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Commish - Wake Up, John. by JoeHoganArt Commish - Wake Up, John. by JoeHoganArt
Commission AN ENTIRE YEAR IN THE MAKING, and hopefully worth the wait for my good friend Steve Lufrano. Steve commissioned me LAST NOVEMBER to do a Chief surrounded by Elites, but kept saying "It's okay, do all the work you need to get done first, do mine when you get free time." One year later, I realized that would never happen! So what better way to deliver than on HALO 4 DAY!

Now WAKE UP, JOHN!

Commission rates here:
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:iconct117:
CT117 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
cool its as if Genndy Tartakovsky made a series for halo
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Kairi-of-Heart Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
I love this!! My husband and I just beat Halo 4 a couple weeks ago, we're both huge fans. The crispness of your lines and color is awesome!! The detail and lighting effects are superb.
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Ah, thanks so much for the kind words! :D I'm glad you dig it!!
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ScoutSpartan157 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it, but I feel like it uses too much reference. I would've liked to have seen how you would've naturally done the Chief.
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Thanks! He wanted it super detailed in my style, though. :)
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ScoutSpartan157 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah. Besides that I still think it's really good :D
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Chadfuller Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice! great looking lines and colors!
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Thank you! I had fun with this one!
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Xenomorphia-Master66 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Here's how I percieve the mater chief (if he was thinking in a slightly childish and humored manner):

Chief: Zealot...Zealot...Zealot

(Zealot shows up)

Chief: *Bang Bang* One down..

(another shows up)

Chief: *bang* You too splitty..

(and yet another..)

Chief: *Grenade* You as well severed sunshine!

(and again, more)

Chief: *Brandishes knife* Well, being a butcher was a humans favourite sport~

(He then proceeds to eliminate all zealots with just a KNIFE)

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To sum up why I wrote that down, this was my reaction to having fought Zealot after ruthless Zealot on Heroic H4 Campaign and Ops missions. The sad thing was, the Campaign (even on Heroic and Legendary difficulties) is not as "slap-you-in-the-face-with-a-brick" jump-happy as Ops. What I mean is, the enemies don't jump on you as much in the main missions as they do in Ops, which I found rather idiotic of 343i (my opinion, apologies if I offended any of you guys ^^'). To be honest, the lack of ruthlessness in the Campaign kind of prepared you for the slightly (and I quote the word "slightly" here for a reason) more difficult(?) missions in Spartan Ops.

....Anyways,

What should i say of this picture? Hmm...

Well the detail on the Chief's gritty (and very awesome-looking, by the by) armor is electrifying the hairs on my skin because of how crisp it is. Literally, my hair is on end because of all the pieces of metal that are laced into one another are present for perfection eye-candy. oh and hey, look, you even got the eccentric detail of his helmet-lamps too. That's cool, nice little detail there.

Even his rifle (being an MA5D and all) looks just like it's name states. I'm not gonna hammer precisely on other artworks out there, but whenever I saw these images, my mind always thought them for MA5C's instead. This image does not give off that effect, which is good.

....

Now while I understand the Remnant Zealots are not the main focus of this work, I would like to point that even though they are not as pain-stakingly detailed as the Chief (good job by the way) I can easily notify myself that they are Halo 4-esque Zealots and not Reach Spec-Ops (which is where the confusion came in, when the first image were released over a year ago, they do look very similiar right?), that is a bonus I admire.

In my opinion, I'd have enjoyed if the Elite were a little more detailed at least. but, as I stated earlier, there is enough detail there to distinguish them. I apologise if my words are mistook for crappy "wanty-needy" behaviour. I didn't want to come across as such.

Final verdict? It's a great work, you captured the idea of what Halo 4 means (in general terms, even if some of the character design and such were a bit non-halo-ish (again my opinion) ): the waking of a legendary warrior, bent on an attempt to continue the life-span of a close (yet-too-twitchy) AI companion, and to kick the pair-of-huge-ass-cheeks of the most "Darstardly-Evil-Forerunner"(what?) in the galaxy.

To sum it up short, great work Joe, and hopefully, if I float over to your gallery again, I'll see more like this. Safe travels Spartan, and prepare for the next horizon of flying shrapnel, plasma rounds and flailing alien limbs. Be the flesh or mechanical. :salute:
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Thanks so much for the critique! I think it was an extremely fair one! :D So glad you liked it overall!
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:iconxenomorphia-master66:
I can't edit my message can I? I think I made a spelling mistake.

Anyways, I'm always glad to lend my opinion to art pieces that peeked my interest, and well, to be honest, yours did. I hope you do more soon.
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Thanks again!!
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:iconxenomorphia-master66:
Always welcome
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greenleafcm Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! I really like how you illustrated the Chief's armor - it's stylized, but still with a lot of detail. The coloring and the way the Elites fade into the background there is very nice too. Lovely work, thank you for sharing! :w00t:
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Thanks so much for the kind words, it's my pleasure! :)
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xrapterj Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome look at mines?
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AxelHonoo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. I want to commission you now for a Halo piece that I had stuck in brain ever since I played through the Halo 4 Campaign and saw the Bornsteller Didact for the first time.
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Thank you! Another Halo piece would be fun!
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:iconaxelhonoo:
AxelHonoo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome.

I just wish I could commission you...but I can't. I don't really have the money nor am I savy with how to use the system to pay you with. :noes:

I'm trying to sell my art like you, but I don't know how.
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I know that feeling, my friend. Chin up and keep pushing forward!
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:iconaxelhonoo:
AxelHonoo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, your to kind Joe. :hug:
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Synxthe1st Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how well done John is, though I'll be honest, the Elites make me laugh a little. I guess it's cause they're wearing the crimson-red armor and those ones were always the one that would kill me in the games (Legendary). Very good work indeed.
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Thanks! hahaha Those Elites always give me trouble as well!
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Synxthe1st Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, they always give us trouble until we take a Plasma Pistol and DMR/BR/Carbine combo to their split-jawed faces.
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Texshi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
So much pro in this picture.
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Thanks!
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:icontexshi:
Texshi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
You're Welcome!
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Wilco5 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great news you were finally able to deliver this commish to your good friend.

Looks great and just in time for all the Halo 4 hype.
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Thanks, dude!! :D
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CadeJaw Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I know that a commission is when someone asks an artist to do some art for them, and this might sound like a stupid question, but in every detail how does a commission work?
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
It's cool, my friend! You learn by asking! People do commissions for various types of payment, but unfortunately, I can only accept money (as opposed to DA points or a trade), as this is how I make my living! Commission money literally pays my rent and bills. =)

So the person who wants the art tells me what they want, and I quote a price that's fair for the amount of time and work that goes into it. I am then paid in advance, and produce the work requested. =)
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Reznorix Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Love it.
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
:D <3
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mandospartangirl117 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Thank you! =)
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:iconzeo-of-the-north:
Zeo-of-the-North Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student
awesome...
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Thank you!
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codyfangirl4 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE THIS, plain and simple. Thank you and INSTA-FAV!!!!!!!!1
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Glad you dig it!!
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:iconchrispydee:
ChrispyDee Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
WOAH! Dude, I love you right now, this is awesome! :iconmotherofgodmemeplz:
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Only right now? :C
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:iconchrispydee:
ChrispyDee Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
More then usual Joe, that's what I meant, LOL! :iconrainbowmemeplz:
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
hahahahaha <3
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:iconkenkwasi:
Kenkwasi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now THIS, is an astounding deviation! I'm more than impressed!
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Thanks much!!
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trooperbeta Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Nice job on this! The details of his armor are amazing!
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Thanks! =)
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trooperbeta Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Welcome!
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Banthasmaker Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice one Joe!
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Thanks, Victor!!
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