Star Wars Artist Ralph Mcquarrie Dies
Legendary artist Ralph Mcquarrie dies at age 82
A sad day today as we see legendary artist Ralph Mcquarrie die. Mcquarrie was responsible for many defining aspects of the Star Wars universe, such as the final design of Darth Vader, Chewbacca and the X-wing Starfighter.
Star Wars Creator George Lucas paid his respects to the great artist:
"I am deeply saddened by the passing of such a visionary artist and such a humble man. Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars. 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.'
"Beyond the movies, his artwork has inspired at least two generations of younger artists—all of whom learned through Ralph that movies are designed. Like me, they were thrilled by his keen eye and creative imagination, which always brought concepts to their most ideal plateau. In many ways, he was a generous father to a conceptual art revolution that was born of his artwork, and which seized the imaginations of thousands and propelled them into the film industry. In that way, we will all be benefiting from his oeuvre for generations to come. Beyond that, I will always remember him as a kind and patient, and wonderfully talented, friend and collaborator."
Ralph was also responsible for designing famous aspects of Battlestar Galactica, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Jurassic Park and Cocoon
He will be missed
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