Thursday, March 08, 2012

Ralph Mcquarrie Sketches

Ralph McQuarrie - Monster Alien Sketch

Ralph Mcquarrie - Cantina Creature Sketches

Ralph McQuarrie - Chewbacca Sketches

Ralph Mcquarrie - Swamp Creature Sketches 3

Ralph Mcquarrie - Swamp Creature Sketches 4

Ralph Mcquarrie - Dagobah Production Painting (Empire Strikes Back)

Ralph Mcquarrie - Swamp Creature Sketches 1

Ralph Mcquarrie - Swamp Creature Sketches 2

Ralph Mcquarrie - Sketches for Space Slug

Ralph Mcquarrie - Sketches for Mynocks

Ralph Mcquarrie - Preliminary drawings for Tauntaun

Ralph Mcquarrie - Gamorrean Guards Sketch 1

Ralph Mcquarrie - Gamorrean Guards Sketches 2

Ralph Mcquarrie - Jabba the Hutt Sketches 2

Ralph Mcquarrie - Jabba the Hutt Sketches 1

Ralph Mcquarrie - Rancor Sketches

Monster Brains viewer M Rogers perfectly describes the above McQuarrie drawings.. 'This is what the memory of Star Wars will remain for me: a parade of wonder. Regardless of whatever saccharine vagaries have turned the original saga into a bag of doritos, i will always remember the sense of expansiveness and magic that seemed to emanate from the various Star Wars that could have been, the stelliform "alternate realities" suggested by production/development art like McQuarrie's and by the sense of a greater history and context that existed before the prequels. Even now, hating that bag of "StarWar-itos" with all of my being, these sketches fill me with a childlike sense of wonder, fear, and excitement. McQuarrie's designs suggest a Star Wars before Star Wars, an unrealized virtual history for a film that pulled a Back to the Future on itself and perverted its own development with "glittering prizes and endless compromises." '

Ralph McQuarrie paintings coming up this weekend.

7 comments:

Jay said...

FANTASTIC work. Thank you Mr. McQuarrie.

Paul Tinker said...

Absolutely incredible monsters. Thanks for posting.

Emma Lisa said...

This is amazing. Beautiful and gruesome.

Aeron said...

The second image down with the Cantina monsters, looks like they were drawn by Matt Furie.

Barking Alien said...

Classic stuff man. Truly awesome.

M Rogers said...

This is what the memory of Star Wars will remain for me: a parade of wonder. Regardless of whatever saccharine vagaries have turned the original saga into a bag of doritos, i will always remember the sense of expansiveness and magic that seemed to emanate from the various Star Wars that could have been, the stelliform "alternate realities" suggested by production/development art like McQuarrie's and by the sense of a greater history and context that existed before the prequels. Even now, hating that bag of "StarWar-itos" with all of my being, these sketches fill me with a childlike sense of wonder, fear, and excitement. McQuarrie's designs suggest a Star Wars before Star Wars, an unrealized virtual history for a film that pulled a Back to the Future on itself and perverted its own development with "glittering prizes and endless compromises."

Aeron said...

Excellent summary of the artwork M, I hope you don't mind my quoting you in the post.