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The Art of Solo


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Image archivist Phil Szostak has worked in conjunction with Star Wars art departments at Lucasfilm since 2008. 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 is also the author of The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Abrams, 2015) and The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Abrams, 2017). He resides in San Francisco.


"The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals, for the first time, hundreds of spectacular images, including production paintings, concept art and sketches, storyboards, and matte paintings. This must-have keepsake for fans joins The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Art of Star Wars: Rogue One, and The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi as the ultimate behind-the-scenes guide to LucasFilm." -- Sci Fi magazine
"The genesis of the spinoff film is explored in the newly released The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak, which collects hundreds of pieces of concept art, sketches, and early computer renderings tracing the evolution of the film." -- Yahoo!
"full of beautifully rendered images that either served as concept art or storyboards for the Star Wars anthology movie. "With over 200 pages of beautiful images and insights from the creative crew behind Solo, you'd be hard-pressed to find something more valuable outside a train car full of coaxium." -- Syfy Wire
"Seeing art imagined for a film, whether it ended up being used or not, is an educational gift, a look into the process and genesis of locations and character development. It's why "Art of" books are special" -- Nerdist
"Szostak has worked with the Star Wars art departments for nearly a decade. He explores the filmmakers' visions and illuminates their creative process. The book features concept art, costume sketches, storyboards, and blueprints, and provides a deep dive into the development of the worlds, characters, and creatures - both old and new - of Solo." -- IGN
"The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story, published by Abrams Books, offers unprecedented insight into the Lucasfilm art department's concept work over the course of Solo's production." -- Gizmodo
"Author Phil Szostak worked directly with the team at Disney to uncover the most vital art and concept illustrations created in the lead-up to the film... The Art of Solo is just the latest in an entire series of lavish art books covering all of the modern Star Wars films. " -- Polygon
"With The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story, written by Phil Szostak and published by Abrams Books, fans can explore the evolution of characters, settings, creatures, and technology. The story covers the artistic journey that led to the production of Solo through a collection of production paintings, sketches, concepts and matte paintings." --
"...loaded with great concept art that tracks the creation of the film's many worlds and characters." -- /Film
"The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story offers unprecedented insight into the Lucasfilm art department's concept work over the course of Solo's production" --
"... presents a variety of concept art, sketches and matte paintings from the new Star Wars movie." -- SFX
"The Art Of Solo: A Star Wars Story is the perfect compliment showing off the skill and imagination of those people who brought its concepts to the big screen. For people who are fascinated by the behind the scenes workings of a huge film like this, it offers a range of insights and commentary. In some ways, it is the best of Abrams' Art Of books in recent years because it feels like you really get into the minds of the production team on Solo. . . well worth picking up for fans of Star Wars and even those with a passing interest" -- Tripwire
"The new custodian of the behind the scenes publishing flame for the modern Star Wars saga, Phil Szostak, re-teams with the ever-pioneering Abrams Books to deliver another stylish and truly gorgeous portfolio book of incredible and evocative conceptual and production art, this time for the newly released Solo: A Star Wars Story, presenting visual beauty, action and drama from across this well-crafted film's near four-year production cycle, via many sumptuous and spectacular spreads created by a diverse set of dedicated artists" -- Star Wars Aficionado
"The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals, for the first time, the design evolution of each new fantastical set, otherworldly machine, and unforgettable character in the film. Packed with hundreds of spectacular images, including production paintings, concept art and sketches, storyboards, and matte paintings, The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story is the definitive guide to the art of the film-and a must-have keepsake for fans . . . wallow in the glorious artwork and concept drawings that abound in this amazing collection, again published by Abrams. No one can fill Harrison Ford's shoes when it comes to Han Solo, but the opportunity to find out how he turned out the way he did is not to be missed if this book is anything to go by . . . A sumptuous book." -- BooksMonthly
"The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story is the definitive guide to the art of the film-and a must-have keepsake for fans." -- Jedi News
"This book is a must-have for any Star Wars-loving dad or father figure." --
"Trust me, it's a good book, a really good book, and it's jam-packed with so much content, like art, trivia, and that sort of thing, you will spend more time reading it than watching the actual movie it was created for." -- Comic Books and Movie Reviews
"The series of "The Art Of" books published by Abrams thus far have offered jaw-droppingly beautiful, fascinating insight into the hard work that goes into making a Star Wars movie..." -- Collider
"The Art of Solo is a treasure trove of fascinating information and images, all of which brings us closer to the much-loved Star Wars universe and allows us to discover and understand the many choices that artists, designers and directors had to make along the way." -- Flicks and The City
"As with all the previous `Art of Star Wars' books from Abrams, this is a big, weighty, beautifully put together book. The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story is packed full of hundreds of drawings, paintings, concept artworks and illustrations showing every detail of the design process. With production notes, storyboards and sketches detailing the various characters, aliens, planets and space ships from the movie." -- This is Cool
"Szostak does a great job of organising the production detail for the design, just as he did for `The Art Of The Force Awakens' and `The Art Of The Last Jedi'. Many of the images are cross page or full page and are presented in Abrams' inimitable coffee book style on beautiful glossy pages. [...] the `Art Of-' titles are the best thing we fans have to getting close to the movie's production process." -- SFcrowsnest
"there's drawing-board insight, by the ton; it's a rare painting/storyboard/thumbnail that isn't thoughtfully and candidly annotated by the concept artist responsible." -- Total Film
"If you like the movie or you want to continue the series, then you should definitely get this book." -- Collector Base
"The book isn't just a collection of images, though, as Phil Szostak's commentary, incorporating interviews with production designer Neil Lamont, design supervisor James Clyne, and screenwriter Jon Kasdan, digs into the process behind all the designs. There's a lot to learn about the creative process..." -- Starburst
"It takes a vast team of skilled artists to visualize even the smallest part of the Star Wars universe. Tirelessly working behind the scenes, an army of creatives use their talents to deliver the films that have become such an important part of popular culture, yet much of their artistic output won't necessarily see the light of day. That, quite literally, is what being a concept artist is all about-discarded ideas are an essential part of the design journey, and make for a fascinating insight into the creative process" -- Star Wars Insider

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