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DUNE: Vladimir Harkonnen by a-hour DUNE: Vladimir Harkonnen by a-hour
Hello everyone! =)
Here's my rendition of Frank Herbert's Dune character - Vladimir Harkonnen.
"In Dune, Herbert notes that the Baron possesses a "basso voice" and is so "grossly and immensely fat" that he requires anti-gravity devices known as suspensors to support his weight." His suit is a conversion of male costume of the beginning of 19th century.

I think here he is totally disgusting and i'm so glad that i won't meet him in my "process" folder again.))
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LiamHamilton Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016
Incredibly cool version of him! :)
Ubhejane Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
this is exactly how I picture the Baron. also I love the way you've painted this like an old Renaissance portrait - it really evokes the spirit of feudalism that is central to Dune
YuriPRIMEpl Featured By Owner Edited Aug 18, 2015
Absolutely AMAZING! As a fan of the book I was so furious seeing Lynch's depiction of Baron Harkonnen. In books he was a witty, sleazy, scheming bastard, and not some bubbling poss-filled clown. This picture IS SPOT ON though! Everything! The richness of his attire fits perfectly the character and his hunger for wealth, he was also described as ridiculously obese, and just no actor can do him justice.  He's also referred to have a cherubic face of an infant, due to fat and constant blush - non of which was ever captured by any other artwork or movie.

The latter movie was quite good, getting story right, at least, with many elements like proper actors on proper positions, and although I LOVED Ian McNeice as the Baron in second motion picture, with his charisma and voice fitting perfectly the character of backstabbing plotter, still... They lacked the "volume" of the real Baron in that movie.
You just nailed it... Nailed it so perfectly I'm gonna link this picture to everyone and say: "This! This guy get's it! This is how you do character depictions based ON ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL"

Cheers and thanks!
Hannibalpjv Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Nice picture!

I would like to ask, if you would give me a permission of using this picture in a fan made expansion to Dune card game?
If you do, what artist name do you prefer to use?…
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha! I never pictured him to be that extremely fat for some reason but it definitely makes it easier to dislike him :D Great work!
taryanna Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
One can see how fat and disgusting and degenerate he is--wonderful!
halfniak Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
dileen-art Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
WOw-detals-I love:)
Bill-kun Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
"Ya know I'm fat, I'm fat, ya know it, ya know. And my shadow weighs 42 pounds--just-a tell me once again--who's fat?" --Weird Al Yankovic
HelgaReinhard Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
So staggering!!
Crookedform Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
This guy is never portrayed as fat enough. This is great though. He needs to be grotesque like this or it's not true to the books.
ajr1775 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
440lbs(200kilos) per the initial description in the 1st book.
Crookedform Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
So did you actually go to the effort of looking into the proportions of a bloke that when you started this piece?
geanera Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Nice work - I like it!!!
LSDInkvizitor Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
super fatass = super badass :P
HrumH Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
he's stupendous!!!
HappyHateDay Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
I should read this book again. I remember I didn't care for the ending though.
Yannomi Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The design on the pants is mad :D
halfniak Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hitryi-Pryanik Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Хорошо. Стильно так, действительно по цвету старые картины напоминает, весьма «баронская» гамма.
Alex-J-Crow Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Мощная работа. Узоры золотом просто шикарные.
heretic14 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Какие знатные штаны! И стульчик!
Epichijorex Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Худенький какой))
Живот на выползающую пиявку похож)))
joeyv7 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
What an incredible interpretation . . . Herbert would probably love this :wow:
Lanasy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Mmm nice interpretation. Definitely fits his description. I was never able to finish that book unfortunately. A little too dry writing for my taste >.< (No pun intended)
Odilicious Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent portrait of the Baron!
Damanyel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
oh i love his pants.. the detail in them are just wonderful!!!!
NamelessSaint Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Writer
Wonderfully brilliant!
SkaarjOfAfrica Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ha. )
Me, I think he was stylish and aristocratic, like a king. )
Mindkiller1989 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
This has got to be one of the best renditions of the Baron I have ever seen!
ucumari Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
el mas cercano que he visto a la descripción original
Lockslie Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This must be the best impression of the fat baron that I have ever seen :D
theliontree Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love are the coolest ever.
ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This has to be one of the most epic Vlad Harkonnen images I've very seen! :)
Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
KILLITWITHFIRE!!! THIS GUY IS EVIL TO THE CORE!!!! And you don't want to go there, because the core is under all that grossness.

Well done rendition though.
stillestilo Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Bring in that floating fat man!
wetcorps Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hell yeah.
DeadNettlez Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL! thankyou for sharing such a horrid man's beautiful depiction.
gawki Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow I seriously love this.
those pants must have been excruciating... beautiful though.
Foxfire96 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, funny, I haven't even read Dune (though I've been meaning to... it's right there beside my bed), but I knew this was "the fat guy" without even seeing the title.

Anyways, besides the fact the man himself is grossly overwieght and not very pretty, this is a beautiful painting. Harkonnen's chair is a little deviant from H.R. Giger's original design, but I like it.
truei Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This all the right kinds of disgusting and really well executed. His pants are really beautiful but just, good job - I don't envy you for making this.
a-hour Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had same feelings while i was drawig him. "What? What am i doing? He looks just terrible... Shoud make him MORE disgusting. Yeeeeeah. Thats it.")))
sumeragisama Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
блин, как круто!
а как делались все эти золотые кружева, если не секрет? *_*
a-hour Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
привет! Спасибо большое!)
Вовсе не секрет - это несколько слоев с наложенными текстурами, жесткими кистями тоненькими.)
crocroar Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
опасный какой!
cryoclaire Featured By Owner May 21, 2013   Digital Artist
wow, fantastic design, fits the description perfectly :) Love the intricate detail on the suit too!
Internet-Cancer Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep...that's Mr. Harkonnen all right.
Reinhold-Hoffmann Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
damn..she looks like the mother of my first girlfriend!
Reinhold-Hoffmann Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
..i meant him *cough* ..she had short hair.
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