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Ralph McQuarrie was an American conceptual designer and illustrator who passed away in 2012. In 1975, George Lucas commissioned McQuarrie to illustrate scenes from the script for Star Wars. McQuarrie designed many of the film’s characters, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO. He also drew concepts for many of the film’s sets. Believe it or not, McQuarrie was the first person Lucas hired to help him conceptualize Star Wars. There are plenty more images to be seen, head on over to BuzzFeed to check out the rest.

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