Even though I don't like how unhealthy and abusive their relationship was towards the end, this piece is so moving and beautiful I can't help but feel sad. This is so lovely, especially the stained glass.
My brother once told me that he thought Vader was the greatest villain of all time. I disagreed. I think Anakin was deceived and his anger was misplaced,..and in the end the love for his family (Luke) prevailed. I think this beautifully illustrates my point, that Anakin/Vader had a fierce love inside of him.
I can't tell you how much I love this piece, and I'm so happy to finally see it get a DD! I love how "soft" you've made Vader - he almost appears to blend into the surroundings, and yet is still starkly different from them. The textures you used are fantastic, for the marble and the stained glass, and the Padme image is outstanding. She almost appears to be watching him, like an angel. The lighting is spectacular!
You've done so much with a relatively non-complex image, and done it exceptionally well. The level of emotion is just brilliant. Excellent work!
I've always thought that Vader was a much more compelling character than any other in the Star Wars universe. He had literally everything taken from him. His own destiny was mapped out by the Jedi Order before he was even born.
I think his tale was handled poorly in Episode I, II, and III, but overall if you think about it, Vader is a traditionally tragic character, not truly a villain, but a man caught up in circumstances far beyond his control or influence. In another writers hands I think that could have come through a lot better in the prequels.
Vader, for me, is summed up in the scene where he and Luke sense each other on their ships. Luke jumps to light speed and Vader turns away from the window...but for just a moment, he looks back, perhaps thinking about what could have been...what should have been, a different life. There's a few moments like that in episodes 4,5 and 6, but they're so subtle they get overshadowed by the action.
Agreed fully. I think if Anakin had been done as a more likeable character I would have enjoyed the prequels so much more. Yes he has a dark side, but he doesn't have to be written as a whiny love struck manchild.