It’s been a sad week for Star Wars fans the world over, with the news that the iconic ‘Star Wars’ designer Ralph McQuarrie has passed away at age 82.
For those of you who might not have heard of him, he’s the visionary artist whose conceptual artworks and paintings played a pivotal role in creating and indeed storyboarding George Lucas’s ‘Star Wars’ films. Many of the sets in the film, are directly based on Ralph McQuarrie’s creations. He is literally the man that came up with the look of Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2, the Stormtroopers to name just a few.
Interestingly enough, the success of his work on Star Wars, gave him the opportunity to help create conceptual designs for other classic movies ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Back To The Future”, “Total Recall”, “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial” and even the TV series ‘Battlestar Galactica’ – all iconic films in their own right.
This week the world really did loose a true visionary, who’s imagination brought hours of delight and utter escapism to millions of individuals who watched those films. He will be dearly remembered.