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'THE EMPIRE NEEDS YOU' Graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'THE EMPIRE NEEDS YOU' Graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist
I'm actually pleased with my drawing for once as, i've been trying for weeks' to beat my Spiderman' drawing but i have now finally done it . I've been pushing myself, and had a couple of close calls, but my other fanart drawings just didn't have the same impact. But this is now the best drawing i've done and the drawing that i will be trying to better from now on (it will take quite a while). It has also come out just as i envisaged it when planning it in my head.

This is also the first of a series of 'Star Wars' fanart drawings i'm planning to do. As star wars is probably one of the most influential Sci-Fi's ever made. And even today all of the characters, ships and designs look amazing, so drawing them are pretty fun.

I chose this classic darth vader pose as its my my favourite. And even though it has been drawn to death on DD i decided to still go with it, but like i always 'try' to do i want to put my own unique spin on it. But on this drawing the background was just as crucial as 'darth vader himself'. So i took a combination of lots of different stills and pics from the movie of different spaceships. And have 'tried' to put most most of the imperial ships in there. From the 'star destroyers' which i placed high up as i wanted the afterburners to look like there higlighting the vaders helmet. To the imperial 'fighters' interceptors','shuttles' and bombers which look like they are flying towards you.

But I stilll wanted the deathstar to be very prominent in the background , which i think i have achieved. And finally there is the horizon of a planet behind 'Darth Vader'. The drawing also looks looks like a recruitment poster for the empire, hence the title.

The drawing was done on A3 Bristol Board paper using standard and mechanical graphite pencils. And a white gel pen for the 12 bright stars. And took about 70 hours over 7 days to complete.

The reference i used is here (will get soon)


Here are some of my other 'fanart' graphite drawings.


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Wow! Amazing! I really like this one:)
The detail in it is amazing, especially in the gloves. The background fits it great, the body is perfect, and the technique is really well done. I always find your art inspiring, moving, and just plain amazing.
When I first saw this, I thought of "I want YOU for for U.S. Army- Nearest recruiting station." (Uncle Sam)
This drawing, and like most of your drawings, is perfectly detailed, the lighting and shading is beyond wow, the originality, which I give a 4 stars, and that's because I've seen few like this, but yours has to be the best. Thanks for sharing, this is a great piece of art.
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It just had to be said... Impressive. Most impressive.

This drawing emphasizes the mechanical monstrosity Vader has become; what with all the Imperial machinery surrounding his portrait. Oh, and I love the fact that Darth Vader literally dominates the image and makes the 2nd Death Star and the Imperial fleet look like a bunch of inconsequential floating pieces of background hardware. I guess the ability to destroy a planet really is insignificant next to the power of the force. And with a force count over 20k (and the voice of James Earl Jones), Vader is a true embodiment of the force. Your work has paid off; and the time you spent on this masterwork really shows. The lighting reflections on his armor, the glove texture, and the added "twinkle" to the background stars truly make this a unique, phenomenal drawing imbued with the power of the dark side.
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Apollo-fatmah Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg this is amazing
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NightSlayer2907 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
no Pen-Tacular-Artist I am your father!!! O_O Fantastic xD
 
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Onyana Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! LOVE IT!!! You are a master of realism :) :shakevader: 
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Gene-j Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Amazing.
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WarwicksComicArt Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant
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ImRandall Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Photographer
This background is amazing..  You very good at using your shading to describe emotion. His expression is laidback and you're shading here is nice and soft.

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AsheMorgan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow great stuff! thanks for sharing this with us :)
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Jaylastar Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Love it! Details, textures, wow! Great job. :D
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Jessanmartin Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! :heart:
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HYPERTiZ Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student General Artist
EPIC! and parody of Uncle Sam lol
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Quillmaster Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
It's come out really well.  Although I found your astronaut clever and technically of very high standard, Darth Vader here grabs me more.  Looks like you have a nice selection here, gonna go have a quick browse :)
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DeniseRubenJose Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is truly amazing.
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Traumia Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
LOVE it! x
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madmadman01 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013   General Artist
Clap Clap Clap
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mathubex Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love this character, good job on the background too, this is awesome.
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BrokenHAX Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Exactly how much magic is imbued in your materials?
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HeyZeus7 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
... Thats a helluva lot of graphite. Well done!
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AlanECZ Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I can't speak... is... wow.
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BFG8800GTX Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Look at the detail!!! Uncle vader wants you....to rebuild that deathstar.
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GigiSovereign Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my good is wonderful!!
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JelloPixel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist
this is really good, too good it's FAB-U-LOUSSSS
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ashbasher22 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
freaking brilliant, you should be proud of yourself!!! I See Darth Vader without the colours. The Darth Vader, you should be proud of making this brilliance. ^^
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Demonfx1 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing Artwork
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FTSArts Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You do awesome graphite art! Im featuring you and this piece on my FB page: [link]
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Lidia14 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it ! <3
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Daniela-Chris Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing how you managed to keep the drawing clean working with graphite. And of course amazing detail!
May the 4th be with you!
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darceycherie Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
your work is absolutely stunning. ALL of it.
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Storm01535 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome brilliant pencil work!!! I just started a Facebook page called The Art of Star Wars [link] . I started it to not only post well known Star Wars Art but also Star Wars Art from deviantArt and other sites too to help give more exposure to the Artists. I was wondering if I could post this one with a link. You do some great work!! Let me know. Thank you. :D
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot, and that's fine post it on your star wars facebook page. I'm also planning to do more star wars fanart in the future so keep an eye out.
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Storm01535 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome and thank you too!! Check out the page and let me know what you think. I just posted it now. Let people know about it too, the more the better. I just started it on Monday. It all takes time. I look forward to seeing more from you!! Thanks again, Norm. [link]
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, it looks great, thers some pretty other amazing pieces on there.
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Storm01535 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it and let other people know about it too!!
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saoirsesushi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
star wargasm!!! brilliant. totally brainwashing me into watching them again today. The gesture makes it!
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danebrown Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
The background must have took forever
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It took a while but thankfully not forever.
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joshuaross Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hell ya dude
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Helliatrix Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
8| OMG I can't stop staring at this !! O_O I love this work. It's just awesome !!
All the details, the shinning, the stars and everything !!! No doubts, you're the most amazing graphite-artist I've ever seen.
I think I'm going to fav' your entire gallery !! =S ^^''
STAR WARS FAN !!!! >.<
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the watch, fav's and feedback. I'm defintely not the most amazing but hopefully with alot of practice one day i might be, but thanks anyway. And i still got more star wars fanart to come.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the watch, fav's and feedback. I'm defintely not the most amazing but hopefully with alot of practice one day i might be, but thanks anyway. And i still got more star wars fanart to come.
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Sammyotoe Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
The Background is sick and vader is right on.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot.
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VaderLover Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
This is AWESOME I cant stop watching the details!!!!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot especially coming from a 'Vaderlover'. And i still got lots more star wars fanart to come so keep an eye out.
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VaderLover Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
You are very welcome! You did a dominant and majestic Vader. Just perfect
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Ergilion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
"I want YOU to join the Imperium!"
-Darth Vader
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Shuttleformer Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I'm just going to like your entire gallery, okay?
You have some serious skills.
Really. Stunning. :D
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JackXAngelicaforever Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Ahhh... Good, old, times feelings. I remember how i and my dad always used to watch Star Wars when i was 6 years old. :) I miss those times, and that i always draw them. I remember my fave character was always R2D2 because i though he was such a cutie. :D Now i am much older and haven't watch it for years but it always reminds me of the old times. I Grow up watching Star Wars. :D
Really nice job! Looks almost like a photo! Keep it up! :D
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot. i rewatched star wars after drawing this for the first time in 10 years and it's still as amazing.
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Sunnycat17 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
"I want YOU to join the Dark Side! (We have cookies)"
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Jodi-Mahaffey Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
I don't know how you get that black so black but it is awesome. Do you do anything original? If you don't you most certainly should consider it. I think you could sell your work. (I am assuming here that fan work can't be sold..I could be wrong..I am still new at the art biz!)
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