|One of Ralph McQuarrie's five original concept paintings for Star Wars.|
Legendary concept artist, designer and illustrator Ralph McQuarrie died yesterday, He was 82. Most notably, he defined the captivating visual appeal of the original Star Wars trilogy of films more than any other one person, and designed arguably the films most iconic characters; Darth Vader, C3PO and R2-D2. He also worked on classic well-known films such as Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Batteries Not Included, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Star Trek VI, Cocoon, the original Battlestar Galactica TV series and produced paintings for numerous Del Rey / Ballantine paperback covers throughout the 1980s.