Star Wars Matte Paintings

Before you needed a computer programmer to create amazing landscapes for movies, all you needed was a sheet of glass and a talented artist to transport viewers to a galaxy far far away.

Matte paintings were a way for directors and artists to create “fake sets” by having the artists paint backgrounds onto oversized Plexiglas with blacked out areas that would be filled with the actual actors and sets.    If done right, the matte painting and sets would merge and create the illusion of uniformity.

The majority of the work featured on this page is the work of Chris Evans, Mike Pangrazio, Frank Ordaz, Harrison Ellenshaw, and Ralph McQuarrie.

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