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Caverns of Norfair by Francoyovich Caverns of Norfair by Francoyovich
Second of three in a series of illustrations on Super Metroid. ç

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Blazer-999 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018
Ridley was so egotistical that he just went ahead and defiled Norfair in his visage, without even caring about the history he could've erased.

Yet another trait of his that made his final defeat even more satisfying.
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DanteSm1th Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the idea that you don't actually see Ridley himself but the looming statue from the ceiling giving Samus the reminder of why she is here and what she is about to go up against. Its really setting the mood that this is the most dangerous place to be and if you aren't careful, game over. Which is accurate to the game because Norfair was the hardest place in Super Metroid with all of the strongest enemies appearing in abundance all over the place and Ridley being one of the harder bosses in that game due to the insane amount of damage he can do if you aren't ready or prepared for him. 
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Francoyovich Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yes it is definitely one of the hardest spots of that game. I got the Ridley stalactite idea from a spot where there is a door placed inside the mouth of a huge Ridley skull. In this case, I thought it would look cool if the statue would be sculpted out of a natural formation coming from the ceiling. That's what's cool about this game, it leaves a lot to the imagination and you can interpret stuff the way you like.
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DanteSm1th Featured By Owner Edited Jun 30, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And that is the brilliance with Metroid, they gave really nothing so we can imagine. How I always see Norfair is like a mix of this picture and a futuristic city but with some ancient touches like old Chozo ruins inside the volcanic region with large structures and buildings built across the area and in the lava. This being like a massive Headquarters for the Space Pirates as Ridley is within like a castle being a mix of a large Chozo Temple and a futuristic Palace where he sat waiting for Samus, at least that's how I saw Norfair. With the looming Ridley head being like a marker for Ridley to basically say "I'm here, come find me!" Like he is challenging her or something like that. 
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Camikaze Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018
wow its great!!

what is this? illustrator?
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Francoyovich Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
it's all done in photoshop
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Camikaze Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018
it's great franco! cheers from Malasya :D
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Francoyovich Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:wave: 
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adscomics Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Made this my phone background <3 love it
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Francoyovich Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I am a dummy! 
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Mayleth Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017
Fantastic series!!!
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cubecraftfan Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
just 3? D: great work 
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MathieuBeaulieu Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Lui aussi yé pas-mal cool
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Francoyovich Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
haha merci beaucoup! attends de voir le prochain!
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BlueGlacier Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
Those pillars had to be durable to stand up to the heat of the lava!
The glow on the armor is the only sign of cool on this pic!
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melin Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Professional Photographer
You are doing a simple but yet important mistake - assuming.

You assume that those pillars are of a material that would melt in lava. Metroid is not a game set on Earth.
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BlueGlacier Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
A rather inspiring reply.  I was thinking over my comment and looking over the picture.  I was
figuring, that no matter which planet the architecture is built in, this deep into the ground, the
pressure and heat would take their toll on the structures.  I was also guessing that the pillars
that had fallen, weren't the result of vandalism.
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ppowersteef Featured By Owner May 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ridley sure liked to do sculpting in his pasttime.
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JJEverett Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
Really nice atmospheric lighting. Great job. ;)
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LazyRayFinkle Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
Oh wow, this is amazing. A must fave. 
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Spiritleaf7 Featured By Owner May 11, 2017   Digital Artist
This is incredible! The colours are amazing :D
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AdmiralPit Featured By Owner May 10, 2017
Absolute beauty and astonishment. :heart:  I really love those colors and details!
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Vasilivros Featured By Owner May 10, 2017
Damn!

What will be the third? Tourian?
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Varia31 Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous work!
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zekaron Featured By Owner May 9, 2017
Man, these are amazing, any chance that we get prints at some point?
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MetroidDatabase Featured By Owner May 9, 2017
Samus's calves/lower legs are a bit squatty but otherwise, this is a gorgeous depiction of Lower Norfair. I love your color usage.
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Francoyovich Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Good point, I did not saw it before you point it out. Might take a couple of minutes to fix it.
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XXFanXofX4869XX Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Student Writer
Ho-ho-lee-shyte. This looks AMAZING!

What're the odds of you doing AM2R?!
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Tuuber25 Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For a hot second I thought it was DOOM. 
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TheBritWriter Featured By Owner May 8, 2017
Very striking, great job!
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Dr-Pepper-Dragon Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Very impressive!
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LiagnisArts Featured By Owner May 8, 2017
Are these being made as vectors?
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Francoyovich Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, good ol brush and lasso
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LiagnisArts Featured By Owner May 9, 2017
Prints being sold anywhere?
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Francoyovich Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I don't have a shop yet, but I'm currently looking for different options.
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LiagnisArts Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
My wallet is ready haha
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Francoyovich Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
great! :)
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ninpeachlover Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cool and wonderfull 
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Francoyovich Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ninpeachlover Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You welcome
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CarthagePlate Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Impressive! The colors are crisp, the lighting's good, and I feel a contrast between the menacing dragon-head in the back with the small moth-creatures in the front. This place has some history behind it, for sure.
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Francoyovich Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
haha! yes it does!
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MelodicChronic Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic temperature control. Beautiful, crisp work!
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Francoyovich Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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