Author Topic: Another prominent figure from my youth dies...Ralph McQuarrie  (Read 1202 times)

Bill Binkelman

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He was the conceptual artist for the first Star Wars trilogy. Really visionary, IMO.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/04/showbiz/star-wars-death/index.html

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Re: Another prominent figure from my youth dies...Ralph McQuarrie
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 04:53:46 PM »
I still have that original 'The StarWars Portfolio' collection of artwork that McQuarrie created, that literally got Star Wars off the ground back in 1976. I've always admired people like McQuarrie, Ron Cobb, Sam Didier, Syd Mead, H.R. Giger, and others, who could literally create magic from a blank canvas, and made our world a little better for showing us worlds that didn't exist until they opened the box just a bit to let us peek inside.

One of my favorite images from 'The Empire Strikes back' era:



I limited myself to just one. RIP, Ralph McQuarrie.
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Re: Another prominent figure from my youth dies...Ralph McQuarrie
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 07:11:54 PM »
I still have that original 'The StarWars Portfolio' collection of artwork that McQuarrie created, that literally got Star Wars off the ground back in 1976. I've always admired people like McQuarrie, Ron Cobb, Sam Didier, Syd Mead, H.R. Giger, and others, who could literally create magic from a blank canvas, and made our world a little better for showing us worlds that didn't exist until they opened the box just a bit to let us peek inside.



I limited myself to just one. RIP, Ralph McQuarrie.

Well said, Antdude!
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