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Book Showcases Iconic ‘Star Wars’ Art From Ralph McQuarrie

The Force was strong with visionary concept artist behind the famed franchise's look.

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Ralph McQuarrie Book
(© Abrams Books, 2016; [C] 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization)

 

The force has awakened once again—but this time, in the form of an 800-page, full-color tome, featuring the collected works of Star Wars‘ famed artistic visionary, Ralph McQuarrie.

If you’re having a difficult time placing the name, McQuarrie, who died in 2012, was more of the franchise’s behind-the-scenes guy, working closely with director George Lucas on the initial designs for his then-nascent Star Wars project. But he’s no less of a star than Mark Hamill or Harrison Ford, simply because he helped make their characters come to life.

 

Ralph McQuarrie Book
(© Abrams Books, 2016; [C] 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization)

We can thank McQuarrie for designing iconic characters such as Darth Vader, C-3P0, and R2-D2; as well as numerous costume designs, storyboards, posters, and book covers. Hell, the guy even produced Lucasfilm’s holiday cards. The book collects images of all of these and more, including scads of never-before-seen illustrations, unpublished interviews, and comment from McQuarrie’s closest friends and colleagues.

 

Ralph McQuarrie Book
(© Abrams Books, 2016; [C] 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization)
Notably, the book was, in part, pieced together by Brandon Alinger of L.A. auction house Prop Store (check out one of its upcoming Star Wars–related auction here); and David Mandel, an Emmy-winning writer for Saturday Night Live.

 

The book retails for $250, and you buy it here. Wondering what it looks like on the inside? We’ve got a sampling of McQuarrie’s sketches, concept art, and paintings below.

Ralph McQuarrie Book
(© Abrams Books, 2016; [C] 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization)
Ralph McQuarrie Book
(© Abrams Books, 2016; [C] 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization)
Ralph McQuarrie Book
(© Abrams Books, 2016; [C] 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization)
Ralph McQuarrie Book
(© Abrams Books, 2016; [C] 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization)

Ralph McQuarrie Book
(© Abrams Books, 2016; [C] 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization)