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I, Mengsk by KaanaMoonshadow I, Mengsk by KaanaMoonshadow
My first piece of Starcraft fan art... and of course it's a pretty boy! :D

This is Valerian Mengsk, crown prince of the Terran Dominion and one of the new characters you meet in Starcraft 2 - Wings of Liberty. I actually liked this arrogant, scheming princeling a lot, and I hope he'll keep playing a role in 'Heart of the Swarm' and 'Legacy of the Void'.

This is my first huge effort to combine painting and 3D techniques for an artwork, and I think it's not too bad for a first try. I used an a-ma-zing piece of conceptual art of Valerian as reference for his pose and outfit to paint him in Photoshop and added all the other characters using Carrara. I also decided to invent his own personal guard, wearing special armour and the Mengsk family crest so that they are easily recognisable.

There's no sign of them in the Starcraft lore so far, but come on - a guy who wears such an outfit would totally love to have his own troop of elite guards, so here we go! ;)

Final words:
Valerian, I absolutely adore your character - but your outfit completely ruined my arm! :faint:



Tools of the Trade:
Photoshop CS5 Ext, Carrara 8 Pro
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:iconwilljones410:
willjones410 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Can't express in words how much I'm looking forward to Legacy of the Void. How all these characters will play a part in the battle against the hybrids. Val and what's left of the Dominion I'd like to think will have a huge part to play as well.
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DefilerRulez91 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
This is beautiful! I thought the first times i saw Valerian that he was a lame character... But with Heart of the Swarm the character gained so much on credibility :)
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pwnsage Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Yeah, he is going to be a far better emperor then Arcturus was.
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Wesker86 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Nicely done
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kdkazumi90 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
valerian
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:iconkaanamoonshadow:
KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Papa Mengsk is not happy with his son? ;)
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zitv88 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
beautiful work! :) I love his character. :D
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OberFuhrerG Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Gettin' some dicks over here.
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:iconlorcan0c:
Lorcan0c Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your piece really does justice to the chararacter. Very nicely done!
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Galejro Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
With those two spectres around he reminds me more of a Helghast General.
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yefta03 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i hope valerian is better then his father

its gonna be a shame if he died in heart of the swarm
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AstroFox624 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
INB4 bullet to the face
Easily the best bad guy ever created
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AstroFox624 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Well, his dad was. Didn't know who I was lookin' at there for a minute.
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Rocketfist14 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Judging by trailer of heart of swarm...I think Kerrigon is gonna kill him....sorry...
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:iconkaanamoonshadow:
KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah... we'll see how that scene plays out. Would be a shame, though - he could at least die in Legacy of the Void. ;)
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melmora Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I think you did a really wonderful job on the character and setting up the scene. Not sure if you still have the original file, but I hope you don't mind me giving just a little critique as I really think you can push this even farther considering you did quite a bit of painting. Valerian is perfect...a job well done imo. However, the ledge is a bit distracting as the texture on the prop is not detailed enough to really show that close and it really doesn't mesh with the painting. Maybe paint over it with more detail? Or find a stock photo resource of that type of material that lends itself more detail? Then the background characters are a bit to phased in (if that makes sense) With the ambient light on Valerian I would think there would be a bit more distance fading on the characters, especially the ones on the left. This would lend itself to more depth. Still a very strong image on it's own, but since you are pushing yourself, I thought I would put my two cents in. :)
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry it took me so long to reply - thank you so much for your feedback, I really appreciate it! :cuddle:

You've addressed some very valid points, and I'll keep that in mind for future projects! Let's just hope Valerian will still be around after HotS... :fingerscrossed:
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lawllmaster Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
hmmm he gets choked in heart of the swarm (if you see the trailer)
but he is a good looker lol
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:iconkaanamoonshadow:
KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I saw that trailer, too... let's hope he'll make it through somehow. ;)
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Feelingbluboy Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
i sorta like him. but i want to see the dominion burn!!!
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:iconkaanamoonshadow:
KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe we can have both? See Arcturus and his loyal troops burn, and then help Valerian to be a better Emperor? ;)
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Feelingbluboy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
.............NNNNNNAAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol
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DrZed Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Yeah, he's totally adorable. Although not much was told about him in the campaign storyline, he has the charisma of leader. Totally want to see more of him in the plot.

Although i'm slightly concerned about his well-being it HotS, for in the teaser he was shown being strangled by Kerrigan's psychokinezis. Will be a shame if HotS will end with entire Mengsk dynasty wiped out.

P.S. "That Korhal outfit's a mess" - gen. Edmund Duke
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I really hope someone (Jim?) will storm the bridge and save Valerian... his character has a lot of potential, and I'd hate to see him die in HotS. Let's hope we'll know by the end of this year? :lol:
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bastilalives Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Simply amazing, but, if I may, suggest you do Kerrigan as the Brood Queen next? ^_^
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D

Considering that "Heart of the Swarm" is getting closer by the minute, the chances for that are actually pretty good! ;)
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PrincessJaden Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012   Writer
Goodness! I'm not familiar with 'Starcraft', but I've got to say, as far as this goes - I don't know him, but I want to know him!
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:laughing: Valerian is indeed an interesting character... smart, powerful and cunning, just as we like them. And his looks don't hurt, either. ;)
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Spydrouge Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Writer
And a complete fop?

Hey don't take offense, it's one of his most awesomely adorable qualities! Only a truly interesting character could win our hearts /and/ pick imaginary dirty out from under his gloved fingernails :D
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X-RaD Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
The elite guards looks inspiring :)
The idea of combining 3D and painting makes a great result, you should consider to applicate it often!
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:iconkaanamoonshadow:
KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you - I really like blending these particular art styles myself, so I definitely will! :cuddle:
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DudQuitter Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive painting, the carrara textured stair stand out too much though, an overpaint of that bit might help/or a note for the future.
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, and you're right about the wall. Next time, I'll have to look for a higher resolution for that stone texture.
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FaeTian Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice! I love the angle and the lighting! Keep up the good work! :clap:
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, dear - I'm glad you like the POV and the lighting, and I'll do my best! :dance:
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Shabbs Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
hello, i really like your work!! question, how long does a project like this take you and are you working in the gaming industry or in a field where your art skills can be utilized?! :)
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:iconkaanamoonshadow:
KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry that it took me so long to reply - the end of the year got pretty hectic again, so I couldn't spend much time on dA. :(

Thanks a lot for your comment, I'm glad you like this work! This project took me approx. 35 working hours, spending most of the time on the main character and his detailed outfit.

I am actually working as a freelance artist for many different clients (also from the gaming industry), so if you are interested in commissioning me you are most welcome to send me a note! :D
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FluffyBlueCow Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Loving it! :)
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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jjforte06 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work!
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:iconkaanamoonshadow:
KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Those guys look like soldiers from war hammer :/
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:iconkaanamoonshadow:
KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Really? I always thought Warhammer soldiers carried really heavy armour, like the marines in Starcraft? :plotting:
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ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
No I meant the masks looks alike
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Gaspode5 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Well, your ruined arm was worth it, his uniform is excellent and goes well with the air of arrogance that surrounds him. The metal details on it are very good. The design of the guards is great and they look suitably sinister. The piece of marble closest to viewer somehow shouts 'I'm a piece of 3D graphic with texture mapped onto me!' which is a pity. Perhaps if you 'roughed it up' in Photoshop? I also like your sneaky signature. Nice!
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
*sigh* You're so right. I will hate that stupid, idiotic wall for the rest of my life, but it was the best model I could use and the best I could do to fix it in Photoshop. Believe me, you don't want to see how it looked when it just came out of Carrara... :roll:

Fortunately, I'll be able to learn more about creating my own textures next year, so these problems will be a part of the past soon! :w00t:

I'm glad you still like the rest, and the signature - it was an experiment, and I liked that look, too! ;)
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Valeriann Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love the design of the guards here. Are you planning on doing any more pictures with them in them?
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, that's great news! :D

I guess I'll work with the guards and Valerian again, I really like his character. Another commenter had some nice ideas how to improve the guards, and I might add these ideas to their design.
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ezekielschariot Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Love the artwork - it's beautiful!
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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