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It’s now the stuff of legend that graphic artist RalphMcQuarrie designs have shaped the Star Wars universe and it’s true that he designed the look of Darth Vader.
The official Star Wars blog shares some insight:
It was because of this scene that Darth Vader came to have the look that he does. Ralph, concerned that Vader was jumping from ship to ship through the vacuum of space, felt that he would require some sort of breathing apparatus. George agreed, and the look of the masked villain was born.”
Remember at that stage of the production, the script wasn’t the final version of the film that became A New Hope so it’s cool to see how the process lead to the development of the look of one of the greatest villains ever devised for film.
So what are the elements of design that made Vader as a whole come about?
- Creation of the character by George Lucas
- Design by Ralph McQuarrie
- Voice by James Earl Jones
- Acting by David Prowse
- Breathing sound designed by Ben Burtt