The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
By Phil Szostak
Foreword by Rick Carter
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2015
  • Price: $40.00
  • Trim Size: 11 516 x 10 38
  • ISBN: 1-4197-1780-4
  • EAN: 9781419717802
  • Page Count: 256
  • Illustrations: 600 full-color illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: US/CAN/AUS/NZ/UK English

Step inside the Lucasfilm art departments for the creation of fantastical worlds, unforgettable characters, and unimaginable creatures. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will take you there, from the earliest gathering of artists and production designers at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco to the fever pitch of production at Pinewood Studios to the conclusion of post-production at Industrial Light & Magic—all with unprecedented access. Exclusive interviews with the entire creative team impart fascinating insights in bringing director J.J. Abrams’s vision to life; unused “blue sky” concept art offers glimpses into roads not traveled.

Bursting with hundreds of stunning works of art, including production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and matte paintings, this visual feast will delight Star Wars fans and cineastes for decades to come. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the definitive expression of how the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga was dreamed into being.


“An incredibly in-depth look at all the alternate designs that could have ended up onscreen.”
“It’s gorgeous to look at and worth buying for that alone, but seeing so much preliminary concept art will just make you appreciate the finished product that much more.”
“Absolutely brilliant concept art.”
“It’s a visual feast of fantasy worlds, iconic characters, spectacular spacecraft and colossal creatures.”
The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens . . . is the rare art book that is actually worth going out and purchasing right now.”
“An inside look at [the] evolution and tracks the record-breaking film from its early concept art to its finishing touches.”
Yahoo! Tech
“It’s fascinating to look at some of the art that preceded the finished product.”
“Packed with breathtaking concept art revealing alternative visions and early ideas for the film.”
Yahoo! Entertainment
“Some of the best concept art and behind-the-scenes details have been collected in a book titled The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
“Each page . . . is a visual feast.”
Entertainment Weekly

About the author

Image archivist Phil Szostak was embedded with The Force Awakens art department as a conceptual researcher and archivist from December 2012 through the end of production, and has worked in conjunction with Star Wars art departments for six years at Lucasfilm. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, Szostak worked for Wild Brain Animation on the Disney Channel series Higglytown Heroes, and he ran the JAK Films Art Department on Skywalker Ranch for over three years before joining the narrative design team on LucasArts' Star Wars: 1313. He resides in San Francisco. 

Production designer Rick Carter has won two Academy Awards®: One for his design of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, and one for his otherworldly production design on James Cameron’s mega-hit Avatar. Carter received his first Oscar nomination for his work on Robert Zemeckis’s Forrest Gump, and an additional nomination for Steve Spielberg’s historic epic War Horse. Carter served as co-production designer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is currently collaborating with Steven Spielberg on The BFG. He lives in Los Angeles.