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Monday, May 29, 2006

Ralph McQuarrie

In my mind the very first member of the Artist's alliance - the brilliant Ralph McQuarrie.

This piece in intended to celebrate his Star Wars universe vision. In addition to this, it is also meant to recognise the influence his work has had on most of us.


Blogger Cat Staggs said...

OMG!!! MARK!!!! AAAAAAHHHHHH!! that is beautiful!!!

Blogger Grant Gould said...

I agree with Cat.. That is amazing. :D

Blogger Mark Raats said...

Thank you so much!
I have sent a low-res file to him to see if he is happy with the likeness and the overall piece. I have never met him so this one was based entirely on the photographic reference they sent to me... Hopefully its on the money.

I tried to include images that reminded me of his iconic vision and hopefully it does his wonderful art justice.

Blogger Checkmark said...

Thats awesome. The old StarWars stuff has a really good feel to. You'll hafta let us know when he responds.

It'd be cool to hear what he has to say.

Blogger Amos Sidelnik said...

love your new website Mr. Raats

Africa is always beautiful, filled with color
and anyway- good design

Blogger Mark Raats said...

Thanks Amos -- Nothing very sophisticated but just perhaps a fresher look. Yes, Africa is a special place, just a pity there are so many disfunctional people making life exceptionally hard for everyone else!

Blogger Amos Sidelnik said...

After looking at many of your "about legends of the business" works,
I wonder how you would want to be portraid?
I mean, all these guys have their own stuff put near their face, what would yours be?

Blogger Mark Raats said...

You know Amos, I have no idea how to answer that! Somehow I feel that you need to have achieved a certain status in whatever community you serve before a 'feature' can be done. Although I have done many varied things in my life, I doubt that any of it could be seen as having achieved the status needed to qualify...

Blogger Amos Sidelnik said...

You animate, you draw,
You are an artist
You give color to this world!!!

You should look at the Artists Allied logo, that vertical lightsaber, only it is a paint brush
if it still extists
You are that, better than Luke Skywalker, you tell the story

ps. I do not like to tell people "what they are" since one can never know, so sorry but it sounds right

Blogger Mark Raats said...

Ha ha ha... thanks Amos. I am honored and humbled!!

Actually there are really a lot of people out there who are more talented than I am (in my opinion all the artists on the Allied web site would possibly fall into that category), but I warmly accept your comments.

If you ever get to visit the Presidio and LucasFilm's new offices, you will see what I mean...

Blogger Cat Staggs said...

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Blogger Cat Staggs said...

well Mark if you want to see the logo in question I have it on file..since I made it for the C3 art show last year...LOL

Oh and YOU DO belong in an elite status. You are just that good!

Blogger Paul Allan Ballard said...

This is really quite an amazing piece. A perfect tribute!


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