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RIP Ralph McQuarrie

ltspiers's Avatar

03.03.2012 , 08:02 PM | #1
Ralph McQuarrie, the visual mastermind behind almost everything we see in any Star Wars movie or game, has become one with the Force.

Amazing how some of the most popular film characters and scenes got their start in his head, including images from Battlestar Galactica, ET and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Everyone do yourself a favor and fire up a Google image search of this guy. Absolutely amazing.

RIP Ralph McQuarrie
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03.03.2012 , 08:31 PM | #2
Major bummer. When people think Star Wars, they often think only of George Lucas. We owe Ralph for just about every look at feel in the Star Wars universe.

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03.03.2012 , 08:36 PM | #3
Damn, just googled this guy.


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03.03.2012 , 09:14 PM | #4
Some of the first art I ever put up in my bedroom was his Star Wars concept art back when I was 7. I stared endlessly at the images and for a moment I really felt like I was in another place. Tis a sad day.
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03.03.2012 , 09:46 PM | #5
Very sad. I was just watching the interview with him on the BD bonus disk this morning

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03.03.2012 , 10:00 PM | #6
dude was HUGE for creating star wars. sad to see him go.
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03.03.2012 , 10:59 PM | #7
I just logged in to post about his death.

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03.03.2012 , 11:10 PM | #8
Without this man we may never would have gotten Star Wars. His art is what sold the movie.
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03.03.2012 , 11:13 PM | #9
Truly a great loss both to the SW community and the world of concept art.
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03.03.2012 , 11:13 PM | #10
He was well known for being not just an amazing artist, but an incredibly nice guy who really respected the fans and lovers of his work.

One recent story stems from his work on Battlestar Galactica. The original filming model of the Galactica had been acquired by a group seeking to restore it for public display. They ran into just one problem. The original landing bay that you saw on screen was actually a matte painting done by Ralph that sat inside the model. But the painting had long since gone missing. There were no good images of what it was supposed to look like. At a loss the restorers contacted Ralph asking of he had a saved photo or copy of the picture that they could use for the model on display. Instead of pulling out a copy for them he not only recreated and repainted the original matte by hand himself. He also made a matching but slightly different one for the opposite side hanger (which had never had an actual detailed landing bay. When filming they simply flipped the film to show the starboard hanger instead of the port). He figured since the model would finally be displayed for 360 viewing it should have both hangers showing. The modelers were stunned and overjoyed when the package containing two new matte paintings and a very nice letter from RM arrived in the mail.

Just a really nice guy.