Set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, The Mandalorian is an original Disney+ series that charts the adventures of Din Djarin, a lone Mandalorian bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the Star Wars galaxy. Mandalorians are a race of warriors from the Outer Rim planet Mandalore, who are recognised by their distinctive helmet and warrior armour.
Concept art has always played a huge role in the creation of Star Wars entertainment, from Ralph McQuarrie’s original work on A New Hope, which brought George Lucas’ early ideas to life, to Iain McCaig’s designs of Darth Maul during the development of The Phantom Menace. For Phil Szostak, Creative Art Manager at Lucasfilm, receiving the first scripts to develop concept art for The Mandalorian was exciting. “We read those scripts and it was like, right out of the gate, Jon [Favreau] really gets it. It just felt really Star Wars and was so enjoyable to read. And it touched on so much of the legacy of Star Wars, as well.”
Szostak describes the relationships between concept art and writing as symbiotic and notes that the art can sometimes inspire the story itself. “It just seems to be the way it works best for Star Wars. I think part of the issue with Star Wars is that until a visual is put to it, it’s really hard, I think, for the writers to wrap their heads around what they’re trying to visualise with their story. Because Star Wars visuals are not like anything in our world.”