Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Art Review - Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Concept Art

Because today is both #museumtourtuesday and #starwarsday, it's only fitting that I feature work by the great Ralph McQuarrie.

McQuarrie's concept art for Star Wars influenced my desire to pursue art more than anything else in my life. As a child, I was amazed that art could not only depict fantastic scenes of far away places, but inspire my imagination to consider so much more beyond the edges of the picture.
McQuarrie was responsible for the look and feel of the Star Wars universe, which was the first feature film he ever worked on. He went on to have an incredibly successful career, working on many other blockbuster projects beyond the Star Wars films, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark and Cocoon, for which he won an Academy Award.
Yes, I am a geek.
May the Fourth Be With You.
In this concept art for Star Wars' iconic Mos Eisley Cantina scene, you can see the original designs for R2-D2 and C-3PO, as well as an early stormtrooper rendering.
McQuarrie envisioned lightsabers as a bit more ubiquitous in some early concepts. Even stormtroopers carried them.

This must have been a piece created after the film was green lit, as it features the later design of the Millenium Falcon.

This was the original concept for the Millenium Falcon, but was deemed too similar to a spacecraft from the TV show Space 99. It later went on to become the Rebel Blockade Runner featured in the opening of the film.

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