Ralph McQuarrie empire strikes back concept art - jail on cloud city

TESB: Han Solo is in deep Bantha poodoo in this concept painting by Ralph McQuarrie. Security guards prevent the shackled Solo from escaping, while Darth Vader is having a conversation with Lando.

There is no doubt that Ralph McQuarrie’s sublime art was fundamental in shaping the success of Star Wars, and enriching the galaxy far, far away. For years his work has been archived and championed, but a new book is collecting some of his best (and some of his rarest) Star Wars art in a lavish volume, and we’ve got an exclusive look inside.

Inside a Treasure Trove of Rare Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Art

There is no doubt that Ralph McQuarrie’s sublime art was fundamental in shaping the success of Star Wars, and enriching the galaxy far, far away. For years his work has been archived and championed, but a new book is collecting some of his best (and some of his rarest) Star Wars art in a lavish volume, and we’ve got an exclusive look inside.

Luke in bacta tank recovering from his injuries incurred on Cloud City

Unfortunately that happened again in March when Star Wars concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie, passed away.

Star Wars art by Ralph McQuarrie

Images from The Art of Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie - Star Wars - TESB: The carbon-freezing chamber is located deep.

Ralph McQuarrie painting on glass for matte painting composite of Millennium Falcon parked on Bespin landing deck for Empire Strikes Back

Ralph McQuarrie working on a matte painting for the cloud city scene in The Empire Strikes Back

ROTJ: Several Ralph McQuarrie sketches showing views of Coruscant --- the political center of the universe. Coruscant was the capital of the Republic, an entire planet evolved into one city. The bottom of the three images shows the Imperial Palace on Coruscant.

ROTJ: Several Ralph McQuarrie sketches showing views of Coruscant — the political center of the universe. Coruscant was the capital of the Republic, an entire planet evolved into one city.

Star War concept art by Ralph McQuarrie

Unfortunately that happened again in March when Star Wars concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie, passed away.

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In Memory of Ralph McQuarrie, the Artist who Designed Darth Vader & R2-D2

In Memory of Ralph McQuarrie, the Artist who Designed Darth Vader & R2-D2

McQuarrie played the uncredited role of General Pharl McQuarrie in The Empire Strikes Back. He appears in Echo Base on Hoth in the film's opening sequence. An action figure in his likeness as "General McQuarrie" was produced for Star Wars anniversary.

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