What might have been … Ralph McQuarrie’s Star Wars art envisaged by The DAVE School #Maythe4thbewithyou

Who could have been … (image via Nerd HQ (c) Ralph McQuarrie)


A long time ago in a galaxy far far away… we might have seen a version of Star Wars that featured a Han Solo with green skin and gills, Stormtroopers with lightsabers, and a female heroine named Luka Starkiller.

Many of these anomalies can be seen in concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie’s early illustrations of the Star Wars universe. While looking back at these early paintings we can’t help but wonder what Star Wars would have been like had it remained loyal to the concept art and early drafts of the script. (synopsis (c) The DAVE School)

The Star Wars we know and love could have been a vastly-different, whole other thing if initial concept designs by Ralph McQuarrie had been accepted in their imaginative entirety.

As this amazing trailer by graduating students from the DAVE School (Digital Animation & Visual Effects School) in Orlando, Florida makes vividly clear, many of the characters we know and love would have a galaxy away from the justifiably famous icons today.

Of course we wouldn’t have necessarily known any different since that would have been our Star Wars-ian reality, but it’s truly fascinating to see what might have been had George Lucas run with these ideas without changing a damn thing.



The best part about this trailer is that students bring McQuarrie’s gloriously beautiful, evocative art to stunning life in a concept trailer that takes this whole other Sliding Doors-look from the lavish pages of concept art to flesh-and-blood reality.

The result is a stunning look at an alternate Star Wars world that in another place and time, one very close to home thank you, might have been ours.

(source: Laughing Squid)

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