Joe Johnston’s sketches for the Millennium Falcon. The cockpit of the Falcon was actually sawed off the original Pirate Ship model.
The design was changed to look more like a hamburger. The mandibles on the front of the Falcon were meant to be practical. From the book Making Star Wars:
“We justified the mandibles by saying that they could be a freight-loading area where your cargo goes in,” Joe Johnston said. “Something comes out and grabs the freight and takes it back into the ship.”
Concept vs. Reality: Queen Amidala
Artist of the Week - Phil Tippett, original trilogy animator.
"Padme Amidala is a joy to draw, and I was privileged to follow her from birth to first love, motherhood to death. I often base my invented characters on real people, and I was so amazed by Natalie Portman’s performance in The Professional that I kept using her as a model for the young queen. After many hundreds of drawings, George finally asked, "Do you know this girl?" He eventually cast Natalie on her own merits, of course, but I like to think my Jedi mind tricks paved the way." - Iain McCaig
Ralph McQuarrie - Jabba’s Palace and Sail Barge