Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mad Men Is Back!

I was extremely thrilled to watch the long awaited return of my favorite TV show Sunday night. AMC's Mad Men. The first episode was great and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season. One of my favorite books is Mad Men The Illustrated World by the extremely talented artist Dyna Moe. She captures the flavor of the show to a T in these tremendous images from this must have book.
For more of Dyna Moe's incredible art, check out her fantastic Flickr page.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Ralph McQuarrie R.I.P.

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the renowned artist and designer Ralph McQuarrie. He had many, many credits throughout his career but he's best known to legions of science fiction fans as the main designer of the Star Wars universe. He did a fantastic job making George Lucas' creations come to life. Some of his early concept drawings didn't end up much like the finished product but they're still shining examples of great fantasy art.
Many of the drawings ended up looking remarkably similar to the finished product on screen. I especially like the iconic drawing of Luke looking down at Mos Eisley with the twin suns of Tatooine beating down on the city.
All of these images came from the indispensible The Making Of Star Wars by J.W. Rinzler, the definitive book on the making of my all time favorite movie. One of the reasons it's my all time favorite is due to the amazing talent of Ralph McQuarrie. There'll never be another one like him.