Man Moebius really kills it with his art for the movie willow. Though the film turned out different. These designs really show a different fantasy world envisioned by the artist. I hope someday these can be repurposed in another film or concept elsewhere.
Tell Forward Blog discovered this and he describes the work of moebius, was really able to understand George Lucas influences and translate them to a drawing to inspire the film’s concept.
The sheer amount of art that has been produced for Lucasfilm projects is overwhelming in its quantity and quality. One of the artists, whose contributions to Lucasfilm’s archives are particularly exciting, is French master illustrator Jean “Moebius” Giraud.
When I was in college, a friend showed me a book that was a retrospective of Moebius’ diverse works for various clients over his long career. I was stunned when I came to a series of spreads exploring a rich fantasy world through pen and ink and watercolor. I was further surprised when I realized that these designs were commissioned by Lucasfilm for the film “Willow.” As an enormous fan of Moebius and as a huge fan of these sketches, it is impossible for me not to imagine what a film driven by these designs would have looked like.
Moebius shows himself to be a master of understanding George Lucas’ influences for this film, which included Akira Kurosawa’s Noh influenced samurai films. His use of a Noh theater mask for the character of Sorsha is one of my favorite decisions. Another example of Moebius’ playfulness as a creative thinker is his making the Kael character a purple beast with a tattoo of a green dragon on his forehead. Essentially, a monster who has a tattoo of a monster on him!