Star Wars: The Art of Ralph McQuarrie

by Pierre Vudrag on Saturday, August 1, 2020

When trying to get Hollywood studios to green light his science fiction serial, Star Wars, George Lucas submitted a draft of his script along with Ralph McQuarrie’s conceptual art as part of the pitch to Alan Ladd Jr., Studio Chief at 20th Century Fox.  Fox approved the budget and green lit the film.  McQuarrie’s art, while not used in the promotional materials for the release of the film,  pretty much established the look and style of Star Wars which we have all come to know.  McQuarrie himself has been quoted as saying that his work was never intended to be seen by anyone except for the crew involved in producing the film.  After the enormous popularity of Star Wars, Ballantine Books, recognizing the potential commercial success of this art, released a commercial portfolio containing 21 of McQuarrie’s paintings.  The portfolio including two pages of liner notes by Carol Wikarska, director of publications for Star Wars.R2-D2 and C-3PO first arriving on Tatooine after their narrow escape from Imperial Stormtroopers
Luke fighting Darth Vader

The Death Star


Battling the Death Star
Tusken Raiders

The Cantina

The portfolio measures 10.75″ x 14″.

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