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Leto Atreides II, God Emperor of Dune by Gorrem Leto Atreides II, God Emperor of Dune by Gorrem
More Dune art. This character is a little deeper into the story; about the fourth book Leto becomes a God. He is an immortal who can see into the future, and using his power has taken control of the known universe by-- guess what?-- controlling the Spiceeeeee! Unfortunately as a side effect he has mutated in a hideous worm creature and can no longer have relations with women. If you're getting a uncomfortably pornographic vibe from this, just ride with it. Dune is about conquering giant worms, what kind of metaphor do you think that is?!

I wanted a design that fell in line with his description from the books, but I did take liberties to make a more impacting silhouette. With all my dune concepts, I try not to over-design these characters because they're so classic and influential. That being said, all my adjustments are to benefit describing the character out of context for people who might not know the story and still get a feeling for what they're about. I have recorded most of the process of his painting throughout several videos on my livestream channel if you're interested:
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WDCain Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017
I always thought he was just a nut with his Golden Path nonsense.  He forces humanity into the Great Migration for a thousand years and feels perfectly fine since his future vision shows the human race will turn out better.  The problem is the books show there is a special bloodline that "blocks" people from being picked up psychics and Leto knows this.  So for all he knows, all his plans just end up making things worse.

Great artwork though.  Very creepy with a hint of devious intelligence.
IvannaMatilla Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm speechless. This painting is just too good.
Your colouring skills are insane!
Antonesky Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool!
KainvNod Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
It's Angela Merkel.
Gorrem Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oof. Damn.
MitTeam Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing @_@
EmeraldFlight Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
Oh dude

Oh, man

PrincessJ420 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016
I like this better than the book cover. This seems far more anatomically accurate.
AlexCN88 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting way of looking at the character. Nice ! Winner 
philippeL Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very awesome!
xkalibolg Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing! u@
victorroa Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That's amazing
THesla Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
god... this guy must have eventually grown a worm's cock... like, "goodbye human penis. oh, hello my new penis!"... 

a-anyway, awesome painting!
Doragon-Shinzui Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
...You know, there are times I really consider just sitting down and reading through Dune again, but the last time I tried the writing was so dry I was literally rubbing sand out of my eyes.
SethEyles Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very omnipotent vibe coming from this guy.

BOGEDYBOO!!  And scary to.
               Great work
airmanchairman Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
Awesome! Can just smell the melange and feel the Agony turn my eyes blue... Hurts so good!

Monster job!
Keytalin Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Cool horror!
copyright75 Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
The divided god. Very nice.
ArcanumTwilight Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
dlambeaut Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! Now I have to read the fourth Dune's book... Well, and the third one, first...
RusselCameron Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Very Cool
Nikolaj Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang, a spoiler! I really should read the books after the first trilogy! Especially now!
DarthDingus Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
From what I recall, he's pretty much invulnerable as well as super strong and super fast. Ironically the resistance to his empire ended up killing him via using Mu Chambers (aka chambers that prevented anyone in the past or the future from viewing what happened inside via farseeing) to initiate a plot to trap him in a tank full of water (the very same way the people of Dune kill infant sand worms). I always felt sorry for Leto the 2nd's wife however (aka the woman the resistance genetically bred to make Leto fall in love with her in order for her to ultimately betray him). I'm not sure how much she wanted to ultimately go through with trapping / killing Leto in the end.
Gorrem Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Holy spoilers batman
DarthDingus Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Whoops, sorry about that. ;)
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how natural your design is! In the book it was hard for me to imagine how the face could be combined with the worm body without being completely out of place.
dusty-abell Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015   Filmographer
Yikes, this is creepy as hell........what a wonderfully unnerving piece!
elliusoopius Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
so F-ing great it makes me want to read the whole series again right now and imagine leto looking like this!!!
elliusoopius Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
fuck yes!!!!
BlastedFen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Professional Photographer
   # a secret report within the guild ++¥#~566438

This is the best rendition of Leto II i've seen yet. Seems beholden of his own power. Lashed to the ibad. Are the books the source of the trefoil foreplates of the Arrakis worm?

# /report ends ///
XOD0 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
pretty cool I also love the Dune Saga :)
masterfulmind Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015 it! so chilling.
heartlesscorporation Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the best Leto II I've ever seen.  Well done.
ftholmn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is an incredible interpretation! Very inspiring.
beltminer Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Just hands down the most haunting image of this character I have seen.
CapFlash Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Just the right amount of creepy to that concept.
d880 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014   Digital Artist
Wait...  So the worms being conquered are an analog for penises?   So you're saying that to become a god, he had to like, become a penis himself?   Wait wait.... an immortal penis?  

Gorrem Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
about right
labirynt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Holy shit. I love it.
MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Personally I think you absolutely draw the right balance between pure literalism and your own creative instinct. You really capture the essence of them, their souls in a sense. The facial expression and body language is superb.
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student Filmographer

...i thought Leto II was killed in book 1 by Rabban?
Gorrem Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Technically yes ;) this would be Leto III, or Leto II The Younger. But rarely is referred to by those names since Leto II the Elder died in infancy.
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student Filmographer
hmm, well to be honest i only did read the first book. Neat idea that melange could mutate one like this. The Navigator in the movie looks a bit like this doesn't it?
Maheby Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I read the first two books of the dune serie years ago, when i stumbled upon your works i felt the urge to read the other books and i loved them :D leto is an amazing character and i realli like your depiction of him.
Gorrem Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thank you! It's really great to hear I've motivated people to read up to God Emperor with this image.
Khannea Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1500 psionic points. At the very least.
MURCHIEMONSTER Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, this image still amazes me!
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Quadeus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is phenomenal! I have never seen an imagining of the God-Emperor so close to what I saw in my mind when I read them. ANd now, I will always have this image when I read the book again. Wow.
Gorrem Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, that's really cool to hear!
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