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Darth Vader by SteveArgyle Darth Vader by SteveArgyle
Vader emerges from his meditation chamber.  

I have long wondered what he does in there.  I imagine it's the universes coolest gaming console.  Or maybe it's soundproof, so he can cut loose and listen to tween pop songs while oohing-and-ahing at kitten videos online.  Or maybe it's a combination hot tub and margarita machine!  ...Yeah, I know it's probably a 360-degree virtual pornsphere, but I want to give a guy the benefit of the doubt.

And besides, I have to be careful what I say about Lord Vader.  This guy can strangle someone who mildly displeases him from across galaxies.  I know that now he's just a floating spirit or whatever, and he's supposedly all redeemed and nice and junk. But I don't want to push my luck.

Vader may very well be my first icon of awesome. My parents tell me that Star Wars was the first movie I ever saw. And "forever did it dominate my destiny."  One of the best baddies of all time.

For Star Wars Galaxies. Copyright Lucas Arts and Sony Online Entertainment. Art directed by Roger Chamberlain and Derek Herring.

Chestplate by Hebrew washing machine scrapyard. I'm not even kidding. The first Vader costume was seriously cobbled together from junk, including a washing machine coin slot. The Hebrew words were the inspiration for "Sith Script" which was used for the following costumes. And the words became a prophecy, instead of I'm guessing "Linens and Delicates."
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
StarWarsNerd101 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Student General Artist
Your wish is my command, My Lord.  
mavadohelghanmaul Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Darth vader rules 
SuperSuperHero Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
In his meditation chamber, he tries to breathe without his helmet. In the book Shadows of the Empire, he uses the dark side to force his lungs to work again through his anger, it worked one time and he was happy, which disrupted the anger he was using to make him breathe, so then he stopped breathing, and needed the helmet.
DFX4509B Featured By Owner Edited Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think he uses his meditation chamber to take his mask off for a while so he can breathe or something, I remember seeing glimpses of unmasked Vader in the original trilogy in scenes when he's getting out of the chamber.
doritogem1900 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GlitteringEevee943 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Love it!
doolhoofd Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
Love the reflection/shine on the helmet, great job.
X-distroyer Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
Very good!!!!!!!
SWMLPFan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
This looks amazing!!! Great job!!! :D
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All hail Lord Vader!
AG88 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is beautifully done!
deathride69 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
may i use this for a blog article?
krazykatdrawer Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is so awesome, love it :D
AnZeLmItO Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
this master masterpiece tells lot about you. you are amazing hundred points goes to the SteveArgyle.
FellitoRockero Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Even like that, he still seems imposing.
bossman12 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
"Your skills are weak oldman.
artofreak Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
wow.he literally is towering over the viewer making you feel as small as a bloody ant.
Dusterboy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Absolutely perfect. Well done.

And you and I must be about the same age, Steve, since the original "Star Wars" movie was one of the first movies I saw and I was only five.
Wanhus Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Even thou Darth Vader is often portrayed in red setting I really enjoy the red shine in this.
Arrowriter Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Quite possibly the best Vader rendition I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot. I LOVE the red mist/fog stuff going on. Really looks great with the character, and black and red are just so evil and badass. The sheen on the helmet looks great; I can almost see it as real. Didn't know the chestplate was swiped from a washing machine, much less a Hebrew one. Oh, so many things I don't know. ;)
badlilmunkee Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely love this beautifully done rendition Vader.

And yes, I agree with you... his badass character is most definitely a true 'icon of of awesome' in my book, also. :)
wedges1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
excellent . prob the greatest sc-fi villan of all time !
arthall2012 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome...Vader's helmet is one of the hardest things on the planet to draw correctly. Especially given there are 4 different versions (4 movies). I'm partial to the original New Hope Design with the bigger "wings"
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Don't I know it. Running stuff past Lucas's team is like the day of judgement. They know every tiny little thing, down to the script on the chest panel. And like you say, it's different for each time period. So you've not only got to get it right, it needs to be right for that particular time. Yikes.

(This is the Empire Strikes Back version.)
arthall2012 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional General Artist're stuff is great. How do you create your works?

diabolos111 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student General Artist
YucaliLynnLee Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student
Darth Vader from Steve Argyle two things that I enjoy !
you inspire me man. I hope someday I can draw like you.
I like it very much you're the best !
3VIL-RESISTANCE Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
pure art...good job.
jayce76 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Wow! Top Notch Professional. Star Wars was also the first movie I ever saw in the ol' cinema. Jayce Likey lots.
masterbarkeep Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
You do good work, I'd love to see you do more SW charactors, or hell ! People from Firefly/Serenity !
PrimeTorch Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The reflections on the helmet are amazing, and well, the entire artwork is amazing too!!
:+fav: of course!!
NarutoPants Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHA, I started humming the dark side theme without knowing it lol, epic.
austinwilkes Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
vader has proven to be difficult to draw, as i am finding while working on one similar to this piece. well done on this one. it says you used an airbrush? i am working on one with sharpie markers....very unforgiving.
Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Best villain ever
MIMTaGu Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
waw!!!!! it's perfect
otas32 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
I've always wondered about that chest plate. Who fiddles with it?
Is it like: "hmmm I'm feeling a little tired, I'll press this and... hmmmmmm man! That was good!
Maybe I'll press this as well and ugh ugh ugh... aahhhhhhhh...."
Or are those knobs and buttons there to temp someone to sneak of on Mr Vader and try to play a practical joke on him by pressing pain delivering buttons and then give him an excuse to choke hold the bastard?
I mean, a cyborg is self sufficient, a chest plate or any kind of control board is for non sentient atutomatons that need a tweak or fix now and then from a third party...
I know most of the last minute costume design was a haphazard put-together, but it's still funny to analize the final results for their use logic :D
It's like what is done with a lot of those unjustified designs in most sci-fi (or as the new stupid term says SYFY) sagas: When the official concept art books come out, some group of very creative people have already sat down to make up what every single little details stands for, invent technologies and other reasons for something to be there. Thus, you create more cult material for the fans. The "secret" terminologies and science that only the "enlightened" know about and enables them to interact as a special club.
Man... where did all that come from?? hahaha.

Maybe I should have started with what I first thought: AWESOME work! Flawless technique and great color palette :)
TrevorDeal Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I'm pretty sure it has been explained as it being a system to balance his oxygen, vitamins, blood and all the stuff our body usually does on its own but his can't threw the damage.
NormaLeeInsane Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've made Darth Vader look awesome. I love the way the red lighting reflects off his mask, it gives him a demonic look. Now I know what he looks like to the people who have just failed him.
Titan303 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the boss
XLeonhart Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The Dark Side is strong with this one...
Amazing work! One of the best Vader portraits I've ever seen.
A-n-t-e-n-o-r-A Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Star wars fotr the win and that is awesome!
Lightspeed042 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah… Straight from Hell, dude…! AWESOME!!!!!!
irongollem Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice article on this one in the latest ImagineFX!
JellyfishDiver Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gurlow Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
this is what vader should be a badass not someone going "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO" in an infirmery after his woman died, just sayin.
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
100% agreed.
HerrKaffeTrinken Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
fantabulous55 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it is hard to create an artwork of vader that stands out from the crowd but you did it! awesome
Allarious Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
yeahhh come to the dark side of the force, OR DIE!!! :jarksaber:

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