Darth Vader Lord of the Sith

This is my most recent attempt at a rendering of Darth Vader from Star Wars. He is a character that is a constant fascination to me, be it stories or art. I think this is something like my fifth ‘official’ attempt at Vader, and even as much as I like this one, it most certainly won’t be my last.

Darth Vader by ~SimonBreeze on deviantART

I wanted Vader with his Lightsaber away in this picture, every time I paint, draw, 3D model or whatever I’m doing with him, I always tend to have his lightsaber out and active. But I also wanted to capture his power too, so it had to be the ‘fist of power’ pose from The Empire Strikes Back, and the only way the back that up was to either render that scene (which I didn’t want to do) or put a load of Stormtroopers at his back. So Stormtroopers it was.

This is where the beauty of Photoshop comes in, otherwise it would have taken forever to get this image done, it’s basically all the same Stormtrooper! I put a ‘basic’ trooper together then made a load of copies and spaced them about a bit in the mid-ground of the image, and then to finish them off spent a bit time adding the individual details and highlighting, shadowing, etc to each one so they don’t all look exactly the same. Job done, you have your army of Stormtroopers!

As for the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, I based his armour on the suit from Episode IV A New Hope. Oddly I never noticed this until I was looking at reference images for Vader’s costume in a Star Wars visual dictionary, but it was quite dull and not too shiny and not only that, in fact it was pretty beat up and chipped too.

Over all, this is the happiest I’ve been with one of my Vader images, really it is quite a simple image without hardly anything going on, yet there is a lot of detail too. I’m not too sure what I’m doing art-wise next, I’m currently torn between a Warhammer 40,000 or another Star Wars image, currently I’m leaning towards a 40K Terminator or Dreadnaught or something like that as I am planning to touch-up an old Star Wars image first and upload that over the next few days, so it will be a bit of a change, who knows, we’ll just have to see how I feel.


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