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Ralph McQuarrie Passes Away

Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica concept artist passes away.

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 03, 2012
Source: Associated Press

Ralph McQuarrie, the man credited with bringing director George Lucas' vision for "Star Wars" to the big screen, has died at the age of 82. McQuarrie's conceptual designs were the basis for some of the trilogy's iconic characters such as Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO. A statement on McQuarrie's official website, posted after his death Saturday, said his influence on design will be felt forever.

"There's no doubt in our hearts that centuries from now amazing spaceships will soar, future cities will rise and someone, somewhere will say... that looks like something Ralph McQuarrie painted," it read.

Lucas said he was saddened by McQuarrie's passing, calling him a visionary artist and a humble man.

"Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars," Lucas said. "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.'"

McQuarrie also helped to create concept designs for the original Battlestar Galactica TV show, along with the movies E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Ralph McQuarrie’s Star Wars Concept Artwork

Ralph McQuarrie’s Star Wars Concept Artwork

Ralph McQuarrie’s Star Wars Concept Artwork

Ralph McQuarrie’s Star Wars Concept Artwork


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iceknight52 3/4/2012 12:18:26 PM

Truly sad news...my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

mlaforce 3/4/2012 12:34:36 PM

R.I.P Mr. McQuarrie

You made my childhood a memerable one and I will never forget those feelings I had when I was in my early teens and watched your work grace the silver screen. A very sad day indeed although his art work will always have deep meaning to me and will live on forever in my heart and mind...

jedi4sshield 3/4/2012 2:03:23 PM

Thank you Sir for the wonderful vision that you, brought to the Star Wars Universe. You are an inspiration too many, including myself as an artist. Your work and it's legacy will never be forgotten! R.I.P Mr. McQuarrie.

jimvo99 3/4/2012 2:04:10 PM

Good night funny man.

wrrlykam 3/4/2012 2:51:14 PM

Man what bad news to end the weekend. Painted some of my all time beloved  pictures, such rich dynamic colours combined with fantastic functional 'futuristic' designs, The blue sky Hoth battle shown above being among my favourites.

mike10 3/4/2012 2:54:52 PM

Rest in Peace Mr. McQuarrie. I have enjoyed Mr. McQuarrie's work since the mid 1970's when I first saw it in Starlog magazine. I was hoping that George Lucas would use Mr. McQuarrie's original design of Darth Vader's armor in Revenge of the Sith to show that Vader had a early version of his armor but instead Mr. Lucas went with the original trilogy design.

Thank You for giving the world some of the most incredible visions ever created.

Wiseguy 3/4/2012 2:58:43 PM

RIP, you'll live on forever  for no one can erase the mark you left behind

monkeyfoot 3/4/2012 5:40:46 PM

As a kid I had a subscription to Jim Steranko's Mediascene magazine. Because of his Hollywood contacts, he had an article on Star Wars almost a year before it came out. Since alot wasn't even shot yet, the piece was mostly illustrated by McQuarrie's artwork, including a centerfold of Vader dueling another masked character (presumably Luke). I kept that on my wall in anticipation of that film. If this movie was even half as good as those paintings this movie would be the greatest event in human history.

I wasn't disappointed. Good journey to you, Mr. McQuarrie.

almostunbiased 3/4/2012 5:47:39 PM



Johnnyathm1 3/4/2012 7:10:54 PM

I remember that trailer. I was 11yrs old and thought to myself, if those paintings look this good I cant wait to see the film!

Later friend, your legacy will live on.

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