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..
"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.
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.