking is told. There is much to learn. And there needs to be because there is so little pleasure in actually watching the films themselves.
The lovely folk of Red Letter Media can tell you more.