This here is a redraw of the picture 'Art Trade-Ben Walker and Thomas Bailey', a revision of my side of an ongoing art trade with Archangel470
. While I had said in the description for that image that I was happy with it...I really wasn't. The more I looked at the image, the more I decided that I didn't like the result. I had grown impatient, rushed the final drawing, the colouring, and it shows. Proportions are all over the place, colour is sketchy and weird, Bailey's face is not quite as it should be.
I decided that I could do better...I had to do better. I didn't want this to be the drawing I put up when I could draw something more...I wanted to make something that looked cool, even if it took me ages to do it. And so, the long labour began...
I started by drawing out a head study for my Original Character, figuring out what he looked like properly. After drawing the first head, I realised that his face was too narrow, and decided to reshape it and proportion it better. I also looked up pictures of beards so that I could try to draw his-I am overall proud with how it turned out.
The next stage was to draw his armour concept. I had decided to change his armour from the Gen2 Mk V to a mix between the Centurion-Class Mjolnir, as worn by Fred-104 in Halo 5 (one of the good armours it had), the MK VI Gen 2 (for the forearms and legs), and the Reach Era MK V (for the right shoulder-a security shoulder with a Khukri). I also decided I wanted him to have ammunition pouches on his waist like the MK V in Combat Evolved.
Next, I drew out the skeleton of the poses on the paper. I realised that I wanted to change Bailey's pose a little, so I raised his hand an had him pointing at the holotable. I used a ruler to lay out the room, and brought the door significantly closer. Then...the pain began.
Let me put it simply: Getting the proportions right on Bailey and his Centurion Chestplate was an absolute NIGHTMARE. I lost count of how many times I would sketch it in and then have to rub it out, or how many times I looked at pictures of Fred from Halo 5 to see what it looked like...in the end, I did it. It was so worth it.
I also decided to change the single generic character behind the door into two characters, both peering in at the scene. One is another OC...the other...is not my character. I'll get to her in a second.
After I had finally inked in everyone, I decided to use different shades of blue for the Holotable to give the idea of a holographc display in a better and more natural way. Finally, I figured out the Fireteam Luna colour scheme for Thomas and the two others-Silver (using slate grey crayola pencil) and light blue. At last, after over a week of drawing, doodling, and rubbing out, I had finished it.
It was worth every second. I had so much fun adding in a few details here and there, figuring out the gestures and expressions...heck, when I finally got Bailey's armour right I felt great. I am incredibly proud with how this turned out.
Now, to explain what's actually going on in the picture!
Spartan Benjamin Walker is talking to Thomas Bailey about armour and ship design...at least that is how it starts. It rapidly moves on to a talk about books, film, life, food and boiled eggs with soldiers. And tea. They both want a cup of tea. Earl Grey please, it's been ages.
Peeking around behind the door are the other two members of Fireteam Luna. The blonde man on the left is Luke Adams, the fireteam's all-rounder and hothead, wondering what the heck these two are on about. On the right hand side is Spartan Raine Silverlock, who is my favourite character from the Webcomic Twokinds. In December 2018, the author of this Webcomic Twokinds
Thomas Fischbach picked my suggestion for a sketch, which involved Raine being drawn in Halo armour, with another character (known colloquially as [Database Error] or 'Red', due to red hair and no-one remembering his name) as an AI, similar to the Master Chief and Cortana. The sketch was subsequently coloured and posted on Deviantart as well as Patreon. After this, I decided to make a fireteam for Raine to be a part of-and thus I drew a rough character draft for Thomas Bailey. By June, I had a decent idea as to his personality, and felt that I could draw him, and I subsequently decided to try include Raine in the picture.
I was very nervous when drawing her in, as Mr Fischbach is a very-talented artist, and I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to do her justice. I felt absolutely euphoric when I was not only able to get her face, but also her 'freakishly long hair' just about right. It is one of the reasons I love this picture so much.
So, to wrap up, I want to say a few than yous. Thank you Archangel470
for accepting my request of an art trade. A huge shout out to him-his SFM artwork is incredible, and his spartan Benjamin goes on all of these crazy adventures with his friends OCs. I hope to become part of that community soon...
Another thank you to Thomas Fischbach Twokinds
, for sketching Halo Raine all those months ago and inspiring me to doodle again with Halo-he is a major factor into why I took up drawing my once-a-week in January onwards, and my revitalized interest in art.
And also a big thank you to CatOfWhispers
, with whom I have had many conversations concerning my OC and hers, Samuel, and who helped me to build up my character by giving me someone for him to react to, forcing me to build up his persona. I will be making a nice character sheet thanks to them.
Raine Silverlock belongs to Thomas Fischbach (Twokinds
All Halo content belongs to Microsoft and 343 Industries.
Thomas Bailey and Luke Adams belong to me.