George Lucas, John Williams, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill are the names most often associated with Star Wars. But the one wizard who left as big a thumbprint on the Star Wars universe as anyone was concept artist Ralph McQuarrie.
Mr. McQuarrie designed everything from the hamburger-shaped Millenium Falcon to its seven foot walking carpet of a copilot.
Any artist would be happy to create half as many iconic images as Mr. McQuarrie. I, for one, will never walk through a forest without imagining one of Ralph's Imperial Walkers chasing a family of Ewoks through a cluster of sequoias.
Here's to Mr. McQuarrie, and the wonderful world he created for us in a galaxy far, far away.