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, the artist who created concept designs for the first Star Wars trilogyEncounters of the Third Kind, E., and other science fiction classics, has passed away at age

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

Dearly departed artist Ralph McQuarrie is a legend, and even though much of his work has obviously been chronicled, he’s still capable of pulling off a few surprises.

TESB: This is a painting of Yoda for an unproduced children's book.  For a children's book, Ralph McQuarrie felt that the cover should be light and fun.  (Hence, the bright colors.)  While the children's book was never produced, this image was ultimately used for The Empire Strikes Back Radio Dramatization poster, the cover of the Jedi Master's Quiz Book, as well as a fan club sticker.

Best of 2014: Original Star Wars Concept Illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars movie posters have always been a way for kids to show off how well they liked the film. I know that when I was a kid I had one from each movie proudly hanging on my wall. As I got older I eventually decided that movie posters hanging on a.

"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.

Star Wars looks a little different/Here some dark here some light -Elegant Armor Ralph McQuarrie concepts

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

The holographic screen stretched halfway across the room, showcasing the coordinates. Star Wars concept painting by Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie - Star Wars Episode V Production Paintings

Ralph McQuarrie - Star Wars Episode V Production Paintings. This is so cool and these paintings are amazing!

Ralph McQuarrie positronic robots Illustrations for Isaac Asimov Robot Vision.

carolina-cg:Ralph McQuarrie positronic robot illustration for Isaac Asimov Robot Vision.

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

TESB: This Ralph McQuarrie painting shows the so-called "Knobby White Spider" laying eggs. Believe it or not, in the Star Wars universe, the Knobby White Spider is a bizarre creature that grows up to be a tree (a gnarltree)!

Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars art -- I want this hanging in my room!!

Ballistic Publishing announced the awarding of the EXPOSÉ 7 Grand Master to renowned Star Wars concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie.

STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI Speeder Bike Concept Art by Joe Johnston, Nilo Rodis-Jamero and Ralph McQuarrie | RAR Writes

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Speeder Bike Concept Art by Joe Johnston, Nilo Rodis-Jamero and Ralph McQuarrie

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