I was having a chat via Skype with my brother this morning and we spent a bit of time discussing Star Wars as he was currently rewatching the prequel films. By an unhappy coincidence, later in the afternoon I heard the news that one of the original concept artists, Ralph McQuarrie, passed away today.
I wasn’t familar with McQuarrie until his death but reading through some messageboard threads I came across some of his artwork and I think it looks absolutely phenomenal. It’s clear this guys vision and illustrations for Star Wars was a major contributing factor to how the original trilogy ended up looking. I’ve spent the last hour or so poring over his work.
I thought I’d share some of my favourite ones here.
R.I.P Ralph McQuarrie