This is Christopher Evans, Artist and Matte Painter on Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and many more, AMA!
Hello, Reddit, This is Christopher Evans. My career as an artist has included shows in New York galleries and museums, working as a matte painter at George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic, travel assignments with National Geographic magazine, and creating historical scenes for California's Chumash Indian tribe. More Info for Reddit: A few days ago my son showed me this album on Reddit of Star Wars matte paintings and I wanted to share with you some additional information about those paintings, who did them and how they were done, as well as answering any other questions you might have about my art.
The photos are primarily from these books: The Invisible Art by Craig Barron and Mark Vaz; Industrial Light & Magic by Thomas Smith; The Art of Return of the Jedi; Moviemakers at Work by David Chell.
It's been three hours and I think I've answered almost everything so sadly I have to go. Thank you for all of your questions, I really enjoyed answering them.