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ILM shares concept art from their Star Wars: The Force Awakens portfolio

03.14.2016

There's nothing like imagining the possibilities when creating a new work, but seeing it come to life visually is a complete game changer. Concept art is some of the most fun, creative, imaginitive, and inspiring art you can witness, as it helps shape the final work to come and guides the idea into full fruition. And, most of the time, it's pretty badass. Such is the case with ILM's recently released STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS portfolio of concept art, which features some great early designs of things that came to be (and things that didn't). Showing some of the now iconic moments from the latest franchise film in their early stages, it's cool to see how they eventually panned out on the big screen, while imagining what it would've been like had they followed down some of the other paths teased here.

There are 45 images in total at the official site, but I plucked some of my favorites to show off below. Take a look at the below and then head over to ILM and see the whole thing for yourself. Oh, and if you REALLY dig this sort of thing, I highly recommend picking up The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has some of the featured art here and TONS more. If this is your bag, then it's worthy of your shelfspace.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hits blu-ray/DVD on April 3rd. Preorder HERE!

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Source: ILM

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6:21PM on 03/14/2016
Wow I sure am glad Luke didn't look like that! Everyone would have laughed instead of gasped at his big reveal!
Han on the other hand looks badass!
Wow I sure am glad Luke didn't look like that! Everyone would have laughed instead of gasped at his big reveal!
Han on the other hand looks badass!
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4:04PM on 03/14/2016
I've seen more than this and I have to say that the interesting ideas for Episode VII weren't used at all.

Instead we got a feminist screed couched in a tiresome fan-ficish rehash with painful on the nose dialogue.
I've seen more than this and I have to say that the interesting ideas for Episode VII weren't used at all.

Instead we got a feminist screed couched in a tiresome fan-ficish rehash with painful on the nose dialogue.
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3:38PM on 03/14/2016
I agree. Han Solo sporting the beard and trench coat is pretty bad ass. I kinda wish they went with that too
I agree. Han Solo sporting the beard and trench coat is pretty bad ass. I kinda wish they went with that too
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1:36PM on 03/14/2016
Solo with a beard would have been awesome. I wished they stayed with that look. And Luke looks like another actor in the eyes. Its on the tip of my tongue but I just cant figure out who
Edit: OK, he looks like Chris Pine in the movie Stretch
Solo with a beard would have been awesome. I wished they stayed with that look. And Luke looks like another actor in the eyes. Its on the tip of my tongue but I just cant figure out who
Edit: OK, he looks like Chris Pine in the movie Stretch
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1:27PM on 03/14/2016
Curse those that dissuaded Ford from wearing that outfit with the facial hair. Damn that looks badass...
Curse those that dissuaded Ford from wearing that outfit with the facial hair. Damn that looks badass...
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12:32PM on 03/14/2016
Damn, I really wish they got Ford to rock that goatee and trench coat. It would have been a nice homage to Deckard in Blade Runner.
Damn, I really wish they got Ford to rock that goatee and trench coat. It would have been a nice homage to Deckard in Blade Runner.
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1:11PM on 03/14/2016
Exactly what I thought when I seen that pic, what a missed opportunity.
Exactly what I thought when I seen that pic, what a missed opportunity.
4:47PM on 03/14/2016
They should have went with this look. Would have been much cooler
They should have went with this look. Would have been much cooler
12:09PM on 03/14/2016

This has been out for a while

This was released back in December with their "Art of the Force Awakens" book. Just sayin'
This was released back in December with their "Art of the Force Awakens" book. Just sayin'
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12:03PM on 03/14/2016
I'm sorry but the Han Solo with Goatee and trench coat is fucking epic!
I'm sorry but the Han Solo with Goatee and trench coat is fucking epic!
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