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McQuarrie Luke-Vader Enhanced by SLippe McQuarrie Luke-Vader Enhanced by SLippe
I've always liked this image, so I resized it to use on my 22" widescreen monitor. I then thought it lacked color, so I enhanced the lightsabers using Photoshop CS. Another wallpaper I made for my own personal use, but wanted to share. Hopefully some of you Star Wars fans out there will like it. :D

May The Force Be With You...Always.

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Flinxerone Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
What disappoints me and is a revelation is that many artists that approach their artwork in depicting the Star Wars universe seems far and away from the approach Mr. McQuarrie conveyed. I find myself disliking many of the extended universes, the comics, and video games. I've seen The Old Republic video games and not only am I not impressed by the art, the characters all look like body builders.
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GAC1970 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
P. S. -- Now that I added my own commentary on the Prequels, I'm still interested in HOW SLippe got such a good lightsaber effect on that old production painting!

It's one of my favorite Star Wars images to boot!
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Katahu Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a special edition DVD set of Star Wars Episodes IV - VI that includes a bonus DVD of the complete production of the Star War saga. According to the documentary, George Lucas originally intended to have the force represented by some material object that was sacred and contained immense power. However, he later changed his mind to have the force represented by an intangible flow that is sensed throughout the cosmos. The art that you improved was one of the arts that George's art team put together as a concept for Darth Vader. In the final production, Vader doesn't look as mean as this art portrays (which is too bad because it would've been awsome). But either way, James Earl Jones did a fine job with the voice of Vader.
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GAC1970 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
I don't think that concept for Vader would have worked in live action. The facemask is too distorted. There's a fineline between plausible fear-inducing and distorted to the point of absurdity in real ife.

For animation, on the other hand, it would be a kick in the pants to see a hand-drawn animated feature with that Vader design.

I'd rather see an alternate reality animated take on Star Wars featuring some of the discarded storylines and unused visual concepts myself. As long as Lucas remains a consultant and lets someone else with drive and creatively good sense take the reigns. Most of us know Empire was better because someone else with good taste and a rapport with the actors directed it. A Lucas-directed Empire Strikes Back would not have been half as good. Nowadays, Lucas is too happy with "good enough" and mediocre.

That would be better than continuing to trod on into this painfully awful Prequel business (Clone Wars to infinity -- the CG series isn't the last of this drek we're going to see) and doing more re-edits of the films.

The way that Lucas chooses to waste money and ultimately seal Star Wars' fate as bleached dry of thoughtful creativity is not good in the long run. The man just has no good ideas left and continues to build on the good will he lucked into almost forty years ago. Amazing that kids today think the prequels are good films! (Then again, they made Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber instant pop icons... Yuck.) 2/3 of the OT was definitely better in its own time and continues to holds up better now than the Prequels and their spin-offs...
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AngelBlue01 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
That's not Luke, that's Deak Starkiller! :P
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Pooont Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
I always loved the original concept art. Thanks for putting it up there and resizing it!
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Al3x19 Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
Excellent!!:..
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flynn1978 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
"Awesome. Awesome to the max."
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Dodgegirl32 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
Very nice!

MTFBWY!
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CursedOnez Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
delicious work mate, love the lightning effects!
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