Ralph McQuarrie, the artist behind many of the character and other designs of the first three Star Wars Movies has passed away yesterday aged 82. Among his works are thecharacters Chewbacca and Darth Vader as well as the Storm Troopers.
George Lucas himself had this to say about McQuarrie’s contribution to Star Wars:
“His genial contribution, in the form of unequalled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy.
“When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph’s fabulous illustrations and say, ‘do it like this’.”
So toda, we mourn the passing of a great artist, whose work has enriched the lives and imagination of millions. May you rest in the Force, Mr. McQuarrie!