Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Inspiration: Ralph McQuarrie, Concept Artist
Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who transformed George Lucas’s earliest scripts into lush, vivid images of intergalactic expanse and light-saber combat that became the visual core of the “Star Wars” saga, died on Saturday at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 82.
Lucas: “Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision ‘Star Wars,
When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph’s fabulous
illustrations and say, ‘Do it like this.’ ”
Slideshow of Star Wars Concept Art by McQuarrie: