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VicRattlehead-Megadeth contest by Deligaris VicRattlehead-Megadeth contest by Deligaris
Hello all, and hello Dave ;), as you see, this is my entry submission to Megadeth's contest; I couldn't miss this opportunity, hehe :)
I thought about this seriously like a commission, and it took me a lot of time to come up with a concept I like, and simultaneusly take into consideration a bunch of other parameters I had to follow. Well, being a graphic designer as well, helped me to work a little more methodically when setting up the composition background while working for other clients.

So, let me explain what I had in mind while making this: First of all of course, I had to give Mr. Vic a face lift, make him look cooler, and "refreshed" and closer to tthe modern standrads in general. I took the classic Vic which I liked, I tweaked some parts, I made the curves more dynamic and gave him more "aggressive" look. I thought about the whole thing as if I was going to make a cover or poster for Megadeth. It should be redesigned up to a point, but still look and remind the band's old mascot, style and philosophy. The same applies to the theme concept as well. I think the subject I chose is quite representative of the band's style. I had to inherit and represent Megadeth's identity; it should look like their previous albums, but better; :) and every Megadeth fan should recognize it from a distance, without watching the logo.
Being a cover or symbol, the composition should remain simple and not confusing, so that it becomes clear at a glance. The "focal points" must be clear too (here: Vic's head and the explosion). To help towards that direction and catch the viewers' attention, I chose some vivid colors for my palette (without overdoing it, of course) and made the lighting and composition as appealing as they could get (the color palette kinda reminds me of Youthanasia, now that I'm thinking about it :)).
But still it looks like a heavy metal cover, powerful, aggressive, and kickass in genral (at least, that's what I had in mind while making it... :D). And last but not least, it should look professional, and like it was made by me.

Made from scratch in Photoshop.
Original size: 4000x5700 px
Thanks for the inspiration Dave Mustaine, I hope you like my illustration! I really enjoyed it anyway... :horns:
Also, thanks to the rest of the DA people! ;)
Enjoy, comments are welcome.
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:iconaerorock36:
aerorock36 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
I saw a shirt with this image some days ago, It's really cool!
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:icongraffitiimp:
GraffitiImp Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
How did you not win? This is awesome!
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it!
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:iconfeeder56:
feeder56 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
cool picture,what a terific design.
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:iconmatthewwolfbane:
MatthewWolfbane Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
'Slaves and Masters'?
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:iconthrashhed:
thrashhed Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
that's sw33t yo! I hope u won cuz thats sick!
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:iconkryatal344:
kryatal344 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
rattlehead!!!!!
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:icony-o-d-h:
Y-O-D-H Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
*VicRattlehead/gargoyle tattoo on my right shoulder*

Fkn sick! Dave should bring them back just to use this piece. Album title 'Apocalypse'? Glad I was browsing.
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe thanks, glad you like it!
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:icony-o-d-h:
Y-O-D-H Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I'm watching you friend. :X
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:iconikasumi:
iKasumi Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
This is just, WOW, AWESOME. I love this, you did an awesome job on it. :)
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:iconx-ample:
X-ample Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Student Interface Designer
fuckin awesome piece. this should've won easy
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:iconkaijufreak:
KAIJUfreak Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Ruler of ALL that is MEGA!
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:iconcorycow:
CoryCow Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
AWWWWWWWWW MEGADETH FUCK YEEEAHH!!
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:iconheavyargento:
heavyargento Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
Megadeth Megadeth Aguante Megadeth
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:iconeaven:
Eaven Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
amazing :clap: :headbang:
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:iconanimeechicka14:
animeechicka14 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
MEGADETH!!!! GAWD!!!! THER SO EFFIN METAL!!!! ...i have no idea what im talkin about... but... METAAAAAAL!!@!!!!!!GDJGDBDHOI Soqwcf owegf uk*koff
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:iconroelworks:
roelworks Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Done from scracth in Photoshop? You gott be kiddin me!

Me not worthed ...
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:iconchristhedragon:
christhedragon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
τρομερή δουλειά!! :+fav:
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:iconthe-skull-beneath:
The-Skull-Beneath Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008   Filmographer
Freakin' awsome
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:iconhellfire4:
Hellfire4 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
this is only one word...and that one word, is the first thing that pops into your mind when you wish you were god for a week....awesome.


:headbang: :horns: rock on man!!!
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot dude! Happy new year!
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:iconhellfire4:
Hellfire4 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
happy new year, and keep rockin'!! ^^ :headbang:
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:iconwarrioroflight:
WarriorofLight Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
Vic looks slick ! Megadeth will always be a favorite band of mine, even though I don't look like a "metalhead" from a distance, but they rock, plain and simple.
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconwarrioroflight:
WarriorofLight Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
You are most welcome, you have quite the talent.
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:iconspectraljump:
Spectraljump Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
So did you win the contest? hope so..

oh BTW, there's a ham/salami/whatever distributing company in my country named Megadeth lol! dunno if they heard of the band or not
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, that's strange :)
Nope, I haven't won the contest.. :bucktooth: but it's ok =p
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:iconmojorison:
mojorison Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
first word that came to mind is ABSOLUTELY! wonderful job!
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:iconheavymetal84:
HeavyMetal84 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
Awesome!!! :horns:
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:iconsasuke02:
sasuke02 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks awesome! Great job! I think I'm actually somehow related to Dave, because we have the same last name.
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, really? Thanks!
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:iconyoshaki:
Yoshaki Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007
That's so awesome! O________________O' *adds fav*


Y'know what? Megadeth and Slayer are the only bands that saves me from new Metallica. Metallica lost their soul when Cliff died, they lost their proud when they started to make videos, they lost the thrash metal when they teamed up with Bob Rock and they lost their image when got a haircut.
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Well, where money gets in the way, everything else dies...
Thanks!
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:iconyoshaki:
Yoshaki Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
Death to greediness.
You're welcome.
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:iconelite71:
elite71 Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
This is the best Megadeth/ Rattlehead pic i'v ever seen!!! this should definatly be a cover!

P.S. I used this pic in one of my Youtube vids.... hope i'm not infringing on copyright or anything... [link]
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
Well, if you placed my credit along with this image, then it's fine.
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:icondarksaint91:
DarkSaint91 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
Awesome, I might use it as a wallpaper, zat alright?

MEGADETH FOR LIFE! MUSTAINE FOR PRESIDENT!
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, thanks!
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:icondarksaint91:
DarkSaint91 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
No, thank you!
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:iconoaco90:
oaco90 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
Megadeth is awesome :D :D
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:iconfabianmendozap:
fabianmendozap Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... Powerful... Awesome! I Like IT!
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:iconmeisaroku:
Meisaroku Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
Freaking incredible. Way to go and keep it up.
Long live Megadeth!!
*fave*
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:iconnomoreredtears:
NoMoreRedTears Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007
Megadeth fucking kicks it yo!
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:iconbuchyex:
Buchyex Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006
Oh yeah baby, I'm addicted to Chaos! :headbang:
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:iconalexandrecabral:
AlexandreCabral Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
well,like they say..
"rattle your god damn HEAD!" _\,,/
and fuck the rest ;)
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:iconride-the-lightning10:
Megadeth is nothing compaed to metallica but still good faving
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:iconjimts:
JimTS Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2006  Student Writer
Should have won...
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gatekeeper501 Featured By Owner May 25, 2006  Professional Writer
I'm a huge megadeth fan, this suits it almost perfectly.
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner May 28, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:horns: Thanks mate! :D
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