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Hard to Be a God by SharksDen Hard to Be a God by SharksDen
Illustration for Трудно быть богом / Hard to Be a God / 上帝难为 Chinese version

I did not get a complete novel, so I also got inspirations from the two movies (1987 and the unfinished one's stills. Thanks smazuga for providing me this information:D)
Again I want to bring a bit modern sci-fi style for old book. So, tell me how you feel if you had read it?:)
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ace1729 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
My favorite character, noble don Anton Rumata  :)
wolandd Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Love it but still feel something off.

Love the ambiguous feeling you get from the hero... Angel?  Demon?  The question asked repeatedly by the book. 

Love the whole composition too, i understood of course the scene in the book and understood the terror of the witnesses but 'till I saw this image was unable to imagine it or feel it.

What is off though is that without the title and comments i don't believe i would have realized this is an illustration to hard to be god... not that i have any good suggestion on how to make the image more distinctly HtbG.

The only thing that comes to mind is perhaps a discreet logo or word on helicopter... something to identify it as earth machine or perhaps even IoEH (Institute of Experimental History)

BTW, can't say I agree with most of smazuga of the book. 

And yes the ending in the book is similar to what you describe (sorry didn't see the old german-russain production movie), in the book Rumata's lover is killed, he couldn't save her and that loss finally sends him over the edge causing to break the rules, however I always felt it isn't the breaking of the rules that is important, not even the blood he spills but the fact that Rumata instead of bringing the locals to his level, descends into theirs and seeks revenge... I don't beleive Rumata considers locals villians, in fact i think situation is far worse - he doesn't care, in fact he likely understand that the only crimes of the people he kills are ignorance, stupidity, fearfulness... but he will kill them anyway because they stand between him and don Reba... which in turn makes him no better than Reba is... which is why his old friends back on Earth now cringe away from him... mistaking strawberry pulp on his hands for blood...  which at least in this personal case answers that question i mentioned earlier. angel? demon?
ShadeOvWarlock Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my friend! it's very good done! ok, yes, I have been read the book, but not had watch the movies (and also exist PC game))
the novel is incoplete in original, bros did not write the pure ending, as I know. it's great, cause you (the reader) have free imagination.
SharksDen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So in the book.. They didn't give a definite ending?
But in the film there is a clear ending. The protagonist broke the rules, to save his wife(GF?).
ShadeOvWarlock Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ah man you catch me!! I am feared I don't remember how it ends! but my feelings after that were bitter and gloomy. Rumata had no hope "to remake" people, he can not turn them to be better, brighter, turn them to science and good human relations - they were accursed poor villains, they all in masses!!
I am so sorry! Now I am mad fanat of HP Lovecraft and JR Tolkien ))) so, I read their books in english now - and could not answer you (((
(GF?) - what do you mean? I can not understand this secret code))
ok, I think, Strugatskye had the GREAT idea - so GREAT as they could not translate it in one - or two - or three - or in all their books while they were alive! This is titanic work!
Also, if you have time and (hot heart and totally free will, of course) you can watch fantastic clever and.... eh.... dangerous movie. I think this is the cruelest thing I know. [link] (To kill Dragon - movie by Zakharov, based on Schwarz's novel)

and for fun and relax - another style [link] this movie [link]
SharksDen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My bad English .. I was mistaken GF as a common abbreviations of girlfriend. Lovecraft and Tolkien reader also am I, may not .. mad, but I am definitely a fan:D Hobbits will release until late January in my place, it's a long wait, I will watch the two movie you recommend! ~Thanks!
ShadeOvWarlock Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wait, in book she dies, no?.. O_O
ok! Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!
Best holydays to you! )))
SharksDen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
A behind Happy New Year 2U2~ In the movie she did not die and was the only one saw "gods" came. I had watched the 3 movie, most by the guesswork. Hottabych 2006 and 1956, very slow rhythm although:) Completely different mental impressed the changing times, it is worth lamenting.
ShadeOvWarlock Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
eh... please, explain it a bit clearer
happy new year!!
SharksDen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh..wrong word >_< "Sigh","Touch" or "Feelings a lot", I can't find accurate word- -
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