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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..

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

Ralph McQuarrie's Ultra-Rare Cover For The Empire Strikes Back Novelization Is Gorgeous

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

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

"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.

TESB: This is a painting of Yoda for an unproduced children's book.  For a children's book, Ralph McQuarrie felt that the cover should be light and fun.  (Hence, the bright colors.)  While the children's book was never produced, this image was ultimately used for The Empire Strikes Back Radio Dramatization poster, the cover of the Jedi Master's Quiz Book, as well as a fan club sticker.

Best of 2014: Original Star Wars Concept Illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie

TESB: This is a painting of Yoda for an unproduced children's book. For a children's book, Ralph McQuarrie felt that the cover should be light and fun. (Hence, the bright colors.) While the children's book was never produced, this image was ultimately used for The Empire Strikes Back Radio Dramatization poster, the cover of the Jedi Master's Quiz Book, as well as a fan club sticker.

Original concept art for Star Wars by Ralph McQuarrie.

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The Gorgeous Original Star Wars Concept Art By Ralph Mcquarrie

The Gorgeous Original Star Wars Concept Art By Ralph Mcquarrie

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