Ralph McQuarrie, the visionary artist who helped George Lucas create the world of Star Wars, has passed away at the age of 82. Instrumental in visualizing the Star Wars world, he also designed the characters of Darth Vader, Chewbacca and RD-D2.
It's easy to take for granted the Star Wars series, especially with the over saturation experienced in re-releases and new editions, but seeing Ralph McQuarrie's concept art brings it all home to the amazing world he helped create with George Lucas.
Make sure to watch the teaser trailer for The Empire Strikes Back from 1979, which featured McQuarrie's concept art, due to the live-action footage not being available.
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