Shai – Hulud

Giant sandworm from Frank Herbert’s DUNE.
In Arabic, the name can be split into Shai (thing) and Hulud (eternal or eternity). It alludes to the Fremen belief that the sandworm is a physical embodiment of the One God that created and governs the universe.

I find it easier to model with clay, and than transfer it to the computer for 3D modeling. In the end clay model turn out to be just what I had in mind, so I abandoned 3D, and made it a collage/photoshop peace. It was not my intention to make just another Dune sandworm, so I changed it completely. That day I found a Stag Beetle in my back jard. That’s how sandworms head was created. At the end I placed entire scene on Mars. I rememberd seing pictures of giant hole on Mars, and of something that looked like giant Mars worms. Mars became my Arrakis.

BIG thanks, and credit, goes to NASA Rover for making such stunning pictures of Mars, and sending them back to our home planet.

The Litany Against Fear incantation

Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past me, I will turn to see fear’s path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.