Monday, 5 March 2012

In Memory of Ralph McQuarrie (1929-2012) (Updated)

Ralph McQuarrie (1929-2012)

Hey, this is Film Guru Lad
here! I've got some sad news
for Star Wars fans they
might want to hear, Ralph
McQuarrie, the man responsible
for doing the concept illustrations
of the original trilogy of 'Star Wars' as well as designing the characters of Darth Vader, C3PO, R2-D2, Boba Fett and Chewbacca has passed away at the age of 82.

He was born on Gary, Indiana, US and then moved to California during the 60s. He once worked as a technical illustrator for Boeing as well designing film posters and others. In 1975, he was commissioned by Director George Lucas to illustrate the scenes as well as doing the characters for the first 'Star Wars' movie 'A New Hope' which leads right up to two sequels 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi'. McQuarrie also did the concept art for other movies such as 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', 'E.T. the Extra Terrestrial', 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', 'Cocoon' (Which won him an Oscar for Best Visual Effects) and others. He also did the illustration on the original TV series of 'Battlestar Galactica'. He retired doing his concept design and his artwork can been seen through art exhibitions or even his official website (click here).

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