Star Wars’ first live-action TV series, The Mandalorian was created by fans for fans, and every frame tugs at the nostalgia the franchise’s fans hold for the original 1970s and 1980s trilogy. With those films the most fans could hope for were magazines and books, often ordered via Scholastic book orders at their schools, each showing a few images from the films that could take us–in a snap–back to the movies. It’s something fans of the franchise have gotten excited about now for nearly 44 years running. From the first publication of Ralph McQuarrie’s earliest concept art, fans wanted more. We’ve seen several books on The Mandalorian, including Abrams Books’ The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian (reviewed here). The first of the behind the scenes books we reviewed in October here at borg was Titan Magazines’ The Mandalorian: The Art & Imagery, covering the first four episodes of the first season. Now The Mandalorian: The Art & Imagery Volume 2 is available, and you can order it here at Amazon or find it at any brick and mortar bookstore. Take a look inside…
Covering episodes 5 through 8, this is another journey into the processual artwork for the show. As with the first volume, The Mandalorian: The Art & Imagery Volume 2 is not a book of interviews with creators, but it is primarily devoted to showcasing the concept art with some interspersed screen images and poster art.
This is the work of artists and designers that inspired the final production sets, costumes, and props, with works by Doug Chiang, Christian Alzmann, Ryan Church, Nick Gindraux, John Park, Jama Jurabaev, Erik Tiemens, Brian Matyas, Seth Engstrom, and Anton Grandert.
Beasts, planets, ships, battles, armor, and characters. And everyone’s favorite new Star Wars character, Baby Yoda aka The Child. As with the first volume, if some of the painted art looks familiar, that’s because you’ve seen some of it in the end credits to each episode, backed by the Ennio Morricone-inspired music of Ludwig Göransson.
And you’ll find more images created like mock-ups for a Topps trading card art series, like this one:
This is a collection for fans of vintage Star Wars and anyone who loved the look of the series. Pick up the first volume of The Mandalorian: The Art & Imagery now here at Amazon and Volume Two of The Mandalorian: The Art and Imagery here, both available now.
C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg