Ralph McQuarrie is possibly one of the most famous concept artists in the world.
He's more famous than those TWO dudes that Peter Jackson uses to do Lord of the Rings anyway...
McQuarrie stamped his mark on the Star Wars franchise almost as much as George Lucas did. Lucas came up with the ideas, McQuarrie drew them and his drawings served as guidance for how the original Star Wars trilogy came to look.
Here's 18 odd classic concept drawings from Ralph that in some way shaped or inspired the look of the people, creatures, robots and landscapes in the far far away galaxy.
A New Hope
I loved the X Wing as a kid, who didn’t imagine themselves flying to Dagobah to hang out with Yoda? These designs of the X, Y and A wings are just awesome. .
Luke and the vast dessert of Tatooine
An early design of the golden rod known as C3PO. Clearly McQuarrie himself was inspired by the film Metropolis.
Watch out for this bad ass
Han Solo introduces Luke and Obi Wan Kenobi to the Millennium Falcon
The medal ceremony at the end of A New Hope:
The Empire Strikes Back
Rebel Base hidden away in the ice cover of Hoth
Here’s Luke on the ice, just after his Snowspeeder crashed.
A trip to see Yoda on Dagobah
|How about you do some trying?|
An offer to join Vader and the Dark Side
|I'm your Father so join me maybe?|
Return of the Jedi
The visit to Jabba's Palace is one of my favorite times in the entire Star Wars trilogy. So much to see. And it had the Rancor!
|Do not underestimate me, Fatty|
So be it, Jedi!!!
As you can see, Ralph's designs have been far reaching across the original trilogy of Star Wars films.
Extra for Experts - in early scripts there were going to be two Death Stars above a planet known as Had Abbadon.