The Return of the Jedi portfolio by Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie

Millions of Americans became familiar with Ralph McQuarrie's art work during the televised CBS news coverage of the amazing Apollo lunar missions. His graphic illustrations revealed to us the first stages of man's exploration of the universe. He then went on to secure his importance as an artist of the space age when he visualized George Lucas's concepts, thus aiding in the creation of the most spectacular space epics of out time, STAR WARS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

Ralph McQuarrie was born on June 13, 1929 in Gary, Indiana. His earliest influence came from his grandfather, who did watercolors, and his mother, who did scetched and painted. He studied technical drawing in high school and landed his first major job with Kaier Graphics in the fifties. He soon moved over to the Boeing Company where he sharpened his craft in mechanical drawing. In 1965 he came to California with his life savings, set up shop in Venice Beach and began free-lancing in the film world. His intent has always been to study the fine arts while dreaming up and experimenting with new visual art forms.

This portfolio contains twenty new Ralph McQuarrie production paintings from RETURN OF THE JEDI. Once more McQuarrie enables us to take a wonderous step out among the stars to galaxies far, far away.

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