Remembering Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie died yesterday at the age of 82. His pre-production paintings shaped the Star Wars films …and the Star Wars films shaped me.

His work adorned my bedroom wall when I was growing up—I remember this Return Of The Jedi poster in particular.

Return Of The Jedi

His sweeping vistas populated with small figures dwarfed by their otherworldly surroundings helped to establish the Star Wars universe as something that existed beyond the confines of the films. George Lucas made the movies …but Ralph McQuarrie shaped the mythology.

His passing is being marked elsewhere on the web:

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Previously on this day

9 years ago I wrote American Odyssey

Brighton to Illinois to Texas to Florida to Oregon to Washington to Brighton.

11 years ago I wrote £5 slides

Talking about Huffduffer.

13 years ago I wrote Watching the stream

This life stream idea has legs. Also: why Yahoo Pipes and Ning won’t be duking it out.

14 years ago I wrote Adactio Austin

Party like it’s SXSW06

17 years ago I wrote Celebrity Hair

A transcript of part of an iChat conversation with Jamie over at Message: