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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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legendarycarcere Featured By Owner 3 days ago
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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ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Very Dramatic.
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Lux3777 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a great piece

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ANDY1701A Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!

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Rikuthedragonslayer Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
EPICNESS :la:
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Tanner4 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
I could see him walking calmly through the battlefield toward the rebel base.
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psymonster1974 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Agree totally with your sentiments about Vader in ESB, he is actually frightening in his callousness and terrified me as a kid; he just seems an unstoppable force of nature. And I loved the scene where he wandered casually into the fire fight inside Echo base, like it was all trivial to him, this picture is the perfect extension to one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time. I hope the producers of the new films get this, Star Wars is at its best when it has an edge of darkness to it and the heroes are constantly being put on the back foot; hacking down useless battle droids that are no serious threat just gets dull fast.
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! And yeah, I echo your sentiments completely. I have high hopes for the new movie, so long as they remember the tone of Star Wars that we all love. Empire and A New Hope are different movies, so finding the balance between the two can definitely be tricky.
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TalonFoxtrot Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Bought this print at Comikaze 2013. It immediately up on my wall, fantastic piece, dude!
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Kevador Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Writer
this is great because we never actually get to see his journey from space to ground.
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ShaunYeo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning.
This took my breath away.
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Glad you liked it!
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MasterJediAdam Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
I agree, ESB is also my favorite movie of all time! Many thanks for some amazing art.
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unclemud Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist
awesome!
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DARTHTURDER12 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
My time has come

I was chosen by heaven
Say my name when you pray
To the sky see Carolus rise
With a the Lord my protector
Make them bow to my will
To the sky see Carolus rise
To the sky see Carolus rise

Proved in battle led my men to victory
No man alive or dead commands me I answer to the Lord

Hear my orders question me and die
What I say was said in heaven and so it shall be done

I know I was destined to rule alone
All for myself I have claimed the throne
Born to rule
My time is now

I was chosen by heaven
Say my name when you pray
To the sky see Carolus rise
With the Lord my protector
Make them bow to my will
To the sky see Carolus rise
To the sky see Carolus rise

All that's thine shall be mine there's no stopping me
All over Europe my rule shall be questioned by none
All I see give to me that is my decree
My will be done

They thought I was too young to rule the land
Just as they failed to understand
Born to rule
My time is now

I was chosen by heaven
Say my name when you pray
To the sky see Carolus rise
To the sky
With the Lord my protector
Make them bow to my will
To the sky see Carolus rise
To the sky see Carolus rise
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madmanwithabox42 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Oh my god all the awesome. 
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