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Shai-Hulud and the God Emperor by ErikShoemaker Shai-Hulud and the God Emperor by ErikShoemaker
EDIT 10/14/17: WOW, I had always hoped for a DD on this, but didn't think I'd get it after all this time lol. Thanks so much to cosmicbound for suggesting and TsaoShin for featuring it!
Unfortunately I still haven't gotten around to fixing the 'thopters' and adjusting the worm design. Here's an alternate version that might please the die-hard Dune fans a bit more :)

God Emperor Leto II by ErikShoemaker
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My tribute to the inspiring scifi saga 'Dune' created by Frank Herbert. This is a fictional setting not depicting any specific scene from the books. The foreground shows one of my favorite and for me most inspiring characters of the series, the God Emperor Leto II.

Creating the worm turned out to be a really challenging exercise. I went through so many stages, completely overhauling the worm's design several times with new textures and poses. My first idea was to use a caterpillar as a reference, which turned out to be horrible. I even considered a seashell in between. Can you guess the reference animals of the final version? It's a mix of three if you count the teeth as well. ;)


Stock credits:
model: vishstudio
Lunar Force by vishstudio
Grinmir-stock | FairieGoodMother | GloomWriter | darkrose42-stock | Parides | AJK-Original-Stock | naradjou14 | demontroll | cgtextures.com 

Thanks a lot for stopping by! ;)



© Erik Schumacher
This is no stock image, so don't use, copy or manipulate the original artwork without my written permission. 
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Given 2017-10-14
Shai-Hulud and the God Emperor by ErikShoemaker features an epic sense of scale ( Suggested by cosmicbound and Featured by TsaoShin )
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This is a masterpiece, I love it. Thus, this is short. I am not the good one to write a critique about technique, because this is far too high level for me, but i can talk about colours : this gold-sand-yellow, with that summer-sky-blue, are definetly awesome. I can see clouds moving across the sky while Shaï-Hulud tries to escape...
The only things i could notice are on the vision of the scene. in my old memories of the books, several clues are strange in that scene. Arrakis is a desert : even if these clouds are really beautiful, i wonder if there could be so many on a "desertic" planet. I am not really fond of helicopters, i had pictured them as "mechanic birds" (maybe thanks to the Cryo game, huh).
Anyway, i really feel Shai-Hulud's power on this pic. Great
What do you think?
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70 out of 74 deviants thought this was fair.

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This is the first deviation that I've wrote a critique on during my time here, so I'll try and make it the best I can - from a fellow artist's perspective that is.

In a previous critique for this piece, the member was puzzled about the artists use of clouds; whether you have watched the film directed by David Lynch or read the novels, you'll know that Paul Muah'Dib did in fact use his godlike powers to restore the habitat on Arrakis. However, if I remember correctly, Arrakis did eventually return to its desert habitat. To me, the clouds and cerulean colored sky do a good job of contrasting the harsh desert environment.

Another element which I felt really brings this piece home is the contrasting of technology (ornithopters) to that of previous inhabitants (destroyed ruins). Shai-Hulud has also been beautifully depicted in this piece, my only criticism of this is the way it was drawn. It could be that I'm only familiar with the sandworms depicted in the film, but I thought the scales Shai-Hulud should have been rounded out a little more. This is just my opinion and it doesn't really detract from what is going on in this image.

The God Emperor which you've depicted in the lower corner of this piece is really awesome too! I'm not certain if he is wearing some sort of desert suit or if this is just some other piece of armor, but it looks fantastic. The way you have modeled the rocky environment on which the God Emperor stands really blends nicely with the character as well as the surrounding environment.

Finally, perspective in this piece is on point. When examining the ornithopters and other inhabitants in the distance, it really shows just how large these sandworms can get - almost godlike in their own right.

Great piece overall! I've made this piece my laptop background until you create something just as great or better to replace it.
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:iconevodolka:
Evodolka Featured By Owner Edited Nov 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
truly stunning :la:
the imagery and detail are grand
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the compliment! :)
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Evodolka Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
your welcome :D
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M44X Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really good ! i like it
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you do :)
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timeshark Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017
Fantastic ^^
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! 
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Thecat66666 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
GREAT DRAWING, but something funny:
my friends dad helped or is helping the developing of a game, in where you travail to different galixys and stuff. the funny thing about it it one of the models he made for the game looks a lot like the creature in the background here. just thought i'ed mention it :)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I'm not surprised :) My worm is inspired by the book "Dune", and this book has inspired many people before in all types of media. It's one of the reasons that huge sandworms often appear in deserts in movies and games. :nod:
Glad you like it!
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Thecat66666 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yah i know sand worms are common, but its something about the flow that just reminds me, but that aside i'm happy you're glad i like it... or maybe youre welcome works better, idk XD :D
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MephMan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017
Read them all!
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:iconissyinked:
IssyInked Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do people draw stuff like this, ❤️😍😱, freaking amazing
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a mix of photos and painting actually :) Glad you like it
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WhereTheSunSets Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017
holy crap this is increadible
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconaietradaea:
Aietradaea Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whew, that is pretty flippin' epic!  Aw, now I wanna reread those books...it's been years...
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha tell me about it, and it's only been 2-3 years for me... thank you! :)
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:iconaietradaea:
Aietradaea Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most welcome!  :dummy:
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:icongopalart:
GopalArt Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017   General Artist
Amazing work!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017
Sweet.
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconvirtualbat:
VirtualBat Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My goodness...
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He1WiN Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you:)
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vapidapid Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017
I like literature. Dune is a classic.
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Unb3kann1 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017
gotta eat some big pills to get that worm away.
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WolfySnackrib Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017
Wooh! It's just like the God Emperor Trump vs the Jewish media!
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Aietradaea Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Facepalm 
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WolfySnackrib Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017
You heard me.
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DisturbedShifty Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the first Dune book a lot.  So much so I did a book cover in vector for my typography class a few years ago.  I had never read the other books past the first one and then for my cap stone class I created two more covers for the sequels.  I picked up the second book and got only a third of the way into it before having to put it down.  I just couldn't get into it.  But because I was doing those covers I researched past those books.  The instant I saw your piece come up, and then read the title, the images I had in my head of the book were suddenly staring me in the face.  Even if the worm isn't the classic design how can you NOT think of Dune when you see a massive worm in a desert?  This is a damn fine piece and you should be consulted for the rumored series they are planning.  You would make a killer concept artist for the show.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha thanks so much for the great compliment! I can see where you're coming wrong regarding the books.. the follow-ups are something else entirely. I didn't hear anything about a show, but I read recently that the director of Bladerunner 2049 is going to pick it up for a movie. :eager:
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DisturbedShifty Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're right about the movie.  I guess the article I read about it some time ago mus have mentioned a TV series in passing.  If they do a new movie I am all for it so long as it is closer to the book.  And to be honest with as long as that book is they could easily break it into two movies.  But if they want to go past that then a TV series is a better idea.  Especially if you can get it done in a Game of Thrones style series and put it on Netflix.  

But I do mean it when I say you should work on it as a concept artist.  I think they would be at a loss at not having your talents on hand.  
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RosieA Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks to this piece of artwork, I finally got around to reading the Dune series...and watching the movie. ^_^
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really? are you kidding? :D You must have seen this work a while ago then! I believe it took me a few months to finish all the books of the main series. :lol: Thanks for the cool comment!
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RosieA Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Professional General Artist
I'm not kidding. I'm still in the middle of the book series right now, but so far I'm loving it. I totally get why you did fan art from it. In the past I kind of thought about reading the first book but I didn't find the motivation until recently. Then again, I was trying to plow my way through A Song of Ice and Fire for the past 3 years so I didn't have time to give another series the same attention. XD Anywho, you're welcome. The artwork is fantastic. =)
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k58mXP4 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017
Awesome
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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PhanThom-art Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the god emperor wields a crowbar...?
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brozilla2002 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017
the god emperor is secretly Gordon Freeman
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adambomb98 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
If you like out of this world indie comics. Check out my new comic Hunted : A Western tale adambomb98.deviantart.com/art/…

Hunted is a greek western centered around a boy and his monsterous pet troll being hunted down through a wonderous world by a fallen hero .
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PatriciaLira Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
awesome dear! Clap Clap Clap 

I always confuse your photomanip
with concept art for quality hahhaSweating a little... Love 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe there are worse things :D Thank you so much!
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:icondecaydblacked:
DecaydBlacked Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That crowbar reminds me Half Life :0
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:iconthecartoonwizard:
TheCartoonWizard Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
holy sweet maloogie
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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:iconbullenwaechter:
Bullenwaechter Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017   General Artist
Bless the Maker and His water.
Bless the coming and going of Him.
May His passage cleanse the world.
May He keep the world for His people.
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:iconfdsawww:
fdsawww Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  New Deviant
Оnly sexy and lonely girls from уоur сitу - hеrе!!!!Clap 
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fanliterature101 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If that was only a game...
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah I wish :D but I heard there's a new movie adaption coming.. and if that works well there might be things such as a game in the air.. :)
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