Check These Out: Redesigns of Darth Vader Inspired by the Script

December 27, 2010
Source: I Heart Chaos

Darth Vader

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.

And here are some hand-picked illustrations courtesy of I Heart Chaos (via The Daily What):

Darth Vader Redesign 1

Darth Vader Redesign 2

Darth Vader Redesign 3

Darth Vader Redesign 4

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?

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the last ones pretty cool in fact if he did look like that i wouldnt mind

pulp fiction212 on Dec 27, 2010


These don't do much for me.

Stevo on Dec 27, 2010


The fourth one falls in line with the WW2 themes of the original trilogy but I still think its looks tacky. I prefer the second one, but even that one is too over the top from what they ended up with in the films.

Ben Huh on Dec 27, 2010


great designs on their own. But they fall far too short to be anything even close to Darth Vader redesign. you are redesigning one of the most iconic characters in cinema history. not EA's next sci fi game for the PS3.

Logan on Dec 27, 2010


Love the last one... it's sort of terrifying. The 2nd one is cool too but a little to Cenobite-esque. But yet, nothing beats the original

Kevin Baughman on Dec 27, 2010


Id use the last two as bounty hunters, but not as Vader.

Al on Dec 27, 2010


The last one's alright but the others look retarded...

Cruzer on Dec 27, 2010


these are awesome, i hope they would do more

Jericho on Dec 27, 2010


Cenobite Vader!

Xerxex on Dec 27, 2010


#7 Why did you have to leave a comment like that? you are a creep.

paddlepaws on Dec 27, 2010


i like the 1st & 2nd one

A5J4DX on Dec 27, 2010


The last one turns me on.

Cracky on Dec 27, 2010


Meh... These look more like the alternate darkside SW Unleashed ending than darth Vader. One thing Lucas & Mcquarrie wanted to emphasize was emposing as an African Mask & Elegant as a Samurai or something to that effect. Kudos to these guys on their creativity, but it doesn't scream Vader to me.. Just my humble opinion, that why we have em 😉

Solo Calrissian on Dec 27, 2010


u must be kidding the one from the 60s look best or #2 that will work

sam on Dec 27, 2010


Nice try. But the OT Vader suits are perfect.

bring my shuttle... on Dec 27, 2010



Don Mault on Dec 27, 2010

17, no nice try but not even close. they didn't take into consideration the fact that he needs to move fast as a jedi. even the original vader looks a bit fat and slow, but compared to these one, the original is much much better.

andi on Dec 27, 2010


Yeesh, everyone takes art too seriously. They're just for fun. personally, I think they're all creative and badass in their own right. The second one is my favorite. ugly, but with an organized insect complexity.

David on Dec 28, 2010


Maybe none of these :P, if anything vader would have been more awzome weilding 2 red sabers as he has been portrayed instead of one red saber

DaftPUNKFAN on Dec 28, 2010


The last one looks like a cross between Darth Vader himself and the title character from the Fallout games. Cool artwork.

Mr.Cookie on Dec 28, 2010


#3 is horrible.

Jasn on Dec 28, 2010


#10 What is wrong with #7's comment? I believe he meant to imply that the other ones are stupid, not that they are like a mentally challenged person. Words can imply different meanings. Like the word "gay" can mean happy or refer to a homosexual. It is you who is the creep because you have determined that #7 means to be putting down people of limited mental ability, when this is obviously not the case. Overly sensitive people are destroying this country. By the way, #10, I think your comment offended every "creep" out there. Have a little more empathy for others! Sheesh!

tommyturner on Dec 28, 2010


sorry, But they don't inspire me at all.

Cineprog on Dec 28, 2010


last one is dope!

Nick Sears on Dec 28, 2010


not impressed at all. Last one is alright though.

what on Dec 29, 2010


I don't get the Vader feeling from any of these. If anything, I image a somewhat "Borg" look. It wouldn't be a complete redesign, but it would a Street Fighter Alternate costume.

Haz on Dec 29, 2010


Meh........ Why bother redesigning perfection?

reborninfire on Dec 29, 2010

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