Check These Out: Redesigns of Darth Vader Inspired by the Script
Many fans have seen Ralph McQuarrie's original concept art for Star Wars featuring the first iteration of Darth Vader. However, some illustrators thought it might be fun to create their versions of Darth Vader. While it may seem difficult to create an all-new vision of such an iconic villain, these co-workers have done some impressive work in redesigning the Dark Lord of the Sith using only the first passage in the film's script as the basis for their creations. While a couple of the designs certainly share elements with the Darth Vader we're all familiar with, some of these designs are pretty damn dark and twisted. Check em out below!
Here's the full script passage that was used to inspire the new Darth Vader designs seen below:
INTERIOR: REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER -- MAIN HALLWAY. The awesome, seven-foot-tall Dark Lord of the Sith makes his way into the blinding light of the main passageway. This is Darth Vader, right hand of the Emperor. His face is obscured by his flowing black robes and grotesque breath mask, which stands out next to the fascist white armored suits of the Imperial stormtroopers. Everyone instinctively backs away from the imposing warrior and a deathly quiet sweeps through the Rebel troops. Several of the Rebel troops break and run in a frenzied panic.
Here's what illustrator Carlos Villagra (responsible for the top design) had to say about the project: "Me and a couple of co workers (Jim Groman and Jorge Lacera) thought it might be cool to redesign Darth Vader. It was fun to think of it as if he was never designed before and all we had to go by was the passage that first describes him in the script. I was hesitant at first because how could [you] hope to redesign something so cool and iconic but then I thought fuck it let's do it. It was more fun than I thought and I hope you guys like it." You can see a few other attempts at redesigning Darth Vader right here. What do you guys think?