Ralph McQuarrie

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Ralph McQuarrie
Biographical information

June 13, 1929
Gary, Indiana, USA


March 3, 2012
Berkeley, California, USA




Star Wars work
Other works of note
"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[src]

Ralph McQuarrie was a visionary conceptual designer and futurist responsible for the look of the original trilogy of Star Wars. He passed away at his home on March 3, 2012 at the age of 82.[1]


RMQ working on a matte painting for The Empire Strikes Back.

He often went by the initials "RMQ", which he used as his signature. Most of his concept art is featured in The Illustrated Star Wars Universe and The Art of Ralph McQuarrie.

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.

McQuarrie was tuckerized via a cameo in The Empire Strikes Back as General Pharl McQuarrie.

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.

His artwork was featured in the 2014 title The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, authored by Tony DiTerlizzi.

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[src]

McQuarrie's artwork was such a major influence on the look and feel of the original trilogy.


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