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The Mother by TheIllustrativeMan The Mother by TheIllustrativeMan
This was done for the Metroid Database "Stylized Metroid" contest: [link] I won 3rd Place.
I chose the Bio-mechanical Surrealism style pioneered by H.R. Giger. The goal is to create an unsettling image by blending mechanical forms with organic forms in ways that look excruciatingly painful. I chose Mother Brain for this because the character embodies this style at its core.

My last contest entry ([link]) received the following brilliant line: "A monster sent to rid the galaxy of monsters even more terrible."

This is one of those monsters.

Update: Purposly removed some detail in the door, in order to make it look more like a door. Also added a 1080p download (for backgrounds).
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awesomecomix Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh heck yea...
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Daemon-Jaeger Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
HR Giger is awesome. And this, this is just excellent.
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SFR-Starfoxrunner Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Mother Brain's head reminds me of a Licker from Resident Evil.

Also the Baby Metroid....... :( So sad.
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TheIllustrativeMan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Had to look that one up haha.

I mean, both have exposed brains, sure. xD
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Aldark Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was gonna say OH GOG MB LOOKS LIKE A PREDALIEN then read the description and then went Oh daym. 0.0
So in otherwords great job, you made it look like gigers art exceptionally well, I love this piece~ Esspecially how the dead metroid baby looks kinda like a face hugger too. haha.
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TheIllustrativeMan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Always great to hear when you've pulled off a new style correctly. :D

I actually was intending a different direction for the baby, but as long as it reads as "Metroid" and "Giger", I guess it's fine. Heh.
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Evertide Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Writer
"The goal is to create an unsettling image by blending mechanical forms with organic forms in ways that look excruciatingly painful. I chose Mother Brain for this because the character embodies this style at its core."

Perfectly said.
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TheIllustrativeMan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much, sir!
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FadyFTJ Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was looking at this picture for like ten seconds going "Hmm, yes, this is pretty fucking impressive, very nice".
Then I noticed how the toes are shaped like skulls, and I pretty much lost my shit. My sides were in orbit.
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TheIllustrativeMan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
There is another skull, and a bunch of mouths and.... other things as well. ;)
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