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The Sleeper Awakes by Destro7000 The Sleeper Awakes by Destro7000
"I have tried, countless times - to imagine those old romantic days!"

This is a picture based on a scene in the H.G.Wells book, The Sleeper Awakes.

This is London in an alternate 'steampunk' future, The girl is the daughter of the Manager of the Piggeries of London, and the man is 'The Sleeper', the accidental richest man in the world.

I'd love to draw 'Ostrog' too, the main antagonist too, but I'm not sure if I'll have time to paint him :XD:

This picture is probably a Work In Progress, as I have spent a lot of time on this and could spend a lot more on the miniscule details. The image itself is quite massive in Painter! :wow:

[EDIT]: renamed from Pig Farmer's Daughter to the book title because I'm sure there's hardly any Sleeper art out there I need to differentiate this from :D
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Miskatonic-Jack Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Very well done! Which scene is this? Have you any plans to visualize the domain of the subterranean workers, the "proto-morlocks" if you will? When Graham goes underground to see their conditions and the architecture becomes spartan and massive, I've wondered what the workers in blue denim would actually look like.

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-Chapter XXI
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Destro7000 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   Digital Artist
Err ...surely Morlocks are from The Time Machine? I can't remember seeing any 'over-evolved humans' in Sleeper!

This is the scene where he meets the Manager of the Piggeries' Daughter. Her lines made a sort of romantic impression on me, and where she met him, I imagined it as a sort of giant library.
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Miskatonic-Jack Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
I've heard numerous times that the workers in blue denim, as in the above linked chapter of that book (a "prequel" if you will, to The Time Machine,) were the beginning of what would later become the Morlocks. They were already being "selectively bred" so to speak, as can be descibed on this page:

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Here are a couple of links and selected texts from the "Time Machine Wiki":

"During the course of the book, Graham meets an under-class of workers who live their whole lives underground. By this time, they have already showed signs of evolving into the Morlocks."

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"Origins"

"The Morlocks are theorized to have evolved from the Old Navy workers who labored underground circa 2100, all wearing blue uniforms and living in harsh conditions. When Graham visited their domain, he already saw signs of them becoming paler and developing a separate strain of English. Much later, The Time Traveler would find evidence that the Morlocks had come from a lower class. ("When The Sleeper Wakes", "The Time Machine")

By the 40th Century, a race of 'happy servant-men' as a child native to the time described them had come into being, whose carriage and reaching dexterity suggested to The Time Traveler on a visit to this era they they were a form of proto-Morlock. The child also noted that they were not to be discussed. ("The Time Machine: A Sequel")"

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Yours is a beautiful painting BTW
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Destro7000 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011   Digital Artist
Oh... I remember they chose Graham's blue jacket to stand for the people, because a number of them wore blue, but it's been a year or more since I've read it. It's nowhere near as familiar to me as War of the Worlds!

(I wish someone would make a decent film of both that and The Time Machine, as none have been loyal to the books!):D

hmm, maybe you're right and Wells has somehow linked the 2 'story universes' but I like to keep them all seperate in my head.
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Miskatonic-Jack Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Somehow I picture the Eloi as resembling something like a gelfling from "the Dark Crystal" but with eyes somewhat resembling an anime girl among other minor alterations.

Yes, I proclaim that the best medium for accurately protraying the Sleeper and the Time Machine in an epic format would be an animated saga/film/movie/series of some sort. Having said that, I can hope that this comment may alter the future course of events via the butterfly effect.
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Destro7000 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   Digital Artist
yeah I imagine the Eloi as like little innocent elf creatures, and the Morlocks as horrific angular stretched monsters like Scavengers from Diablo (prolly an obscure reference!)

I like how everyone has their own different visual interpretations of H.G.Wells' novels :) you see it in how many zillions of War Of The Worlds novel covers there are!
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athoa-adelfi Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011   Photographer
I love the book you chose as inspiration. And I love the result it inspired in you. You are so very talented. I mean that quite seriously and not as idle praise. 8-)
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Destro7000 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011   Digital Artist
Cool, so you've read the book?

Yeah I was reading a certain scene in it and I imagined it fairly vividly, also the villain, Ostrog, and the ending where the Sleeper/Master decides to pilot an 'aeroplane' (although not one of any kind we can imagine!) to help his city :D
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regina23 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you are doing a great job my friend!
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Destro7000 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011   Digital Artist
hehe I hope so! What d'you think of this one?
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