Ralph McQuarrie (Star Wars artist) dies aged 82

Anyone that is a massive Star Wars fan will know the name of Ralph McQuarrie. He was behind a lot of the artwork for Star Wars and many other films.

Ralph McQuarrie

 

 Some of the other films Ralph McQuarrie had worked on

  • Star Wars
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • The Star Wars Holiday Special
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Return of the Jedi
  • Cocoon
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • batteries not included
  • Jurassic Park

 

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of such a visionary artist and such a humble man. Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars. His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy. When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph's fabulous illustrations and say, 'Do it like this.'

"Beyond the movies, his artwork has inspired at least two generations of younger artists—all of whom learned through Ralph that movies are designed. Like me, they were thrilled by his keen eye and creative imagination, which always brought concepts to their most ideal plateau. In many ways, he was a generous father to a conceptual art revolution that was born of his artwork, and which seized the imaginations of thousands and propelled them into the film industry. In that way, we will all be benefiting from his oeuvre for generations to come. Beyond that, I will always remember him as a kind and patient, and wonderfully talented, friend and collaborator."

 

George Lucas

 

 

You can see more of Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Artwork here

Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Artwork

Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Artwork

Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Artwork

Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Artwork

Rasher | 4th March, 2012
Rasher's picture
When i was younger i used to buy magazines just to get the posters of his work.
Picked up a lo of his work as posters over the years, but not sure where they are now.

These are some of my favourites (couldn't seem to find the Probe Droid one from Hoth though)



TheGingerKid's picture
Awesome images there Rasher, I'm sure he will be missed.
Dead Alive's picture
Not cool. RIP.

Any idea if he done the old trading card artwork? Some of those were awesome.

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