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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. ;)


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model: vishstudio
Lunar Force by vishstudio
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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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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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Pendragon-Arts Featured By Owner Edited Mar 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I never knew you created this... omg, I'm an epic fan of the series...  read the book back when I was about 18 or so and I'm 50 now. I've reread them over the years too! Herbert is/was amazing. I'm not such a fan of his son's works, using his dad's notes to continue the series with a co author though. Artists in their genres are 1 in a million. :heart:. This work is stunning. So that is your vision of Leto? Very cool, still early in his years it looks like at this point, holding a riding hook and such a great concept managing to try and capture one.... very deadly game they are trying to play! :love: I love the original movie's worm mouths the best also but it is for every artist to interpret. :heart:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, changing the worm's design would be a relatively easy fix, but I don't feel like touching the psd-file anymore. I did change the worm in the cropped version that focuses on Leto.
Maybe I'll make an update of the wide version sometime in the future, too. I'm so glad that as a fan of the series you enjoyed the result!  
I agree about his son's books. To be honest the numerous pages of philosophical thinking in the books 2-6 were very hard to to read, so his son's books were a bit of a relief, too. ;P I only read those two that were part of the main story arc to find out how the series ends. I believe they published tons of side story books by now which I never touched so far. 
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vanBlood Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
Wonderful
Even though i like the Lynch's three-jaw sandworms more ;)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, the cropped version linked in the description has that type of worm. Today I agree about the worm design :D Thanks!
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JhimmyAngel7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018
Gran trabajo!
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DarkdesentCharacters Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning!
Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so they set up aSPECIALROOM to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died.
Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on a monday night at 12:00a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you and watching you bleed to death.
Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if u copy and paste this to ten comments in the next ten minutes u will have the best day of ur life tomorrow. u will either get kissed or asked out, if u break this chain u will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. in 53 mins someone will say i love you or imSORRY
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FandomTrash05 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an Alaskan bull work and no one can tell me otherwise
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patriciaschmidt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Love This!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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BerrySplash Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow cool! though I thought it was a giant elephant trunk at first lol
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha that's definitely the first I've heard about :D 
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Skipperthe13th Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Wow :O
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :D
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Skipperthe13th Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018
anytime!
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jhongrue Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  New Deviant
very very nice..."he who control the spicy worms, control the universe"
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!! 
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ApparentlyImStupid Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Student General Artist
why are there helicopters dropping water on it
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
water is hurting the worm so they use water to tame and capture it. :)
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ApparentlyImStupid Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Student General Artist
ok thx
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Muraki3777 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018
cool work!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Danubium Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018
Excellent interpretation!

Just a nitpick: ornithopters are flapping-wing aircraft, not a fantasy name for helicopters.
ornithopter.org/index.shtml
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D you're right.. I was always planning on fixing that but never got around to it. I did fix them in the cropped version that I linked in the description, though. Thanks for the comment!
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BARNEY17666 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  New Deviant
spice worm rodeo, ride the worm for a generous earn
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marik20001 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good stuff!!!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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Kanal-1-Brackwede Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Professional Artist
Looks like Dune
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well it is supposed to be Dune so I'm glad :)
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Christianer3 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018
this is a giant Sandworm, great Job.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe thanks a lot!
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Evodolka Featured By Owner Edited Nov 27, 2017  Hobbyist General 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 General 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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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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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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IssyInked Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do people draw stuff like this, ❤️😍😱, freaking amazing
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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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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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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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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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Aietradaea Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most welcome!  :dummy:
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GopalArt Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017   General Artist
Amazing work!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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