As a Star Wars fan and someone who aspires to be a Star Wars artist - I can't begin to contemplate the extent of the impact that Ralph McQuarrie has had on me.
It was very sad to hear of his passing - but he has left a wonderful legacy to be very proud of.
The longevity of Star Wars owes a great deal to his imagination and skill in visualising the characters, vehicles and environments that us fans know so well.
He was no less than Vader's father !!! Not to mention the unmeasurable contribution to the visual identity of the Star Wars saga. May his soul reach this galaxy far, far away...
if anything mcquarrie was under appreciated by star wars fans, he had a huge huge impact on the entire star wars mythos.
You're right - one of the first things I remember about Star Wars was being given a pop-up book as a small kid - and that had at least a couple of Mcquarrie production images in it (I certainly remember a painting of the X-Wing in the Death Star trench scene). I never knew that at the time they were his work - but those were some very effective images!
"Not gone mearly marching far away."
grate starwars artist his work on the old starwars animations is fantastic