Concept Art: What “Star Wars” Might Have Been

The expansive, visually rich Star Wars universe begins with designs by artist Ralph McQuarrie.

Over the course of production, a lot can happen between the initial concept and the final version released to the public. To show how far concepts can evolve, and how design tweaks can impact the overall aesthetic of the final film, here’s a side-by-side comparison:

McQuarrie’s art is beautiful and engaging in its own right, regardless of the movies that resulted from them. His images tell their own story, and offer a fascinating look at what might have been:

The DAVE School took it upon themselves to attempt to realise original designs for “The Star Wars” in their concept trailer, “inspired by the works of George Lucas and Ralph McQuarrie”: