McQuarrie Concept Vader Case
Epoxy sculpting clay, found materials and acrylic paint on a vintage Darth Vader Carrying Case for The Vader Case Project. Over twenty-five Star Wars artists and collectors were invited to decorate a vintage Darth Vader carrying case with their own take on the Dark Lord. The cases were shown throughout Star Wars Celebration in the Collector’s Track Social Room and were auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
My contribution was a tribute to the late Ralph McQuarrie, concept artist for Star Wars. It was based on one of his original design concepts for Darth Vader and required a complete re-sculpting of the face and helmet of the original action figure case. McQuarrie was a huge inspiration on my growth as a young artist. I began drawing as a direct result of seeing Star Wars and later, when I found a Topps Star Wars Space Painting trading card featuring Ralph’s work, the creative flood gates were opened.