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Red Dead Redemption - Marston

By hel999
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Edit 07-04-10: I worked on this a little bit more...

Did I already mention that Red Dead Redemption is the BEST GAME EVAR??? Hmmm.. yes I did. But let me repeat: RDR is the best! And John Marston is so... :blush: After playing it I wanted to paint him in a a serene moment in front of his farm. If you finished the game you will probably know why.

And now I am once again too eager to upload it now and too lazy to do the final tweaks before - there is quite some room for improvement I think. But it might also be a good thing to wait for your comments first and then fix everything at once.
Again I saved some of my precious lifetime and patience by using textures from cgtextures.com on the clothes. And I photographed my bf smoking a cigarette for the mouth reference (well I had a crappy photo of Marston in that pose i took with my cam from the tv but the mouth was somehow too blurred to see anything) - and while painting the cigarette I thought - fuck it, I'll just take that tip of the cigarette from the photo and paste it into the whole thing because I cannot draw it convincingly enough:) Don't hang me for doing that;) Then something else: The bandolier made me go crazy - I couldn't find any proper reference for the pattern on it. Now I kind of improvised... but if somebody finds me a good reference I'll be glad if you can link me to it.

Red Dead Redemption and John Marston belong to Rockstar Games. I hope they tolerate my interpretation:)

I will give you a big file for download and print at home once I'm satisfied with it and I call it finished. My watchers will be notified when it's up.

:bulletred: WARNING: :bulletred:

:bulletred: SPOILERS IN COMENTS AHEAD! :bulletred:

IF YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED THE GAME YET PLEASE DO NOT READ PEOPLE'S COMMENTS!!! I do not want to hide comments that contain spoilers - so I rather warn you at this point:)
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Your pic is amazing!
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So amazing <3...
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Great work! :) 
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This is the best realistic drawing of John I have came across. You are the only one or few who as captured his image perfectly.He looks like he does in the game and I love that.  Great Work
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Red Dead Redemption is the best game I have ever played and John is one of the most amazing characters I've ever encountered. This piece is absolutely amazing! There's so much color and life! 
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Red Dead Redemption is one of my fave games, it's true: it is the best game ever! John's also my most favourite character in gaming ever, he reminds me of my dad :D Nice portrait you made of him :)
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WHOA..... This is AMAZING!!!
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And even after all those 5 years, for me personally, it's the most enjoyable sandbox game which made me wanna 100% the game every time I launched a new game.
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DAMN this is just amazing and I feel as if it really portrays John and the setting he lived in great job! :)
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WinterCabin General Artist
Absolutely stunning! I LOVE this game! Completed the story mode :D And can play it online or private for hours! :D
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I kinda sorta refuse to play the end. I don't want to lose John!
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you probably don't do commissions but... I do not have money or points... but can you try and do the four horses of the apocalypse? from the undead nightmare... you can say no I don't mind
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dazombiekilaHobbyist Photographer
This is good!

 I almost cried when John got shot!

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Outlaw to the End! I was so damn happy his son is his living legacy and finished unsettled business. John lives on through his son man I hope they make another.
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HbombaStudent Digital Artist
The ending is really sad tho.
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Wow this really good
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NatakiroHobbyist General Artist
Excellent job on this! It's so amazing. I love the details, especially his expression. After I did the final chapter for him, I cried! One of the best games I have ever played. I play it all the time. Back to your phenomenal artwork, I also really like how you did the background. It's marvelous. :thumbsup:
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I come back to this picture every once in awhile. Brilliant.
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Love it!! Absolutely love it! 
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I love this screenshot!
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Finally! A pic of John Marston that shows his softer and kinder side! All the artwork I've seen just make him look like a cold-blooded badass (which he kinda is, too), but here he actually looks like a family-man. Well done!
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