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Concept Stormtroopers with Prototype Boba Fett by Robert-Shane Concept Stormtroopers with Prototype Boba Fett by Robert-Shane
I wasn't lucky enough to attend the recent Star Wars Celebration Europe - but I was incredibly impressed by photos from the event of members of the 501st Legion who had created costumes based on the late Ralph McQuarrie's conceptual artwork for the original Star Wars movie. Their 'Concept Stormtrooper' costumes are simply amazing and made me want to have a go at creating a drawing of them preparing for battle. I'd definitely recommend also checking out some of the photos of the Concept Stormtroopers. You can find some here (in a post dated July 26), together with details of the extremely dedicated troopers behind the costumes: www.facebook.com/UKGarrison

I decided to add the prototype version of Boba Fett as it's another example of a very cool looking version of a familiar character that never made it to the big screen. Ralph McQuarrie also created conceptual artwork for the Boba Fett costume along with Joe Johnston (who is credited with the final design). This version is from when he was initially intended as a kind of 'super trooper' and is basically the look we're familiar with - albeit before the final paint job was decided on. It was used in a screen test, video of which recently resurfaced: starwars.com/watch/meet_boba_f…

Star Wars was created by George Lucas and its characters are owned by, and are copyright of, Disney. This is fan art and isn't for sale or reproduction. This was drawn, by me, in Photoshop using a Wacom pad and is a compressed version of the original.

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MATTINATER Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
lovin this
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TheStoreClerk Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D+:heart:
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countbeefer Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive.  The positions of the characters, the glow effects...it's truly majestic.  McQuarrie's concepts are some of the best Star Wars material ever created, and you captured the look perfectly.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much... I certainly agree with you about the impact and importance of Ralph McQuarrie's work! :thumbsup:
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ExecuteOrder Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
This is just fantastic! Too great for words to explain. This picture, in a way, gives us an inside look on what Star Wars wanted to be before the Saga was established. Very well done!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much.  Although I think the real credit has to go to the guys who went and actually made their costumes. It was that which inspired me to what to make a drawing of how they might appear.
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AlanDurdey Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Artist
looks cool! there were a special group of stormies with lightsabers by the way
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
? ...tell me more?
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AlanDurdey Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Artist
here's the wookieepedia article on them ;)
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much for the link :thumbsup:
I'd seen that artwork before on the wookieepedia page (it's fantastic) - but I didn't know they was a whole backstory to go with it. And it seems that the origin of the characters does come from the McQuarrie concept stormtroopers I've featured here. 
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