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..

Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who created concept designs for the first Star Wars trilogyEncounters of the Third Kind, E., and other science fiction classics, has passed away at age

"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.

Star Wars looks a little different/Here some dark here some light -Elegant Armor Ralph McQuarrie concepts

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

Dearly departed artist Ralph McQuarrie is a legend, and even though much of his work has obviously been chronicled, he’s still capable of pulling off a few surprises.

Ralph McQuarrie - Star Wars Episode V Production Paintings

Ralph McQuarrie - Star Wars Episode V Production Paintings. This is so cool and these paintings are amazing!

Concept art from Ralph McQuarrie. He defined the look & feel of the whole Star Wars franchise.

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TESB: This is a painting of Yoda for an unproduced children's book.  For a children's book, Ralph McQuarrie felt that the cover should be light and fun.  (Hence, the bright colors.)  While the children's book was never produced, this image was ultimately used for The Empire Strikes Back Radio Dramatization poster, the cover of the Jedi Master's Quiz Book, as well as a fan club sticker.

Best of 2014: Original Star Wars Concept Illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie

The Empire Strikes Back - Yoda - Luke Skywalker - Darth Vader Classic Sci Fi Movie Poster Art - Starwars Han Solo

Ralph McQuarrie

Images from The Art of Ralph McQuarrie

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High resolution Star Wars concept art

High resolution Star Wars concept art by Ralph McQuarrie & Doug Chiang

Star Wars, 1977 - Ralph McQuarrie

Tony DiTerlizzi discusses his book The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, and his admiration for Ralph McQuarrie and the original Star Wars trilogy.

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

The holographic screen stretched halfway across the room, showcasing the coordinates. Star Wars concept painting by Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie painting of the earlier Battlestar Galactica Viper (publicity still). The design was used later for the Starfighter in Buck Rogers in the Century.

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