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Metroid by zacharyknoles Metroid by zacharyknoles
Another week of paperback covers -- video game edition! Painted for Week 45 of my 365 Pages project, from photo reference by Hong Ly (www.characterdesigns.com).

The amazing tagline on this one is lifted almost verbatim from the original Metroid instruction manual, back when Samus's gender was still a secret (zomg spoilers)!

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ToastBlues Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Samus is well done, also your work reminds me of the cover of Metroid Prime for some reason, but with having the classic and simple looks of her in mind.
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zacharyknoles Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013   Digital Artist
I must have been subconsciously channeling Metroid Prime, because I am indeed using the same heroic pose as on that cover! I say subconsciously because I didn't look at the Metroid Prime cover while I was painting this, and in fact I only barely looked at any reference at all because I wanted the suit design to be kind of deliberately incorrect, because that happened ALL THE TIME with those old book covers.

(I even considered giving Samus a pistol instead of an arm cannon, a la the original Mega Man cover, but I thought that might be a bit too far. ;))
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AVtechNICK Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Emmm. Samus is a girl.
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
"but will HE be able to destroy the Metroid and save the galaxy"?! Samus Aran is a girl... ;)
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zacharyknoles Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013   Digital Artist
SHH you'll spoil the ending! =P
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
I think the secret is out for a while now... ;)

And I never even played those games! XD
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
I remember playing it a while back, but I didn't figure out that it was a girl until someone told me. You never know.
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