It's a sad day for the concept art world. Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who created concept designs for the first Star Wars trilogy, the original Battlestar Galactica television show, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and other science fiction classics, has passed away at age 82..

It's a sad day for the concept art world. Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who created concept designs for the first Star Wars trilogy, the original Battlestar Galactica television show, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and other science fiction classics, has passed away at age 82..

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Ralph McQuarrie's Ultra-Rare Cover For The Empire Strikes Back Novelization Is Gorgeous

Ralph McQuarrie's Ultra-Rare Cover For The Empire Strikes Back Novelization Is Gorgeous

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Ralph McQuarrie - Star Wars Episode V Production Paintings

Ralph McQuarrie - Star Wars Episode V Production Paintings

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Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie

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Illustration, Splinter of the Mind's Eye novel cover, late 1977

Illustration, Splinter of the Mind's Eye novel cover, late 1977

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"I just did my best to depict what I thought the film should look like, I really liked the idea. I didn't think the film would ever get made. My impression was it was too expensive. There wouldn't be enough of an audience. It's just too complicated. But George knew a lot of things that I didn't know." —McQuarrie on Star Wars.

"I just did my best to depict what I thought the film should look like, I really liked the idea. I didn't think the film would ever get made. My impression was it was too expensive. There wouldn't be enough of an audience. It's just too complicated. But George knew a lot of things that I didn't know." —McQuarrie on Star Wars.

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Preliminary sketches, Chewbacca, by Ralph McQuarrie

Preliminary sketches, Chewbacca, by Ralph McQuarrie

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Ralph McQuarrie (PM's a lot more cramped that this. This is more like Dathusha's command deck.)

Ralph McQuarrie (PM's a lot more cramped that this. This is more like Dathusha's command deck.)

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Star Wars concept paintings by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars concept paintings by Ralph McQuarrie

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Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie

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