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Spartan in AotCR by ZZoMBiEXIII Spartan in AotCR by ZZoMBiEXIII
Recently a HBO community member organized a little charity drive for Bunge Day. In benefit of the Brian Morden Foundation. Those close to Halo or the HBO community may or may not be aware of it's link with Bungie, but that is a longer tale than I can recount here. The point is, I volunteered to do original art for 3 people who made donations of a certain amount. This is the second of the three.

The winner of the prize got to decide exactly what I'd draw for them. Usually I get asked to do things like draw someone's armor or draw someone a picture of their favorite Halo or RvB scenes. Of course I rarely take requests, but for the benefit of a charity I believe in and want to help out, I'm happy to pitch in.

The winner of this one was specific in wanting his Reach spartan model to be in the Attack on the Control Room level and to be carrying a Magnum. Both of which are also personal favorites of mine, so this was another fun piece to make. :)
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lazyartist201 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahhh! D:, wtf did you do?!?! they only were a group of traveling salesmen! (nice drawing :) )
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kashirarosea Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:D
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MinorElite Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
poor sangheili and grunts who is dead in the back ground..
bad human! bad! x3
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dingbat47 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice, I the detail looks great! :D
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razgriz12991 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Random needler...
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JayEDJ Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!
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charizardag Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
sweet work as always
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Zerofang922 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
my new favorite campaign armor
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mastereaper Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very overjoyed to see more work from you :D
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shred54 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
You are AWESOME. Could you do a group picture for my group? Nazi Zombies? But not specific. Just related to Nazi Zombies.
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ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the compliment.

I'm not taking commissions at this time so I'm afraid I won't be able to help you with your group picture right now. Sorry.
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shred54 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
It's alright :D Keep up the good work!
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AhstTraotee Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nice...that poor Ghost.

I don't know, I just like Ghosts. I feel sorry for them when they explode. xD
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ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, it's always sad when a Ghost gets busted. (Pun VERY intended)
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AhstTraotee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
YES! *high-five* Most of my friends would strangle you for that pun, but I've survived both One One Se7en and AHCS, so I find a strange, almost sadistic glee in bad puns.
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ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The "Groanier" the better. :D
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AhstTraotee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Heck yes!

btw, recently started a comic that's a little more up your alley (strictly Halo characters from me and my friends, and your favorite Grunt Deacon is in there too!), just thought I'd let you know if you wanted to check the first few strips out.
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TheShadowStone Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Jesus, I'm IMPRESSED.
The armor, the shading....the dead elite with his face in the snow....
You're a Halo drawing GOD.
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ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. It was really fun to draw some Halo stuff for a change. I've been under contract and doing other things for quite a while now so it was a nice break to revisit an old favorite.
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LuvyKissy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
cool :la:
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ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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LuvyKissy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
no prob :dummy:
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LateNightBandicoot Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the carnage in the background. Also, impresive work on the Reach armor. Very realistic.
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:iconzzombiexiii:
ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Both were really fun to make.
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LateNightBandicoot Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can believe that.
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Firerwolf Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It looks awesome. The background alone looks fantastic.
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ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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pshbling Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
The Spartan truly stands out as greatness, fantastic job my friend.
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ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DudeIsOnFire Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:iconawesomefaceplz:
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niriall Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student General Artist
I am very jealous of your skill at drawing backgrounds. I do a lot of RVB fanart as well but backgrounds are really difficult...
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ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that's me as well. Love making the characters, get bored doing scenery. It's always a challenge if I'm being honest. Of course it's a bit easier to make backgrounds based on something fun like Halo. :)
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niriall Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Do you have a tip for making it more realistic without taking forever?
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ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like you're off to a pretty solid start based on the things you've posted here. As for backgrounds, what I did was approach them from a completely different point of view. Where I take a solid illustration and line art approach with characters, with backgrounds I use more painterly techniques. There are loads of tutorials for painting scenery on YouTube and watching another artists techniques is a great way to learn. I'd definately start with a few of them when you have the time.

Beyond that it's just a matter of practice practice practice. If you have any of the Halo games you can take screenshots in game and try to replicate them in Photoshop using the paintbrush tools. Try to break down the screenshots into big blocks of shapes and colors and then build upon them adding details on top of details. And always use layers if you're working in Photoshop so you can edit more easily. Remember that you can always merge layers together, but you can't exactly take them back apart once they're flattened together.

Hope that helps. :)
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niriall Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Student General Artist
It does.
Thank you.
:)

Now to get my tablet working in Photoshop... (I dont know why but it will be normal and then randomly start drawing straight lines only despite using the pencil tool. Its odd)

Again- thank you for answering my questions. :D
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ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is an odd glitch. Are you using a WACOM? Either way, it might be an easy fix with something like a driver update or maybe removing the old driver and reinstalling a new one. I had one once that would only work on one certain USB port (no idea why).

Anyway, good luck with whatever you decide. I'm happy to try and answer any questions anyone has. :)
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niriall Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student General Artist
THanks again. :)
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Phantasim-Fan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
You draw a damn fine Spartan.
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ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. It's been a while since I was drawing Spartans. It's definately a fun place to revisit.
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elijarman Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student Artist
awesome man
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ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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elijarman Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student Artist
you're welcome
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ToaOrka Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the detail, and it's for a great cause too! :D
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ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! And I agree.
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JaxBug Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Love the lineart and coloring on the Spartan.
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ZZoMBiEXIII Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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