For most of us die-hard Star Wars Fans, when we think about Star Wars Concept Art, the first name that comes to mind (and rightfully so) is the iconic Ralph McQuarrie:
And if you dig a little deeper, maybe you know Joe Johnson, who did a vast majority of the technical drawings:
But I will bet you good money that you’ve never heard of, or seen the art of, George Lucas’ first Concept Artist, Colin Cantwell. Cantwell’s concept art lacks a great deal of the ‘space fantasy’ feel from McQuarrie and Johnson that would define what we now think of as the iconic Star Wars look, but it’s obviously 2001-inspired, more mechanical feel provide us with a strange, almost dreamlike look into a space fantasy that was never was.
The sporty one-man ‘Devil Fighter’ of the original drafts.
Another iteration of the ‘Devil Fighter’
The ‘Devil Fighter’ starts to evolve into the X-Wing
The first proper X-Wing image.
The ‘Silvery Spaceship’ that began the original pre-draft story treatment…
Is this a Star Destroyer?
I believe this IS a Star Destroyer after all!
A detail view of an X-Winged ‘Devil Fighter’ attacking a proto-Star Destroyer