Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Gods of Mars by DrZime Gods of Mars by DrZime
Voila! Actually finished something!

This is for the contest at: Burroughs-Club.
The challenge was to illustrate one of your favorite fight scenes from an Edgar Rice Burroughs book. I chose John Carter (proud Earth Virginian) and Tars Tarkas (Jeddak of Thark) versus the Plant Men in the Eden of Mars.

John Carter was technically naked during this scene in the book (because he had just been transported to Mars again), but my deviantART page is *proudly* rated G-PG13. So there.

Speaking of ERB's Martian Tales, it's very nearly 100 years old! (next year, baby!)
Can you imagine one-hundred years ago in 1912 a nice gentleman in a suit wrote this crazy sci-fi stuff? Just think; the man himself was born only ten years after the American civil war! Wowee. How did he come up with this?! :0

And they're finally making it a movie!: disney.go.com/johncarter/#vide…




Drawn on normal printer paper using a mechanical pencil, scanned, re-lined and colored in Photoshop using a mouse.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconrevan005:
Revan005 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Cool!
Reply
:iconfuiron:
Fuiron Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Most nice gentlemen in suits write weird stuff. There is something about that society, and the suit itself, which inspires gentlemen, I think.

I assume you've got a suit?
Reply
:icondrzime:
DrZime Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've got a blouse and slacks for interviews. Hehe.
Reply
:iconjohnxx26:
johnxx26 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
very good, i like
Reply
:iconhabzihaurahman:
habziHAURAhman Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
Reply
:iconwho-stole-my-name:
who-stole-MY-name Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
sounds like an intresting book to read, I'll look for it before the movie comes out :nod:
the very idea of sci-fi from 1912 makes me want to read it even more :D

AWESOME action scene! :D (I use the word "awesome" a lot don't I? >< I really need to expand my vocabulary)
so those creatures are plants? that explains the green blood :nod:
:O do I see some bloodlust on John's eyes or is it just me?
Reply
:icondrzime:
DrZime Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's great reading. :D
The creatures are plant men, yup!

John Carter is as ERB would put it: A fighting man. He's just happy when he gets to fight, and often has a little smile on his lips when he's doing so. Hehe.
Reply
:iconwho-stole-my-name:
who-stole-MY-name Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
I knew it! he get the "warrior's high", doesn't he? :D
more or less like the badgers from Redwall (no comparison of course xD Redwall= children's books)
Reply
:icondesiree-joy:
Desiree-Joy Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
I love the colors!
Reply
:icondragonpyper:
dragonpyper Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Great Job!
Really spectacular! ;)
I consider Burroughs to be the overlooked member of the Visionary triumvirate of the late 19th-early 20th centuries. The other two being Wells and Verne. Currently breathlessly awaiting the John Carter of Mars movie. What a way to celebrate the centennial of these amazing stories. :D
Reply
:icondrzime:
DrZime Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
Can't wait for the movie. :excited: I really want to see the green men brought to life.
Reply
:iconexocolumn:
exocolumn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Great work!
Reply
:iconphasechan:
PhaseChan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011   General Artist
This is absolutely awesome. <3

I love the dynamic poses! Excellent skills you have with proportions and movement - and I love the character designs too. Well done Zime! :)
Reply
:icondrzime:
DrZime Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank youuu! :D
ERB is pretty descriptive with his characters - it's hard to design them wrong. ^.^
Reply
:iconkhamarupa:
khamarupa Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!! :D I wanna see this cartoon, NOW! haha I love it!!
Reply
:iconcharanty:
Charanty Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Awesomeness! Go Carter!
Reply
:iconkileybeecher:
KileyBeecher Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Woah! Nice stuff! Lots of action going on here! ;-)
Reply
:icondrmistytang:
DrMistyTang Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
It's one of Zime's very best concepts! :clap:
You did a great job executing it~
Reply
:icondrzime:
DrZime Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: So that's what you think!
Thankee Misty.
Reply
:iconelecktrum:
elecktrum Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Yes! Talk about a blast from the past! Excellent choice - that's one of my all-time favorite scenes in what is probably my all-time favorite series.
Reply
:icondrzime:
DrZime Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's hard to beat John Carter. :D
Reply
:iconglee-chan:
Glee-chan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love this piece, and I think you're going to win the contest. I especially like how you did Tars Tarkas, so often it's hard to get a decent looking Green Martian. I remember I tried with Sola, and had to cheat, making her lay-down in a pose so it didn't look too unflattering.

I truly think that in some ways ERB was both a man of his time, yet a man born before his time. There certainly is that macho man-better-then-woman quality, and how the white man is superior than other races (be it alien or native earth races), yet then you contrast his 19th century thinking with his ideas of aliens and creatures, the giant battles, incredible cultures, and scifi epicness, his stories even surpass today's stuff. I still think he is an untapped resource for Hollywood, even though his works have been floating around in film versions for years. (Especially Tarzan) Somehow I don't think people have really reach into the fullness of his imagination, and I can't wait to see this new film can deliver.
Reply
:icondrzime:
DrZime Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a ton! It's taken me years to get the green men to look decent. 0..0 Inspiration from other people's work on this site certainly helps.

Yeah, it's too bad racism was just bred into everyone back then. But, at least you can say a lot of his main characters actually make friends with at least one person from every culture (John Carter and Xodar being the first one that pops into my mind.) :XD:

Glad you agree he was an adventurer before his time! I hope more of his stories are made into movies/shows etc. :)
Reply
:icontheseaknight:
TheSeaKnight Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You could have always done some subtle censorship... :D
Reply
:icondrzime:
DrZime Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah. I'm not leaving any room for pervy comments. :XD:
Reply
:iconiamtheunison:
IAmTheUnison Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting. I like it. :)
Reply
:iconkyupol:
kyupol Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
like the colors
Reply
:iconlavioletta:
LaVioletta Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one is an instant favorite. From the impossible odds to the two greatest warriors of Barsoom fighting back to back, you really nailed that battle, too. As far as the contest, you might've picked the best one in the Barsoom series, too. Absolutely amazing.
Reply
:icondrzime:
DrZime Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a ton!
Reply
:iconlavioletta:
LaVioletta Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ehi, no problema! :D
Reply
:iconorangepickles:
OrangePickles Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
is arm left arm looks a look weird, maybe it's the perspective.
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
August 7, 2011
Image Size
853 KB
Resolution
770×1100
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
4,457
Favourites
129 (who?)
Comments
31
Downloads
72