This is seriously one of the most impressive paintings I have ever seen, definitely the most impressive of Darth Vader.
It perfectly details the story of the antihero. The contrasting blue and red, sorrow and hate, his dark path looming over him with his own drive and malice in the foreground, and at the centerpiece, the reason for his violence: his pain.
I've never received a comment that made me feel as good about my work as this one. Thank you. That really means a lot to me, made me smile reading that. I'm glad you got so much out of this painting. And I'm glad my work seems to have had an impact.
hmmm, I actually did have an inspiration for this piece, which is something I don't normally have when painting I wanted to draw a part of vader's story that you don't really see. After the revenge of the sith, the movie ends with vader finding out that padme is dead right? He's an emotional wreck... and then in a new hope, the first time you see vader, he's an emotionless badass.
There's a gap missing there, I imagined what vader must have felt, trying to forget padme and move on with his life. Probably struggling to accept that she's gone, regretting his decisions... realizing it's too late to go back. All the emotions that he seems to get rid of in this gap of time.. I wanted to capture that in a painting.
That is a horribly valid thought process. It's ironic because at the heart of this sort of cheesy, popular space opera there's a very real and interesting character Yes, indeed in the movies it just skips the emotional gap like he's a comic book character, so the idea of your painting trying to manifest him making that transition as a human is quite mind-blowing, albeit successful.
I grew up on star wars. It was probably my favorite movie series when I was a kid. And at times it can be much deeper than people give it credit for. I suppose I wanted to show that. The movies don't really go into the character's too much, it's just not that kind of movie. But if you think about it, there's a lot going on beneath the story line we're presented with.
Take this scene for example. [link] It's my favorite scene in the entire series. Although on the surface, it's a fight scene. Beneath that it's so much more. Anakin, the boy who lost everything he ever loved to the dark side. And his son luke, who despite all his efforts is just inches away from making the same mistakes his father made before him. All 6 movies come together for a few brief moments, and it's just absolutely heart wrenching.
It quite makes me wish Lucas had made the series chronologically so that in parts like that scene, he could truly embellish the story in a way he didn't have the necessary foresight to in 1970-whenever. As you said, there's so much going on in this fight scene, beneath Vader's suit especially, that back then he simply lacked the cinematic technology/prowess to capture. I.e, he could make clear that when Luke sees Vader's prosthetic arm and relates it to his own, he's not simply feeling coincidental empathy, but is realizing that his father was tortured and scarred by the dark side (pain, evil, etc. allegory) just as he was.
haha, I think that even though he didn't have that foresight. The scene works perfectly. Maybe it's the music, which is absolutely perfect in my opinion. You can see all of that stuff in Luke's face anyways. His anger is just bursting through his eyes at the end there. So yeah, in my opinion. I think it doesn't need any change whatsoever. It's perfect.