on designing spacecraft….

Ralph McQuarrie out.

In real bummer news, legendary sci-fi illustrator Ralph McQuarrie died on March 3rd.  His initial design paintings for a little move called Star Wars made it possible  A.) for studio execs to have some sort of idea of what this crazy George Lucas fellow was talking about B. ) inspire the imagination of every kid who dreamed of a well-designed, visually appealing spaceship.

I’ve been looking at his paintings since I was about 6 years old, so this is a pretty big loss in my book.  The Ain’t It Cool obid does far more justice than I will, (plus it has lotsa pictures).  Below is the original design for the Millennium Falcon….

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