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Illusion in the Desert Cover Art by MetalExveemon Illusion in the Desert Cover Art by MetalExveemon
And here we have it: "cover art" for my upcoming fanfiction, "Illusion in the Desert", co-written by the very very awesome :iconmdtartist83:.

I had a lot of fun drawing this, although it was still a ton of work and got to be tiring at times. But hey, it was worth it. :D Now for some general info about this picture (I'll try not to give any spoilers ;)).

Anyone who knows of the upcoming fanfic will know that the Rovers, along with an archeologist named Walter Vincent, are searching for the statue of Anubis, the Egyptian jackal god of death.

According to legend, Anubis would weigh the hearts of the dead on the "Scales of Justice" against an ostrich feather, which is supposed to depict Ma'at, the Egyptian goddess of truth. If the heart proved lighter than the feather, the person whom the heart belonged to would be brought into the next life. But if the heart was heavier than the feather, it would be devoured by Ammit, a creature who is half crocodile, half lion, and half hippo.

Now, concerning the pose of Anubis and Ammit in this picture, I was very much inspired by this picture of them: fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/201… Only I made a few obvious changes, such as Anubis' wardrobe (at first I considered putting him in a traditional Egyptian skirt of sorts, but then I thought, "What am I doing? I want him in a speedo!" :XD: And so, without resisting any further, I drew him how I wanted to draw him, lol), having Ammit be a croc/lion/hippo instead of a croc/lion, and changing up how the scales work.

In this picture, the Scales of Justice are merely two golden scales that appear below Anubis' raised arms. Even though they hover and aren't attached to anything, they still behave like real scales, and can be summoned at a moment's notice by Anubis.

As you can see, Anubis is currently weighing a heart on his scales... and you may also notice that the kneeling, crying Blitz has his hands over the place where his own heart should be. ^^

Also, Colleen's outfit is supposed to be reminscent of Laura Croft. The idea is that, as soon as the Collie found out that they were going to be searching through an Egyptian temple looking for "buried treasure", she immediately created a makeshift Laura Croft outfit for herself, before gleefully telling her comrades, "Let's do this!" (You can bet the male Rovers gave their approval on this decision, heh-heh.)

You can also see MDT's OC, Walter Vincent, is in this pic too, and that he's got a hold of the statue of Anubis (no, I won't tell you how he gets it or what happens when he does). I didn't quite like how he came out in this pic, though I think that mostly has to do with his pose. :XD: It just doesn't seem dynamic enough compared to everybody else's. But oh well. I just hope MDT thinks this pic of him looks good enough at least. :)

Road Rovers (c) WB
Walter Vincent (c) :iconmdtartist83:
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:iconmadgerman123:
madgerman123 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Is it weird that I thought of Dark Horse by Katy Perry when I saw this
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Cool. :)
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:iconthesims65:
TheSims65 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i don't know if it's match, but maybe there's a matching song for this image, like The Host Of Seraphim.
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Well, I don't know...
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:iconartboy-2:
artboy-2 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! Egyptian themes!
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Thank you! :D
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:icontyler5544:
Tyler5544 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Poor Blitz. Is Blitz going to become a mummy?
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Well, not exactly... you'll just have to wait and see what happens. ;) :)
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:icontyler5544:
Tyler5544 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
So when is the Illusion in the Desert going to start. Okay.
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Frankly, I don't know. We're still in the process of writing it.
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:icontyler5544:
Tyler5544 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Okay.
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:iconfacialexpressions90:
facialexpressions90 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
:thumbsup:
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Thank you! :)
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EmperorBlitz1918 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
So is litz deaorone to the Roves or some else because Anubis only weighed the heart's of ead people?
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Um... what?
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:iconemperorblitz1918:
EmperorBlitz1918 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Sorry is Blitz or one of the other characters dead, because Anubis is the god of the dead. Sorry my computer sucks.
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
That's okay, I understand now. :) But no, Blitz is not dead (he's supposed to be appear in several more fanfics, after all :)).
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:iconemperorblitz1918:
EmperorBlitz1918 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Well that is good.
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
:D
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ToonTorment Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
"So is Blitz dead, one of the Rovers or someone else because Anubis only weighed the hearts of dead people?"

Same thing happens to me when I type fast.
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Yeah, me too. :) Thanks! :D
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:iconaceofstcanardkly:
AceOfStCanardKLy Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013   Artist
Hey, what's that hybrid, surreal creature at the bottom, middle?
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013

That is Ammit, a creature/god of sorts.

 

Ammit is female, but she was never worshipped by the Egyptians, because she devoured the hearts deemed impure by Anubis, and was therefore associated with all things death.

 

In my and MDT's fanfic, however, Ammit is going to be portrayed as Anubis' pet. :XD: :)

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:iconmdtartist83:
MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013   General Artist
That's Ammit, a demon of Egyptian mythology. She is the devourer of evil souls.
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:iconmature915:
mature915 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Egyptian power! :D
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Yep. :D
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:iconmature915:
mature915 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Well, i remebered Egypt at school and wow it was amazing, especially your arts with it. :D
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Thank you! :D
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CCB-18 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks more like Anubis is wearing tighty-whites than a speedo....
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
:XD: Well... I don't know if it can be called either of those. What he's wearing is definately *shaped* like them, though. :XD:
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SilverZeo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Looks like a fun story.
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:iconmdtartist83:
MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013   General Artist
And it will be. That's a promise we tend to keep.
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Thank you. :D
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marlon94 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
I have to say, I really like this! It's really awesome! An interesting cover for the fanfic, I may do it too, with somehing I imagine right now. Anyway, I can notice that Colleen became a hot Lara Croft impersonator, sounds like Colleen wants to be as Angelina Jolie (Because the fact that Angelina Jolie made the role of Lara Croft). I also notice that Hunter and Exile are in a desesperated state while having a part of their shirts scratched, they must have fought against the enemies when reaching to Mr. Walter. And Blitz's crying and kneeling towards Anubis, because he either wants to join him or make him a person with more respect that he never have in his point of view and thoughts. But of course, in the fanfic, we'll find those answers!
Anyway, amazing work, I'll fave it!
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013

Thank you very much! :D But no, Colleen doesn't want to be Angelina Jolie, she wants to be Laura Croft (personally, I disagree that Angelina made the role; after all, the character was created long before the movie was made). You pretty much guessed it with Hunter and Exile, although you're wrong about what Blitz is doing. You'll have to read the description box again to get a better idea of what's really going on with him.

Thanks again, and yes, I hope the fanfic gets done soon! :D

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:iconmarlon94:
marlon94 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
You're welcome!
I know, it's only my guessing, dummy, I know Colleen wants to be more Lara Croft than Angelina.
And of course, you're right, my bad about Blitz, sometimes I don't pay attention when reading the description.

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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
:XD: Watch who you're calling dummy, pal! :XD: But yeah, that's okay. :D
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:iconmarlon94:
marlon94 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh yeah? What would happen?
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spike360 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Looking good! I like Anubis a lot! It's cool.
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Thank you! :D
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spike360 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
You're welcome.
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willylliw Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Dude, this is incredible! :) I love it! Man, so jealous of your incredible artistic talent here. :D This definitely got my attention and want to know more about it. ;) The Rovers look great. I wonder what they are concern about? Looks like Hunter and Exile had some problem (look at their shirts). :O Also looks like Blitz is begging for his heart back. :O Reminds me of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. ;) But Blitz looks great in that outfit. He could be another Anubis. :) Also your version of the Ammit looks creepy, but excellent. ;) Last, ANUBIS!!! :D Man, he looks so sexy there. If you recall Anubis is one of my top sexy favorites. He looks incredible! Great choice to change his fashion. Honestly, I never really cared for his skirt either, but I never would've thought of a speedo instead. :D Dude, I love that figure, his muscles, and... something else. :D

Incredible work! I love it! Can't wait to see and read more! :) 

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MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013

Heh, wow, thank you! THank you very much! :D :D :D :D :D :D

As for what the Rovers are concerned about, well, you kind've already answered that yourself: Blitz's heart has been taken out to be weighed by Anubis (and the fact that Blitz is dressed up the way he is has something to do with it - though I refuse to give any more details, mwahahah!).

Thanks, I'm glad you think Ammit looks "creepy but excellent." :D I'm so glad I found that one picture of her, it really helped me figure out just how to draw her. :D

And yes, Anubis was a lot of fun to draw, and I'm glad I decided to just give in and put him in a speedo. :XD: I figured, what the hell? ROfl... Oh yeah, you listed Anubis as one of your favorite anthros, I had forgotten about that! Awesome! :D But I was thinking of you as I drew his belly button. ;) :XD:

Thanks again, I appreciate it, and I hope to have more soon (and that MDT and I will finish the fic soon! :D)!

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willylliw Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Anubis is one of the anthros that got me interested in anthros. He's cool look looking. :)

Haha, I guess I gave myself a bellybutton reputation here. :D But I can't help it, they are so cool looking. :D Thanks for thinking of me. ;)

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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013

:XD: Hahah, yeah, now that I think about it, he might have been one of the first anthros to get me interested too. Lol...

 

Heh-heh, your welcome. :D

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Leonheart27 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ok...this is trippi.
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
:XD: Thanks. ...I guess. Lol...
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LonelyWerewolf123 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how you drew Exile
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Thank you! :D
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