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Like freaking whoah. I started and finished something in the same day. That like... never happens. xDD

Buut, anywho, here's the next installment of my Zerg series. The almighty Drone, responsible for constructing all Zerg structures and harvesting minerals to build them with; truly the backbone of all Zerg life, except the Zerg probably don't have backbones.

I'm really, really happy with how this one turned out. I think I'm finally starting to figure out this stupid-butt style I've been working on for like a month. My main issue was using too many shadows and highlights, not enough midtones. Like I would have almost pure white cover like half the skin; when it should really be way darker with a few pure white specks. But, I think I'm finally starting to kick that awful habit, and get in to a more realistic rendering style.

I had a lot of fun with the details, too, and I think this one is a huge step up from the Larvae. The main thing I think I did better is not just scribble in details, but rather have the details follow a specific form to maintain the overall shape. Though I do think I need to work a bit more on shading the overall form, but I'll get there eventually. At this rate, I'll probably be like some crazy master mofo concept artist by the time I'm finished with this series... except I won't, because art never ends!! Stupid art!!!

So, I hope you like it. Feel free to critique if you see any issues or have any suggestions, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. Oh, and I've also got a special surprise for you guys who like to see WIPs, which I shall hopefully release tomorow.

Sketched and lined in Sketchbook Pro, painted in Adobe Photoshop CS4, used a Wacom Cintiq and about four hours.


Unit List:
Larvae
Drone
Overlord
Zergling
Hydralisk
Lurker
Mutalisk
Guardian
Devourer
Scourge
Queen
Broodling
Infested Terran
Defiler
Ultralisk
Infested Kerrigan
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:iconellnaishgar:
ellnaishgar Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Awesome I love it.
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:iconlordofthings:
lordofthings Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Yeah... I used to think that drones were cute in the original Starcraft... You have ruined that game for me... Nah, just joshing ya, that is pretty durn cool man.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Whaaaat, you don't think he's cute?? Pssh, you just don't appreciate true beauty. *Shunnnn*

But yeah; thanks, crowbro. xD
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ZombieFX Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
lol somehow i knew i would end up here if u got a "website"^^ n1
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:iconzoidbetag:
zoidbetag Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
HEY, i saw this on youtube!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, yup. I posted the video of it on youtube, and the finished piece here. :3
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:iconquazzie:
Quazzie Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Come on, dude, stop the lying already. There simply is no truth to the claim that your name is Jon... it's Andantonius.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Andantonius? You may call me Your Majesty, thank you very much. There will be none of this first name business around *you*! Now, chop chop, fetch me my creme` pie!

*Hand clap*
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:iconquazzie:
Quazzie Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
*claps too* :slow:

Huh? Oh.
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:iconrinalism:
rinalism Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
All right! Awesome job, especially all of those detail! Starcraft is a great game. <3
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconrinalism:
rinalism Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Not a problem!
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:iconsmoogerz4532:
Smoogerz4532 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
the hole for its mouth looks a little too much like a butthole
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Erm... alrighty then. xD

I suppose, seeing as it's a weird mutated alien monster, that having a butthole for a mouth is ok.
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:iconjohnnsen:
Johnnsen Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009   Photographer
Very nice, I'm a fan of your work. Love the shading.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! >w<
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Giovanny11 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
I'm really impressed with your work becoming sooooo goood... i mean, this thing has so many textures, nice little details that really make a huge difference!!!

maybe on the close-up there are visible real scribblings here-and-there but it's not necessary a bad thing...

keep up the work and you'll get even better, and I can't wait to see that time come...

:clap: i like it
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Glad you think my stuff's improving! :D

The scribbles are the things I'm trying to cut down on; gotta work more on defining my form rather than covering it with fancy textures. :3
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Giovanny11 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
yeah... I think that too!

I mean... the scribbles are good, they really look like nice drawn textures but when it will come time to do big prints of your works (I hope it will come once), those textures would not look the same as they look on this little piece...

so... you're so close to a full and great artist career so just draw and draw and you're gonna get it!!!
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dashrogue Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
infested Kerrigan last??

awww...

i guess i'll have to wait, then
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm just working my way up the tech tree; and she's at the top. Plus she'll be really hard, so I get to procrastinate for her. :D
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:iconlancerey:
Lancerey Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
The detail is fabulous as always, and again, I'm so impressed. Love this style of yours!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks. 8D

I'm growing kinda fond of this style, m'self, too. :3
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:iconzeles:
Zeles Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
Striking work.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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:iconhitachiin-lawliet:
hitachiin-lawliet Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Student Filmographer
O_o! the mouth!
:D u made an strange but cool creature! XD
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Well, technically I didn't make it, the original concept is Blizzards. But I did all the painting, it's just Blizzard's creature.
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:iconmockingbirds-nest:
Mockingbirds-nest Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks really cool!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:icontheneongryphon:
TheNeonGryphon Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
This creature sure is something else. Very creepy, very inspiring. Almost cute in a horrid kind of way.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D

Creepy is definitely what I was going for. :3
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:iconnycterisa:
NycterisA Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh WOW so many details!
Wonderful job!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much. >w<
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:iconcrocofielius:
Crocofielius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is just madness, my friend! Pure awesome madness!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Madness?! THIS IS SPARTAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

*boot*
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:iconaquira:
Aquira Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I love you for doing this! Haha, there isn't enough good pictures of the Zerg about, and trying to draw from the little pixels on a screen really sucks. =x
This piece is looking very nice, I enjoy the style you're working with. :heart:
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D

And, yeah, it's hard to find decent Zerg art; but they're too awesome to ignore. 8D
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:iconaquira:
Aquira Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome C=

Oh, yes, quite indeed ~ <3
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:iconhaikera-baiketsu:
Haikera-Baiketsu Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
This one looks way cool. :0 Good work with it, definitely an improvement over the larva.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank ye! :D
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:icondragonstormstudios:
DragonstormStudios Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The membrane looks liek a bubble. ;3 But the head and claws are awesome!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
lol, yeah. The wings were sooo hard to do; but they look alright, so I'm not too bothered about them. But I'm glad I only have to do them one more time. xD
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DragonstormStudios Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you doing the new or the original queen?
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Probably something between the two; but closer to the original probably. Not too fond of the new design, but I haven't really seen it clearly yet either.
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DragonstormStudios Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find the new design looks awesome! Try going on the Starcraft II wiki. :P
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:iconpargile:
pargile Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Mmm still think thes'ed be epicerer blended, but it's definitely looking nicer like that.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I'm going for a kind of crackly, crispy look to the carapace; and I think the extra texture helps portray that. But I'll mess around with it with the next one.
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:iconpargile:
pargile Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I think you could achieve that by blending and using a sharpen filter or something personally... It just seems to me like... you've got this epicly worked out feel to all the bits, and you're doing it with squiggles... It'd look so damn cool rendered, I just think it's a shame.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
True, but the main purpose of these illustrations is speed and form practice. As an aspiring concept artist, I figure those are the two most important things to know, so I'm trying to focus on them in this series. And fully rendering something isn't so hot for speed purposes. But maybe on one or two of them I'll try to spend a little extra time on them for fun.
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:iconpargile:
pargile Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Fiiiiien. I still think the carapace on the first one would've looked epic blended.
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