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Darth Vader and TIE Fighter Pilots by Robert-Shane Darth Vader and TIE Fighter Pilots by Robert-Shane
I've already posted other drawings of Darth Vader, but he's a popular character - and I like drawing him - so I thought it was time to do another!

I'd also been wanting to draw some TIE Fighter Pilots and thought up an idea so that I could include them with Vader in the same piece...

If you've seen the original Star Wars movie - you might remember the scene where Vader gets a couple of pilots to follow him into battle against the rebels. I couldn't help think that they took it a little too leisurely as they marched off round the corner like they were heading straight to the fridge for a snack. What they needed was a red flashing emergency light to generate some urgency! So here they are - red light on - and whadya know - they're all running to their ships now!

In reality I just made that up because I wanted to draw the characters in a dynamic pose - and with some red highlights (which always looks good against black). But I hope my little backstory helps sell the idea!
:lol:

This is an original depiction of George Lucas's characters - drawn in Photoshop using a Wacom pad. I might put up a work-in-progress of this if anyone's interested because I took a couple of screenshots at various stages. You might also find it interesting that I used Google Sketchup to create a 3D model of the background to ensure that the perspective is right (after having sketched it out freehand first). This is a reduced resolution version of the original which is 600dpi.

Hope you like.
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:iconalpha-squid:
Alpha-Squid Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
FAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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GreenHive Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rad
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Rob-Satanta-K Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really dig how you re-imagined this scene. Love the red on black lighting. Much cooler then Lucas's vision IMO.
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:icontwileksith:
twileksith Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
So baddass ! Good job.
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much Matt (and sorry for taking so long to reply)! :)
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:icontygahman:
Tygahman Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it:beer: .
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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:icontygahman:
Tygahman Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
U are very welcome:D
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
"I'm Lord Vader and I get respect 
your planet and your life is what I expect
cape on my back cable box on my chest
leather pants til my death,hot oil on my breath

don't be jealous of my boots
jealous of my gloves
jealous of my belt with the blinking lights cause
I'm the dark lord with the power to diss
dismiss your feeble skills like they're bantha piss!",/i>

--- Darth Vader, "Star Wars Gangsta Rap Chronicles" by AtomFilms.com
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: - looks like I painted a scene from the video for that rap without even realizing!
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:iconaclipes64:
Aclipes64 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Gotta love The Dark Lord.:D (Big Grin) 
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He'd be most displeased if you didn't! :)
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:iconfarnea:
farnea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, beautiful artwork!
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconmetalliced:
Metalliced Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
This is sick!
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: Thanks!
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:iconskyfirejax:
skyfireJax Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Wow...so powerful.[link]
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconstreetkilln:
streetkilln Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
this is great
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:icongreglakowske:
GregLakowske Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
What an awesome rendition of Darth Vader....excellent work!
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Greg. I'm pretty pleased with it too! :)
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TheRealGreatGig Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
This is really great!! How long does an image like this take you?
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Carter - and sorry for the slow reply (although I see you replied to yourself anyway). I couldn't remember how long this took - but I knew it was a long time. It was at a very high resolution (the original is 600dpi - but it's just a low-res version here) which meant that I could put a lot of detail in - but the downside is that it takes a looooong time! It also took longer cos I was messing with Google Sketchup to get the perspective right for the background.
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:icontherealgreatgig:
TheRealGreatGig Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Cool man! Thanks for the info. And again, it looks amazing! I hope to one day achieve this level of skill!
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TheRealGreatGig Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
nvm, You answered that question already :) Anyway, very good job!
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:iconpowershade117:
Powershade117 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very impressive work here. Vader looks like he's about to choke me...O_O
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: thanks very much.
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countbeefer Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Spectacular lighting and coloring! I really like that they're striking a pose as if they somehow knew an artist in a faraway galaxy would immortalize them in such an awesome drawing! This would make an excellent Imperial recruitment poster. Lord Vader would be most pleased. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much. It was difficult to get them to hold the pose for this - Darth kept on tipping forward. He's a terrible model and such a diva to work with! lol
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toht981 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
In the Tag and Bink comis, the dynamic duo end up in TIE pilot suits and are inadvertently selected by Vader for the trench battle.
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: I think I'll have to look that up!
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JediSeeker1 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student General Artist
very awesome! Love the lighting!
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DARTHHELMET-1010 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Eeeeeepic!
May the force be with you.
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it :)
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DARTHHELMET-1010 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your welcome.
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:iconartbrojohn:
ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice!
Love the colors and lighting effects.
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks - the lighting was really difficult on this. It took several attempts to get the flashing light looking how I wanted - so I'm glad you picked out the lighting :thumbsup:
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:iconzedeki2:
zedeki2 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Haha... nice try. You've created a machine to beam you into the movie and took a photo!!!
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
huh - how did you know? Who told you? It's my machine I tell ya - and I'm not sharing! :lol:
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mandospartangirl117 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats so freaking AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: thanks!
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:iconk-el-amrani:
K-El-Amrani Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is extremely awesome. The sheer detail is fantastic and the lighting is absolutely superb.

How long did this take you?

Either way, amazing work!
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! All that detail you noticed (thanks) took a long while to paint - possibly about 20 hours all told - a little bit each day over a couple of weeks! I like to keep at it until I get it as good as I can. Seems like it was worth it :)
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XxTinaN7xX Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Fantastic work! :clap:
I love it! :heart:
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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:iconfredriclind:
FredricLind Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Completely unreal! :wow: Almost looks like a promo shot, and that is a good thing! :D
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:iconrobert-shane:
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks - very kind of you! :)
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Tipsutora Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Looks awesome! :la:
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