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Parhelia (Commission) by The-Chronothaur Parhelia (Commission) by The-Chronothaur

Commission for :iconklikker: of the ex-Covenant freighter Parhelia from his fanfic Not All Who Wander (which is off to a really good start, BTW). Formerly owned by a wealthy Sangheili noble, it came into the possession of a Kig-Yar merchant during the fall of High Charity, and is shown here sitting in a civilian spaceport hangar somewhere in the ex-Covenant sphere.

Make sure to check out the full view for all the details. I got a bit carried away with the background, but that's all well and good; I'd almost forgotten how fun it is to just cut loose with detailed environments. Apart from the overall composition, I didn't really have any idea where I'd end up when I started.

This is one of those commissions that are just something totally different from what I usually do, kind of like this one about a year back. While I've dug myself a niche in drawing human stuff, I actually like working with the Covie aesthetic. I've also been wanting to do more Covenant locations for a while now, especially civilian ones where you can really get an idea of the day-to-day life of their civilization. You have the staple tech and aesthetic, but how does it look applied in a non-military setting without strict central regulation? We've seen High Charity, but mostly the fancy districts; this is a more "used" location, of which we've had only hints in the Halo 2 Anniversary terminals. It's a side of the Covenant I really wish we saw more of because it's that kind of places and characters that really make the universe feel more alive.

The ship is nearly 300 meters long, which makes the hangar huge and left me a lot of room to fill in the gaps. Apart from a couple of suggestions by the client, most of the details were improvised by me. I wanted to make the scene more colorful than we're maybe used to with the Covenant to show the variety of equipment and affiliations; the purple, blue and pink are still the dominant colors, but there's a lot outside that as well. I also wanted to show the location as something that's built up layers over decades, perhaps centuries of use, into something very chaotic and interesting. I could label all the little vignettes and easter eggs I've inserted to the scene, but I'll let people figure them out themselves.

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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner May 15, 2019
Oh my god I especially adore the non-combat Lekgolo forms in the background! Dude, you've absolutely captured what I wished we could've seen as a kid who adored the Covenant aesthetic and who's favorite levels in Halo were the ones that took place in Covenant ships/High Charity.
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:iconthe-chronothaur:
The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2019  Student Digital Artist
That's very good to hear. I really enjoyed working on all the details and due in no small part because I also liked Covenant settings and especially High Charity back in the day. It's cool to imagine how that architecture and look might translate to a more "lived-in" setting.
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2019
Yep. We really need to see more Covenant civilian life.
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner May 15, 2019
Beautiful!
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Delta52775 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2019
Very nice job.
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abdamit Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018
have you inventing all these vehicles yourself? sorry, but I just found your side and am - you could say - "blinded by your majesty, paralyzed, dumbstruck"... heh
so I'm unaware of anything. it seems to have been influenced by the C-9979 landing craft of the starwars universe to some minor extent, but that makes it only cooler!
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:iconthe-chronothaur:
The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! A lot of the vehicle designs in the picture are my work, though there's some canon ones thrown in like the Spirits and Phantoms.

Funnily enough, that landing craft wasn't really a consideration in the design process; instead the core idea was that of an upscaled Spirit dropship mixed with features of the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar.
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DemonicCriminal Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Loving the background and sense of depth in this one!
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MethusulaComics Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
wow.
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mudflapbadwolf Featured By Owner May 6, 2018
I just deleted a comment which took me literally 20 minutes to type out but to summarize this picture is phenomenal and it’s a crime there isn’t more world building done with the covenant, you are doing the lord’s work my friend.
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner May 5, 2018
Very nice. 
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:iconthe-chronothaur:
The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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RobertoDS Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018
very beautiful reminds me of Moebius :) (Smile) 
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:iconthe-chronothaur:
The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks -- Moebius' art was definitely in my mind while drawing this.
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cannonfodder14 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018
I have just read that story after it came into my email inbox and was very impressed. And to see that he has commissioned art-work is actually most impressive. None of the great writers I follow have done so.

I love this illustration. I have always found the Covenant to be a most interesting civilization and am disappointed how little it is explored in books and art-work. Walking through and seeing High Charity remastered was a sight to behold. To see this tickles my imagination. :D

I look forward to more of this should there be more. Great Stuff!!!
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:iconthe-chronothaur:
The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thank you. I agree that getting artwork for a fic one way or the other is probably a nice way to get more visibility and also visualize those ideas and scenes to people.

And there will likely be more where this came from. I have some ideas on illustrating both a couple of canon locations as well as some of those from my own fanon.
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Unikraken Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Insane and beautiful!
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:iconthe-chronothaur:
The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Galatteus Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
This is so amazing... I'm speechless...
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:iconthe-chronothaur:
The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Well I'm glad if I could impress! Thanks!
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AlessiaOfMankind3103 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing drawing!!!


Also, what are those grunts doing in the bottom-left corner? xD
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:iconthe-chronothaur:
The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :)

And you could say those two are putting the "meth" in the "methane".
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AlessiaOfMankind3103 Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not surprised with that answer... xDD

Also, no problem! x3
I grew up with the Halo series (mine first being Halo 2)...
Then again, I can recall that I was pretty young when I first played Halo...because I used to call Masterchief 'Halo'...I'm not kidding lol xD
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
cool one
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:iconthe-chronothaur:
The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner May 2, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks
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Khasdannyanlord Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
great design!
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The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Khasdannyanlord Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
the ship the space port the details all are awesome!
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TheCatagorizer Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
MMMmmmm yez
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Armageist Featured By Owner Edited Apr 29, 2018
That is an amazing amount of detail.  You can almost hear the buzz of the ships going by, the various types of music and chatter from the foreground aliens, the various scarab like walkers going about cargo transfers, the flashy holographic signs displaying their various ads or messages.

I love the use of the Spirit dropship design only upscaled on a grand-scale.  I'd love to see the front inner horseshoe to see just what that space is utilized for (the bottom is obviously a loading ramp, but the top is perhaps shielded dropship bays and/or luxury suites?

Also makes me curious what the arms or for since the distance is so vast between them for gravity propulsion. 

Nice touch with that Yanme'e on the bottom right.
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The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, it's really cool that you should mention that because that's what I was going for -- I wanted to inject as much life into the scene as possible to make it less of a static environment illustration and more of a snapshot of life in a location like this.
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Klikker Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
It absolutely is an amazing amount of detail. When Chronothaur asked me what I wanted for a background and I requested an old civilian hangar, I didn't expect anything like this. Needless to say, I am absolutely ecstatic with the final product.

Like you said, it's basically the Spirit dropship design on a grand scale. At that scale, things don't quite work the same. The field that the arms generate can hold cargo too large to fit in the cargo bay, but it's not very useful for propulsion. Fortunately, each of the arms mounts a long and slender engine with a ridiculous thrust-to-weight ratio. Ships of the Parhelia's class generally sport engines that would be considered overpowered for a ship twice their mass, and the Sangheili who commissioned the Parhelia wanted a little more oomph than that.
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AngelicLionheart Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Jaw dropped... literally [Bakemonogatari] 
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The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Haha, thank you!
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Klikker Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
This was me at just about every step of the process. From the first thumbnails of the Parhelia to the final pass over the hangar, his work kept blowing me away.
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Swatson3rd Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
I love this it has such 2000AD vibe to it
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The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, I can definitely see that. I love comic art with these kinds of hyper-detailed environments.
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LordArcheronVolistad Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that is quite the load of detail and development into a single piece. It really feels like something out of a center shot of a movie or a "Where's Waldo" page. The aesthetics and feel of the city\port really looks believable. One of your better pieces of an already amazing standard.
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The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! I've been wanting to make some environmental pieces for a while, and I really enjoyed drawing this so I plan on doing some more in a similar style.
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Ostarn Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice! I always love your take on Covenant aesthetic, and this really helps give a feel for the less militaristic side of life.

As for easter eggs, though I haven't spotted any other RP references, I found a very familiar-looking T'vaoan!
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The-Chronothaur Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! And that's good eye right there ;) (Wink) 
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