ILM Star Wars artwork competition produces amazing results

Boba Fett returns fire over Han Solo frozen in carbonite. Great work by Mario Alberti

Boba Fett returns fire over Han Solo frozen in carbonite. Great work by Mario Alberti

As a boy growing up, some of the delight in being a Star Wars fan came in imagining my favourite heroes and heroines in new adventures, on new planets and with new allies and enemies.

Armed only with some Star Wars figures and whatever I could think up, I would spend hours playing away or writing stories – and today I had a similar experience.

Industrial Light & Magic recently held a competition for artists to come up with new pictures depicting the Star Wars universe.

3,888 artists entered and produced work around two briefs –  The Moment and The Ride.

These were narrowed down until a final 224 started the final brief, called The Job.

Within those, ILM’s Art Directors challenged artists to imagine key moments, new vehicle designs, character and droid designs, and epic battles within the Star Wars universe.

Unsurprisingly artists responded in droves and they produced some fantastic pieces of work, with Matt Rhodes, a concept artist who has worked on games including Dragon Age, a stand-out for me.

You can see the winners here, while ILM also picked their favourites here.

I’ve also pulled out a few of my favourites for you to enjoy below.

The Revenge of Alderaan

The Revenge of Alderaan, created by Matt Rhodes. "Trench runs and exhaust ports are great, but I wanted to explore a more blunt, emotional statement. The Rebels recovered the largest remaining piece of Alderaan, and they're going to punch a revenge-hole."

The Revenge of Alderaan, created by Matt Rhodes. “Trench runs and exhaust ports are great, but I wanted to explore a more blunt, emotional statement. The Rebels recovered the largest remaining piece of Alderaan, and they’re going to punch a revenge-hole.”

 Han says goodbye in a hurry

Mario Alberti's Star Wars artwork included this piece - "Han had to have bike, one with a Falcon painted on it! And of course a knack for getting into troubles with the Imperials..."

Mario Alberti’s Star Wars artwork included this piece – “Han had to have bike, one with a Falcon painted on it! And of course a knack for getting into troubles with the Imperials…”

Drinks?

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The onlooker

Paul Dainton's image shows Boba Fett looking on at Han Solo from the shadows

Paul Dainton’s image shows Boba Fett looking on at Han Solo from the shadows

Final moments

Darren Pattenden's painting of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru

Darren Pattenden’s painting of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru

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