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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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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 )
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Alpha-Squid Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
FAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Stands24 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Hey man! I love this image as I'm a huge fan of Darth Vader. I was just wondering... May I use this image to customize my Wells Fargo debit card? c:
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
For sure! I'd love to get a photo of that too ( with your numbers blurred out of course). If you don't mind sending it to Livioramondelliart@yahoo.com.

Only if you feel comfortable of course!
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Stands24 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
I called 'em today to send proof of your approval (apparently they need that). If they approve the design, I should get it in a couple weeks. I'll keep you posted. c:
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
Okay sounds good!
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Stands24 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
I'll do that if I can. :D Thanks!

The only problem I can think may arise is copyright crap but like... If people can freely paint pictures of supposedly copyrighted stuff wihout getting in trouble, why can't I put it on a measly little debit card?? I'll be sure to call them and tell them I got your permission. Thanks again; I'll let you know if it works. :3
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HeWhoStarvesOften Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Livio! Is it ok to share this on my Instagram account? I'll list any credit info you like.
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
By all means, yep!
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StarToursTraveler Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This looks like it came right out of the J.J. Abrams trailer for the new films. This is exceedingly well done.
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!
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StarToursTraveler Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
No, thank you for giving me a new wallpaper for my computer. :)
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FabulousPlato Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
lovely work!
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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FabulousPlato Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
You're welcome ^^
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Owenparris2015 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Totally badass.
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pete8680 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Holy **** this is ****ing good! Hate 2 b a Rebel c-ing him coming in like dat. Just put your blaster up 2 yur temple & squeeze the trigger. Its more merciful dat way!
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legendarycarcere Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
I’m drooling from this epicness
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apersonnamedmike Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Got a print on metal for a friend, and am seriously considering getting one for myself now... especially after reading the description. I think that covered my sentiments exactly on how empire strikes back goes and the overall feel of this image. it is wonderful! My friend, who is also a huge star wars fan, just about died from happiness when I gave it to him. Great work!
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
So glad he liked it! And by all means, send me a message if you'd like one for yourself.
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antonjorch Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work! 
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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".
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epickyness Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
This portrays Vader in all his dark glory. That background is badass as hell, as well. Perfect!
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Stevie1710 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awesome
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FrenchStormtrooper Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
AWESOME !
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jasonh1234 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Is this available as a print? Because... www.ebay.ca/itm/Star-Wars-Dart…
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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.
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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.
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
For sure. I know what you mean. 
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Jabber-Wock Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
What program did you use for this?
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Photoshop for the colors, pencil on paper before that. 
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Jabber-Wock Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Cool!
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boba-boy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I would love this in large on my living room wall!!!
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Aaronmcloud Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Vaders body language speaks a lot in this pic
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jricht Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
This has to be the most menacing image of Vader i have ever seen. The atmosphere is perfect. 

In a word; Epic
 
Clap Clap Clap 
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thankyou!
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jricht Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
No Problem

:D (Big Grin) 
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SPC-Commando Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2014
Not to ignore Vader but I've got to give props on your work on the Snowtroopers here. Generally the movies make all the stormtroopers into cannon fodder for characters with plot armor. Your picture (to me anyway) throws that right out the window. It might just be the posturing, or the helmet design, but these guys look far more like the "Empire's Best" that storm troopers are supposed to be than they ever did in the movie. They look ready to kick ass and bag and tag some rebels.
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks for that! I tried to make them look more competent here.
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Caine001 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice
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crimsonthunder1995 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
That's badass! Great pic!
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Shawn1968 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Brilliant image.
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Nick5200 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzWSJ… listening to this and looking at da pic. :onfire:
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Haha!
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Nick5200 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
I am in general bad with armor and outfits.
But you seem to handle star wars armor/outfits very well.
I never properly drew stormtrooper/clonetrooper armor and helmet.
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Komodozilla Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
LIKE A BOSS!!!
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darthvaderfangirl15 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Artist
EPIC!!!
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NestieBot Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
very epic
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nullterm Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Please tell me there's a higher res for desktops?
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional General Artist

I don't offer a higher-res anymore because people were making copies of it and selling them as their own work, sadly.


But glad you like it though!

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