Tuesday, March 6, 2012

R.I.P. Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph Angus McQuarrie (June 13, 1929 – March 3, 2012)

It was sad for me to learn the other day that Ralph McQuarrie, the man 2nd most responsible for creating the universe of the original Star Wars Trilogy had died. Ralph McQuarrie was the Concept Artist and Production Illustrator for the original 1977 film, essentially single handily designing what places, vehicles, and characters based on George Lucas's descriptions. Thanks to he's artwork and designs George was able to visual sell he's story to the Fox studio executives and provided a basis for set, model, prop and costume creation for film production. My thoughts and condolences go out to McQuarrie's family and friends, he will be missed, and he's astonishing contributions to the entertainment world will never be forgotten.

Ralph on the set of Empire Strikes Back as he's walk on cameo as Rebel General Pharl McQuarrie

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