Friday, March 16, 2012

R.I.P. Ralph McQuarrie, 1929-2012

Ralph McQuarrie was a true illusionist in cinema history. His hand painted matte pieces were grand and believable in the Star Wars films and still hold up to today's standards of CGI. His vision of a used, gritty, lived-in look in the Star Wars galaxy is one of the reasons that attracted me to Star Wars than any other science fiction. Thank you, Ralph for imagining a fantastical galaxy I can always dive into when I need an escape from the 9-5 work life!

TOP - RMQ's concept art of a landing pad on Cloud City
BELOW - my tribute to Ralph's piece in an upcoming page of Loo Harvest Chronicles.

TOP - Ralph's concept art of Alderaan
BELOW - My poor man's version of Ralph's Alderaan piece also found in an upcoming page of Loo Harvest Chronicles.

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