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The Boss and Big Boss: Pieta by DJCoulz The Boss and Big Boss: Pieta by DJCoulz
The Boss and Big Boss (Naked Snake) from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, posed after Michelangelo's Pieta.


(Possible spoilers) [Just Finished MGS4, Amazing. Brilliant games.]
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This picture has been a long time comming. I've always loved the Metal Gear games, infact I think they are the best games created. And Metal Gear Solid 3 is definitely my favorite. The story is just marvelous and the most romantic of all of them.

Just the idea of this infamous war hero, who is though as nails, And the Manliest man EVER, but still has this boyishness to him. Alot of brawn, a little brain, and a whole lot of heart, it's just not as easy to see.

Just the idea that the whole Metal Gear series was caused by pretty much one woman, and the love and admiration people had for her, The Boss. I just adore the relationship Boss and Big Boss shared. She was his mentor and he admired her like a mother, and also yearned for her like a lover. It's such a beautiful and complicated mix that proves to be strengths and weaknesses to both of them. And it's my favorite part of the Metal Gear series.

So, while playing MGS4, and hearing more about Big Boss, after hearing them refer to Big Boss as a "Messiah" type character, it made me think of this picture. I dunno exactly what meaning I'm trying to show in this picture. Specially since it's imaging has nothing to do with the facts of the story.

I sapose it's showing The Boss as the Mother of this whole story, and Big boss as the sort of young hero and both of their sacrifice and how deep their relationship is. I also gave Snake his wound to show the idea of The Boss being the one who owned his heart and really has control over him. And the idea of sorrow, but necessity in either of their deaths, if it had to come to that.


I guess I was just looking to do an epic picture, and who better to rip off than Michelangelo, specially such a sculpture as his Pieta (Jesus and Mary) Original Sculpture: [link]

This took me so long, it's probably my most extensive 2D piece. I'm quite proud of it I must say.

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:iconshonenjump3000:
ShonenJUMP3000 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Awesome :D (Big Grin) 
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naked-snakes-box Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
This looks so beautiful and emotional 
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jairo1995 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Nice artwork man keep up the good work :)
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SemiGeek Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
"Time Paradox!" LOL This is interesting alternate history in the MGS universe. Can you Imagine "The Boss" in the other Metal Gear games? MGSV in particular! That'd be interesting.
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pioko87 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
......i have no words to say,Masterpiece  BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!  
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HEYYEYEYEA Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Clap Waaaah! 
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SNAD10 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
My sweet fucking christ... ;-;
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Sondrethearcher Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
John (a.k.a Naked Snake/Big Boss) never saw The Boss as a lover. It... went deeper than that. They lived and died together as one being for 10 years (prior to MGS3). He even states half of him belongs to her in MGS3.
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FrankieBello Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I like it very much!
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bigbossisawsome Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
awwwww soooo awsome
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EscargotLuverz Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
/Dang/ right in the heart.
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GohanLSSJ2 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Ah, the memories...
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VLaszlo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
ahhhh f%c my heart :( i love it 
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SocQA Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Wonderful and touching picture. And it's very interesting to read your thoughts about the scene. You thought that trough very thoroughly.

And the MGS series is definitely one of the best series I've played so far. A complex and interesting story with unique characters like Solid Snake, Big Boss or The Boss. Everyone with their own ideals to fight for what they believe is right.

A great artwork. Thank you for sharing this with us!
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Beautiful and trgic pic...
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simplyyellow Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!
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maskedlion3 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That does look very execellent artwork of naked snake and the boss.
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NarakuNoDragon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just finished playing the game again and now that I have seen this it has just made my day!
I love how emotional the piece is and how it explains the relationship of the Boss and Big boss.
You my friend are a legend for this.
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halonut117 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I commented on this before but after reading MGS: project Itoh, this picture has a whole new meaning for me. and its still awesome
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vesoliyrodger183 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I adore them!!! I don't know but I find this relationship so touching!!!
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Lightning-Harmony Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Perfection doesnt describe this drawing fully. This is beyond perfect really.
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NayukoDemon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! I really admire this two ^-^
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xENDLESSGRAVITYx Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist
MGS COLLECTION HD :D

SNAKE COME BACK! xD
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jazzknh Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
To say this is masterful really doesn't cut it.
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DJCoulz Featured By Owner May 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Well thank you, I really appreciate that. :3
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GRIFFINOFNUKES Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I honestly thought that The Boss and Naked Snake both loved each other in a romantic way a long time ago. I like that image better than the image of Snake and EVA being together...
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DJCoulz Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Me too.
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GRIFFINOFNUKES Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I just saw a bit of Peacewalker, and I heard snake referencing to The Boss saying "I killer her... My beloved... With my own hands..."
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Sondrethearcher Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
He shot her in the face with her own gun. In the end of MGS3. Her death by his hands... It was his mission and he completed it. "One must die, and one must live. No victory, no defeat. It is our destiny..." The Boss said this to him approximately 15 minutes prior to her death.
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GRIFFINOFNUKES Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
At least some one agrees.
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gnade82 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job! I love the MGS series and this is excellent portrait of the final scene in MGS 3. One of the best things I like about this picture is the representations of the White Clematis flowers!
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Sondrethearcher Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
It is an excellent portrait of the final scene. Except The Boss was the one who died. *sheds tear*
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gnade82 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Im sure I died fighting boss on hard so that was my ending lol. but great story I'm hoping MGS5 is going to be great
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Sondrethearcher Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Ah lol. I forgot to consider that Big Boss isnt immortal :P
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Krizy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
I also adore The Boss and Big Boss along with their complex and deep connection/relationship. Her story and connection to Naked Snake was the main element that attracted me to MGS3 in the first place (and eventually Peace Walker too, even though I'm a fan of the MGS series in general).

Very nice work there, and well said with your description <3
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halonut117 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i just finished MGS 3 today for the first time and I was left wanting more.

also, this is a brilliant picture, my friend
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DJCoulz Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks man!
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jb-online Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you on every level - MGS4 was a masterpiece technically but MGS3 had the best story. I can't believe I never made that connection between the Boss and Mary or Naked Snake and Jesus, but you totally nailed the comparison. The concept by itself is awesome, but then you completed the idea and made your concept a beautiful piece of digital art. Even the setting is epic and actually flows with a possible path of the story (had the Boss defeated Snake). Big congrats to you for making this amazing piece - it is one of the best I have ever seen on this site!
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DJCoulz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011   Digital Artist
Ah thanks man, I'm glad everyone likes it! Definitely wanted a good tribute for my favorite game.
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SumiNade Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Epic photo for an epic couple!!
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QTHorror Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student General Artist
This is an amazing picture and in your description I loved how you explained their relationship.
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RomAttack Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
WHOAA!!! really great!!! ;D
Thanks for the :llama: ^^
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snowtool Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
I second you in thinking MGS is the greatest game series in the world. haha It will always be my most cherished memory of the video game world. And MGS3 took the cake. It was nothing short of gorgeous in both, story-line and playability.
MY best friend Jay and I both got and beat the game around the same amount of time. He called me up over the phone after the credits rolled to ask If I saluted her too at the end of the game. To which I responded "yes." We both bawled our eyes out and we both saluted at the credits. *tear* This is a beautiful piece. I love it and it totally rips my heart out at the same time.
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DJCoulz Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011   Digital Artist
I totally agree, they are amazing games. The third one is just fantastic in every way!
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Night-Glider Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
I'm INLOVE with this piece! excellent job!!
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DJCoulz Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad to hear you like it!
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TheJoy-MGS Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my gosh why haven't I see that sooner?
This is definitely one of the most epic, emotional and perfect portasyed character picture of MGS3.
Amazing art.
I have no words for this because it's more than stunning.I'd love to add this to my The Boss-group if you don't mind.
I'd love to support your art getting more attention.
Really, it's awesome!
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DJCoulz Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011   Digital Artist
I'm so glad you like it!
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Stripesandangelwings Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. I'm quite impressed with what you used as a model. Pieta is a beautiful art work, and this is too.
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All-to-ashes Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
A very moving piece. This is wonderful, both in art technique, and the ideas behind it. this isnt just a fan tribute, You've really hit on the underlying emotions of the game, and I commend you for it.
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