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Baron Harkonnen by RobertFriis Baron Harkonnen by RobertFriis
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Those familiar with the novel Dune should be quite familiar with this character. Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, one of the, in my opinion, coolest villains ever devised. Why? Because the guy for once isn't just evil, but intelligent, skilled and dangerously persuasive...and makes a pretty good argument for his cause.
And so, here's the image of how I've seen him in my mind's eye when I've read the book. A little bit of the Lynch movie, a little bit of the old adventure game, sprinkled over my own design.
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drunkpimp3000 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I read Dune again recently, and knowing all the shit that happened in the sequels, I feel more sympathetic and interested in Baron Harkonnen's plight. Plus he had all those boy slaves, so that automaticallty makes him cooler in my book. This is a fantastic caraciture of the man.
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RobertFriis Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The Baron is by far the most interesting character in the book in my opinion. :)
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drunkpimp3000 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Antagonists are often times much more interesting because they don't have to be likable, sympathetic, or bound to morals like the heroes most times are.
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Neo128 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Way Cool! Dune is easily one of my top ten favorite novels ("The Mote in God's Eye" holds the top spot). Your interpretation of the suspensors is superlative.
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irwingb Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
amazing interpretation about the baron harkonnen
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Soviet-Supremacy Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Definitely one of the coolest villains ever designed. Definitely one of the coolest artistic renditions of him. Raw, primal, pure evil.
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RobertFriis Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks muchly. :) I was quite inspired by the portrayal in the old game Dune II though.
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Crispyreaper Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooooohhhh........ An your right, The Baron was a great villain! Its sad, but Ive never seen any of the movies, even though I love the book series...
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savagesmith Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008   Traditional Artist
Looks great.

She who controls the spice, controls the universe!
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MayNiladMan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
O_O

Feth, that's really good!
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I think the fact that i instantly recognized the character from the preview image when browsing your gallery puts a very good point forward for how well you have captured this characters image. Very well done
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EnkerZed Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
yep, that's the Baron
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BurnWurm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
magnificent piece. he is one of the better villians out there..
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SCRaM01 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
He's also a total Pedarest.

This is totally how i see his evil ass. even the black eyes.....Nice
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Attama13 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
For the Baron! cool pic!
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dukeleto Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great stuff.
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IGotMyCake Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
Just cool.
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BedlamTrap Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I loved the movie but never read the novels. This was a very well done peice.
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Dynamoe Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007
Tha Floating Fat Guy

;-)
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calamarain Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007   Digital Artist
Very cool way of representing him - definitely reminiscent of the older game
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Neverelleum Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006   Filmographer
I still play the old 1993 PC version game. Nostalgic yet very touching to ones heart and mind when the words of the book come in place.
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Arrakis-Dune Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006
Awesome work! :clap:
Take a look in ~Arrakis-Dune when you have time! ;)
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Ariades Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006
That's Baron Harkonnen, allright =D
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KungFooKelly Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006
dude that is so sweet! i love that series!
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napalmnacey Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Effin' awesome!!
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narchetect Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006
I love Dune, and i love this:)
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PanPipes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2006
How about a Miles Teg?
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RobertFriis Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
A what?
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PanPipes Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006
I guess you haven't read the rest of the series. He's a character from Heretics of Dune and Dune: Chapterhouse. Best character ever.
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RobertFriis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhhh...nah, I havent't. read Children of Dune and Dune Messiah and was very disappointed. I love the first Dune book and don't really like where he goes in the other books.
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kiwifluff Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
gawd he's more scarey than I imagined... ;-; *cowers* so fat!
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Armonis Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
>_>


George Lucas stole Jabba from Doom all along, didn't he? That bastard...
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Armonis Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
Oh...I mean...Dune...*cough*...I'm tired....it's 12:30...bed for me...
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey that's pretty cool looking.

The suspensors' lights are really neat, what with their being reflected around.

I also knew right away it was the Baron when I saw the picture. :D Between the floating, the suspensors, and that evil look on his face...it just fit.

My only question is....what exactly IS he wearing by the way of clothes? :O_o: I would think he'd be a bit more opulently dressed than this, considering the book suggests he has a fetish for all things luxury.
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Kyre Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
his hands look kinda muddled.... or maybe I'm just not seeing it?
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dr-fim Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
This is a bright vision of Vladimir... I would make him more filthy... but this is allready excellent !
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sephizero Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'e kinduh looks like meh.. o__________o
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cannibalgnome Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
such a wonderful book. the funny thing is, when i looked at the pic i knew it was him (the name had ment nothing to me bfr that....i forget names easily). kudos!
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bennettua Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
Great work. Love everything Dune. The only thing I can critique is the feet. They should amlost disappear, be slightly less visible.
You know what the secret is though?
The spice.......
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keep-it Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NOt familar with dune. But this looks pretty cool
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aileronchild Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
I would love to see other versions...ESPECIALLY Leto II!! And Paul.
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timshinn73 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005  Professional General Artist
Very nice!
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cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005   General Artist
what a great character! love that he's heavy yet seemingly floating. great colors too!
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aileronchild Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
oh my god. Thank you for doing this, such appropriate timing you have my friend.
It is one of the best conceptions of this character I have ever seen.

I will have to talk to you later of this for other reasons yet to be explained....
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perrigrin Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
Hellooooo favorite movie ever? I like the way his... uhhh... fat shines. >.>
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darkenraja Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
looks great! i love it
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