It's weird. Earlier this morning as I updated my blog I mentioned René Magritte and his role in influencing me as a designer/painter/illustrator - whatever the hell I am, then my wife shouts from another room "who's Ralph McQuarrie?". Experience tells me that when I'm asked that type of question one of two things has happened, either the person in question has just done something AMAZING or they have passed away. Unfortunately it was the latter.
R.I.P. Mr. McQuarrie.
Thank you for all the beauty, you were an incredible artist, and a huge influence. May the force be with you.