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The Man Who Painted Star Wars

As today is his birthday, its’ a good time to talk about the unbelievably gifted Ralph McQuarrie, the man who imagined some of the greatest films of all time.

McQuarrie initially worked as a technical illustrator for Boeing Aircraft during the 1960’s whilst in his spare time designing film posters. After setting up his own company he produced animated sequences of the Apollo space program for the CBS News network. Several forays into film illustration later, and his work was finally noticed in the mid 1970’s by a young George Lucas who was working up ideas for what was to become Star Wars.

The effortless sweep and timeless grandeur of his paintings was instrumental not only in defining the films style, but also in convincing 20th Century Fox to fund the film.

McQuarrie went on to work on all three of the original Star Wars Films as well as providing concept illustrations for Close Encounters, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first Star Trek film  and the original Battlestar Galactica.

So Happy Birthday and a huge thanks to the man who brought my childhood dreams to life.

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