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Dune - Ride the sandworm by leywad Dune - Ride the sandworm by leywad
My first digital painting, inspired by a novel of Frank Herbert named DUNE.

(no pen tablet)

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:iconwysinwyg:
wysinwyg Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
This looks really awesome . Could be a tribute to the original sand-rider.
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JOHNNEMO Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
what a great idea.... beautiful work
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Uber-Stooge Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Well done, thats the size I always imagined the great worm would be
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
That's actually much too small to be a sand worm of Dune. A baby one, to be sure. The sand worms of Arrakis can eat a harvester in one gulp. A harvester has a crew of almost 30. That thing's mouth isn't large enough for two men. Much less thirty and the giant machine they rode in on.
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Uber-Stooge Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Good point. Its a worm, just not an adult. It was always a bit of a stretch for me to believe the fremen could ride the giant makers using the hooks
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
You know, I've wondered that too. How can something large enough to eat a Spice Harvester have its scales peeled back by a person with a hook? You'd think the scales would be much too heavy for them.
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Uber-Stooge Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I agree. The worm would be too large to even care its scale was pulled back a few inches even if it was possible. I loved the book but the Fremen just cound not tame the adult makers.
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Ah yes, but with all of the other amazing things Frank Herbert put into that book, we must overlook such a small error.

Or maybe, there's something we're missing?

(Dun dun DUUN!)
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Uber-Stooge Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
It was a minor detail and the whole concept of how it was done was a bit vague. It was just always a bit of a stretch for me. Not an error
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mast3rlinkx1 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it's likely that the Fremen spent hundreds of thousands of years riding the worms, to the point where they might have shared some sort of psychic link with the worms. The book is very clear that psychic potential exists within the setting, so who's to say that the Fremen don't have some sort of mental link with the worms? If that were the case, the hooks would merely be for holding onto the worm, or possibly a way for the worm to know one of the Fremen were there.

As Uber says, the actual method of maker-riding was left pretty vague. There are many possible explanations as to how the riding is possible, though few of the plausible ones directly involve the hooks as anything but ways of hanging onto the worm.
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Reinc01 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Rides such a small worm. What a rookie.
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Ososhi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Nice! The first 3 books are the best.
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I thought the books stopped being worth reading after the first. Second and on are awful. Though I do like the prequel books (so far) by his son.
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fallout152 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome, I like the game
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GalaxyWing Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Student General Artist
KIDDING...<_<
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GalaxyWing Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Student General Artist
.....It looks like a freaking dick. l:
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GLC19 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
exaactly as my mind when I read the book!!
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WhiteRavenX Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Love the many moons.
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Harzlek Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
That is an extremely small sandworm. About the size of one they would use for the making of the water they use for preseisnce(spelled wrong).
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:iconplaguejester:
PlagueJester Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
prescience*

And I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought that!
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Harzlek Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Heh.
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mast3rlinkx1 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, that worm looks a bit small to be able to support his weight. A baby one, the ones used for creating the Water of Life, can be held down rather easily by just two people, so I doubt a worm that small could support his weight.

It's still a nice picture, though.
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Harzlek Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
2 things. It would be more epic if he was not holding the knife out, and I always imagined the worms with really hard rings.
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faifreak62 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
OMG SANDWORM XD awesome~
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Renegade64 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice. I actually just started reading the second dune book actually.
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:iconplaguejester:
PlagueJester Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Judging by the date of your post, I'm afraid I'm too late to stop you.

If you have any plans for reading any more, stop. Don't. Leave it alone at the first book. The second is awful, the third is worse, the fourth is worse than the third, and it continues down this pattern until they finally end.

Though the prequel books are pretty good, so far as I've read.
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Uber-Stooge Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Word ! I tell people much the same
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Renegade64 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha you`re right:XD: I did read the other books already and didn`t really like them. I stopped reading after the forth book.
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mast3rlinkx1 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I only read the first book. It's just not Dune anymore if it's not on the desert planet of Arrakis, rather than a lush forest planet that happens to be of the same name. Without sand, what would happen to the sandworms?
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Renegade64 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The actually go extinct but then after a couple 1000 years they return. Seriously thats what happens in the 4th book if I remember correctly.
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mast3rlinkx1 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thing is, it's not even possible for a desert planet to be converted into a lush forest world. It's just not. It would have been better if there were patches of forest among a planet that was still mostly desert.
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Renegade64 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it wasn`t the entire planet but most of it. Also I think it took over a 1000 years to transform it.
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mast3rlinkx1 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just doubt a desert planet could become mostly lush. I'd say it would gain a water table and some patches of lush forest oases, but would remain desert for the most part. You couldn't make that much lush forest without offworld assistance, and I believe they didn't have offworld assistance for that.
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caerbran Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
Nice.
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Love it. Nicely done.
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toidarian Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Man's a bit big on that worm (they're, like, two kilometers long! According to the book) but this looks really cool. I especially like the lighting and the . . . maw. Of the worm.
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AngelForHer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The later books (Children of dune, God Emperor of Dune) both give greater detail for Sandworm size Especially God Emperor...
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toidarian Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
They actually got smaller over time, as I recall. :0
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AngelForHer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
due to planet transformation yes but first book they could be massive. In God Emperor there is only one left and its psudohuman but still massive
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Uber-Stooge Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
I always thought if they were too giant they could not be steered with a hook under their skin. In the book it was kept vague and in the movies they were way to large
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toidarian Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup.
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strikenail Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
This is so amazing! *___* I loved the movie especially for the sandworms!

This picture also looks like a closeup of this one submitted just a month earlier: [link]

XD
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shalotka Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
It's a very good picture :) Although I believe that sandworms have separate segments and there's when the hook goes.

But I like the fremen's clothes :)
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leywad Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Yes that's true, but when I drew it I had not read descriptive passage yet.

Sorry for my poor english :/
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shalotka Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Your English is ok and your interpretation is also interesting :thumbsup:
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ScottaHemi Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome. that's a big worm :|
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leywad Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
thank's ;)
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zilla774 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
very nicely rendered. has a good feeling of size and movement. good job!
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