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Shai-Hulud and the God Emperor
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Published: July 10, 2015
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! ;)



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NeMusupeSuHobbyist General Artist
Dude this is absolutely fantastic, incredible work!
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much! :D
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NeMusupeSuHobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Zenith87Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible work! Great action and framing!
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Jordan, glad you like it! (seeing you're a fan of Dune ;))
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jlxp Photographer
I'm fan of Dune and I love your pic !
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much, I'm glad to hear it from a Dune fan!
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jlxp Photographer
You're welcome :smile: 
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Pendragon-ArtsProfessional 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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ErikShoemakerHobbyist 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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Even though i like the Lynch's three-jaw sandworms more ;)
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist 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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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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FandomTrash05Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an Alaskan bull work and no one can tell me otherwise
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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BerrySplashHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow cool! though I thought it was a giant elephant trunk at first lol
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haha that's definitely the first I've heard about :D 
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :D
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very very nice..."he who control the spicy worms, control the universe"
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thanks!! 
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