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Fusion Suit Redesign by TheIllustrativeMan Fusion Suit Redesign by TheIllustrativeMan
This is my entry for a Metroid Database contest. I found out about the contest late, so I had a grand total of about 50 hours to design and draw this image, including time spent sleeping/eating/working out/working. Needles to say, it's been a bit stressful...

(Edited in: I GOT THIRD PLACE! WOOT! ([link]))

I based my entire development process around the first rule. "Redesign the star of the Metroid series: Samus Aran." This made me think about the core logic behind the suits she wears. I figured the Fusion Suit would be the best to receive this redesign treatment, as it gets little art.

When I think of the Fusion Suit, I always remember how it was created. A trained "super-hunter" infused with Chozo blood is infected by a parasite that overwhelms her own cells. This would undoubtedly cause permanent dis-configuration, not to mention the fact that her Power Suit had to be surgically removed. Samus is then infused with Metroid DNA, causing further mutilation of her body. When I look at the original Fusion Suit, none of this is evident: it simply looks like someone stretched the Zero Suit over her existing Power Suit.

I went into detail of how the Metroid DNA would come to posses Samus' body, making her an unstoppable warrior. Similar to how Metroids in the wild evolve, this suit would also evolve. It began by augmenting Samus' existing muscular structure, increasing her strength. Over time the suit will grow bony plates, similar to how the higher level of evolution in Metroids increases 'armor' plating.

The Metroid DNA is rejected by Samus' natural cell defenses however, and in places it becomes yellow and starts to rot away. As she began this process as a human, she has no offensive capabilities. These come from further evolution's of the suit, along with a re-built Arm Cannon that is designed to fit her much larger Metroid-infused arm.

The image I chose to portray is from the opening scene of Metroid: Fusion. This is the dark BSL station, while Samus tracks down what creature caused the explosion. The only illumination during this scene is a spotlight provided by the ship's computer.
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Zephyrift Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Artist
...And Fusion just got realistic.
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AtrisBlack Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
This is my wish for metroid 5.
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Aquos4 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
awesome job!
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DarkWalkerUnleashed Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Its good man, but... where is Samus's head ? in fact i liked... i thought that her head was inside that metroid helmet or maybe the old helmet inside the metroid helmet... but she lost her head lol
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TheIllustrativeMan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's hidden by the flare.... you can see her eye underneath it.
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ReddRambler12 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Congrats on getting third place :)

I'd like to see you take a try at a traditional suit design.
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TheIllustrativeMan Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Done a few in the past, I might put one through PS. Those also get a more organic feel, since it's supposed to be a modified Chozo Exoskeleton. :P
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AlleycatCY Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy cow, that looks so cool
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TheIllustrativeMan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Haha thanks.
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ZenanM1 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Freaky, but I like it!
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TheIllustrativeMan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The monster sent to kill worse monsters yet.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome design. Love how the teeth of the metroid are acting like supply tubes.
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TheIllustrativeMan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Actual plan was more of a 'latch' for the gel bubble, but hey, that works too. :P
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Works either way. Nice concept.
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elkike Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
esta muy bien hecho, tienes el mismo trabajo desde otro angulo?
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TheIllustrativeMan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nope, I only had time to do this before competition.
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elkike Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
ok gracias.
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Xamanos Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
With this new design, we can see more the presence of the Metroid.
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TheIllustrativeMan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Of course!

I never liked how the original design was a bit of cop-out. "We don't want to redo the helmet, so let's just leave that portion intact".

They obviously forgot that in their own story, the Power Suit was surgically removed. The helmet would be the FIRST thing to get removed.
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MetroidMaker Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student
That's pretty crazy. You did well, but it's odd to think of samus getting all "beefed up".
And also it reminds me of if the nemesis(RE) was fused with samus
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TheIllustrativeMan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
She's been doing 'roids man!



....or should I say "troids".
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