Last Saterday Legandary Illustrator Ralph McQuarrie has died at age 82.
Ralph McQuarrie’s amazing illustrator work shaped many of the classic characters, starships and alien landscapes we all know and love, and most importantly, remember.
Whether it’s Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, or the many other classic films he was a part of, it is fascinating to see the origins of the iconic imagery we’re used to watching.
McQuarrie started as a technical illustrator a Boeing. He was asked to make designs for Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. For his contribution on Cocoon, He recieved an Oscar in 1986.
McQuarrie designed the backdrops for the original Star Wars films, aswell iconic starships and characters like Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2 en C-3PO.
In remberance to McQuarrie, George Lucas wrote on his website: ‘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’.
My booksheves are not shy of a few artbooks and portfolio’s of McQuarrie’s work. He was one of my inspirators for becoming an illustrator. The energy and life conveyed by McQuarrie in his concept art is unparelled by any movie art I’ve ever come across.
Ralph McQuarrie will be missed, but never forgotten as long as the universes he helped create live on in millions of homes around the world.