|A sketch tribute for two great artists.|
The first "art of" book I ever bought was "The Art of Star Wars." I can't recall exactly when I got the book, but I think it was during high school. I was a full-on Star Wars nerd back then and those books opened a whole new world for me. It was only then that I made the realization that someone could be a concept artist. Before then, I never really thought about the process of design when it came to movies or animation. (I was mostly into comics.) Ralph McQuarrie had a beautiful sense of design. His work has an elegant simplicity that still holds up today. I can't think of many other concept artists that have had a bigger impact on film and visual design. Emily and I were fortunate to meet him back in 1997 and he was a gentle, humble man and my condolences go out to his family and friends.
|Probably my favorite of McQuarrie's Star Wars production paintings. I love the |
posing of the characters and the amazing composition.
|Moebius's design work on the much maligned|
(but I still love it) fantasy movie "Willow" are
some of my favorite pieces of character design.
|Another favorite of mine. Little Nemo in Slumberland.|
Emily's post about McQuarrie:
Ralph McQuarrie's website:
Nice post on Lines and Colors about McQuarrie's passing:
Quenched Concsiousness, an amazing tumblr for all things Moebius:
Some other tributes from comic artists: