Growing up, there were two good ways to get a Star Wars fix outside of the movies: books (I’ve read 15+) or the work of Ralph McQuarrie. I’d get lost in his pictures in any bookstore I’d visit in malls and airports across Asia. He fueled hundreds, maybe thousands of hours of imagination, and opened my mind to the universe. An artist couldn’t give a better gift.
Perhaps less known than his work on Star Wars is that he drew a few covers for Isaac Asimov, my favorite of which is the cover for Robot Dreams. A beautiful humanising portrait of a robot, and the reason this is one of the few physical books I’ve held on to.
Thank you for years of inspiration Ralph!
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