Rip into this revealing new official X-Wing art for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Jan 21, 2015, 4:54 PM EST

We've already seen a few shots of the redesigned X-Wing fighters in some exclusive set images, such as J.J. Abrams standing beside a mockup, and in glimpses of the sleek spaceships skimming over the water in The Force Awakens teaser.  Now here are three revealing pieces of official art courtesy of licensed Lucasfilm and Disney illustrator Robert Bailey that give us more engaging angles from which to view them.

These beautiful pencil and pastel drawings depict two squads of rebel fighters sporting green and blue colors and are based on actual concept art, storyboards and screen captures.  While the first and third sketches illustrate new single split-engine, scissor-wing design seen in the teaser and behind-the-scenes photos, Bailey's second drawing, titled "Low-Level Attack," uses the old-school design observed in the original trilogy.  Whether The Force Awakens will include a blending of both models is yet to be seen, but until December, add this to your visual encyclopedia of Star Wars VII conjecture.  Bailey, one of the only artists allowed to do Star Wars renderings, was a World War II combat illustrator for 20 years before joining George Lucas on Star Wars as a concept artist.  

How do you like the Canadian artist's gorgeous graphite drawings of X-Wings in battle, and which style do you prefer?

(Via Comic Book Movie)