Based on his experience from filming the original starwards trilogy, writer-director George Lucas knew that visualization was an important part of the film process. Very early on, therefore, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) art director Doug Chiang began reviewing thousands of designs for Episode I.
Chiang has stated that Lucas intended Episode I to be stylistically different from the other Star Wars films; it would be “richer and more like a period piece since it was the history leading up to A New Hope” (1977).
Ralph McQuarrie’s paintings for the original trilogy inspired many concept artist working today, for the prequel trilogy, Lucas Films and ILM turned to numerous artists, Doug Chiang, Ryan Church, Iain McCaig, Warren Fu and Feng Zhu.
This new generation of artists came to Star Wars to imagine everything from a new kind of Sith to the creation of the Death Star. There are star cruisers, fighters, epic space battles, attack droids, clone troopers, fantastic alien cultures, and landscapes.
A whole new kind of war among the stars came to life in the hands of this new generation. Here is some of the amazing art from the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, enjoy.