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Vader on Hoth
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Published: June 15, 2010
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As any fellow Star Wars fanatic knows, this year is the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. My favorite movie of all time.

I always thought "Empire" showed Darth Vader at his most hardcore(Brutally mauling his own son, torturing Han Solo because he enjoys it, ordering his own fleet into an asteroid field and patiently waiting as it gets beat to hell, making a habit of choking his own overly polite officers, constantly changing the terms of a deal seemingly only because he likes screwing with Lando's mind, conspiring against his own Master, and generally not giving a %&#^).

And, the moment when Vader goes in with the ground troops raiding the rebel base during the battle of Hoth. I always liked that he doesn't care that there's a warzone all around him and he's going in on foot. With this painting, I wanted to pay an homage to that scene with one of those "could have happened off-screen!" moments. The idea here is that the Walker in the center has been brought down by rebel fire, but in true Vader fashion-he just doesn't care, and is strolling straight through the warzone toward the rebel base. I really worked on the atmospheric perspective here so that it looked similar to the film's colors.
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marcioo9's avatar
marcioo9|Hobbyist Artist
Giant mechs walkings toward enemy - Meh we can deal with it
Lord Vader walking toward enemy - SH&%T RUUUUUUN!!!! D8
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DeLuceArt|Professional Traditional Artist
Symmetrical asymmetry, not just an oxymoron but also a very difficult arrangement to perfect in a piece. You got it down though and it really hones in on the importance, power, and rage of Vader. I like fan art, but I LOVE well composed and well rendered art. Not too mention this utilizes leading lines all around that point back in on the cyborg sith himself. This feels just like the movie but with even more badassery
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LivioRamondelli|Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! Appreciate it!
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war-robbie's avatar
no one is better than darth vader in the epic class
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k58mXP4's avatar
That's freaking awsome!!!
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Lord0Slayer's avatar
So badass! Great work!
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hehehihi2023|Hobbyist General Artist
HOLICRAP!!! THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST EPIC "Vader being epic" PICTURES EVEEERRR!!!!!
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LivioRamondelli|Professional General Artist
Thankyou!!
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Stormbringer900's avatar
Hoth is one of my favorite battles in the Star Wars Universe.  You have captured this moment in the most phenomenal ways possible.  Well done!
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LivioRamondelli|Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot! And Hoth is definitely a favorite battle for me as well!
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jaredwebb's avatar
Stunning work man!
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LivioRamondelli|Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Amintadefender|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... SO much detail although I like how you gloss over specific features and draw on our own knowledge. The only thing that'd make this better would be if the lightsaber was ignited, but he's in a rush. The Force is more useful when one needs to hurry. Lightsaber is too slow for Vader.
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Monimonst's avatar
Amazing, I can totally see him doing just that. Loving the way his the cape flows around him.
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GrummanF-14's avatar
Vader vs Snowspeeder... Saber throw beats Snowspeeder every time.
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djinn-world|Professional General Artist
So much intensity
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macX3's avatar
macX3Edited |Student Digital Artist
Wow. No really, just... WOW!

Instant Fave from a Star Wars Fan =D

HAIL SITH
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LivioRamondelli|Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Quinstiff|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I saw this, I was like..."WOAH! Vader looks so badass!!!!!!!" :D:D:D:D

Excellent work, my friend! :D
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LivioRamondelli|Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Quinstiff|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :aww:
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Alpha-Squid|Hobbyist General Artist
FAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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