BTS #2: Darth Vader - The Making of a Dark Lord
One of the galaxy's most feared, most iconic villains (and in his TIE Advanced X1, one of X-Wing's fan-favourite pilots too).
It's no wonder that (despite TONS of requests) we've struggled and taken so long to finally do him justice!
STEP 1: A PLACE AND TIME
Every piece of art we create begins with place and time. A setting. A theme. For some pilots, it writes itself. A bounty-hunter carrying out a scummy deed in the underworld. A hero of the Rebellion being... heroic. For others - like Vader - things are a little more nuanced.
Vader's been, in some way or another, there from the beginning. Through Episodes 1-6, the Clone Wars animated series, Rebels, comics, Rogue One... we've seen his grooming from a young, rage-filled Anakin, his fall to the blade of his own mentor, his apex as reborn apprentice of the Sith, and finally his end. Picking a single point of time from his very vast, very long career to pay homage to was one of the toughest choices we've had yet. A choice that... has taken us a good part of a year / lots of debate / sketches / attempts / scraps to make. With the Second Edition fast upon us, we finally made the call.