Concept art is always a double-edged sword. On one hand it shows how everything could have gone terribly wrong, but on the other it shows how everything could have been better. For example comic book artist extraordinaire Ken Lashley, posted some conceptual art he did for Star Wars Forces of Destiny, on his Facebook page.
Before the show had it’s official “I’s” dotted and “T’s” crossed, Ken was one of the artists contacted by Hasbro to do some designs for the company. Ken posted a few sketches he did for Hasbro, so I reached out to him to get a better understanding of how this process comes together.
“Well, it’s about the feel. Early development work is for all aspects. There was already some work in place. After concept work is submitted, then all the teams take a look and see where it’s at. l do lots of these gigs and it’s all behind the scenes work. For this project my work was very well received by Hasbro.
Basically, while the final look of these characters was not my art, my work was part of the overall look that helped shape them into the final versions.”
Check out the gallery below for a look at some fascinating artwork by Ken Lashley, that shows part of the origins of the characters in the series.
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About Star Wars Forces of Destiny:
Star Wars Forces of Destiny is a new initiative celebrating the inspiring stories of iconic heroes from a galaxy far, far away…. An exciting, new series of animated shorts that remain true to the Star Wars universe will show how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters.
Fans will be excited to discover that talent from across Star Wars films and animated TV series reprise their roles for the Forces of Destiny shorts: Daisy Ridley as Rey, Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Tiya Sircar as Sabine Wren, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, John Boyega as Finn, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata and more.