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Star Wars Essential Guides Series

Project: Vehicles & Vessels - illustrated book

Client: Del Rey (Random House)

Date: 2003

Ballantine Books commissioned the artwork for Vehicles and Vessels based on imagery seen within the 'Star Trek Fact Files' and wanted a similar style of work.

The finished illustrations were produced in Adobe Illustrator. The artwork however started as a very basic 3D model which was then used to choose the viewpoint. This was the base for a detailed pencil construction, scanned and then worked up in Illustrator. A very labour intensive method which meant a long lead time of 14 months was required.

With over 90 illustrations produced in pencil and full colour the book was certainly a challenge and at the time stretching both the limits of the software and the illustrators which resulted in some beautiful work.