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Gradius revisited by fevereon Gradius revisited by fevereon
Have to give a bit o' shooter love :heart:

Thought it would be fun to do a lil twist on here stylistically, with the big loud vibrant colors that you'd find on the old school boxart of those old NES carts you need to blow to get them to work..

Had to put a little luv for the big G in my pile, with my favorite enemies in the game *hugs moai*

.. just flown the gauntlet, blew shit up, survived, WHO'S NEXT???!? BRINGIT

This is Vic's Gradius 3 incarnation (i believe), as the ships gone through so many incarnations and ship design shifts from game to game, but this is one of my faves :3

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This piece has been on my backburner for a long time, and thought it be time to get off my duff and do this..

the original concept is buried in my scraps section, should you wish to take a gander at the fuzzy airbrush tool slap out in an hour speedpaint that was the original..

but we rebuilt it, made it stronger..

*cue six million dollar man music*

Gradius © Konami


[edit] friend took it and flipnturned it suggested a shift.. "flipped and rotated, this angle looks more ohshi-get-out-of-the-way".. and i agree, it also makes vic central focus..

and while i was at it, i went and dropped some color on the cockpit and wingtips (which i missed ^^; )

rotate 90 degrees clockwise for spiffy 1024x768 wallpaper XD
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DemonGaLM1 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excelente!!
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SuperSonicRaver Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I love shmups and this was one of the first I ever played. Good work!
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DanteFromHell Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Thanks,dude!your work inspired me on how to do a "flying shmup" fanart!!in my case it will be a Thunder Force IV,and i didnt know how to do it,but suddenly this gradius-art appears in front of me and now i think i can do the right thing!thanks one more time;)
and one more thing-this art is rocks!!
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SherlockHolmes22nd Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
ah cha this is wonderful!
The heads that shoot are most fun and the ship is drawn nice

I am fan of the gradius games and the gaiden was the favorite though the Gradius V was also some fun as well
so much zany is in the games which I like
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GabrielPenaChristian Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student General Artist
I hate those moai things in the first game they are hard to kill especially with no power ups

cool artwork though

I still don get what these heads are doing in space but if I remember my research the're suppose to protect gradius
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Link-kid Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
o my god just played gradius 3 and thats where i died and lost all my power ups. tried to pick myself back up but there was just no way.
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Grav-staR Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gradius is very cool ^^

this structures , this view
great artwort
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xxx-wildcyclone-xxx Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
this is also a yugioh card. lol. amazing btw.
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jahw Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
the planet structures always baffled me in Gradius.
Life Force will always be the best one, even if i still can't beat it without using the konami code. Thems Tiki head projectiles is hard to dodge :B
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Raigoninc Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
OoO
Great job on the background. It alone would've looked great. Vic-Viper tends to make things even more great, no matter what it is. lol
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BandanaBlue Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I love this game! I have to becareful with it cause it's just so addicting to play!
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TheMalteseBandit Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
whoah awsome.
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
This is fantastic! Great job! It is now my wallpaper. All praise be to Gradius. :)
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joefreakinrocks Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
My brother bought this print for me as a gift from Megacon! I can't believe i had missed it while i was walking around, but trust me--it completely made my day.

Fantastic work on this! It's hanging next to my MAME cabinet!
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fevereon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Hi! I remember talking to a gentleman who mentioned getting it for his brother, and really happy to hear you like it!

mame cab...
yummmmmmm <3
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joefreakinrocks Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I hung it up next to my cabinet! I'll have to send it to you.
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name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Really nice!
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LoneSword Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Some righteous Gradius homage! Completely awesome!! :D :D
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fevereon Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Shoot the core!!

:highfive:
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BB-K Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sonic boom, classic times! :D
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:iconfixinman:
fixinman Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Man this is a thousand times better than mine.
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Tufsing Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats awesome!
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Reptillicus Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
sweet i just got the gradius collection on my psp so i've bin lookin' for great art like this! this certainly takes my cake!
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SleepyKiks Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
@_@ this is so friken amazing.
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VicViperplz Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
....I find it strange that I did not encounter the Moai in my last campaign. This bothers me.
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KiosukeX7 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I remember me buying this exact picture @ AX 07. This was definitly a great pic of memory. I still mess around and play Gradius III on my SNES Emulator and always look at the pic 1st b4 I start it.
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IceCoffin Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Student General Artist
SAW YOU AT KATSUCON! *PAUNCH!*

I have to say, this makes an awesome bookmark. :3
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SIRGEVA Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMFG !!!!!!
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Concolor22 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
Vic Viper: automatic favorite.
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kazzywazzy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
Absolutely beautiful. Gradius III is easily one of my favorite SNES games. It's unfortunately the only game in the series I own.
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BB-K Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't worry, there's ROMs you can download for your PC NES emulator. ;)

Not to mention any sequels & prequels out there.
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demonman119 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
just pure awesomeness
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sythis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
Beautifull! I really loved that game.
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konami-fc Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
It's very brillant! =)
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KiosukeX7 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Classic picture ^ ^ Old school classic to the fullest. And I bought that picture at AX ^ ^
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Drawing-Dork Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Awesome, You've got the options, the moai heads, and everything! This picture kicks some major ass!
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Blueoriontiger Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful job. Takes me back to when I was 11....I'm still a hardcore VIC Viper fan. Thanks. :D
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IceCoffin Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007  Student General Artist
AAAH!

That picture is AWESOME! Great work on Vic, and I absolutely LOVE the Moai.

...Ooh, Options. It's kind of funny how they're shooting and Vic is not, hey?
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007   General Artist
I have this drawing hanging near my desk thanks to my buddy buying it from ya at AX :3 I love Gradius even though Gradius3 arcade is really hard, i love every minute of it :3

Lovely work, i just had to stop by and say so, its rare to meet a badass Gradius fan.
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BitVyper Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
VIC VIPER! Yes! I love it! And you've got the Moai there too!

Ever played Parodius?
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fevereon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007   Artisan Crafter
yes, blazingly awesome.. in some ways i actually like it more than the original series :)
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BitVyper Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
Well, what could possibly be better than transvestite Moai?
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EVA-Kirby Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
Very awesome work on this. :thumbsup:
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McMeowingtons Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
up,up,down,down,left,right,left,right,b,a,start=full power up
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
Coolness, Fev! I like this composition better than either of the drafts I saw. And making it a vertical orientation was a great idea.

I think my sister used to play this one a lot! ^_^
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fevereon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007   Artisan Crafter
yeah! the vert idea actually was rma's! and thanks for your input on the drafts!.... yep.. "out"

yeah, this one was a staple of many a' folks NES collections, but the current generation tends to get as confused as my mom..


me: .. got the gradius piece done, into work on the next piece :)
mum: Very good!
mum: Can I see it?
me: -image here-
mum: Explain it , Please!
mum: Easter Island meets Star Wars!
me: um.. glowy laser firing things are called "options", they're like side fighters you can aquire to add firepower
mum: OK????
me: the third stage in the game has floating islands with easter island heads (moai) that fire ring shaped "bullets" at you
mum: Is this fanart?
me: yeah
mum: Now I understand.
mum: I had to explain it to Grandma.

---mom then attempts 4 times to make an emoticon, failing to remember to put the colon BEFORE the x, not after XD ---
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TatsujinEdge Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
Heh sheer unadulterated awesome :nod: lol
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Gunmetalblack Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Nice work! It has a few elements of the older box art (the tilted perspective, laser blasts everywhere) but has a little bit of a harder edge (and is somewhat brighter than I remember them being) I also really like the way you rendered the Moai heads. :) Excellent work! Very well done!
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fevereon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007   Artisan Crafter
hey thanks Lewwwwwww :hug:.

yeah, this project really refired up my love of shmups.. have a feeling playing again will become my way to relax instead of getting drunked ^^;
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Gunmetalblack Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
You're welcome. :)

I know the feeling. I'd rather fire up the MAME or ZSNES and play some shooters or something. :) It was nice to see a call back to the days when they ruled the roost. :D
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