Top 10 Photos from Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie

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By: Loud Josh

 

In the Holy Trinity of Star Wars, you have George Lucas: visionary, John Williams: maestro, and Ralph McQuarrie: artiste. Like the renaissance masters before them, these men sculpted science fiction in their image transporting us not only to different worlds, but to a whole new galaxy far, far away. Today, with the release of Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie, we have the opportunity to celebrate one of these masters. This two volume set, features beautiful art from McQuarrie’s creative genius from his first rough sketches to gorgeous matte finishes that visually brought to life the Star Wars Universe. As a lover of all things Star Wars, this book is a must own. It is amazing to see what pieces were pulled directly into the films, others that evolved as the creative process and story evolved, and still others that were cut from the original trilogy entirely only to be used later in the prequels or in the cartoons. Below are my personal 5 favorite pieces from each volume.

 

VOLUME ONE: Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back

 

  1. “Fantastic Five,” April 1st, 1975
    1a
  2. “Big Gun,” July 13, 1978
    1b
  3. Flying Beast at Cloud City
    1c
  4.  Supertrooper
    1d
  5. “Sword Fight on Antenna,” August 21-22, 1978
    1e

 

VOLUME TWO: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

  1. Imperial Walker & Snowspeeder
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    2a
  2. Confrontation with Probot2b
  3. Concept Sketch: Scooter
    2c
  4. Emperor’s Throne
    2d
  5. Production Illustration: Sicemon
    2e

 

Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie by Brandon Alinger, Wade Lageose, and David Mandel is available today, September 27, 2016 online and at major booksellers!


    2 Comments

  1. Robin LeeFebruary 15th, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I have the real film footage of the Maxfield Parrish estate art studio where the masterpieces were created. Lucas said that it was the art work of Maxfield Parrish that directly inspired the feel and look of Star Wars film, The Lucas Effect, page 282. The Parrish studio has been senselessly destroyed. I had been filming there, I lived close by and adored going to the Parrish estate to play and write plus I filmed it well and captured in my film that world that Parrish created. I am in hopes that some one will discover this very valuable and important story, it is vital for the art world and the world of, Star Wars! – maxfieldparrishmotif.com and maxfieldparrishmovie.com will provide you with a lost chapter in art history that I have protected and worked on for twenty years now. Any one know George Lucas ? Thank u, Robin Lee, Maine ||

  2. Robin LeeApril 23rd, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    WOW AND EPIC, NEW INFO OUT OF THE UK ABOUT PRINCESS LEIA- STAR WARS AND MAXFIELD
    PARRISH, THIS IS AN AMAZING READ– JUST DO IT !

    ( The Game of Nerds origins of Star Wars the case of Maxfield Parrish)

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