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This was an illustration, a company I worked for used to pitch an idea to a video game publisher. Quite a few years past since than so I guess its OK for me to post it here. It was supposed to be like an action rpg placed in a world imbued with hard rock and metal motives, an atmosphere somewhat resembling metal album covers.
The publisher rejected the idea, and now several years later there is a game called Brutal legend( Jack Black lending his vocals to the main protagonist) with a similar setting . Show how much the publisher (which I will leave unnamed to spare him everlasting humiliation) knows.
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:iconlvl9drow:
lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Ah, Alex from SF3 was a Metalhead this whole time. I should have known. 

Epic! \m/
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nunchaku Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Artist
I was going for Triple H actually, though perhaps Capcom artists are also wrestling fans:).
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Gabbo87 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Awesome.
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:iconnunchaku:
nunchaku Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks:)
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minitumen Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
The Metal gods would be proud.
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DragonLord1975 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
This exemplifies METAL!!! I love this!!!
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:iconnunchaku:
nunchaku Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank.
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BitterSweetBee Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012   Digital Artist
He looks so calm and collected! Great piece mate.
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:iconnunchaku:
nunchaku Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Artist
I guess he is used to such mayhem, perhaps even a bit bored:)
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GojiraMon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Excellent.
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sammieB666 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!
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JaesunAlin Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Gorgeous..and things as they should be.
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:iconnunchaku:
nunchaku Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Artist
Thank you.
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:icondarkglint606:
darkglint606 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
epic!
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:iconebonhomm:
ebonhomm Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
\EPIC/
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michaelstewart Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
dude they made this, it was that rock game with jack black.
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:iconnunchaku:
nunchaku Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Artist
Yes they have. I thin I wrote that in deviation description. But it was a different publisher and game company. Totally unrelated.
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michaelstewart Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
oh. Well amnyways your art kicks ass. Do you use ref or do you have a strong grasp on anatomy?
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:iconnunchaku:
nunchaku Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks. I would like to think I have a strong grasp on human anatomy:). Still my knowledge of animal anatomy is rather poor, so in that area I have to use reference.
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ARCHANGELREBORNX Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
HE looks kickass!! Great job.
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Shredric Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Far out man! Rock N' Roll!
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:icondeadbilly27:
DeadBilly27 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
DECAPITATIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!



That's a funny story man. Honestly, when I saw this I thought it was for Brutal Legend. Some people will never learn. Hope that publisher, kickin' himself.
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:iconnunchaku:
nunchaku Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Artist
I don't think they are still operational. Iam kind of a game freak and I haven't seen any games published by them for quite some time.
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Proffor Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Yup, the publisher should have listend to you

Mind you... then we wouldn't have Brutal Legend, whichs is really, really good.
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nunchaku Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional Artist
I think they had a pretty limited publishing politics. They aimed for the more generic concepts that would likely attract gamers of general interests. As I said I was a concept artist, I cant take the credit for the idea.
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Head-Jam Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
MEGA-AWESOME!!!
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chiefton84 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
It really is an awesome piece of work. You should post that publishers name. They deserve the humiliation.
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:iconkuruhl:
Kuruhl Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Omg I think the design looks much cooler than the one in Brütal Legend
Very good job!
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:iconnunchaku:
nunchaku Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional Artist
Thank you.
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:iconaulbath:
Aulbath Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Man, great stuff... obviously, publishers know shit about great, not used-to-death scenarios and settings.

I would have bought it for this artwork alone!
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nunchaku Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Artist
Thanks. Yeahh, fortunately we have Brutal Legend. Such an interesting concept certainly deserves to be game, it was the misfortune of the guys I worked for that they had a vision-less publisher.
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Aulbath Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
I wouldn't mind a serious, grittier Heavy Metal game. In general, I wouldn't mind more inspired games in general.

Is there more from King Rock, artwork-wise?
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ssjvitelo Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
nice
my idea which im actively working as a comic is probably gonna be released independantly called the metal gods which sorta bear a similar idea to brutal legend just thought it up like around 94 just never had the chance to actually make it cause i was a kid lol.
but im guessing now i can
you should talk to me sometime lol youd get a kick out of the story its complex as shit.
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nunchaku Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional Artist
Great ideas are sheared by great minds:). I don't take myself for one since I was not the idea man but was commissioned as a concept artist only. But I think there is no problem for you to do your idea as a comic, since it is a different media than Brutal Legend.
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ssjvitelo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
that and its pretty much a different story where as the characters in my story are based on heavy metal legends. and one of the biggest differences in my story is that my guy isnt a roadie who was taken to a far away land to fight demons by his heavy metal magical belt buckle. Odin seeks out the supposed chosen one through todays modern society and it ended up being a heavy metal fan which has the power to use his imagination to make into reality well at least he thinks he does lol. but obviously when he enters the realm of the gods his supposed power actually works and its basically a battle between good and evil there. for example in once section of story he has to meet the four horseman of the apocalypse which are based on the top four famous thrash metal bands to recieve training in order to fight the dangers ahead.
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nunchaku Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Artist
Well that's all the more reason to get it done. It sounds interesting so let me know once you get it published so I can buy it and read it.
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ssjvitelo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
lol no prob
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spundman Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
WoW !!!!!!!!!!!!
awesome men!!!!!! ;)
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nunchaku Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional Artist
Thank you.
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begin2manga Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
This wasn't a DD? Omg... Such a pity. This rocks!
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nunchaku Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional Artist
Um, Iam not sure what DD is short of, but it was denied. Like I said Iam not the idea man behind this one, but it is such a pity because it would be awesome fun designing the world and the characters.
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begin2manga Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
Btw DD is short for Deviant of the Day =)
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:iconnunchaku:
nunchaku Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional Artist
Oh yeah...thanks. I think they give those only to people that have a subscription, I may be wrong.
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VicDeLaCruz Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Student General Artist
That is very cool indeed, I think Legend is more comedy oriented which is awesome. If they were to make this a sub-genre of games set in a mythical metal universe then I sure hope you can design for one again, maybe a bit more serious(but not too serious) with a grittier metal album pallette.
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REIGN89 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
this is awesomeness incarnate
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luvusagi Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Student Digital Artist
wow that is freaking awesome totally blows that he rejected your pitch i hope he feels like an ass...too bad you couldn't have sent this to jack black earlier since he is a total music head o.O but freaking awesome i'm actually really stock about brutal legend imma huge fan of tenacious d and jack black but hehe i'll def tell all me friends you illustrated the idea first :wink:
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nunchaku Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional Artist
Thanks, but all the credit for the idea goes to the people that did game design, I just drew the illustration. Yes Iam looking forward to playing it also, should be a great game.
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luvusagi Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
hehe ooooh okay well your illustration is very amazing :D
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sucks to be ahead of the curve, huh?
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nunchaku Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Professional Artist
This actually happened to me a couple of times. I don't mean it as a boast, since I didn't come up with the ideas, but I had the pleasure of working with some very talented people with ideas a couple of years ahead of the rest of us.
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