Colin Cantwell I: The Star Wars Artist You’ve Never Heard Of.

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:
McQuarrie Sabers

And if you dig a little deeper, maybe you know Joe Johnson, who did a vast majority of the technical drawings:
Johnson Gun

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 Fighters' of the original drafts.

The sporty one-man ‘Devil Fighter’ of the original drafts.

Another iteration of the 'Devil Fighter'

Another iteration of the ‘Devil Fighter’

The 'Devil Fighter' starts to evolve into the X-Wing

The ‘Devil Fighter’ starts to evolve into the X-Wing

The first proper X-Wing image.

The first proper X-Wing image.

The 'Silvery Spaceship' that began the original pre-draft story treatment...

The ‘Silvery Spaceship’ that began the original pre-draft story treatment…

Is this a Star Destroyer?

Is this a Star Destroyer?

I believe this IS a Star Destroyer after all!

I believe this IS a Star Destroyer after all!

A detail view of an X-Winged 'Devil Fighter' attacking a proto-Star Destroyer

A detail view of an X-Winged ‘Devil Fighter’ attacking a proto-Star Destroyer

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