I've already posted other drawings of Darth Vader, but he's a popular character - and I like drawing him - so I thought it was time to do another!
I'd also been wanting to draw some TIE Fighter Pilots and thought up an idea so that I could include them with Vader in the same piece...
If you've seen the original Star Wars movie - you might remember the scene where Vader gets a couple of pilots to follow him into battle against the rebels. I couldn't help think that they took it a little too leisurely as they marched off round the corner like they were heading straight to the fridge for a snack. What they needed was a red flashing emergency light to generate some urgency! So here they are - red light on - and whadya know - they're all running to their ships now!
In reality I just made that up because I wanted to draw the characters in a dynamic pose - and with some red highlights (which always looks good against black). But I hope my little backstory helps sell the idea!
This is an original depiction of George Lucas's characters - drawn in Photoshop using a Wacom pad. I might put up a work-in-progress of this if anyone's interested because I took a couple of screenshots at various stages. You might also find it interesting that I used Google Sketchup to create a 3D model of the background to ensure that the perspective is right (after having sketched it out freehand first). This is a reduced resolution version of the original which is 600dpi.
If you've seen the original Star Wars movie - you might remember the scene where the rebel pilots are being briefed for their attack on the Death Star. And you might even remember Luke mentioning that he "used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home".
Looking back it was a bit strange for Luke to have boasted about cruising around shooting animals. This was even parodied in the Family Guy Star Wars episode 'Blue Harvest'. Chris, who's playing Luke says: "Well, I guess I'll go bullseye some womp rats in my T-16". To which Quagmire, who's playing C-3PO retorts: "My God! You shoot small animals for fun? That's the first indicator of a serial killer, you freak!"...
So I thought - why not try to make the whole thing seem a bit more heroic and less borderline psychopathic. The name 'womp rat' implies a furry, harmless creature - but what if they're actually man-eating, spiky-skinned, pointy-teethed, nasty-smelling menaces!?
I wanted to add to Luke's whole mythology - and make the act of shooting a womp rat seem much more impressive. If they were creatures that regularly killed moisture farmers and were hard to spot because they only come out at dusk - Luke could rightly be proud of his boast!
There have been a lot of depictions of womp rats and they mostly look harmless. But if you've ever played the Super Nintendo (aka Super Famicom) version of Super Star Wars - you'll remember that womp rats were shown in the game as pretty fearsome and ugly. So I took that as an inspiration for my version here.
I added Luke's T-16 Skyhopper in the background to suggest that he's just jumped out to have a picture taken (by Biggs?) with his kill. I had to create some landing gear for the T-16 as I don't think they've ever been shown landing? The Hasbro/Kenner toy version uses 'skids' and has the wings fold up - so I kept the folding wing idea but thought the skids wouldn't look right. I also left out the huge gun that's shown in the model T-16 that Luke holds in the movie - although the Hasbro toy model had the ingenious idea of this folding back behind the body of the T-16 whenever it lands. Otherwise - this is based on Colin Cantwell's prototype model as used in the film.
This was drawn in Photoshop using a Wacom pad.
Star Wars and its characters are copyright of Disney. This is fan art and isn't for sale or reproduction.
Old, mature, master, this is what I would like to see in J.J. Abrams take on the film, a more mature Luke Skywalker, with bits of ancient armor, with a peaceful and wise look, patient, and of course, the rise of the sith, we need more old school sith empire, like in the old republic times, leave a comment, let me know if you like the piece and what do you think of J.J. Abrams taking part as a director for our beloved Star Wars!, may the force be with you!!!
My Viscount Star Defender model done for the Star Wars: Ascendancy Mod for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion.
The Viscount Star Defender is the New Republics answer to the Imperial Super Star Destroyers. Although slightly smaller then an Executor Class, it features twice the strength and fighter complement with half the crew size.
The Viscount is the New Republics Titan class ship. you can view the mod here: [link]
Modeled in Maya Textured in Photoshop Rigged in Softimage XSI Modtool Render Screen Shot from Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion.