Monday, October 7, 2013

Lucasfilm Vault: An interview with Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie

I've always been fascinated by the art of Ralph McQuarrie. Not only were the concepts for Star Wars breathtaking but it is so close to what we finally saw on film for Star Wars. The vision of George Lucas was truly made reality by these works. Take a look at this special bit of video from the Lucasfilm vault.

In this special featurette from the Lucasfilm vault, Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie discusses his work and paintings that helped to visually define a galaxy far, far away, and bring George Lucas' vision to life. In his early meetings with Lucas, the filmmaker hired McQuarrie to create some illustrations that would help visualize his script for the movie studio. McQuarrie began work the same day, and soon, Star Wars was a go. To his surprise, many sequences from the film looked exactly like his concept paintings, which included initial designs for C-3PO and R2-D2, Darth Vader, the Millennium Falcon, and others, all seen in this video.

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