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Vader on Hoth by LivioRamondelli Vader on Hoth by LivioRamondelli
As any fellow Star Wars fanatic knows, this year is the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. My favorite movie of all time.

I always thought "Empire" showed Darth Vader at his most hardcore(Brutally mauling his own son, torturing Han Solo because he enjoys it, ordering his own fleet into an asteroid field and patiently waiting as it gets beat to hell, making a habit of choking his own overly polite officers, constantly changing the terms of a deal seemingly only because he likes screwing with Lando's mind, conspiring against his own Master, and generally not giving a %&#^).

And, the moment when Vader goes in with the ground troops raiding the rebel base during the battle of Hoth. I always liked that he doesn't care that there's a warzone all around him and he's going in on foot. With this painting, I wanted to pay an homage to that scene with one of those "could have happened off-screen!" moments. The idea here is that the Walker in the center has been brought down by rebel fire, but in true Vader fashion-he just doesn't care, and is strolling straight through the warzone toward the rebel base. I really worked on the atmospheric perspective here so that it looked similar to the film's colors.
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Given 2010-07-04
Vader on Hoth by ~Livio27
From the suggester:
"It's a never before scene of Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, that isn't all why. I don't find it too distracting to the eyes, my eyes move around yes but there is a centerpoint(Darth Vader) and my eyes follow around to the background and surroundings, seeing what is all going on in the battle of Hoth, my mouth dropped when I spotted the Snowtroopers standing on the Leg of the AT-AT, And the piece got a personality to it as well with each character in it, Vader for example, acting dark and cold as the AT-AT fell behind him as he walks straight to the Rebel Base, the Snowtroopers all engaged in battle doing that classic "do or die for the Empire" makes me fall in love with the movie all over again and makes me want to go home and play Star Wars: Battlefront for the X Box console as I already feel like i am in this battle in this piece." ( Suggested by Theo-Kyp-Serenno and Featured by rydi1689 )
Hydra-Blood Featured By Owner Edited Dec 2, 2014
My understanding is that Vader has anger issues. And thus is probably really angry about the turn of events. But I am assume I am being too literal on what you mean by "doesn't care".
epickyness Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
This portrays Vader in all his dark glory. That background is badass as hell, as well. Perfect!
Stevie1710 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
FrenchStormtrooper Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  New member
jasonh1234 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Is this available as a print? Because...…
LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hmm..thanks for letting me now. I'll message that person and shut it down.
Jabber-Wock Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
It's moments like this that make me realize how well-designed Vader really is.

I grew up on Star Wars (we still have the video tapes), and sometimes the nostalgia goggles can blind you to these things.
LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
For sure. I know what you mean. 
Jabber-Wock Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
What program did you use for this?
LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Photoshop for the colors, pencil on paper before that. 
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