I find it really sad when I get to know about a great artist only when he or she dies. Unfortunately that happened again in March 3rd when Star Wars concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie, passed away.

Born in America in 1929, Ralph was the hand behind the concept art that helped bring life to some of the most famous characters of all times, like Darth Vader and Yoda. Of course that seeing these you'll get to see that the final product, the one we watched on screen, was slightly different from Ralph's concepts, which are great nonetheless. This is a quite long post, by since we're talking about a trilogy, you should understand my motives. He's done many great pieces, and these are only a "few" of them. Don't forget to check Ralph's official site. I hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;)

A New Hope

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Return of the Jedi

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie

About the author of this post

I'm Paulo Gabriel, a Publicist by degree and Designer by passion with a taste for the meaningful and emotional. I work at Printi as a Designer and Front-End Developer. Here at Abduzeedo, I always try to bring you only amazing content, things that mean something for me and for those around me.