Thursday, October 13, 2011
Star wars concept art by Ralph McQuarrie
Ralph McQuarrie was the concept artist who brought the visual style to Star Wars way back in the seventies. He worked closely with George Lucas to design characters, space ships sets and almost everything you saw in Star Wars. Some of his original concept designs very drastically from what eventually ended up on screen, but you can definitely still see the influence. You can check out his website here http://www.ralphmcquarrie.com/. This particular image interests me as I recently learned that c4po's design was conceptually a male version of the iconic android from Metropolis. You can see the resemblance to the machinenmensch here very clearly, of course some features were altered to better match his robot butler type personality.