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It's been a while since I've done a digital painting that was this gruelling. I'm taking a visual design course this semester and for my personal project I decided to do three gruelling digital paintings of Samus Aran-- as homage to the greatest video game character ever created. I spent over 50 hours toiling away at this (mostly trying to get the damn background to look interesting), but I'm still not satisfied with how it turned out. I may go back later and refine it a bit more, but after working on this almost every day for the past month I can't work on it anymore; I'm just too tired. -_-

Here's a detail view:


Inspired by this OCRemixed song:


Photoshop CS2: 50+ hours
Photo ref of close friend of mine used.
Original size: 7200 x 10800

[edit] I was originally planning to add rain because it's heard throughout the song, but my fatigue got the better of me so I added that after getting 14 hours of sleep. :3 Plus I submitted it a bit bigger. And made her look a bit older. Thanks for all your helpful comments, kiddos! It's muchly appreciated! :)

And for those who haven't played the game (or just didn't notice) Samus can summon her ship by remote, which is why it's flying on its own in the background.
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I came across your Metroid Prime fanarts many years ago, and now that MP Remasterd is a thing, they came back to my mind instantly. You did an incredible job capturing the ambience :)