A painting of one the most complicated characters in Science Fiction, Leto II from Frank Herbert's God Emperor of Dune. A version with the vintage title font from the old Dune books can be seen at my blog: jacobatienzaart.blogspot.com
Great work; this looks, to me, like the pivotal scene in the novel in which Leto II allows his assassination, thus becoming The Divided God. Really wonderful. This is one of the few images I'd consider to be an "authentic" Dune-inspired image. Frank Herbert would be proud! I love this.
Great work! Leto's expression perfectly portrait his sacrafice, which his father was afraid and unwilling to take. One of the most complex and amazing characters in the books! God Emperor of Dune is by far my favourite chapter of the Dune saga.
this is the only image i have ever seen that captures the otherwordly alieness and tragic nature of this iconic character, and some great ones have tried. the expression on his face captures his sacrifice so completely. majestic is the word. may i ask ,who is the woman on the right? her gown is simply perfect. i'll bet mr. herbert would love this piece. all the best. george
Thanks for the kind words! This was fun to work on as I was trying out a new painting technique on photoshop. Just to let you know, there is some minor symbolism in the image; the spear/banner shafts are meant to be reminiscent of prison bars (Leto II is a prisoner of fate/prescience), and the shape of the doorway they are emerging from is meant to be like a wave (you know, like the overwhelming quality of history blah blah LOL). The women on the bottom right is the Ixian Hwi Noree, and they are surrounded by the Fish Speakers.
thank you sir for this wonderful piece. i knew it was rife with symbolism. this is one of those images that unfolds as you look at it. layers upon layers of meaning. like a great film, the more you see, the more you see! that look on his face man! the weight of the world, or i guess worlds. to me though the best thing is it reminds me how a master can tell a story in a static image. i don't know that iv'e ever been more inspired. thanks especially for that. i'll be watching! george
LOL, yeah I don't now... there's absolutely no reference out there for what the Ixians wore, so I just made something up. Now that I think of it, it would probably look very tech-y, since technology is such a big part of their civilization... damn, why didn't I think of that weeks ago LOL...