Star Wars Essential Guide – Vehicles & Vessels

Project:  illustrated book

Client: Del Rey (Random House)

Date: 2003

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

The finished illustrations were all produced using Adobe Illustrator2. The artwork started as a very basic 3D outline model which was used to choose the viewpoint. This was the base for a more detailed pencil construction, scanned and then worked up in Adobe Illustrator. A very labour intensive method which meant a long lead time of 14mths was required.

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