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Meeting the Emperor by NicholasKay Meeting the Emperor by NicholasKay
So, as some of you may know, I'm a huge Dune fan. I've been working diligently at improving my style, especially in regards to color, perspective and narrative.

I thought I should practice on something I feel passionate about, something which has some real drama and background to work with.

Anyway, this is a piece I did inspired by Leto II, God Emperor of Dune. If you haven't read the series, I highly recommend it!
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Proxon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017
I like your artwork, you must be very talented, would you not mind doing new artwork of the Black African Egyptian King of the Gods Amun and posting it up on your page? If you can draw the art in your Dragon Ball style that would be awesome. This is Amun:
Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
This is magnificent!
Sret Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Reading it now. Now I got to read it just to see how the heck this happend.
DanielPekenike Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Mavaron-666 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Great work, especially on the floor because it looks freaking amazing!
Foxw1ns Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Work of magic. =]
Blue-Marcus Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Very Nice.
hamo1701 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
how the hell did you make the floor look so awesome? I'm pretty decient with photoshop myself, but damn dude! the patterns disappearing to a vanishing point, the reflections, just wow.
Sintelias Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
I a frankly speechless at your work, I like the setting, the colors and the scene for itself.
God-Emperor was always my favorite Dune book.
sarzfang Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
I made an account just to comment on this. I too am a huge Dune fan. I agree with the other comments, this is the best rendering of Leto I've seen. The style, colors, and textures are very similar to how I envision the world of Dune. I'm not sure if it was on purpose, but I absolutely LOVE that you put the Fish Speakers in uniforms strangely reminiscent to (what is considered in their time as 'ancient') stillsuits. In the time of this scene in the book, we know Dune will once again become a desert planet. It seems obvious that Leto would dress his army like this, perhaps to ready the Fish Speaker's descendants of things to come. I don't know, I'm obviously way into this shit. I'm going to school for fashion design and I plan my first complete line to be very Dune heavy. Which I find a bit ironic since in 'Dune Messiah' faux stillsuits start cropping up as a huge fashion/social statement all across the empire. I hope you continue the amazing work. More Dune please!
NicholasKay Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Pentegass Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Artist
well i watched the movie and the mini series leto was about to be transformed into a sand worm. is it a tribute for that or did i misunderstood the series?
NicholasKay Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is a tribute to the novels, on which those series were based.
Pentegass Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Artist
thank you! I realy like dune series and i realy like to search and see the fan arts about them :) hope you will do more and more!
Loadagain Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Fantastic! I love the halo around Leto, and the holograms.

Just amazing.
gladlad Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
This is definitely one of the better representations of Leto II I've seen yet. Nice work on *everything*!
Director1265 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
I too am a huge Dune fan...I guess you can call me a "Duner." (Pronounced "Doon-Er," a little term I came up with for hardcore Dune fans like myself). I've read "Dune," "Dune Messiah," "Children of Dune," "The Winds of Dune," The "Butlerian Jihad" trilogy, and right now I'm in the middle of "God Emperor of Dune."

And from what I've read of it so far, you seem to have portrayed Leto II and his court about as close to perfect as is possible! So, Kudos to you, fellow Duner!
NicholasKay Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I too love Dune and have read all of the original series (I'm not a big fan of Brian's work- it just doesn't feel right).

One thing that always bothers me is how no one portrays Dune as described in the books- even the sandworms were given the three prong mouths (although in Heretics of Dune they are described as having circular ones).
Director1265 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
I know! I especially hate the way "Dune" was portrayed in the 1980's David Lynch movie! More or less, David Lynch took Frank Herbert's epic universal oddessey and tried to cram it all in a two-hour movie after apparently not even reading the books! He ass-raped the entire saga, and I hate him and his movie for that.

The 2000 Scifi Channel miniseries remake was 1000 times better than the 1980's movie, but the books are still 1000 times better than that!

And have you noticed that they failed to put the ornithropters in any of those?

Anyway, what do you think of the Dune videogames?
NicholasKay Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I couldn't agree more- ornithopters are always portrayed as airplanes or hover vehicles rather than actual flapping machines.

I've actually played all the Dune games and I'm a pretty big fan. If I remember correctly, they do portray ornithopters correctly, although some awkwardly.

There are quite a few things I didn't like however:

1. Michael Dorn was Duke Leto (so much for being from the line of Atreus)
2. Atreides colors became blue (Harkonnen colors) instead of red on green.
3. Vice versa of above
4. Sonic weapons instead of actual weirding way
5. House Ordos was OK, even if they were just a minor house.
6. Harkonnens had access to Nukes...not OK
7. Fremen constantly got killed... they should have been much tougher.

I also wasn't huge on the pervasive use of vehicles, but at least they did tend to stick to the rocks rather than sand.

Technically, house Atreidies should have been destroyed at the onset of the game, but then again it would have been a completely different plot (Maud'Dib sort of does that).
Director1265 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
I've always imagined the ornithropters being these airplane-like vehicles with wings that beat really fast, sort of like a housefly's wings. Is that how they're done in the games?

The House colors were REVERSED?! Now THAT I didn't expect! I guess it was influence from the movie that made me think otherwise.

But overall, the thing I love most about the Dune saga is that it seems so REAL; I mean, if man really did travel out into space, inhabiting different planets all over the galaxy like in the saga, I think we really would be a lot like Frank Herbert portrayed us. New cultures would develop, man would try to rule it all in a single government with planetary "houses," some people might see machines as evil, especially if they believe the machines will become self-aware, there would be new subspecies of humans, and any kind of space-folding technology would probably be kept in monopoly by a single organization similar to the Spacing Guild to keep it out of the wrong hands. I can bet a trillion dollars that in the distant future, Frank Herbert will be seen as a sort of modern Nostrodamus!
NicholasKay Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I can't find a video online, but ya ornithopters in the games actually did have flapping wings, unlike the films.

I also enjoy Herbert's portrayal of humanity in the distant future, primarily because he approaches the subject with an anthropological and linguistic lens, not just a technological one.
Director1265 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
And to think that his portrayal of humanity in the distant future was thought up for the first time in the mid-1960s! That facinates me almost as much as the concepts themselves. In a time when people thought the year 1999 would be like "The Jetsons," Frank Herbert was coming up with a unique system of human cultures for the year 10,991 AG and beyond. (For "After the Foundation of the Guild," not AD, as most people confuse it for, so that tells you that this saga takes place even farther into the future than most people think!)

I would have loved to meet Frank Herbert if he was still alive. (He died in 1986...)

His writing styles have inspired my own writing styles to a certain degree. I'm writing several science fiction stories myself, and I'm hoping to at least reflect the sheer complexity and beauty of the Dune saga in these stories.
goodmaninbadtimes Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Whoa - powerful!
CobaltRobot Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011   Filmographer
Registered for a DeviantArt account just so I could tell you that this piece is incredible and I'm using it as a wallpaper :)
NicholasKay Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks!
sweetnessmei Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
This is one artwork that is just amazing. It's details are stunning, and the light, reflection and the colour usage is just a plus to the experience of this artwork. In addition, I think that Leto II is brilliant interpreted here.
AJHege Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
Nice use of color!
WoozleT Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
this is positively STUNNING. Love the books, and seeing it like this just adds to the experience! :D
the1dragonguru Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
(Amazing detail/blur mix, Leto II Excellent depiction, and pretty interesting color choices. Love the piece!!!)
gramcrakka Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
love it. you even have the fish speakers in there. good job
philippeL Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool illustration!
-azreal- Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
I'm loving it. I picture this moment when Leto II meets Hwi Noree.
NicholasKay Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly what I was picturing when I did it!
Eudorus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Absolutely the best representation of Leto II
SaintlyTurkey Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Very cool.
Incantor Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
Really awesome! I like the choice of colors, the reflections on the floor, and the design of Leto. The shining eyes and halo effect make him look like a monstrous demi-god.
ciajna Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Awesome work , i love it ^_^
I to like this books
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