This week, newly released concept art for the Star Wars trilogy by Ralph McQuarrie reminded us of why we love the movies so.

Star Wars: The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, a limited edition book by Dreams and Visions Press, features the original designs for the films’ sets and its now-legendary characters, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO.

McQuarrie’s wildly imaginative tableaux--which George Lucas commissioned in 1975--was the basis for what would turn into a $4.38 billion franchise with a cult following.

But before the films were made, McQuarrie was dubious about his work: “I thought there wouldn’t be enough of an audience. It’s too complicated,” he said.

Since the trilogy’s release, countless artists and designers have channeled the Force to create Star Wars-influenced works.

And so we have collected the most memorable art and design projects inspired by the epic space opera.

And so we have collected the most memorable art and design projects inspired by the epic space opera.

Artist Jeff Bennett unleashed the full force of the Dark Side on Thomas Kinkade, the 20th-century American artist who described himself as the "Painter of Light."

In Bennett's “Wars on Kinkade” series, he inserts Star Wars characters into Kinkade's treacly, bucolic world.

Storm Troopers ransack cute cottages and AT-ATs stalk over babbling brooks in mystical, storybook settings.

A Rancor drools over a pile of Storm Troopers.

A Rancor drools over a pile of Storm Troopers.

A Rancor drools over a pile of Storm Troopers.

A Rancor drools over a pile of Storm Troopers.

Fashion house Rodarte won Fashion Week with their Star Wars-themed Autumn/Winter 2014 collection.

They would’ve been perfect for bridesmaids at Princess Leia and Han Solo’s wedding.

Images of Yoda, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, R2-D2, and the glowing moons of Tatooine grace these flowing silk charmeuse gowns.

The Rodarte designers are friends of George Lucas, who was a big fan of the collection.

Giant Pixel’s office, designed by Studio O+A, features a large, perforated-steel screen at its entryway, which reads the opening crawl from Star Wars.

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...” in binary code.

Nothing better unites a workplace of nerds than imagining they’re battling the Dark Side together.

Artist with real-life politicians, businessmen, and celebrities.

Barack Obama as Lando Calrissian.

Che Guevara as Boba Fett.

Hillary Clinton as a Storm Trooper.

Nelson Mandela as Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Donald Trump as Darth Vader.

Michael Jackson as an Ewok.

We all know Kim Jong Il was really Jabba the Hutt in a humanoid costume, right?

Star Wars's entire aesthetic--from swashbuckling with lightsabers down to the famous opening crawl--is deeply rooted in 1940s sci-fi movie serials.

"Don't be a Sarlacc!" and "The Force Is With Him. Are You?"

"Don't be a Sarlacc!" and "The Force Is With Him. Are You?"

"Don't be a Sarlacc!" and "The Force Is With Him. Are You?"

Inspired by the Star Wars trench run, Tom Spina Designs made tiles that let you recreate the surface of the Death Star in your home.

Now, your kitchen can resemble a planet-obliterating Sith space station.

The documentary The Man Behind the Posters pays homage to Drew Struzan, the illustrator of the original Star Wars movie posters, and reveals his creative processes.

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This week, newly released concept art for the Star Wars trilogy by Ralph McQuarrie reminded us of why we love the movies so. Star Wars: The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, a limited edition book by Dreams and Visions Press, features the original designs for the films’ sets and its now-legendary characters, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2. and C-3PO.

McQuarrie’s wildly imaginative tableaux—which George Lucas commissioned in 1975—was the basis for what would turn into a $4.38 billion franchise with a cult following. But before the films were made, McQuarrie was dubious about his work: "I thought there wouldn’t be enough of an audience. It’s too complicated," he said.

Since the trilogy’s release, countless artists and designers have channeled the Force to create Star Wars-influenced works. And so have we collected the most memorable art and design projects inspired by the epic space opera, from couture gowns printed with the planet Tatooine to a Kim Jong Il-as-Jabba the Hutt action figure. These are the artistic descendants of McQuarrie’s galaxy-changing illustrations. Click the slide show to see McQuarrie’s concept art.

Imperial Forces Invade Kinkade's Paintings

Artist Jeff Bennett unleashed the full force of the Dark Side on Thomas Kinkade, the 20th-century American artist who described himself as the "Painter of Light." In Bennett's "Wars on Kinkade" series, he inserts Star Wars characters into Kinkade's treacly, bucolic world: Storm Troopers ransack cute cottages and AT-ATs stalk over babbling brooks in mystical, storybook settings.

Star Wars On Rodarte Gowns At NY Fashion Week

Fashion house Rodarte won Fashion Week with their Star Wars-themed Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, which would’ve been perfect for bridesmaids at Princess Leia and Han Solo’s wedding. Images of Yoda, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, R2-D2, and the glowing moons of Tatooine grace these flowing silk charmeuse gowns.

Silicon Valley Office Riffs On Star Wars

Giant Pixel’s office, designed by Studio O+A, features a large, perforated-steel screen at its entryway, which reads the opening crawl from Star Wars: "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." in binary code. Nothing better unites a workplace of nerds than imagining they’re battling the Dark Side together.

Celebrities As Star Wars Action Figures

We all know that Kim Jong Il was really Jabba the Hutt wearing a humanoid costume, right? Artist with real-life politicians, businessmen, and celebrities—Gandhi as Yoda, Angelina Jolie as Slave Leia, and Michael Jackson as an Ewok.

Star Wars-Themed WWII Propaganda Posters

Star Wars's entire aesthetic—from swashbuckling with lightsabers down to the famous opening crawl—is deeply rooted in 1940s sci-fi movie serials. Illustrator Russell Walks alters WWII-style propaganda posters with Galactic Republic-related slogans: "Don't be a Sarlacc!" and "The Force Is With Him. Are You?"

Wage War In Your Kitchen (Death Star Linoleum)

Inspired by the Star Wars trench run, Tom Spina Designs made tiles that let you recreate the surface of the Death Star in your home—in case you want your kitchen to resemble a planet-obliterating Sith space station.

Design Insights From Star Wars' Poster Artist

The documentary The Man Behind the Posters pays homage to Drew Struzan, the illustrator of the original Star Wars movie posters, and reveals his creative processes.

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  • Steven Yoder

    You've really added the most obscure pop-culture references that you can, while avoiding the most widely known and accepted ones.

    While Star Wars in and of itself is a cultural monster, it probably would not have been so without the influence of the "in-between times," when the franchise continued to exist SOLELY on the backs of the books and comic books.

    And nothing stands out more from this influx than the cover art, rendered by Dave Dorman, on the first series of Dark Horse comics that could arguably be called the reason Star Wars still exists.

    Before you start touting what are all relatively new developments in Star Wars art (with an afterthought nod to Drew Struzan), you might actually want to look a little deeper into the history of Star Wars and Star Wars art in general, and pay homage to the TRULY best Star Wars art and design, instead of just the most unusual.