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Today is your final exam by rubendevela Today is your final exam by rubendevela
"Remember, the enemy gate is down."

Production notes: A pic I did based on the novel "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card written in the late seventies that may have influenced a LOT of anime imagery. The officers in the background are Rackham, Graff, and Anderson. The fourth is a space-filling extra.

As for the starships, I made sure they didn't fall victim to the 2d thinking of most sf ship design, like in Star Wars, etc. where they have all the guns and interesting things on one side of the craft, like a naval vessel! It makes no sense. So, the Hive Queen fleet ships are symmetrical on 6 sides, and the IF ships are symmetrical on 4 sides. They only have a front and a back, not a "deck" and a "hull".

The hero is supposed to be 11. My sister works with kids and assures me that this is what an eleven year old kid with military training would look like.

Edit: uploaded the original version with the smaller head that my sister likes. I hope he passes for an 11 year old...
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An intense and vividly detailed illustration inspired by the novel "Ender's Game", Today is your final exam by ~rubendevela definitely deserves a closer look. ( Featured by MPsai )
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KateStroh90 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   General Artist
He passes as a kid... Thanks for drawing this. It really shows the stress of the simulations Ender had to deal with, plus the end test was a mind screw for him...Poor Ender. You really captured the essence of what they did to him, and the struggle against the Buggers.
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dew-blossom Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
most amazing thing ever!
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mast3rlinkx1 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an amazing depiction of Ender towards the end of the book.  Can't wait for the movie releasing on Friday!
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JillyFoo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That would make a great cover for the book.
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shizonek Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome. Great depiction of Ender. o_O
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minime41191 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
This is incredible, wow!
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bbtomahawk12 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
looks like gundam
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ShadowRiffe Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seriously wonderful. If only we could get a whole show like this. 2 hours cannot do the story justice.
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Umiko-Hitara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This portrays the scene perfectly. I don't really remember him crying, but it's a nice touch. I love the ships designs. I think your idea was great. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense for alien ships to have the same design as our ships at home. This is a fantastic rendition of the most important part of a great novel.

Gahh! This picture makes me want to go back and read it again, but I don't own the book! *faints*
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TimberlineWolf Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student General Artist
is left speechless at awesomeness about awesomeness that noone else i know knows about!!!!!
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