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The Brighter the Light... by taresh The Brighter the Light... by taresh
...The Darker the Shadow.

The evolution of more man than machine.

So this started out as a passing joke idea by :iconashen-tallaveran: when i was discussing doing a Star Wars fan art to commemorate the blu ray release lol. which was this... he said "why not do an anakin to Vader pic of the evolution of man?" i straight away jumped on the idea and started work on this right after doing the 1st one.

and okay i know admittedly the people that have portrayed anakin haven't been the best actors but i dont think they're as bad as people want to make out they are. though sadly his clone wars voice actor is the best lol.
but if you think about it at least it makes the character consistent lol. and in the original trilogy his perfemance was... "robotic" geddit ? :P
despite this Vader and by proxy, Anakin too have to be my favourite char (not so much kid anakin -.- )

okay i think thats got the star warsiness out of my system for a bit, for Ryak-Lo fans, issue 28 will resume tomorrow :)
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theartestfromhell Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LuminaraUnduli Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
Wow i like that
Miss-Prime Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Student
My favorite character!
rababco Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's interesting how you mention his acting was kind of "robotic" and it's consistent; I've never thought of his acting in the new trilogy as trying to relate to that. Also, it's been suggested that he may have had Borderline Personality Disorder and one reason that's mentioned is dissociative episodes, which often involves an expressionless and flat face and voice, which is the way Anakin gets so it could be seen as a symptom rather than bad acting. It would actually be interesting if they had a mental illness/disorder in mind that they were trying to portray (considering the severe abandonment issues, it's hard not to think of BPD); he was definitely mentally and emotionally unstable.
yautja360 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
Add 3-5 years of constant intergalactic war, and you have a PTSD Jedi Knight.
rababco Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, that still doesn't explain a lot though. I'm not saying he might not have had it (I've thought of it being possible that he had PTSD from watching his mother die in front of him; that was obviously pretty traumatic for him considering he went into a blind rage and killed all those aliens.) Borderline Personality Disorder helps explain the severe fear of abandonment and efforts to avoid abandonment, identity issues, impulsiveness, intense moods/mood swings, sensitivity to criticism, possible dissociative episodes, and "black and white" thinking. It's also very possible that he had depression or Bipolar Disorder as well. It's possible that Anakin could've had Borderline Personality Disorder as well as PTSD and/or depression or Bipolar Disorder (PTSD and other anxiety disorders as well as mood disorders are actually common co-occuring disorders with BPD) so he may have had a multitude of mental disorders, which helps explain why he was so mentally unstable and suffered such a great deal.
yautja360 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
As you said in the end of your reply, I wasn't saying he only had PTSD but I was adding it to your theory of mental disorders, which is very convincing.
rababco Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, okay, I didn't know that's what you meant. Honestly, I think it he must have had a mental disorder or a combination of mental disorders because he definitely wasn't mentally healthy.
yautja360 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
Agreed 100%, ma man.
ChristineArrow Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! The Evolution of Anakin 
Corasher Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
1. Little Kid
2. Young Padawan
3. Old Padawan
4. Young Jedi Knight
5. Old Jedi Knight
6. Darth Vader
7. Ghost 
GoldenFreddy1 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student General Artist
The life of Anakin.
AlexGamer9000 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student General Artist
darthvaderfangirl15 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Artist
Evolution of Tigger Tabbywalker

Episode 1: Kitten at age 9

Episode 2: Padawan to Blaze 

Episode 3: Tigger Tabbywalker/Darth Vader

Episode 4: Darth Vader

Episode 5: Still DV!

Episode 6: Redeemed as Tigger Tabbywalker
Clockspur Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat! :D
Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013   General Artist
The evolution of Anakin
rosalinarox4eva Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Incredible work!
DragonballFormersZ Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really great picture! My only nitpick is that the eyelashes you gave young anakin make him look a tiny bit girly, but other than that awesome picture!
dafan2k8 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013

In universe, it is hard to believe the frightened, little blonde-haired kid on the far left would grow into the most-feared man alive (2nd from the right). It is clear to see that as Anakin grew older, the darkness of evil shrouded him more and more until it imprisioned him in his (in)famous black suit of life-sustaining armor. But his last act while he was alive paved the way for his deliverance after his death....

Clever of taresh by not showing the face of Anakin's Force ghost. This way, he looks like either Sebastian Shaw (for the OT purists) or Hayden Christensen (for the SE OT/full 6-film saga fans) - thus sparing the comment board for this pic of any 'flame wars' over this issue.

The presentation of this idea in this picture surpases the 'glimpse' we got of Anakin's future on the famous EPISODE I poster wher he cast a shadow on the side of a building in the shape of a silhouette of Darth Vader - his future self.

Thank you taresh for creating and sharing this picture.
sonPauten Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Brilliant! :D
Vader must have taken ages to do.
taresh Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
hehe yeah he's a bit of a bugger to draw
TitaniumFerrous Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Odd... i could have sworn I added this to my faves before.... oh well, I'm doing it, now!
Samurai-Poet Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very awesome!
KerroAsklepius Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
hibrido6 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
good work!!
sad destiny
Tipsutora Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very nice work! :la:
Tsukasa57 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
wow awesome
Revolations Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the force ghost anakin at the end(which people seem to not be noticing, lol). This reminds me of that one Bleach picture
gps3 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
haha very cool and clever idea. :D
Narok24 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist
The fact that you included Clone Wars, aka Star Wars' cause of death, kind of ruins the epic factor. Sorry.
taresh Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
the fact that i know i cant please everyone makes me not care, sorry
skidgreenwarrior Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He is kind of right, clone wars was a gay series
Rexness613 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist
"The closer you get to the light... The greater your shadow shall become."
BlackSpider-Man Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:icondarthvaderplz: "The Force is strong with this one..."
darthfomalhaut Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Evolution from man to machine. Awesome.

Agreed with you on his actors. :clap: Me personally, I felt that Hayden Christensen was miscast in his role. He definitely improved his acting chops in Episode III but I felt that he might have needed more coaching when it came to his line readings. But NEVER did I feel that he was AWFUL in his role. And yeah, it does make sense seeing that David Prowse wasn't that great an actor either. Plus when Darth Vader tells Obi-Wan in Episode IV, "When I left you I was but the learner, now I am the master.", it sounded so stale and so lifeless, given the fact that he's slowly losing his humanity, but still.

Yet whenever Hayden wears a facial expression of either sorrow or anger, wields a lightsaber, marches on the Jedi Temple, and gets burnt in a lava pit, he does a pretty good job at that. :)

But still, amazing job here friend! :clap:

"Dream big and dare to fail! I dare you to do that!" - James Hetfield
Pilgrimwanders Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
YES!!!! :) :jedi:
ANIMEFREAKEMOFREAK Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Artist
COOL!!! >0<
I miss Ani... :)
Mununsah Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
like a Roman candle that shones the brightest shall one day burn out only to shine again from the ashes.
jinx-lin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
I really do like the idea here and how you've incorporated all the stages of Anakin in both his growth and his transition to Darth Vader here. The fact that his Force ghost has no face leaves a lot to be imaged, and I quite like that aspect of this too. :)
SvalaW Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really awesome idea! This simply looks fantastic!
AlexGhost Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
awesome. :3
iaremarie Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
This evolution's cooler than the one from Simpsons! :D
Caxsry14 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student General Artist
So beautiful! I love Anakins transformations.
Ranma-Trekkie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Awesome! Love the idea and your style really looks cool on this. :)

Also, totally sharin' your opinion on Anakin's actors. They deserve a little more credit then they get. (Except maybe for Lloyd. lol)
disciple65 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Vader is the bomb, yes, but Anakin was portrayed so much better in the novelizations of the prequel trilogy.
Pashtcat Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice...very nice.
Kassis Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
I really like it! Good job :)
Akaius Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
MaggiSakura Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorry, just a few days ago I watched the fourth episode and I'm kinda familiar with the transformation of Anakin to Vader but may I ask, who in the world is the shiny guy? Something Vader will become?
taresh Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
thats Anakin's force ghost
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