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Deviant Spotlight: Beyond Halo

Wed Jan 13, 2016, 12:23 PM
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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.”

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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.”

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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!”

LostDecay

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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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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FreedomSoull Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sided with warden
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StormAlchemist15 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Didn't even choose sides, went cheapo and picked both XD Beautiful art regardless, some of it looks like it was lifted straight from the artbook it's so good
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Beathyra Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Awsome
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bambinosonny Featured By Owner May 19, 2016   Artist
Amazing!
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0ZNE Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Student Filmographer
Good read
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Exxvus Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks amazing! :)
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FlowerCrownLover Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Nice!!
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MaverickMagmaDragoon Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Student General Artist
This looks incredible!
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tearingmermaid Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This so awesome I want to be a spartan
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brendaXD1 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool
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DavidC20Total Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
Amazing work!
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sertacayd Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
cool
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Yart Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
breakfast is ruined
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skullhead4554 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
Awesome! 
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Squeaverking Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
I feel bad for the guy who wanted to see Master Chief and Locke fight it out...
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Kislota666 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats soo cool
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XRyanKillaX808 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
Trying to get Helioskrill armor set .-. So hard
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XRyanKillaX808 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
Nice, love halo 5
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EvilEyedCrow Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome Love Love Love 
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VRos3buds Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
200!!
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ThePrinceOfTheNorth Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I, for one, have never played Halo 5. The single reason I want to? To see how badly 343 Industries has gone and f#*ked up the whole thing. I mean, Bungie.... you cannot deny the greatness of the original trilogy. I PLAYED Halo: Combat Evolved, not the Anniversary edition, the original Combat Evolved on Xbox. Halo 3 was one of the last great Halo games, especially in the field of design. Halo Wars brought a cool strategic twist to it all, and added some explanation to Harvest, as well as the timeline, but by Halo Reach, the designs had changed far, far too much, and some things once there were lost.

Halo 3 was, in my mind, the LAST great Halo game, and the crowing achievement of Bungie. 343 had thrown the series into a downward spiral.

1. You do NOT kill Cortana.
2. You do NOT bring in some 'Pretender' to the Chief's place in Halo fandom.
3. You do NOT replace Cortana.
4. You do NOT replace the Master Chief.

343 had the equivalent of the power of God when they were handed the Halo franchise, and from what I've seen, they've squandered that power.
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rongviet1995 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
I love halo, i love the novel, i love the game, bungie did a great job with halo

Now, we have 343

Their first halo game which is halo 4 is not that bad (the campaign that is, the multiplayer is just shit).

They "kill" Cortana, so what?. Yeah, sure, she's been with us since day 1, but so what?. Halo 4 is the first game in the halo series that make John feel more like human than a spartan and that's a good thing.

So yea, halo 4 have good campaign

After that we have MCC, which we all know multiplay is also broken

And now, Halo 5, it is shit, that we can all agree on

_ They hype the shit out of the fight between Locke and Chief, and all we got is one small fight scence and they all be buddy (i'm like dafuq)

_ Holy shit the campaign is short and repetitive (approximately 4 hours and you fight the same boss over and over, it's feel like Destiny vanila)

_ The blue team first time introduction into the game and yet, you feel nothing, there should be more interaction like they could casually talk about stuff in the novel like samuel, their first training, etc... Not just drop the blue team in and said they are family and assume everyone play halo read the novel

_ Hunt the Truth is awesome but it doesn't really connect with Halo 5 directly, it's more like a side story

_ The way they introduce the comeback of Cortana just seem rush to me, they could just delay her return to Halo 6 and let Chief saw her vision at the end of Halo 5 while focusing Halo 5 on Chief finding clue while Locke chasing them (did i mention you get to play as blue team for 3 mission out of 15).

And so many more (Not to mention they now have micro-transaction)

But the twist in Halo 5 is quite good actually, Cortana pick up the mantle instead of the human and want to "reset" the galaxy, so she can start over fron this chaotic mess (she's an AI, so yea, AI logic does not include common sense). But since they hype the shit about Locke and Chief, it make the twist become a bit meh

Now all we can do is hope they don't fuck up Halo Wars 2 or the franchies might as well running itself into the ground
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ThePrinceOfTheNorth Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never read any of the novels, though I have seen Forward Unto Dawn and Nightfall. Still.... when it comes to me, it's all about the Elites. Removing them period was 343's most monumental mistake. Tell me, have they rectified that, or is it still 'Halo for the Spartans' or whatever, because if it still is, that still doesn't fly with me.

MCC?

Well, they removed Firefight in Halo 4. Enough said.

You do not do a rush job. Bungie never did a rush job. First time I played Halo: Combat Evolved, I fell in love with the game and, in time, the franchise.... under Bungie.

To be honest, I don't particularly like the way 343 went with Halo 4. Making Chief 'more human' kinda defeats the original purpose of Master Chief. He was the ideal hero, whose face you never, ever saw, so it made it easy for one to imagine they WERE the Chief. THAT was how one related to him. You don't make a super-soldier, who was bred FOR war, 'more human.' It just seems like working in the wrong direction.

And making Cortana a villain.... sorry, but I'm allergic to BS. I mean, come the f*#k on? Why would you do that?!?
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rongviet1995 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
MCC =  Master Chief Collection

Well, that's why i said Halo 4 multiplayer is shet

And yeah, they did rush Halo 5 with the campaign story (4 hours, gg)

Also, whether you or i think the direction they are making for Chief and Cortana is good or bad, it's pretty much a taste preference.

I don't see any problem with making Chief more human and Cortana logic to reset the world (cause fck the human common sense), you might, and that's probably just a matter of taste.

Still, the execution on Halo 5 is just a bunch of shit storm and we can agree on that (if anyone defense their split screen removal and micro-transaction added, i'mma lost my shet)

But in the end, we still have to wait for 343 next game to see if they gonna fck it up even more or they gonna make it right

(As far as my opinion, the only thing 343 did right is Hunt the Truth and the multiplayer minus the requisition card)
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ColourCallup Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
True Story. 
I played every HALO up to 5
4 & 5 play more like Crysis and The Story telling is way below the original Trylogy
One may argue about alot but you where able to just play any HALO and you understood everything but HALO 5 is a single plothole if you dont know ALL the lore
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ThePrinceOfTheNorth Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed.

I've played Crysis 2 and 3. It's an okay series.

For me, one of the biggest things is how the characters look. How they're designed. The design changed too much from Halo 3 to Halo Wars (my favorite elites are the Halo 3 ones). And Halo 3 to Halo 4? How did the MC's armor change so drastically? I don't want excuses, because there ARE none. It just makes no sense. The original design was iconic. Now? It's barely a shadow of that iconic original helmet.

Really? I didn't know that, seeing as I've yet to play it. Thank you for informing me of this.
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RheimaruBoado Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I thought cortana just got tantrum issues (rampant). Dayum son, I gotta replay the whole thing over again, I'm gonna go with the lucky guy mister-117 on this one, but the dude's been negligent, so I feel split If I'm gonna go full-Locke on this one.
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DinoGirl121 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
So much awesomeness!! ;p
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alviniscute Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
accidentally clicked on the ad... great :P
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Edjiren Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
wow
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SatHun Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nuu Clap Clap 
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demongal109 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Student Artist
awesome
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Oshikaru-Sensei Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Halo 5 would be a lot more interesting if it wasn't Halo 5.
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Professor-Heavy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Halo 5 would be a lot more interesting if they replaced the Spartans with cats.
It'd make the fight scene a whole lot more realistic.
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KuroOokamiYokai Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Student Filmographer
You know I cant disagree with that.
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HoudanMush Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
they should feature this comment
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dkmp13 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How is my portrait of Master chief on Locke's side?
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JebusMedia Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
This work is awesome Great art
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Sonicfanx1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
How do I save this?
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JensCurtius Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
u never heared of taking a screenshot with for example snipping tool or what so eva
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Sonicfanx1 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
I would have preferred saving the entire gallery.  I didn't see the "favorite" button, but after GAMEBOY-COLOUR replied, I double checked and found it.
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GAMEBOY-COLOUR Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
Just add it to your favourites like any other normal deviation.
Or even save the entire webpage to your browser/computer if you like. lol
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Unkownbrony52 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
great art for an awesome game. love it.
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ArianeTorelli Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
hey my drawing is the banner for locke =D yay xD 
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DarkWolfElite Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student Writer
Neither side wins. The Arbiter wins all.
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Giraoilga Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
True. Very true.
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Wolfgirl11928 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
MASTER CHEIF FOR THE WIN! I HATE LOCKE (sorry locke fans) I SWEAR IF HE DIES IM GONNA BE SO MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALSO who likes the original Halos? as in my favorite is Halo 2 <3 ALSO ARBITOR AND MASTER CHEIF TEAMMMMMMM ;-;
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JustinJKu Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Nice to see a showcase of different pieces :D 
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