Showcase: The Force Behind the Look of Star Wars, Ralph McQuarrie

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Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Original Artwork Concept Lucas Films 1

The late great conceptual designer and illustrator, Ralph McQuarrie is the man we have to thank for the look and design of the original Star Wars Trilogy.

Impressed with his work, director George Lucas met with him to discuss his plans for a space-fantasy film. Several years later, in 1975, Lucas commissioned McQuarrie to illustrate several scenes from the script of the film. McQuarrie designed many of the film’s characters, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO and drew many concepts for the film’s sets. 

Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Original Artwork Concept Lucas Films

It was McQuarrie who suggested that Vader wear a breathing apparatus. McQuarrie’s concept paintings, including such scenes as R2-D2 and C-3PO arriving on Tatooine, helped convince 20th Century Fox to fund Star Wars, which became a huge success upon release in 1977. Neil Kendricks of The San Diego Union-Tribune stated McQuarrie “holds a unique position when it comes to defining much of the look of the “Star Wars” universe.” McQuarrie noted, “I thought I had the best job that an artist ever had on a film, and I had never worked on a feature film before. […] I still get fan mail — people wondering if I worked on Episode I or just wanting to have my autograph.”

Below is a master collection of his artwork gathered for your eye balling pleasure.

Enjoy (All HD ofc). Thanks for coming.

Ralph McQuarrie – Star Wars Art

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