Darth Sidious

I felt the power of the Dark Side brewing within my very being, guiding me to paint one of my favorite Star Wars characters...Lord Sidious!

I created this piece in a wide variety of stuff, ranging from Sketchbook Pro and Procreate on the iPad for concepting and color planning, Adobe Collage (sadly discontinued so it is no longer on the App Store), and on my Mac, Sketchbook Pro 6.

The tools I used for the iPad are my favorite stylii: Jot Touch and Pogo Connect and on my Mac, the Wacom Intuous4. For palm rejection, on iPad, I used the Hand Glider glove.

As you can see in the mood board (below), I looked for photos of Palpatine (coolest old dude, like ever) that showed his dark cunning. However, I wanted to portray him much younger, perhaps in his 30's or early 40's, after he had already obtained much of his knowledge of the Dark Side from his master, Darth Plagueis.

Speaking of Plagueis, I just finished reading the novel, of the same name, last week. Excellent book. It shows the rise of Palpatine, from a youth to the old bastard we all know and love. Force Lightning...that's whats for dinner!