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Faster Than Light: Portraits

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Inspired by FTL from Subset Games, and drawn while listening to Ben Prunty's excellent soundtrack.

I was inspired by the tiny pixel sprites to make portraits of the various aliens. With the tiny game sprite size, drawing these was almost like literary fan art. I had some cues but there were so many details I guessed at for my own interpretation.

The new aliens in town! Clearly inspired by Dan Simmons' Shrike creature, (their 2nd ship is even called THE SHRIKE), I was also reminded of the T-1000 from their habit of turning into liquid metal goo. Also, I was reminded of Necrons from their habit of spending eons in stasis. These living skeletons come from the void and asphyxiate you to death...

"Now, most gracioussss captain, you must join me please in a drink to our alliance!"
1. Drink
2. Refuse

FTL's living energy reactors! I wanted these glowstick people to be human shaped with 4 limbs like the game sprite, but with clearly alien physiology.

I love these guys with their green CRT monitor faces and friendly demeanor! I wanted to capture their living "silvery skin" made of trillions of nano-machines as mentioned in the game I imagine it to look like constantly shifting iron filings.

Fireproof combat is AWESOME!!!!

These implacable green death-dealers seem to be identical like earth Mantodea in their anatomy. In my headcanon, this hints that they might be an "uplift" species, perhaps specifically engineered from Earth insects to be killing machines, but got loose from their masters?

My inspiration for this Rebel Captain? Let's just say... "Lady Captain Honor Satsuki Harrington Kiryuin"!!!, a specimen of what seems to me to be the most disruptive species in the galaxy! 

"there's a strange stasis pod that catches your eye...."

Background star images from NASA and Hubble

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KirgoKirgo's avatar
From all the reimagines of the pixelated characters I think I like this one the most.
So colourful and so distinct.
Not to mention the creative way of putting these portraits together. With the map and the beacons in the background.
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I think these are the most "accurate" renditions that I have seen of all the races (Anime human? Y not?). 

Gonna borrow this for an article. Gonna link to your page to give you credit. 
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rubendevelaProfessional Digital Artist
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'That's Lady Satsuki for you.'
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VeroNightshadeHobbyist Traditional Artist
Satsuki fucking Kiryuin. Hell, I'd follow her into battle, I ain't knockin it. Great work! They all look intimidating and wonderful, especially the Zoltan and Lanius!
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Wow I really like these
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supersaiyanheavyHobbyist Writer
Is it weird that that Lanius reminds me of General Grievous?
Stargazer2112's avatar
I really like FTL and this art! Your interpretations of the races of FTL are really cool and (in my opinion) accurate. :)
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rubendevelaProfessional Digital Artist
ah thanks!
Artemsis's avatar
Fantastic interpretation of the FTL races! I really should play FTL more often.
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YourFriendTheLonerHobbyist General Artist
These are rad.
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Looks really amazing!

Are you going to make full body portraits of the FTL aliens?
Daimera's avatar
Holy crap, saw this on my phone on my way to volunteer, this is badass. I love FTL, don't see much fanart for it, and this is WONDERFUL looking!
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So cool, and I love Engis too!
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So awesome. :D
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