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It's a sad day for the concept art world. Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who created concept designs for the first Star Wars trilogy, the original Battlestar Galactica television show, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and other science fiction classics, has passed away at age 82..

It's a sad day for the concept art world. Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who created concept designs for the first Star Wars trilogy, the original Battlestar Galactica television show, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and other science fiction classics, has passed away at age 82..

Ralph McQuarrie's Ultra-Rare Cover For The Empire Strikes Back Novelization Is Gorgeous

Ralph McQuarrie's Ultra-Rare Cover For The Empire Strikes Back Novelization Is Gorgeous

Ralph McQuarrie's Ultra-Rare Cover For The Empire Strikes Back Novelization Is Gorgeous

Ralph McQuarrie concept art for a dinner in the clouds.

Ralph McQuarrie concept art for a dinner in the clouds.

"I just did my best to depict what I thought the film should look like, I really liked the idea. I didn't think the film would ever get made. My impression was it was too expensive. There wouldn't be enough of an audience. It's just too complicated. But George knew a lot of things that I didn't know." —McQuarrie on Star Wars.

"I just did my best to depict what I thought the film should look like, I really liked the idea. I didn't think the film would ever get made. My impression was it was too expensive. There wouldn't be enough of an audience. It's just too complicated. But George knew a lot of things that I didn't know." —McQuarrie on Star Wars.

Ralph McQuarrie - Star Wars Episode V Production Paintings

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Ralph McQuarrie - Star Wars Episode V Production Paintings

Cantina de mos eisley donde la escoria de la galaxia se junta a chupar - Ralph McQuarrie - Comment by Torby

Images from The Art of Ralph McQuarrie

Cantina de mos eisley donde la escoria de la galaxia se junta a chupar - Ralph McQuarrie - Comment by Torby

Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie

The gorgeous original Star Wars concept art by Ralph McQuarrie

The Gorgeous Original Star Wars Concept Art By Ralph Mcquarrie

Ralph McQuarrie positronic robots Illustrations for Isaac Asimov Robot Vision.

Ralph McQuarrie positronic robots Illustrations for Isaac Asimov Robot Vision.

Star Wars, 1977 - Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars, 1977 - Ralph McQuarrie

Original concept art for Star Wars by Ralph McQuarrie.

Original concept art for Star Wars by Ralph McQuarrie.

star wars art | ... of the Week: Ralph McQuarrie ‘Star Wars’ concept art | Quaedam

Wallpapers of the Week: Ralph McQuarrie ‘Star Wars’ concept art

star wars art | ... of the Week: Ralph McQuarrie ‘Star Wars’ concept art | Quaedam

TESB: Two early Ralph McQuarrie sketches for a ONE-man snowspeeder (with no radar operator in the back).  They were a bit too boxy from the front view, so Joe Johnston gave them more wing in the final design.

TESB: Two early Ralph McQuarrie sketches for a ONE-man snowspeeder (with no radar operator in the back). They were a bit too boxy from the front view, so Joe Johnston gave them more wing in the final design.

Ralph McQuarrie (PM's a lot more cramped that this. This is more like Dathusha's command deck.)

Ralph McQuarrie (PM's a lot more cramped that this. This is more like Dathusha's command deck.)

Concept art from Ralph McQuarrie. He defined the look & feel of the whole Star Wars franchise.

Concept art from Ralph McQuarrie. He defined the look & feel of the whole Star Wars franchise.

Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie