Academy Award winning conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie has passed away at the age of 82.
McQuarrie is best known for his work with George Lucas, and his contributions to designing the world of Star Wars, including the creation of some of the sagas most iconic characters - Darth Vader, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 to name but few.
Other classic films McQuarrie helped visualise include Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Battlestar Galactica and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.