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Rest in peace by lkermel Rest in peace by lkermel
The Gradius series has always had a special place in my heart. Be sure there will be more illustrations featuring the Vic Viper and core warships in the future.
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MIgor4 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Big Core Mk-IV!
I Love it! ^^
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JayeonKai Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Nicely detailed Big Core Mk-IV! Good job.
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lkermel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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JayeonKai Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
You're welcome. :D
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BoggeyDan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of the intact Big Core derelicts in the Big Core graveyard in Gradius Gaiden, except that this appears to be on the planet of Gradius (where T-301 fought the Big Core Mk. IV high above the planet).

So yeah, this is indeed on Planet Gradius? :XD:
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lkermel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't thought of that - it could totally be planet Gradius, yes!
I've always loved the ship graveyard in Gradius Gaiden, such an awesome game!!! You seem to know your Gradius history mate, I'm really impressed!!! :)
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XoPachi Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
I never thought I'd see a professional artist draw Gradius fan art with effort outside of business. Especially not a random boss like Big Core Mk IV.
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SuperKB Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
big core mk iv was AWESOME!
great picture i never thought somebody would actually draw this!
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nzdelta4 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Very good. Is that person next to Vic Viper "James Burton"?
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SuperKB Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
nah considering the game takes many places after nemesis 3 msx
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nzdelta4 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Oh!
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kuroshinki Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!
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Substance20 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
"That's for making me lose all four Multiples."

XD
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Djohaal Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Gradius was great... :)
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carpenocturne Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Student Filmographer
AWESOME! Gradius is an amazing series!
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Sableneko Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
Big Core Mk.IV is one of my favorites. This is a very nice work.

Rest in peace, Big Core Mk.IV. You earned it.
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lkermel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that big core is also my fav ! Amazing design, the guys at Konami rock !!! Thanks for your awesome feedback :D
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gokuyert Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
fantastic fantasy piece
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lkermel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :D
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LyAnnne-Peacock Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
I love the details in this one! Very nicely done and very finely crafted. The lighting is almost perfectly placed. You have a strong knack for details!
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lkermel Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ! I really wanted to paint something different. I'm glad you like it :D
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vicviperpilotT301 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
I never though these things could look so peaceful in death.
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lkermel Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav :D
This is exactely the mood I wanted for the painting. Peaceful pause after a great and long battle :)
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IceCoffin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Student General Artist
How did I pass this up?!

The size of the Big Core is jaw-dropping, especially since you can bet that Vic (and the pilot) are especially tiny compared to it.

It makes the Core's defeat all that much more amazing. So... what loop was this guy on, anyways? XD
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lkermel Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess it was the final loop ;)
I had a lot of fun painting this one, I sort of screwed up the perspective though, what I had in mind was a lot more epic. Thanks a lot for your feedback, I really appreciate it :D
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IceCoffin Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Student General Artist
No problem, I had a lot of fun ogling all the epic little details! Again, this is an awesome, awesome picture.
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lkermel Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Zeviant Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
You wouldn't happen to have a larger version of this, would you? This would make a great wallpaper, but it's a little too small as it is.
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lkermel Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do indeed (the final work is 400dpi or so). You know what ? I'll post a wallpaper version on my video game website ([link]) the next time I do an update (which should be anytime now). I'll let you know when I do :)
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Aquastil Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Yo! mates @ efnet #shmups discussed and admired your work here...

it's moving how you gave the core craft such mass.... and it left me thinking, the dude is saying, "you were supposed to explode!"

superior work, look forward to more!
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lkermel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle: Hehehe ! That's a good way to look at it, I didn't have that in mind when I painted it, but yeah ! I can now clearly see the guy thinking "Damn ! why didn't that thing blow up ???"
I'm touched that so many people are interested about the painting, thanks for letting me know :)
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Furecer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing! Just one question: the Vic Viper on the lower-left corner... did it crashed too?

El Cernex
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lkermel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's not what I had in mind - I wanted the pilot to have a moment of reflection, of silence... I initially wanted to draw something a lot more dynamic and this image came to my mind instead :)
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uncertain-visions Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
incredible! an interesting concept as well.
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Finchiekins Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
this is amazing!
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TronmanZ Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Awesome. I love Gradius and this is one of the best Gradius fanarts I've ever seen.
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starfractor Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
I really like this. Sorta reminiscent of Shadow of the Colossus as well.
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