It has been close to a week since the release of the first [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158) trailer. A flood of great fan art has hit the internet as anyone with talent and a Jedi interest has given their own view of the small revealed world J. J. Abrams chooses to let us see. So far we have seen and imagined what all the fans have in their heads but almost nothing from the artists who draw and create whole worlds for a living: the concept artists themselves.
Fan art usually precedes greater art by a shadow's length of time. It is as if the better artist needs a chance to see the variations before they shape and draw their worlds, before commitment to pen, ink, pencil, canvas or pixels yields to permanence. The concept artist lives in the grit and reality of their dreams.
Where the fan artist is content to sketch the clouds, the concept artist needs to know to the utmost degree the physicality of this imagined space. Like God, the concept artist knows and can count every hair on a characters head, how strong the wind blows, which way the sun shines to create dawn and night, how best to draw a falling sparrow, a star fighter, a star ship, or a death/life star.
Presented here are 37 who dare to know Star Wars very well. A few have drawn the force for profit, but most presented here haven't. They have done other fantasy games, video games or other big film pieces. All of them have created a world worth viewing, imagining and visiting over and over again.