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Added by imanshole on 9 Jan 2016 05:30
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Rare Paintings of Star Wars Original Trilogy

"Meet Ralph Angus McQuarrie. He was an American illustrator, conceptual artist, and artistic mastermind behind several groundbreaking sci fi films such as E.T., Cocoon, Battle Star Galactica, and of course, the original Star Wars trilogy! If it weren't for this guy, many of our favorite film sets and characters wouldn't look the way we know them to look today.

Though McQuarrie is famous for sci fi concept art, he actually got his start in illustrating dentistry equipment. From there, he began completing higher profile jobs and even designed the film posters for CBS New's coverage of the Apollo landing.

McQuarrie's work spoke for itself and it wasn't long before director's began approaching him for concept art. in 1968, George Lucas came to the artist with an idea. McQuarrie was fascinated and seven years later agreed to create the illustrations using a very rough draft of the Star Wars script.

"I just did my best to depict what I thought the film should look like, I really liked the idea," said McQuarrie. "I didn't think the film would ever get made. My impression was it was too expensive. There wouldn't be enough of an audience. It's just too complicated. But George knew a lot of things that I didn't know."

One of the most famous illustrations from McQuarrie's gorgeous Star Wars series is the image of Luke and Vader having a light saber battle. At this point in the script, Luke's name was still "Deak Starkiller". This image is where the iconic Vader costume originated. McQuarrie decided to illustrate Vader with a mask because he felt that the Dark Lord would need a breathing apparatus if he was constantly switching between ships. Lucas agreed and the rest is history."

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