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Bringing the art off the page.
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THE RALPH McQUARRIE DARTH VADER CONCEPT HELMET IS SOLD OUT! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! DUE TO OVERWHELMING RESPONSE OUR WAIT LIST IS NOW CLOSED.

SHIPPING UPDATE! The second shipment is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on December 11 with shipping expected to be the week of December 20.

Pre-production designers are encouraged to let their minds soar and imagine the impossible. Film technicians are charged with translating the “impossible” into practical, working props and costumes, within time constraints, budgets and the laws of physics. The single biggest challenge facing any artist when asked to interpret the work of another is remaining faithful to the original intent of the concept while working within these all too real constraints.

Ralph McQuarrie designed many versions of Darth Vader’s sinister breathing mask during pre-production on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The art on the right remains one of his favorite pieces and we chose it to be the first in our Concept Series. Our challenge in interpreting his art was very real - how do we take Ralph's painting and realize it in three dimensions with as little compromise as possible? The answer, of course, was to select an artist whose love for the project would enable him to put aside his own artistic “choices” and instead devote his talent to realizing the work of another as completely and faithfully as possible.

Enter Jay Kushwara a remarkably talented 3D modeler who is able to create the most complex of sculptural forms entirely in a computer. Bryan Ono brought this huge Darth Vader fan into the eFX fold, supplied him with the artwork and a color rough of the same helmet, face on, and Jay busily and happily went to work.

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