Ralph McQuarrie, the concept artist for the original Star Wars trilogy, passed away over the weekend. His work raised the bar and forever changed the landscape for science fiction. Watching the Star Wars movies as a little kid, I naturally had no idea who he was. But a few years later, I discovered the “Art of Star Wars” books at the library, and I was blown away. I certainly knew who he was from that point on!
As a tribute, here’s a re-imagining of a well known scene from Star Wars, re-cast with the concept versions of Chewbacca and R2-D2:
This week, in honor of Mr. McQuarrie’s passing, we should all go create new worlds and new lifeforms… or at the very least, get some drawing done!