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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!

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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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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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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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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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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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