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Deviant Spotlight: Beyond Halo

Wed Jan 13, 2016, 12:23 PM
Discover the techniques used in these four artworks as the artists behind them share their processes and the thoughts that drove their work.






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Discover the techniques used in these four artworks as the artists behind them share their processes and the thoughts that drove their work.




Andrew Gibbons

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How did you create your piece of work?

I started in Photoshop with some super loose sketching just trying to place Locke and what was going to be duel wielded Needlers. From there I chucked in some values to get rid of the flatness of the white and then threw on some colour.

For this piece I worked mostly on one layer making a 2nd layer when I approached something I wasn’t sure about and collapsing down when it looked ok. I worked this way for the whole piece just adding and subtracting detail to best show the parts I wanted to be seen most.. the face! I ended up going with a single gun for more a dramatic lighting of Locke’s face.

Andrew-Gibbons

Do you have a specific meaning or imagery behind your piece? If so, can you explain it?

“I wanted the piece to be dark, hunting down members of your own faction is a bit of a dark thing and the Needler looks like a ‘hunters’ kind of gun, all spikey and primal looking it just felt like a good fit.

This gun is my favourite design from the Halo series and gave me a good way to keep the light on Lock’s expression. There’s countless starring down a gun images for halo but I tried to do it a bit different and I like the mood I ended up with.”

Andrew-Gibbons

What are you most excited about in the new game?

“I’m most interested in the campaign, Locke vs Master Chief looks like it has potential to be interesting and the world looks pretty great from what I have seen.”

Andrew-Gibbons

Dylan Beazley

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How did you create your piece of work?

“I created my art in photoshop and with a tablet. Pretty standard. I have linked a Youtube video process if you want to check that out.”

DJBshadow

My meaning behind my art.

“I wanted Cortana and John to be the center of the piece and show blue team would always have John's back because they are pretty much family. All while John is trying to get to Cortana. I wanted John to look Lifeless,distraught and at loss of words.

He was in a situation where he lost someone close to him and is chasing ghosts. I wanted Cortana struggling with her decisions and being super emotional in the background, for reasons I can't say (spoilers)

If you are a big fan of Halo you probably would have noticed Cortana's chip in the center and in that blue teams symbol. Anther little sign that all together they are blue team, a team of 5. I also got all blue teams numbers on the chest in brail for those little details!”

DJBshadow

Do you have a favorite Halo Character? If so, who is it and why?

“Hmmm I am going to be cheap and put John and Cortana as one body. I feel they contrast each other perfectly. I like that through every halo you are the Master Chief and Cortana has always been by your side. John has only just recently been opening up a little and Cortana is becoming a little more closed. The character development is my favorite thing in the Halo games.”

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Kate McGlew

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How did you create your piece of work?

Master Chief has a wire support skeleton which is fully posable, this allowed me to find his centre of balance which allows him to stand happily on his own. A heap of hot glue helped to hold the wire skeleton together and create a wide and stable base for his feet.

His wire skeleton is surrounded by stuffing and soft minky fabric to build up the shape of his body. His body base is just a plain grey minky, which looked quite average until the armour pieces started to come together. All green and gold parts were hand patterned, computer digitized and machine embroidered, and then attached to the body by hand.

There were 13 different embroidery designs and a total of 19 individual pieces of embroidery that came together to make up Master Chief's armour.

SnuggleFactory

What made you want to participate?

“Because it was a contest for Halo, It's a game my partner and I love, and we've played through the games together. I'd never made a humanoid plush before, but I thought this would be a great opportunity to try.”

SnuggleFactory

What am I most excited about for the new game?

“Finding out why Locke is hunting Master Chief, and also to find out of they can save Cortana from rampancy!”

SnuggleFactory

Who is my favourite character and why?

“This is a tough choice between Master Chief and Cortana, but I would have to say Master Chief, due to his strong sense of loyalty, plus he doesn't make a girl a promise he can't keep.”

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Scott Jackson

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Do you have a favorite Halo Character? If so, who is it and why?

“Master Chief. He's a bad-ass in armour who charges through a mission and gets it done!”

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How did you create your piece of work?

“In Corel Painter, I used a chalk brush and started a handful of sketches. I settled on the sketch with the Chief facing his back to the camera and started blocking in more detail with a simple colour pallet in mind.”

LostDecay

Do you have a specific meaning or imagery behind your piece? If so, can you explain it?

“Yes. He has the empty AI chip in his hand and a MA5 in another. The empty chip he carries with him on a chain like a dog-tag symbolizing the loss of Cortana, and the rifle he still holds resembling the duty he still carries out despite his loss.

In addition, in the distance is a Halo ring displayed between some forerunner towers, giving the impression the Chief has a Halo above his head, an angel, a guardian for Humanity.”

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