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John Carter on Jupiter by jmsnooks John Carter on Jupiter by jmsnooks
A scene from "Skeleton Men of Jupiter" by Edger Rice Burroughs. In the universe of ERB Jupiter isn't a gas giant, it's a large terrestrial planet covered with a thick layer of clouds. The surface beneath the clouds is illuminated (the light from the volcanoes reflects back down from the cloud layer) and warmed by gigantic volcanoes which occur frequently across the surface of the planet. Because of the lack of sunlight the plants are colorless and pale, and the majority of them are carnivorous. The smaller plants feed on insects while the largest of them might devour a creature the size of an elephant or dinosaur. Like most of the stuff ERB wrote it doesn't make much sense scientifically. At some level of the trophic system you have to have a producer in order to sustain so much carnivory, but it may be that the plants also draw nutrients from the volcanic ash and use the light from the volcanoes for some rudimentary photosynthesis. In which case the carnivorous aspects would provide supplementary nutrients, which is how carnivorous plants function on earth. Anyways, I'm making excuses for him, I think his main goal was to create a nightmarish landscape for the heroes to struggle in. It's still a great story, and it's actually the last John Carter story he wrote because he died afterwords.

In this scene, John Carter and his new friends just escaped from the Morgars and stopped for a minute to catch their breath. While resting one of the plants wrapped a branch of around John Carter and started reeling him in for dinner, but he was saved by one of his friends who cut the branch off. After they cut off the branch they cooked it and ate it.

This is done with colored pencil, and due to the encouragement I received on Aryan Sunset I skipped the drawing stage with regular graphite pencils and just drew the lineart with colored pencils as well.
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mitchatt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist
This is beautiful. I'll have to re-read...don't remember this happening!
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was the last of the John Carter books.
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Wintercross Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
You know, inspired by this picture I decided to check out the John Carter books... I want to get my hands on them and read them, they look awesome.

I also saw the trailer of the movie they're making; now while I cant realy comment on how accurate it is top the books, (as I haven't read them) it does look rather interesting....
Might have to check out the book stores around here and see if I can pick them up....
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds like a good plan man. If you do that just make sure you start with the first book in the series. John Carter on Jupiter was the last book. It was meant to kick off a new series of JC books but the man died before he could write any more.

It resembles the book but it looks like they are making up their own story for the most part. I will probably still see it though.
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Wintercross Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Sure thing, wich one is the first book?
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well you know I'm not sure what it's called, but the book I got actually had the first three books put together into one. It was called "The Martian Tales Trilogy." Definitely worth reading.
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Wintercross Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I got my hands on one of the comics that were done based on it, so thats a start =D
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder how true the comics are to the story? Can you link me?
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Felfreak Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Nice use of red :)
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The light source there is red so everything looks red, pink, or purple.
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Wintercross Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
You know what I've just realised... your art reminds me alot of 50's/60's sci-fi art design. and I like it!
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man, as it happens I love 50's and 60's sci-fi and have a fair bit of it around the house. I got Forbidden Planet, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, Journey to the 7th Planet, and probably some other stuff too that I just can't think of off the top of my head. I also have Logans Run and The Day the Earth Stood Still (even though those are before and after). Got STTOS, STTAS, some Dr. Who with John Pertwee and Tom Baker. I have a sweet collection, it's the major bright spot in my life right now. Don't have a career or female companionship but I do have a sweet collection of stuff.
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Wintercross Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
You have good taste =P
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep
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KingNot Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
That actually is one of my favorite "Barsoom" stories... Just read it early on in grade school.


Jupiter, as seen by classic scientifiction is nice. I love "Planetary Romance".


Of course you know my current hypothesis for Jupiter. That the liquid metallic hydrogen core might house intelligence from the "First second" the "Epoch" of space/time just after creation...
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same here, it was a good one and the plan was to kick off a new series for Jupiter with it, but he died before he could carry it to fruition.

It's interesting, it never crossed my mind to have Jupiter be a terrestrial planet, probably because it would make the gravity even more extreme than it is now.

Actually I didn't know that, but it sounds like a good idea for a story.
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Yeshua-Knight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
dude, you even did the shading with the colors which totally makes sense given that it's all red, very nice!
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man. Well I always did all my shading with colored pencils anyways. All I used the regular graphite pencils for was linart, and then I erased the lineart before I colored. This time I just skipped that stage and went strait to coloring.

THe guy you see charging is actually blue, but outside the light casts a reddish hue on everything, so it makes him look purple, and it makes John Carter look red.
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Yeshua-Knight Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
so i went to barnes and noble last night to hang out with some folks and while i was there i thought i'd go see what they might have under edgar rice burroughs. i did the same thing the last time i went to books a million, but all they had was one little paperback copy of tarzan. i was pleasantly surprised to see that barnes and noble actually had several copies of what they called "stories of mars" which actually turned out to be the first 3 books in the barsoom series and a copy of "more stories of mars" which turned out to be the following two stories. upon further browsing i saw a large hardback copy of "John Carter of Mars" but was actually an other compilation of the first 3 from the series, so i'm thinking that perhaps that's what disney is going to do and use the first 3 books for the plot for their "John Carter of Mars" movie.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, based on the list of characters in the move that is what I think also. They don't have any villains beyond Matai Shang and he doesn't appear until the 3rd story.

I got the first 2 books and Barnes and Noble, and after that I ordered the rest off of Amazon.com.
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TheTowerSentry Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
The shading on the pale plants came out really nice.

PS: What is the story behind their clothes-less-ness? I'm not familiar with any of Burroughs' work.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. How would you like to visit that place?

It's their way. On Jupiter all they wear is loin cloths, and the same on Venus. On Mars they don't even do that, but they do wear harnesses for weapons and money pouches, and the women wear lots of jewelry. I think in a way that Burroughs might be right. There is no reason to assume that the reasons why we wear clothes on earth would exist on an alien world.
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SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Your color work is beautifully done. I love the sky in this one. I like the knack you have for the sci-fi genre in your artwork.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, well you know I actually dream in Sci-Fi. Part of my brain is there all the time as it is.
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SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
That's pretty cool!
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