• George Lucas Remembers Ralph McQuarrie

      "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."

      —George Lucas

      McQuarrie's expansive body of work — including character, creature, vehicle, and setting designs for A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi — has left an indelible mark on the world's imagination, creating what can only be called the unmistakable 'Star Wars aesthetic.'

      You can view a selection of Star Wars concept and licensed product paintings by Ralph McQuarrie in the slideshow on StarWars.com: http://starwars.com/news/ralph_mcqua...emembered.html
      Buy the hottest collectibles from: BigBadToyStore.com and BriansToys.com.


      Comments 3 Comments
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        The news of McQuarrie's passing breaks my heart. While his Parkinsons had robbed him of his ability to draw towards the end, his mind was still there and he still participated in the material, such as consulting with Hasbro on the McQuarrie figures. His art from the very first image resonated with me, the way every single image, no matter how still in subject, had movement and life and a suggestion of something larger. His art in "Illustrated Star Wars Universe" was the first Star Wars book I ever actively pursued. And knowing that Galoob hired him to do custom Star Wars artworks for their Micro Machines packaging made the line that much more true and special to me. I am not an autograph hound but at Celebration IV, when the booth for the Ralph McQuarrie book popped up next to the Hasbro booth and had some of the last items he ever signed on sale, I had to snap up one. Just a few months ago, I began hunting for McQuarrie posters for my home. To me, McQuarrie was like a great uncle I never met but had connection with, like both my grandfathers McQuarrie started out in the aerospace industry and yet dreamt bigger with ease, so his passing is bit of a loss to me.
      1. Warstar's Avatar
        Warstar -
        It broke my heart to read about the passing of Ralph McQuarrie. I had the extreme privilege to meet him at Starfest in Denver, CO, in 1996 (there's an old thread talking about it), and he was just an amazing, humble man. He was a bit hard or hearing even then, but I did, indeed, get to shake his hand. Back then, I was enamored with his visions of Coruscant- esp. since they were very prevalent in the "Shadows of the Empire" mythos at the time. I still love looking at all of his concept work for Star Wars to this day, and hope maybe someday, some of it will translate onto the big screen yet again.

        The Star Wars community at large has lost a great man this weekend. Let us honor him.
      1. Neuroleptic's Avatar
        Neuroleptic -
        Ralph MicQuarrie is the artist responsible for getting me interested in art enough to attempt to do something with it professionaly. It's very sad to see that he is gone.
    • Recent Forum Posts

      OC47151

      What have you watched recently?

      Independence Day: Resurgence. Not a bad action/sci-fi flick. It had a different feel than the original. Maybe if the producers hadn't waited 20 years?

      OC47151 5 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Bel-Cam Jos

      What have you watched recently?

      That's both cool and sad, BB. On PBS lately, they've had Ken Burns' National Parks documentaries showing, and I enjoy seeing places I've been before (but

      Bel-Cam Jos 12 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Bel-Cam Jos

      How did you spend your Saturday?

      Only time I went out was to the library, then the rest of the day was spent indoors away from the 100-degree temps reading, watching televised sporting

      Bel-Cam Jos 12 Hours Ago Go to last post
      bigbarada

      NEW Playmates TMNT Classics - Super Articulated!!

      That's some cool stuff. I'm not sure how sold I am on the pixelized paint apps, but the fact that the sculpts don't look pixelated at all leads me to

      bigbarada 14 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Lord Malakite

      NEW Playmates TMNT Classics - Super Articulated!!

      As of right now I believe the plan for the two 4-packs (one pack for the turtles and one pack for the foot clan) are that they will be only SDCC exclusives.

      Lord Malakite 1 Day Ago Go to last post
      bigbarada

      What have you watched recently?

      The Death of Yugoslavia - this was a BBC documentary that aired in 1995 detailing the events that led up to the collapse of Yugoslavia and the humanitarian

      bigbarada 1 Day Ago Go to last post
      bigbarada

      NEW Playmates TMNT Classics - Super Articulated!!

      Man, those are pretty cool too! Too many great choices all of a sudden.

      Are the NECA figures going to be released in a non-exclusive format?

      bigbarada 1 Day Ago Go to last post
      Lord Malakite

      NEW Playmates TMNT Classics - Super Articulated!!

      I don't know about you, but I'm digging the upcoming SDCC exclusive TMNT arcade figures from NECA.

      Lord Malakite 1 Day Ago Go to last post
      bigbarada

      NEW Playmates TMNT Classics - Super Articulated!!

      Yeah, all the group photos I've found so far include the cartoony expression heads.

      Here's another photo of Michelangelo with the alternate

      bigbarada 2 Days Ago Go to last post
      Bel-Cam Jos

      What's everyone having for lunch today?

      Lunch at The Hat: chili burger (I keep forgetting they put mustard and pickles on them), fries & ketchup, water (with ice! ) in a plastic cup.

      Bel-Cam Jos 2 Days Ago Go to last post
    Single Sign On provided by vBSSO