Ralph McQuarrie Concept Art Reveals A Different Kind of Star Wars Universe

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In the wake of his passing earlier this month, many art lovers and Star Wars fans alike have spent time reflecting on the work of concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. McQuarrie, who died at the age of 82, was best known as one of the guiding hands behind some of the sci-fi genre’s greatest franchises including the original Star Wars trilogy, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Battlestar Galactica.

In fact, it was thanks in part to McQuarrie’s artwork that Star Wars was given the green light early in production. He even designed many of the series most well-known characters including Chewbacca, Darth Vader and the droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO in addition to many of the set pieces that make up the Star Wars universe and while some of his designs naturally evolved – as often happens in a collaboration of that scale – it’s always fascinating to look back at an artist’s original vision. Here’s to you, Mr. McQuarrie, may the Force be forever with you.

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Rondal Scott III is an illustrator and graphic designer who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and is a self-professed Twitter addict. He’s illustrated several independent children’s books and in 2009 his obsession with horror movies and pop culture inspired him to establish the Strange Kids Club, a virtual clubhouse for geeky, pop culture nostalgia.

 

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