Art Friday: First Blood Part II

Today, I picked two drawings with the same core as a fun way to illustrate how design elements can be transformative.

First, a redesign of Darth Vader’s iconic helmet. I’m a big fan of Ralph McQuarrie’s original design and, after seeing how much it changed from paper to screen, thought it would be fun to attempt my own version. It totally was fun.


But after I finished it, heck, even while I was in the process, I thought, “Oh man, this would be a cool Black Manta.” Best part? Realizing I could do that because why the hell not?

So stripping down some of the original linework, adding some new, simple coloring, and:


I guess what I’m saying is it’s fun being able to get ideas out of my head so I can see them and play around.

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