The defining artist of Star Wars, and so much more, has died, aged 82.
I am deeply saddened by the passing of such a visionary artist and such a humble man. Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars. His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy. When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph's fabulous illustrations and say, 'Do it like this.'
He did so much to illuminate fantasy and SF for my generation and beyond, he will be fondly remembered all over the world.