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PAX 2010 Bungie fan art by TDSpiral PAX 2010 Bungie fan art by TDSpiral
Well, now that PAX Prime 2010 has been over for about two months now, I've decided to post this.


Here's the little story to go along with this:

The two guys in the image are Marcus Lehto and Joe Tung. Basically the two figureheads at Bungie for the development of Halo: Reach (aka the guys who were running the NobleActual blog). Before Joe Tung or the Engineer were even thought of, it was just Marcus Lehto as Sgt. Pete Stacker. In the Halo trilogy, Sgt. Stacker was an NPC that was modeled after Lehto. I thought it'd be cool if I made it a little bit realistic looking. Skip forward two weeks later and the illustration is complete. Boring, boring summer.

Hey, wait a sec! PAX is coming up, I'm going, Bungie's going. Surely Marcus and Joe will be there!

It's a late September night for me, my brother is spending the night so he can take all three of us in the morning. I'm nervous in making all the preparations to try and meet the people I knew from the Halo-community. And I've got this baby framed, ready to give to Marcus and Joe.

The morning is harsh. I only got four hours of sleep, and I had a long day ahead of me. My brothers and I got there pretty easily, with little problems. So I'm going into the Convention Center with this thing under my arms, waiting for the first of two Halo panels in that day.

To cut this story short, I ended up giving this to Sandbox Desginer, Sage Merril at the end of the second Halo panel. Marcus left the room before I could get up to the front. I was so discouraged that I didn't get to meet Marcus or Joe that I left straight afterwards.

According to a guy I know from halo.bungie.org (kanbo), some of the Bungie people were actually trying to find me. Also, thanks to it being the future, a guy in Australia (Hedgemony) noticed on Twitter that Environment Artist Jason Sussman thought it was "truly epic". All of this was happening while I was lost in the Parking Garage. Fuck.

The moral of the story is to go to bed on time (as I post this image at 3 am). If you're tired, then you'll probably lack the confidence you need to kick ass and take names during the day.
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Was at PAX 2010, it was awesome. 
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emprahsque23 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Maybe all the huragok should live with the humans and help advance their technology
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The-Orical-of-Halo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Epic picture. Now, who could they be staring at...
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Katamariguy Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Guess what? He's back in Halo 4!
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Emile-239 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
good work :) it's SGT. stacker in the foreground ?
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MudslingerArtist Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Let me guess who is in the picture: dubbo (aussie marine from the series), staker, and virgil

pretty good artwork
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xXxSp4rtyxXx Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student General Artist
iDIG
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TDSpiral Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'M GLAD YOU DIG.
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xXxSp4rtyxXx Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm too! :lol:
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HELLGATEMARINE Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Crazyyyyyyyy!!, great colors and details
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:icontdspiral:
TDSpiral Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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HELLGATEMARINE Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
np
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LateNightBandicoot Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Coolness. Thats one of the guys that you can set as your firefight voice in reach.
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TDSpiral Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, kinda. Except in Reach, he doesn't look anything like Marcus Lehto.
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AmanndaSierra Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Student General Artist
SOOO WONDER!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:icontdspiral:
TDSpiral Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :)

... I think? lol
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SquiGGGly Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
You've come a long way in your artwork. When I saw a couple of your drawings featured on HBO I was kinda like "ehhhh" (even though I most likely couldn't do any better). Now you've got your artwork in thousands of copies of Halo Evolutions and you're making astounding renderings of Bungie employees on Halo characters.

You are one of the things that makes inspiration happen in aspiring young artists like me. Keep up the good work.
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TDSpiral Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, that means a lot :)
Heh, my old stuff is pretty bad, huh?
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SquiGGGly Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
I wouldn't say bad, just a little messy, but nowadays it's nice and clean, on par with Leviathan's work.
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Zombie-Cakes Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The detail is simply awesome in this piece, and you never cease to amaze.

And like said above, your art is simply astounding and I wouldn't doubt that Bungie wouldn't try to get a hold of you again. I hope only the best...you and your work deserve it
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TDSpiral Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow, thank you so much :)
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Shotgunchief Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Wow, looks fantastic! Really sucks about not getting to meet them, but at least it seems it was appreciated.
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TDSpiral Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I think that "truly epic" comment from Jason Sussman was enough for me.
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Kaito07 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Heh, silly story. Don't worry, with your great work, one of these days you'll get to meet the leads! c:
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TDSpiral Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :)
Too bad I won't get to meet them when they're representing Halo though.
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Kaito07 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Indeed :/ I wonder what their next project is..
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