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- "Beyond the movies, his artwork has inspired at least two generations of younger artists—all of whom learned through Ralph that movies are designed. Like me, they were thrilled by his keen eye and creative imagination, which always brought concepts to their most ideal plateau. In many ways, he was a generous father to a conceptual art revolution that was born of his artwork, and which seized the imaginations of thousands and propelled them into the film industry. In that way, we will all be benefiting from his oeuvre for generations to come. Beyond that, I will always remember him as a kind and patient, and wonderfully talented, friend and collaborator."
- ―George Lucas
The late Ralph McQuarrie was a visionary conceptual designer and futurist responsible for the look of the original trilogy of Star Wars. He passed away in his home on March 3, 2012 at the age of 82.
In addition to the Original Trilogy, he provided concept illustrations for Shadows of the Empire. He also provided the illustration of the Ark of the Covenant seen in a Bible near the beginning in George Lucas' Raiders of the Lost Ark.
In the 30th Anniversary toy series, McQuarrie's concept art is turned into actual action figures. Such figures include a concept Chewbacca, a concept Han Solo, a concept Darth Vader, a concept Starkiller hero (the precursor to Luke Skywalker), two separate releases of the concept stormtrooper and a concept snowtrooper.
Influence on the filmsEdit
- "There was an afternoon where we were all gathered, months after Ralph [McQuarrie] actually stopped coming, and George [Lucas] made a point of thanking Ralph in front of everyone. Ralph stood up and said, 'I was one of the first people that George hired,' because Ralph is an unbelievably humble man. George got up and said, 'No, you were the first one.'"
- ―Nilo Rodis-Jamero on McQuarrie's retirement from the production of Return of the Jedi
McQuarrie's artwork was such a major influence on the look and feel of the original trilogy.
Influence on Star Wars Rebels Edit
McQuarrie's work has influenced Star Wars Rebels in multiple ways.
- The animation style of Rebels is very similar to that of McQuarrie's concept art.
- The design of Lothal was based on some of McQuarrie's concept art.
- The design of Zeb and his species, the Lasat, were based on early Chewbacca art done by McQuarrie.
- A man based on an early McQuarrie design of "General Skywalker" can be seen seated behind Sabine Wren in the episode "Droids In Distress."
- Darth Vader's armor in the Season 2 premiere "Siege of Lothal" resembles McQuuarrie's original design of Vader.
- "Boba Fett: Mystery Man in Not-So-Shining Armor"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 1
- "Still Designing A Galaxy Far, Far Away: A Profile of 'Artiste Extraordinaire' Ralph McQuarrie"—Star Wars Insider 24
- The Secrets of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
- Remembering Ralph McQuarrie: Dreamer and Visionary
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic
- "The Art of Harrison Ellenshaw"—Star Wars Insider 140
- "Launch Pad"—Star Wars Insider 150
- Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- "A Trip to the Light Side"—Star Wars Insider 152
- "The Rebel Bruiser"—Star Wars Insider 152
- "Rebel with a Cause"—Star Wars Insider 152
- "Chopper Rolls Out!"—Star Wars Insider 152
- "Classic Moment: Lando's Second Surprise"—Star Wars Insider 152
- "Back on Set!"—Star Wars Insider 160
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ The Art of Ralph McQuarrie
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 22.2 Hibberd, James (2014-01-23). 'Star Wars Rebels' interview: New series goes to dark places, embraces 1977 film's spirit. Entertainment Weekly.
- ↑ Hibberd, James (2014-01-23). 'Star Wars Rebels' interview: New series goes to dark places, embraces 1977 film's spirit. Entertainment Weekly.