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Deathstar Reflections by WiL-Woods Deathstar Reflections by WiL-Woods
Darth Vader showing a rarely seen somber moment of grief as he pauses to mourn the loss of the troops that he lost in the destruction of the 1st Deathstar.


This is a piece I did to premier at the Cape Girardeau Comic Con in Cape Girardeau Missouri. It is an homage of sorts to both Lee Teter's "Vietnam Reflections" [link] and to Star Wars.

I wanted to do a Star Wars piece that would stand out from the crowd a bit, so I thought a more somber and emotional piece would be a great contrast to the usual action works that you see. Written in Aurabesh on the memorial wall are the names of family, friends, and loved ones that I and some of my closest friends have lost.

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Drumpower Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work! I love vibe of it... 
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Adalack Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019
This is really good, a memorial to the crews and men lost in the Death Star explosion- there really ought to be fanfics like that, and in that trajectory, and fanvids as well, especially on youtube for instance, or other online video cites.
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BloodweiserDK Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2018
Love this art. Death to the rebel terrorists! Long live the Empire!
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Oh plz Darth Vader is a weak, lil child-man. How can people not see that he chose in his weakness to side with evil with eyes quite open outta desperation of his love. But when he thought she had betrayed him for even a moment, he attacked her, leaving her in despair and literally ending her life in grief. He is his own author of all his grief and suffering. And proceeds in inflicting his own self-revolting anger upon the rest of the Galaxy in a child-like refusal to accept it. He's disgusting. This portrait of him grieving for the nameless Stormtroopers is BS, should at very least be Clone War troopers, only in that script does he show any form of heroism.
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Comradesoldat Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure if you've authorized this or not, but I actually know someone who bought this as a print while at a Con for about $20
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A-Y-H Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018
May the men of the 501st Legion be remembered forever!
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DamienMuerte Featured By Owner Edited Feb 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dont know if this has already been mentioned to you, but your work has been uploaded to e621. net  ^^     (Well, if you didnt know and didnt want your work there, Ill gladly give you the link so you can take actions ^^)  

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Thanks to that violation of your rule here, I got to find that amazing artwork =)  Its really great, so much feelings in it, thank you!!   
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Adalack Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018
This's brilliant: a veteran morning the loss of his comrades in arms!
I think there really ought to be far more of this kind of Star Wars fanart. both literary and also in terms of pictures too; I hope you set a trend, Sir!
Sincerely your fan thanks in a good part to this, and hopefully one of many fans;
Adalack.
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

Your wonderful art work has been featured in my November/December 2017 Journal: 

andyserrano.deviantart.com/jou…

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chillysup255 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this
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Boyish-Fangirl1324 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
According to my mom (who is the biggest Star Wars nerd I know), this is actually pretty accurate. You see, Anakin didn't treat his clones like clones, he treated them like people. Darth Vader still had a bit of Anakin in him. 
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pedrortis Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible and very inspiring
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MartinWalker1997 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol the Stormtrooper next to the pilot is holding out his hand almost like he's trying to tell Vader: "You have failed us for the last time"

Although I'm not completely sure. Probably soundproof glass or something
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Octofunker Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing Cry forever 
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ThePenVsTheSword Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Student Writer
Love it!
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wetblue123 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
this might've meant a little more if it had been a storm trooper doing this rather than Vader, I understand that Vader was respected by the soldiers as he was a soldier himself but it doesn't fit his character to outwardly express longing for anyone, closest he comes to love before turning back to the light is cutting off his sons hand to show him the power of the dark side.
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WendySpencer Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
I find this to have a very profound message. Like Darth Vader is remorseful for his part in the death of other fallen soldiers. Like he wishes he had never participated in the War at all. It shows compassion, sympathy and regret. Also honor for those that have died. 
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wetblue123 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Vader Doesn't feel Compassion and Sympathy, he doesn't mourn death around him he embraces it, the entire philosphy of Vader is a belief he can control death. he doesn't fear it nor does he fear it for the nobodies he cares about, this image might've meant something it was an actual trooper because there was indeed a brotherhood among storm troopers, Vader felt no such thing though.
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WendySpencer Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017
You have to look at it from a different perspective than what you are used to. Just because it's Darth Vader that doesn't mean that his character is confined to the represented personality perimeters based on the Film. This is another mode of conveying a message. I comprehend the body language of Vader. He is by no means standing there excited about the fallen. This artwork portrays peace after remorse. Not further fighting or triumph.
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wetblue123 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not basing it on just the films, i'm basing it on the comics and everything else that portrays Vader, he isn't that kind of character and pretending like he is, is just misrepresentation, the picture doesn't work in it's current state and that's the end of it, also I have no idea what to make from the remainder of the last half of your comment but I'll just assume you don't understand what i'm actually talking about and leave it at that.
Seriously though this is image doesn't do a good job representing the thing it's actually supposed to.
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wetblue123 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
which is completely out of character for him and makes no sense.
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UrutoramanZenith Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
If that were true, then he wouldn't have saved his son and killed Emperor Palpatine 
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wetblue123 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
do you even starwars, at that point in the film Vader had broken away from the dark side via the love of his son and the rediscovery of family.
this picture would've had so much more meaning and made so much more sense if this was the helmetless vader.
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UrutoramanZenith Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
"do you even starwars"? I didn't realize it was a verb. Then again I have a life outside of deviantart so...
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wetblue123 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I rarely actually use deviant art so that insult doesn't really mean much, as for it not being a verb I didn't realize that not being grammatically correct online was worthy of insult
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TheHaloFlamer02 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
If you're saying that it would make much more sense if it was the opposite of what it is right now. If you are, then I agree. Because, the storm troopers was supposed to be the ones who still respect or looked up for Darth Vader. But, it should if the title was about the 2nd Deathstar.
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wetblue123 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
what i'm saying is a storm trooper showing remorse for his fellow storm troopers would make sense, but I like that as well, Vader doesn't express emotions like that and i'm fairly certain his character is also entirely incapable of even feeling them, but yeah, it should've been about the second death star in reverse, with a group of troopers looking onto the reflection of vader. an Unmasked Vader also might've worked to a degree since that was the point when he ceased to be darth vader.
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Akull-Vista Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
When I saw this I thought it was the 501st. Still moving though ^^
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NathanielRhodes Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! =) this actually really emotional I always wanted a moment like this in star wars! =)
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TBFS Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
I DO appreciate the different approach to Vader... maybe totally ooc, but why shouldn't his empathy towards his own flesh & blood expand to the men under his command/under his responsibility?

On second thought it might be not so absolutely ooc, as long as someones willing to leave the- seemingly- save embrace of well-established boundaries between what's considered absolutely good and irredeemably evil... something GL might've had in mind while writing the script...?

One light side note to the overall sombreness: the lil' message droid almost seems to try comforting the dark Lord by physical closeness... like a house pet or the like;) (Wink)

Now to the controversy the whole tableau evoked in here: perhaps it WAS a little bit too soon after memorial day, so that many's feelings were therefore hurt is hardly surprising. Other, more harsh remarks seem to indicate to customs being held absolutely dear without tolerating even the slightest disrespect... kinda like a deep-rooted belief beyond discussion... unfortunately, that cannot be helpedNo, I disagree!
At the least any controversy in here would- may it become as nasty & spiteful as it might- definitely not result in killing the artist for his/her sacrilege like it DID happen lately often enough...
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TheRedSnifit Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2017
The picture was uploaded in April 2009. It has nothing to do with Memorial Day, the artist hasn't even logged on in over half a year.
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TBFS Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
Oops, sorry for that.CURSE YOU! 

...but that only proves the artist had nothing in mind which quite a few posts hinted at, right?;) (Wink) 
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TheRedSnifit Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2017
The artist tells you exactly what he had in mind in the description :P

Probably doesn't warrant clowns like YuriSpacePirate screaming his head off at a guy who hasn't logged on since February, lol.
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DwainesWorld101 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Your work is definitely one of a kind. Amazing and very detailed as well. Check out mine too!  MaYhEmIc Miscellania: ZUMALOOM 20 by DwainesWorld101
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AlanGizehCastaneda Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
R-i-i-ight, as if! Vader is cold. Fucking dude is responsible for war, destruction of the Jedi Order, killing children, provoking his wife's early death, imprisoning his daughter twice, and cutting off his son's hand. He doesn't care, fool!
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UrutoramanZenith Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Like, half of that was because of Emperor Palpatine. you know that, right?
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Similarities are superficial.
The destruction of the DeathStar was essential.
The destruction of the Twin Towers was an atrocity.
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TheRedSnifit Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
W-what does this have to do with the Twin Towers, lmao
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Both the Death Star and the Twin Towers were destroyed.
Both caused the deaths of thousands *
Both had the victims' names commemorated on a polished stone wall.

* Asbestos fallout from the Twin Towers caused hundreds of First Responders to die as well.
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TheRedSnifit Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
That's pretty irrelevant to this, given this explicitly a homage to a different polished stone wall.

Hint: Read the description.
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SamuelGraphite Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To be honest, this is a bit out-of-character for Darth Vader. I can't ever imagine him showing any kind of remorse or reflection over things that aren't connected to him in his personal life. There was that one expanded universe comic about Vader reflecting over the severed head of C-3PO, which I can understand since he built that robot. But after Anakin goes to dark side, and becomes Vader, he doesn't care about anything or anyone before Luke enters the picture.
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gordhanx Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
Holy shit! I know we don't usually see Vader like this, but man if this isn't feelsy and fantastic. Great thinking.
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Yandere-Ashfur Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this, it’s an interesting perspective on A Star Wars. Rude comment war aside   aside this is great! Lots of effort clearly went into this, you should be proud of the fantastic and thought provoking result.
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HaidarTheKnight54 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017
Me being part of Rebellion/Resistence, I actually feel quite sad about this.
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Psycchosis Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not going to comment on the subject matter, because I don't feel like fighting today. However as a piece of art, this is very well drawn!:)
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ValentinaKaquatosh Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I can see why you chose to pay homage to Lee Teter's "Reflections" with Star Wars here, however, I find it disrespectful.  So soon after Remembrance Day, it breaks my heart.  Not a lot of young people here will understand that.  I like Star Wars, and I realize why you wanted to do something different by portraying Vader as the mourner, yet it is out of character, especially after the destruction of the first Deathstar.  Regardless, I find it very sad you did chose to trivialize our Vietnam memorial this way.
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TalesofOlde Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Except Vader was never as brutal as people thought he was. In the comics ( Which are cannon - sorry Disney ) It showed that every time he slept or waited for his Suite to Recharge he thought of Padme and the mistakes he's made. He nearly couldn't bring himself to kill his apprentice and he even saved a young boy from being killed once by Storm troopers. He most likely would've never done this while anyone else was watching but it isn't out of character for him entirely. His anger is only coupled by sadness and regret.
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LaReina-QuyaKoroleva Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This piece is literally perfect...! <3
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Tamuril2 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Hobbyist
What an interesting rendition of this!
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SeikaAkuma Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017
I love it!~ Though I don't watch Star Wars or read the comics, I can feel the weight that this scene holds! Keep up the good work!~
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