Last week we posted a remembrance of Ralph McQuarrie on what would have been his 85th birthday. Touched upon briefly was the Kickstarter campaign for The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES that is now up and running. While this volume will not include any of Mr. McQuarrie’s Star Wars-related artwork, there is no doubt that fans of those designs will fully appreciate the other facets of his vast body of work (which encompasses technical illustrations, book covers, movie posters, conceptual art, commercial illustrations, and personal artwork).
Here are some of the project details:
Best known for his instrumental contributions to the making of the original Star Wars trilogy, Ralph McQuarrie has inspired several generations of film fans and artists. While much of his Star Wars artwork has been reproduced in numerous volumes over the years, his non-Star Wars work has previously only been available in The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, a limited edition that we (Dreams and Visions Press) published in 2007. That book is long out of print and now commands high prices on the secondary market.
With The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES, we will bring back into print a career-spanning retrospective of Ralph McQuarrie’s non-Star Wars artwork. At 13” x 9.5”, this 432-page volume is not only offered at a more affordable price point than our original 2007 release, one-third of the content is original to this edition. That’s hundreds of Ralph McQuarrie illustrations spanning all aspects of his body of work.
We’ve been hard at work on the book for the past several months. Our efforts have not just been focused on assembling new art, but upgrading source materials where possible, and doing additional research to provide more details on many of the pieces within, both new and old. We are on track to finalize the book this summer, after which we will hand it off to the printer to meet our target release date.
The book will be available in two states: 1) a hardcover version with printed covers and 2) a deluxe clothbound individually numbered limited edition housed in a clothbound presentation traycase. Each copy will be smyth-sewn with head and tail bands to provide a sturdy binding that will last for years to come.
The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES contains examples of Ralph’s work in each of the following areas: Early technical illustration, movie posters, book covers, film and television production, other commercial illustration and a selection of personal pieces. In many cases we have examples of work that demonstrate Ralph’s process, from his tiniest thumbnails to larger sketches, color comps and ultimately his finished paintings.
Ralph McQuarrie was (and remains) a rare gem, and it certainly sounds like this endeavor will produce something that will be treasured by admirers of his work for years to come.
For more information, and to pledge your support, please visit The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES Art Book by Dreams and Visions Press – Kickstarter.
Image belongs to Ralph McQuarrie.