From the Star Wars Universe: drawings of the galaxy’s most iconic ship

These are pretty incredible detailed drawings of the Millennium Falcon I stumbled across online. There is a ton of awesome stuff in here. 

It’s been called everything from a “piece of junk” to “garbage,” but the Millennium Falcon has never failed its crew through the deepest reaches of the galaxy.

Commercial concept artist Kemp Remillard created illustrations showing fans what the interior of the Falcon might look like to celebrate the ship’s epic return in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The detail is incredible, down to the hyperdrive initiation lever.

We spoke with Remillard on how the image came together (including how he gained access to Lucasfilm’s top-secret, 3D blueprints of the Falcon). You can see more concept art of the movie’s ships in Remillard’s book, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections.”

As its owner, Han Solo, puts it in the original “Star Wars” movie, “She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid.”

When the art editor of “Star Wars Incredible Cross-Sections,” a book series dedicated to dissecting the galaxy’s vehicles, first approached Remillard about illustrating the “Force Awakens” edition, the artist admits he was terrified of one ship in particular.

“The Falcon is probably one of the most mythologized fictional space ships ever and I wanted to make sure my version lived up to the standard set by generations of fans,” he told Tech Insider.

A lifelong fan of the franchise, he started doing his homework.

Lucasflim provided reference images, technical manuals, and 3D renderings of the Millennium Falcon used in “The Force Awakens.” It was Remillard’s job to “fill in the blanks.”

He sketched out some layout options with pencil and paper, and later constructed the illustration in Photoshop using a 10-year-old electronic drawing tablet.

The file size was roughly 1,000 times that of the printed page, allowing him to include details that almost can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Part of the fun of the assignment was building on the “Star Wars” mythos. There are Easter eggs hidden in the image that answer many fans’ questions about the movies.

“I really wanted to put in a solve that shows where Lando pops out of the Falcon to save Luke as he’s dangling from the bottom of Cloud City in ‘The Empire Strikes Back,'” Remillard says. “The Falcon source material pointed to it being here, but in the movie it’s not exactly clear.”

A holochess table, used for playing the classic strategy game Dejarik, also makes an appearance in Remillard’s illustration.

In “A New Hope,” the characters hide under the floor panels in the hallway of the Falcon. Remillard figured it couldn’t be the only secret compartment in a smuggler’s ship.

He added a small removable panel behind a sleeping bunk that allows crew members to access the front cargo hold (without using the front cargo elevator).

Lucasfilm also clued Remillard in on some plot points in “The Force Awakens” before its 2015 release — but not before swearing him to secrecy.

“I was let in on some details about the movie that would affect the look and feel of the new vehicle’s background,” he says, such as any wear and tear on the Falcon.

He also discovered that the First Order had learned from previous Imperial mistakes and installed hyperdrives in its SFX Tie Fighter vehicles.

One of the more controversial add-ons to the Falcon was a galley and kitchen, supposedly gifted from Han Solo to Leia Organa after their wedding.

Fans were in an uproar over the so-called wedding gift, but Remillard says it was never intended as a commentary on traditional gender roles. They simply wanted to answer the question, “Where does the crew eat aboard the Falcon?”

“I also just really wanted to have an excuse to draw some of the ‘Star Wars’ appliances like we get to see in Aunt Beru’s kitchen on Tattooine,” he says.

A blue mug sits on the counter, which Remillard says is blue because Chewie drinks “vaporated blue milk and Bothan Splenda” from it.

Ultimately, Remillard’s illustration serves as a testament to the beauty and power of the ship that’s sheltered our heroes through nearly 40 years of “Star Wars” movies.

He says it’s not entirely a realistic rendering of modern spacecrafts, but that’s okay.

“The science borrows from our reality but is in no way beholden to it,” Remillard says. “The spacecraft in ‘Star Wars’ are supposed to excite our imagination and hold true to what I like to call the ‘rule of cool,’ which means, concepts have to be cool above all other concerns.”

The Falcon, or at least Remillard’s reimagining of it, is definitely cool.

Hey guys! Chris Palkow aka Sirc Michaels here. I wanted to reiterate that this is NOT my original story, but it IS something I give a crap about! I hope you find it informative and interesting! Leave your comments and share!

Here is a link to the original story: http://www.techinsider.io/star-wars-millennium-falcon-interior-illustration-2016-4

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