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Exclusive Artwork: Merrick Fortis 3.0

Merrick Fortis DAC Elmer Damaso Exclusive Artwork

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#1 Offline Erebus

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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 12:23 AM

Hey guys, got something great for all the Hero Factory fans out there. While BZPower was getting its forums upgraded, we had a chance to contact Elmer Damaso to have him draw a particular "expanded universe" character. As you know, Mr. Damaso is the artist of the Hero Factory comics found in the LEGO Magazines and online. Having him draw a character who doesn't have a comic form was pretty exciting, especially for those at HS01. While he was drawing this character, we got contact details from Mr. Damaso about the group that colors for the Hero Factory comics, Digital Art Chefs. After obtaining the final version from Mr. Damaso, we commissioned DAC to color the artwork. Now, on behalf of the HS01 Staff, I would like to present Merrick Fortis 3.0:

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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 12:25 AM

So this is what you teased me on Gmail. I have no feelings about this. Maybe I do: AWESOOOOOME. Elmer's drawings are impressive as always.

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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 12:28 AM

You can view the hi-res version on HS01, here: http://hf.biosector0...clusive_Art.png I'm just so happy with how this all turned out. It's very impressive work by the artists, and a good team effort on part of the staff to coordinate all this.
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 12:38 AM

I'm still amazed that you managed to commission the Hero Factory team for this image, ER. The results are absolutely incredible. So do you still need my colored version? :sigh:
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 12:39 AM

Wow. Lovin' that claw. Oh yeah, and everything else. Amazing work. -Mesonak
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 01:02 AM

Looks very epic. I like the blend in 2.0 and 3.0 gear, and how it doesn't have that Savage Plkanet feel. Not hating Savage Planet, but just the scenery and the gear design work together better in this picture than if he looked more 3.0-Savage Planet-ish.
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 01:12 AM

I'm still in awe of this piece.I will admit to everybody, I've seen the high res. I actually -have- the high res PSD file on my computer. So, to see this uploaded for all of you to see? Amazing.I'm proud of you, ER. You got us the mad hookup, and you and the others didn't fail me one bit. *Salute*
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 01:20 AM

Amazing piece of art. However... Couldn't he just fly up? :P Regardless, this is awesome in every way possible.
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 01:25 AM

Couldn't he just fly up? :P

Flying wouldn't be as cool ;D

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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 01:29 AM

Amazing piece of art. However... Couldn't he just fly up? :P Regardless, this is awesome in every way possible.

Haha, I suppose. His description on HeroFactory.com stated that the claw was specifically for climbing; when I was tossing ideas at ER, I thought it would be cool to have some kind of rock climbing pic. ER found http://www.majhost.c...limbing-gym.jpg this image to use as inspiration, and it evolved into the final product you see today.

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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 05:00 AM

Wow, impressive. Great job, Damaso, and of course, thank you Erebus and all of HS01 staff for getting Damaso to draw this! :)~Gata. ;)
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 07:04 AM

Awesome. Many thanks to Elmer Damaso, DAC, and the HS01 staff, all of whose initiative made this possible! As for why he's climbing, flying would have made him a more obvious target for whatever's waiting for him at the top of that cliff. Or maybe some other reason. Coming up with a reason that makes sense isn't too hard.
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 07:17 AM

If nothing else, Hero Factory gave us Elmer Damaso. This is an amazing piece of art, brilliantly colored, and another piece of proof that the Lego Company hires awesome artists for their comics.
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 09:13 AM

Wow! This is a nice piece of art! So this is Elmer Damaso's work? That's interesting because it seems quite different than his work in the comics that I have seen. Do we know of any other things he has done for Hero Factory besides the comics?
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 03:51 PM

We should be thanking Dorek for conceiving the idea of having Merrick Fortis 3.0 drawn and colored. :)
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 04:11 PM

We should be thanking Dorek for conceiving the idea of having Merrick Fortis 3.0 drawn and colored. :)

I didn't notice that he had proposed the idea. That's pretty awesome! Thank you very much for this Dorek! :bowdown:

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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 04:13 PM

Wow! This is a nice piece of art! So this is Elmer Damaso's work? That's interesting because it seems quite different than his work in the comics that I have seen. Do we know of any other things he has done for Hero Factory besides the comics?

I think it's mostly because each of these sketches is peak performance; if you look at, say, OoF's last panel, Furno 2.0 is at a weird angle, and is basically background material; Stormer 2.0 is the main point of that picture. Here, you have it devoted to a single character, so you get max focus, and the same applies to the coloring.

We should be thanking Dorek for conceiving the idea of having Merrick Fortis 3.0 drawn and colored. :)

Hey, you did all the legwork in contacting them and organizing payments and whatnot; I'm just the idea guy. Plus financier. =P

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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 04:16 PM

By the way, is Elmer Damaso still illustrating the comics, because didn't Jesse Peyronel do the art for Savage Planet?
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 04:25 PM

Jesse Peyronel was the story writer for Savage Planet, not the illustrator. Elmer Damaso is still illustrator, at least until the end of 2011. :)
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 04:28 PM

Oh, why am I so "out of it" today. Oh, I know! I haven't done enough on HS01 yet today! XD
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 07:07 PM

This is an amazing piece of art. Very well done on Mr. Damaso's part, well illustrated and beautifully colored. A great addition to our galleries over on HS01. :) -SK
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 09:30 PM

Cool! A great work of art from a great comic artist. Love this pic.
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Posted Oct 15 2011 - 07:15 AM

I may not be a big fan of the factory, but that doesn't take away from this great image. The scenery is just beautiful, and the hero looks very detailed. Not to mention how this full body shot will make custom versions much easier.
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Posted Oct 15 2011 - 08:03 AM

Heck yeah, this is a beautiful piece. This may end up being my new wallpaper...
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Posted Oct 15 2011 - 10:19 AM

I love this. Looks sort of like a comic book, yet sort of Bionicle. And the land down there reminds me of Mata Nui. Anyway, this is great. Really looks like him.
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Posted Oct 15 2011 - 10:50 AM

I like the lighting, especially how it makes Merrick Fortis's eyes and hero core glow.
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Posted Oct 15 2011 - 11:36 AM

I'd love to see a step-by-step of how this picture was made.
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Posted Oct 15 2011 - 01:53 PM

Any chances you think we might get something like this again any time soon?
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 12:14 AM

Any chances you think we might get something like this again any time soon?

Give us some cash and let's find out. :D

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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 04:13 AM

Man that's a beaut. Especially loving the zoom-in lens. That green is so pretty.
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 08:28 AM

Wow. I know Damaso did Transformers comics, and once I learned he did the HF comics, I was quite pleased.This is one cool piece of work. I love seeing stylized artwork of sets. And I particularly like how he made this look realistic, but still set-accurate for the most part.Big thanks to everyone who worked on getting this picture! :) KalhikiFirst post on the new forums for me!
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 09:55 AM

Any chances you think we might get something like this again any time soon?

Give us some cash and let's find out. :biggrin:

Okay, here: $20

Wow. I know Damaso did Transformers comics, and once I learned he did the HF comics, I was quite pleased.

Really? I never knew he did that. How long has he been doing them?

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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 09:57 AM

He's a good artist.
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 02:13 PM

Wow. I know Damaso did Transformers comics, and once I learned he did the HF comics, I was quite pleased.

Really? I never knew he did that. How long has he been doing them?

On second thought, I think he only does Transformers artwork. But he may do comics. Don't know anything otherwise, I just saw some of his other work on a different site (that I don't know if I can mention because it has a commenting system). Kalhiki

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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 03:38 PM

I haven't been following HF enough to know who this is, but this art is awesome in ways I can't begin to describe.
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 03:43 PM

Not a Hero Factory fan myself, but that artwork is outstanding. So much effort, and it came out terrific. Good job, Mr. Damaso; and thanks HS01 Staff.
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 04:52 PM

Pretty cool :)
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 06:53 PM

I like the slight distortion on his claw. It makes you really see how he's falling down that cliff.
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Posted Oct 17 2011 - 02:23 PM

Wow, that's pretty sweet.
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Posted Oct 17 2011 - 03:59 PM

So it's so popular to our HEROsector01 crew that all of our staff have it as their profile pictures. I have to say, it makes a great profile picture, but I can't tell anybody apart eaasily anymore. :P Did anybody notice that he doesn't have an awesome Hero Recon Team chest plate?
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