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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.

Hope you like!
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Fascinating. ^^
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Prowlfan1011 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have the Prototype Boba Fett figure, it looks awesome!
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ZombieFighter116 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
There's at least one faction of Imperial troopers that used the Force and had lightsabers. They were called Shadowtroopers, I think.
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skygunbro Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I made the helmets used on the costumes at CE. You can see these and other works here www.facebook.com/pages/Skygunb…
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MATTINATER Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
lovin this
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Clockspur Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional 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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AlanDurdey Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Artist
:)
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Sonny007 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well,these stormtroopers looking more seriously than the real  ones.
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant as per usual mate.
Those are some cool designs as well.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers Simon!
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries mate :D
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Sev! :)
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
wow. 
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: ...that's the kind of reaction I was hoping for!
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Apply-Some-Pressure Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student General Artist
It's really cool! I also love the cold colors and green-blueish light! 
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! I took the blue-green color from the original concept artwork. I did also try out making the vertical lights behind red to add some contrast but it looked too 'busy'.
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Apply-Some-Pressure Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student General Artist
It looks very well! So I think you've made the right choices. 
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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DesolationStation17 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Really cool! I've always liked the style of Ralph McQuarrie's Star Wars concept art. :)
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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AG88 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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Mandalorianwarriors Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nice work dude! Really lovin' this piece. :thumbsup:
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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Mandalorianwarriors Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're very welcome vod, keep'er up! :D
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RCGregor Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Great :)
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Meta-Cell Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
absolutely beautiful
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Matt :)
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Meta-Cell Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
np
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nightchildmoonchild Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well done!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
It is crazy the dedication they put into those storm trooper costumes.  I seen a parade of individuals that all made there own costume, and its amazing how uniformed and alike they look.  That is alot of dedication to every individual.  I watched the video.  That was rather interesting to see how Boba started.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep - it's more dedication than I have. I might put all effort into my art - but I can't go out and wear it like those guys! :lol:
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
I can't make a suit at all.  I just can draw a little bit.  But my father on the other hand, I am sure he could do something like that if he wanted to.  he is skilled with almost any art there is.  he can even make swords.
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CarlitosMoff Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
I really would like to offer some elaborate compliment on this piece, but the only thing I am capable of saying is:

AAAAWWWW YEAAAAAAHHHHH!!! :iconawwyeahplz:
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:(... I really enjoy your usual elaborate comments... so feel free to make any when you've recovered your composure! ;)
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work! :D
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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ENGELHA5T Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Awesome.  Great work.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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