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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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QuimBa Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I love dune, this piece capture Leto II in an amazing way!

Crazymagritte Featured By Owner 4 days ago
He looks like he's sitting on a throne.
psymonster1974 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
disgusting, but great! :p
pijuuu Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit dude, the rendering is awesome.
SerenityHow Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
whoa.  Nicely done!
fireinthedust Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
amazing!!!  I love how weird Dune gets, but also beautiful.  Your art brings that out in a fantastic way.  Odd that I'm saying beautiful for the emperor god-worm, but hey!
JoeXeno Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  New member Professional Filmographer
I joined DA to comment here. Love your work, especially the Dune stuff! I'm so glad to run in to a painting of Leto II!! Those who haven't read the books think Dune is about Paul and Baron Harkonnen! Hah! Just wanted to say I love this piece and I'm inspired by it. Going to have to do my own homages one day, starting with The Bashar Miles Teg ;)  
OthmanIzagaren Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  New member
A really powerful image, great work!
lionburger Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Easily the best representation of Leto I have ever seen. Great job!
languidcorpse Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Really nice!
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