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..

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..

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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

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Ralph McQuarrie - Star Wars Episode V Production Paintings

Ralph McQuarrie - Star Wars Episode V Production Paintings

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Illustration, Splinter of the Mind's Eye novel cover, late 1977

Illustration, Splinter of the Mind's Eye novel cover, late 1977

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Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie

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Preliminary sketches, Chewbacca, by Ralph McQuarrie

Preliminary sketches, Chewbacca, by Ralph McQuarrie

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Ralph McQuarrie, who did the concept art for Star Wars (among other films), died over the weekend. Here is one of his works.

Ralph McQuarrie, who did the concept art for Star Wars (among other films), died over the weekend. Here is one of his works.

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"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.

"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.

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Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie

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

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

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