A hand-drawn Ralph McQuarrie The Empire Strikes Back novel cover concept sketch from the promotion of Irvin Kershner's Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The Galactic Empire deployed its fleet of AT-ATs to destroy the Rebel Alliance's base on the ice planet Hoth. This hand-drawn sketch of a crash-landed snowspeeder in an AT-ATs' destructive path was designed and initialled by production illustrator and visual effects artist McQuarrie as a potential cover for the novelisation of the film.
The sketch resembles McQuarrie's production painting of Luke Skywalker and his crashed snowspeeder, and was featured in the book Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie. It is rendered in graphite on a sheet of vellum taped to white illustration board, with notches in graphite around the tape. The vellum exhibits some stains at bottom and visible creasing throughout. Dimensions: 38.25 cm x 33.75 cm (15" x 13 1/4")£6,000 - 8,000
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