RIP Ralph McQuarrie, the first individual hired by George Lucas for the Star Wars films. His amazing conceptual artistic talent and ideas helped shape the entire Star Wars universe. Without his concept art many of the amazing characters and locations in the Star Wars universe would never had been created the way they turned out on film, TV and video games. He has and will continue to inspire artists , movie makers and fans such as myself. His work helped shape a big part of “PatMans”childhood, heck to be honest, it still plays an important roll in what I watch and what video games I play. Of course and by far most importantly, I feel for his family & friends at this time who knew the personal and non Star Wars side to this man that we the fans never did. Ralph McQuarrie died at the age of 82 years old. Here is some of his historic conceptual art from the original Star Wars Trilogy. You can see more great art after the link, below.