Friday, December 5, 2014

Freeze Your AT-AT Off With STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Concept Art and Matte Paintings by Ralph McQuarrie

Friday, December 5, 2014 - by Maurice Mitchell 3

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back concept art by Ralph McQuarrie

Check out Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back concept art by Ralph McQuarrie!

Every Friday I feature artwork from a classic of science fiction cinema. This week's "Flashback Friday" post is on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

Ralph McQuarrie is a professional illustrator who's worked on Hollywood films and television like Battlestar Galactica (1978)E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and the unmade Forbidden Planet remake.

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Hoth








Asteroid


Dagobah







Bespin

















 









Additional artwork thanks to Christopher!

See more of Ralph McQuarrie's masterful portfolio at http://dreamsandvisionspress.com (formerly RalphMcQuarrie.com)

Click on the links if you want to see more of Ralph McQuarrie's work or Star Wars artwork on my blog.

What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back what do you think of the film?

Official Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Synopsis:
"After the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion's defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin. In the midst of a fierce lightsaber duel with the Sith Lord, Luke faces the startling revelation that the evil Vader is in fact his father, Anakin Skywalker."
Directed by Irvin Kershner
Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky, BSC
Production design by Norman Reynolds  
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz
Release date:  May 21, 1980
Official Site: http://www.starwars.com/explore/the-movies/episode-v
© Copyright 1980 LucasFilm. All rights reserved


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3 comments:

  1. Shocked to say there's a few here I don't think I've seen before, excellent!

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  2. Great point Zathras! I'll make a note of it.

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  3. McQuarrie's work never gets old. It's amazing how the movie brought his designs to life. I also love the creatures he designed for Dagobah. Too bad they never used them. Another great overview

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