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Dune Art Sites to Follow

Beautiful Dune art can be found on social media sites like Pinterest and Tumblr.

By Futurism StaffPublished 8 years ago 7 min read

Frank Herbet was born in 1920. Growing up during the Great Depression, his young mind could envision worlds and histories that no man had walked on and no civilization had experienced. But even the prophetic visions he had did not foretell the social media age; a period in which his imagination would become indelibly etched into the digital universe. A period in which Tumblr, Facebook, and Pinterest would preserve and evolve the worlds he created.

OMNI does not distinguish one Digital Dune Footprint (DDFP) over another, and the following list is randomly oriented. OMNI pays homage to those Dune fans who commit themselves to maintaining the Dune legacy. These individuals honor the memory of Frank Herbert by evolving the worlds he imagined as a young boy. The digital revolution has allowed for a Dune ideological evolution.

Daily Dune

Think of it as the Jimmy Fallon show of Dune fandom. Providing your daily recommended dose of Dune, you can expect to find artwork, articles, websites, songs, quotes, parodies, news, and any other media content that relates to Dune on Daily Dune (that's a lot of Dunes.) It is important for there to be a pop culture element to Dune. All great movements driven by the few, succeed with the voice of many.

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Calvin and Muad'dib

A genius mash up of Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes and the philosophy of Frank Herbert's Dune exist on Calvin & Muad'Dib. The two complement each other seamlessly. One can only wonder why one would take the risk on such a thematically high brow concept. But as the people of Arrakis learn, only with great risk, comes great reward. I would like to see a Calvin and Hobbes/Lord of The Rings mash up; but I can table that conversation for another article.

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Everything Dune

Curated by the creator of Calvin and Hobbes x Dune (see above), Everything Dune is a digital gallery dedicated to Dune inspired art. Dune Inspired Art has become a broad definition for what was once a tightly controlled community of fandom gate-keepers. Everything Dune has created the right balance for both the traditionalist and more contemporary styles of the evolving science fiction sub genre.

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Dune Quotes

The political, scientific, and social fictional setting of Herbert's Dune novels and derivative works is known as the Dune universe, or Duniverse. A story of a time – tens of thousands of years in the future – the saga describes a civilization which has outlawed artificial intelligence and has simultaneously developed advanced technology and mental and physical abilities. With all of the wisdom that comes from the Duniverse, it is a fan demand to have a site dedicated toward preserving the Quotes of Dune.

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Heck Yeah Dune

Heck Yeah Dune is cool. It needs more content, and a bit more of a defined philosophy, but basically it is a site for those who like the Spice. I am not saying it is a stoner's site, though that may account for the great launch with limited content. But it has the potential to define what is Dune Chic and the Dune style. We may soon see a line of Dune inspired formal dress wear.

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Dune by Dan Caporale

What is really interesting about Dan's Dune Pinterest is how agnostic he remains within the spectrum of works and visuals. The film and TV, all too often treated as step children by the novel purists are given equal footing as the literature. In admiring the film and TV, Dan allows for a new generation of fans to be indoctrinated through a more superficial medium, but one that opens the gate to the entire Dune World.

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Jorodowsky's Dune by Arden Belfry

It's Jodorowsky's Dune, need more be said? The 2013 American documentary film directed by Frank Pavich has reignited sci-fi's passion for all things Dune. The film explores Chilean-French director Alejandro Jodorowsky's unsuccessful attempt to adapt and film Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel Dune in the mid-1970s. The site is a testament to Jodorowsky's brilliance as well as a vintage period of sci-fi film, making the likes of which we will never see again. It is a must for new and old fans alike.

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Frank Herbert on Pinterest

Frank Herbert Pinterest is like an infinite scroll through the mind of a genius. Dune won the Hugo Award in 1966 and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. It is the world's best-selling science fiction novel. Journeying through this site gives one both perspective on the importance of the novels as well as their vast influence over the science fiction genre in general.

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Dune by Weird Master

Weird Master is cool. Weird's site is for those who enjoy a bit of Melange before the peruse a site. That is not to say that it is a stoner site for Duneies but it has a trippy feel to its imagery and a randomness that allows one to perceive their own order. Weird has created a Dune site to get lost in.

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Dune Art Group

Dune Art Group is a collective of artists with the intention of bringing Frank Herbert's Dune universe to life through their artwork. Another way to describe it is The Vogue of Dune. As with all 10 listed sites, it brings an element uniquely its own to the Dune Fan Collective. The Dune Art Group, brings style to content, that in the wrong hands might have felt dreary and tired. When looking for what to wear to the next big Dune Party, look no further than the concept art of The Dune Art Group.

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Project Dune

Mark Molnar’s Project Dune series is a collection of high-quality concept art pieces focused on Herbert’s massive universe. From individual portrait pieces to cityscapes, desert landscapes to ship illustrations, Molnar has a little bit of everything in this series. His portrait works are incredibly detailed and include humanoids, robots, and even a tiny, mouse-like creature. He’s brought ships to life in desert, space, and urban settings. His cityscapes are a mosaic of light and color, and all Molnar’s works truly manage to portray the incredible scale of Herbert’s world in a way few other artists have captured. But then, what else would you expect from an artist whose list of clients includes such fantasy and sci-fi giants as LucasFilm, Square Enix, Universal, and Eidos?

Molnar’s talent is clearly on display in this collection. His sketch-type style lends itself well to the often roughly hewn Dune universe. Molnar makes particularly excellent use of red and blue pops of color against the various shades of brown, tan, and gray that dominate his pieces. Contrast of light and shadow is another hallmark of this series and is masterfully used to add depth to his portrayals. What results is a gorgeously illustrated world that, despite the somewhat limited color palette, is never washed out nor overdone. Particular highlights of the series include a rich market scene, a dusky cityscape, and an iconic Dune image: a sandworm consuming a spice harvester.

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Imaginary Arrakis

Perhaps in your search for Dune art you are not yet sure what style is your particular favorite. Maybe you would like to see character portraits alongside landscapes with creature illustrations mixed in. Possibly your ideal Dune art falls not only into in-universe categories, but crossovers and pop-art as well. If so, do yourself a favor and check out a curated forum like reddit’s Imaginary Arrakis. Any type of Dune fan art is welcome on the forum, which results in an eclectic mix of styles and genres easily browsed in Reddit’s handy list format. The subreddit is searchable, so if you are looking for something specific, a quick keyword search will help you find it. The forum also includes all original sources where possible, so when you come across a piece you like, you can easily find all of the other works from that artist.

The real magic of a forum like Imaginary Arrakis, however, is the userbase. All of the content is shared by other users, which means a steadily updated source of art. And because it’s on Reddit, you can comment on and discuss each piece with other Dune fans. Given the widely varied user base on Reddit and the sheer number of people who visit the site daily, this creates the opportunity to come across content from well-known artists as well as art from obscure sources. It is an all-in-one Dune art mixing bowl.

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  • Atomic Historian8 months ago

    Thank you for the article I didn’t know I needed

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