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"Brothers in Arms" - DBO Twitter background art

by Leviathan, The Midwest, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 11:25 (2696 days ago)

Hey guys, I thought I'd post a download for the art I made for the new Twitter account. This was the first piece I've done completely on a Cintiq, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It's been a while since I've had the chance and motivation to slip away into a challenging piece for hours and hours and really enjoy the actual construction of it. Hope you like it!

Here's the file used for the background at 1920x1200 (951 KB).

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And if for some reason you'd like the file as it was when I finished it, at a ridiculous 3840x2400, here's that (4.52 MB).

I'll also be posting some progress shots of this and a round-up of the sketches I've done for the news page when I get a chance.

"Brothers in Arms" - DBO Twitter background art

by Wakko45, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 11:53 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan

Wow that's incredible. I wish I had any artistic talent haha

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Very nice, Levi!

by Kermit @, Raleigh, NC, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 12:36 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan

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Awesome! :)

by TDSpiral ⌂ @, TDS Gaming Shack, WA, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 12:59 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan

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Dang! Awesome job Levi!

by breitzen @, Kansas, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 13:15 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan

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I refuse to say it is damn beautiful again! *NM*

by ZackDark @, Not behind you. NO! Don't look., Sunday, March 17, 2013, 14:09 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan

...

Oops

;)

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*Love* the wires sticking out of the foreground guy's gun

by zumphry @, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 14:31 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan

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Why do you do these things to me?

by JDQuackers ⌂ @, McMurray, PA, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 14:53 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan

This art/universe makes me swoon and all I've seen is concepts and fan art.

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"Brothers in Arms" - DBO Twitter background art

by Xenos @, Shores of Time, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 14:53 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan

And if for some reason you'd like the file as it was when I finished it, at a ridiculous 3840x2400, here's that (4.52 MB).

It looks great! And I definitely appreciate the huge original because I have a screen with higher resolution than 1920x1200 :-D

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Dat gun...

by RC ⌂, UK, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 15:06 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan

The guardian in the foreground, bottom left, appears to have some sort of blade attached to his weapon, splattered in purple liquid. If it is indeed a blade, it seems impractical for stabbing (due to the overlap with the end of the muzzle) and also impractical for slashing (due to is comparatively short length).


But uh, yeah. It's a pretty cool art 'n stuff. I liek the lava, and the robo-dismemberment. Guy on the left better be going for a more advantageous firing position. Otherwise he is a total dick for leaving the other one to fight 3 robots on his own.

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Actually...

by Leviathan, The Midwest, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 18:16 (2696 days ago) @ RC

The guardian in the foreground, bottom left, appears to have some sort of blade attached to his weapon, splattered in purple liquid. If it is indeed a blade, it seems impractical for stabbing (due to the overlap with the end of the muzzle) and also impractical for slashing (due to is comparatively short length).

...it's an electric turkey slicer.


But I'm more worried about the fact that the gun is powered by jumper cables...

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Actually...

by RC ⌂, UK, Monday, March 18, 2013, 07:06 (2695 days ago) @ Leviathan

...it's an electric turkey slicer.

Ah, multi-purpose. Those future-people are smart.

But I'm more worried about the fact that the gun is powered by jumper cables...

I thought that was battle damage?

;)

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Actually...

by Ragashingo ⌂ @, Official DBO Cryptarch, Monday, March 18, 2013, 07:16 (2695 days ago) @ RC

I thought the gun was doubling as a bomb. Cut the red wire. NO, I MEANT THE BLUE ONE!

Actually...

by Dagoonite, Somewhere in Iowa, lost in a cornfield., Monday, March 18, 2013, 09:11 (2695 days ago) @ Leviathan

I thought those were JAMMA cables!

(Arcade roots, yay!)

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"And I smote his ruin upon the mountainside."

by Chewbaccawakka @, The Great Green Pacific Northwest!, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 17:56 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan

Awesome as always Levi. I'm really digging the golden-era sci-fi feel I'm getting.

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LotR references are always appreciated.

by Leviathan, The Midwest, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 18:24 (2696 days ago) @ Chewbaccawakka

Awesome as always Levi. I'm really digging the golden-era sci-fi feel I'm getting.

I've been creeping into the golden-era/retro styles these last few years for my own work, so it's exciting to see Bungie dabble in it too! :)

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LotR references are always appreciated.

by Kermit @, Raleigh, NC, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 19:09 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan
edited by Kermit, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 19:14

Ralph McQuarrie was one of my heros growing up, back when I wanted to be an artist. I had a book of his Star Wars concept art that I looked at so much the pages started coming out.

Just thought about getting another book like what I had, and went to Amazon, and lo, I can buy a new copy of The Art of Ralph McQuarrie for only $8,000.

:(

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LotR references are always appreciated.

by Leviathan, The Midwest, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 19:26 (2696 days ago) @ Kermit

Ralph McQuarrie was one of my heros growing up, back when I wanted to be an artist. I had a book of his Star Wars concept art that I looked at so much the pages started coming out.

Just thought about getting another book like what I had, and went to Amazon, and lo, I can buy a new copy of The Art of Ralph McQuarrie for only $8,000.

:(

I've got an Art of Empire Strikes Back from 79 (that I found in a used book store last year) sitting next to me for inspiration for my Mayflower comic. If you want another book of only-McQuarrie art, there's this that I've been looking to buy soon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Illustrated-Star-Wars-Universe/dp/0553374842/ref=wl_it_dp_o_p...

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LotR references are always appreciated.

by Kermit @, Raleigh, NC, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 20:09 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan


I've got an Art of Empire Strikes Back from 79 (that I found in a used book store last year) sitting next to me for inspiration for my Mayflower comic. If you want another book of only-McQuarrie art, there's this that I've been looking to buy soon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Illustrated-Star-Wars-Universe/dp/0553374842/ref=wl_it_dp_o_p...

Heh, I ordered that one about a half-hour ago. More in my price range.

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This

by ZackDark @, Not behind you. NO! Don't look., Monday, March 18, 2013, 08:28 (2695 days ago) @ Leviathan

Not only does it come with beautiful artwork from Ralph (what other kind there is?), it comes with "documentaries" on each planet in the book. Pretty damn good read, IMO.

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LotR references are always appreciated.

by MrPadraig08 ⌂ @, Steel City, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 20:31 (2696 days ago) @ Kermit

Recently, I have been updating a bunch of my computer builds fresh and needed some rotating wallpapers to keep them interesting. The desktop got Destiny concept art (including Levi's twitter background), My laptop got Halo concept art, and I was debating what to do for my new work laptop... well, Ralph helps me get through the work week now :)

Can I use this in my video?

by Destiny Updates ⌂, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 18:29 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan

Awesome piece of art dude! I make Destiny news videos, and love to show off fan art in them, would I be allowed to use this?

I'll link your post in the video description, and bring up some text in the video saying to check it out.

Please let me know :)


Also, in case you want to see it, here's my channel: Destiny Updates

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Can I use this in my video?

by Leviathan, The Midwest, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 18:31 (2696 days ago) @ Destiny Updates

Awesome piece of art dude! I make Destiny news videos, and love to show off fan art in them, would I be allowed to use this?

I'll link your post in the video description, and bring up some text in the video saying to check it out.

Please let me know :)


Also, in case you want to see it, here's my channel: Destiny Updates

Presented like that, certainly. :)

Can I use this in my video?

by Destiny Updates ⌂, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 18:48 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan

Awesome piece of art dude! I make Destiny news videos, and love to show off fan art in them, would I be allowed to use this?

I'll link your post in the video description, and bring up some text in the video saying to check it out.

Please let me know :)


Also, in case you want to see it, here's my channel: Destiny Updates


Presented like that, certainly. :)


Thank you! :)

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I was actually looking cont.

by Spawn ⌂, Sunday, March 17, 2013, 19:33 (2696 days ago) @ Leviathan

I was actually looking at that the other day and just thinking - man, I'd really like to have that as a wallpaper. That's awesome, great work!

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"Brothers in Arms" - DBO Twitter background art

by General Vagueness @, The Vault of Sass, Monday, March 18, 2013, 21:47 (2695 days ago) @ Leviathan

I don't like the wires, personally. The aesthetic is good, I hope you don't get me wrong on that, but somehow I doubt pretty much anyone would use a weapon that can be disabled by a comb. That is, unless those wires aren't important, but then it's putting form over function, and not even in an in-universe way, which also bugs me.

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"Brothers in Arms" refinement & walkthrough *IMGs*

by Leviathan, The Midwest, Sunday, March 24, 2013, 21:26 (2689 days ago) @ Leviathan

I've gone ahead and tweaked the original artwork a bit - the original post at the start of the thread now reflects the updated files.

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And below is a some commentary on creating the piece if you're interested (I originally posted this on my blog a few minutes ago).

---------------------"Brothers in Arms" Walkthrough--------------------

Tasked with creating a background for the DBO Twitter feeds the staff was readying, my first step was: procrastinate and work on other things.

... After that, though, I sat down and got my butt into gear. I was going to be out of town in a few days and I wanted the piece done by then so that the Twitter-addicted Mr. Errera could have his account as soon as everything else was prepared.

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I started sketching, obviously inspired by the amazing concept art Bungie has posted, especially this piece and this piece. I was also trying to think in terms of a Twitter background; since the center would be obscured, I would need the best parts of the picture on the left and right.

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Originally, I was just going to do this piece in black and white and match the news sketches I've been doing for the front page. "Fast and easy" and then I could get onto other things. But then, logically, I made it a hundred times harder and started playing around with colors.

I got rid of the good-guy in the middle and replaced him with more incoming Vex robots. I also moved away from the ship graveyard I was imagining in the original sketch's background and towards a Martian volcano (not sure if it really ended up in Mars...).

One thing I stressed upon myself was to work more (and more unexpected) colors into my landscape that would still look natural - and thus make the piece more interesting to look at in the end. You'll notice blues and purples in the dark side of the mountains as evidence of this attempt.

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I continued solely on the background for a while. I find it relaxing to paint happy mountains, rivers and waterfalls and it's one thing I consider myself decent enough to the point where I'm not constantly criticizing every move I make.

I smudged the clouds with my custom brush, added cracks and highlights to the nearby rocks, and enjoyed playing around with where the lava-falls would carve into the mountainside.

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I switched back to the characters and had a lot of fun fleshing out the Vex on the right. The action and posture from the initial sketch yelled 'drama' so I tried hard to not kill that as I laid the digital paint atop it (I also don't always capture that kind of action in my non-comic art so I'm trying to get more of that dynamic movement in my concept pieces these days).

Some laser blasts were added on the left for more diagonals to draw your eye in. I started experimenting with colors and new designs for our left hero. He started to look a little like a Carter/Jun hybrid! :)

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Continued to design-as-I-painted this attacking (fleeing?) soldier as well as carve out the background Vex. The soldier's gun started to pick up some of Halo's assault rifle but I thought the bayonet and extended barrel would pull it away from that.

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More work on the left soldier. Hard to see in this format, but I also shrunk him down a bit.

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Here I made the middle Vex bigger, trying to create a better rhythm for your eyes (I went back and forth a lot on this - I eventually made him smaller in the latest version).

The left soldier also received a nice heap of texture and scratches on his armor at this point. His weapon grew a number of crooked wires which at first seemed strange in my mind's eye but as they were implemented I fell in love with them. I'm going to be using them on more of my artwork, I can guarantee you!

I also tried to bring his cape to life at this point and got distracted for a while by trying to melt the rocks directly behind him on the left. I think it might have worked...

A moon was dropped in above and I added a few spaceship/missile trails to help it feel like more of a battle.

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By this stage, it was late into the night before my trip and in a few short hours I needed to drive to St. Louis. After a few more refinements, I spent an hour or more tweaking the levels and colors of the entire image (I can get stuck in this stage for way too long). The main thing I settled on was an orange filter to 'heat' up the piece. I uploaded the piece to DBO_tweets and fell asleep.

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The artwork had been posted for a week, but I was looking at it again the other day and found myself dissatisfied. It felt too washed out in some areas and too dominated by the orange filter in others (although I did like the 'heat' of it).

Hesitantly, I worked more purple into the background and covered our closest soldier with a rough coat of blue paint. I also shortened his gun's barrel and elongated the bayonet to please some guy named after poor-tasting soda.

I also refined a number of little things here and there across the piece that I probably didn't need it and were completely impossible to see by the viewer... I have a problem with doing that!:)

Then, today I looked at the piece again. I was happy with the changes...

But it needed more damnit!

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Here's the final piece (At least, that's what I'm saying right now).

I kept the heat of the orange but tempered it with lighter and cooler colors at the top (I especially liked how the blue drifted in on the top-right). I also redrew some of the cliffs in the middle as well as our hero on the right (almost completely).

I pushed the middle Vex further back and changed the posture of his arm a bit to make him seem like he was reacting to the scene instead of motionless. I also motion-blurred the right Vex's flying, dismembered arm as well as the rocks he was knocking off the sinking boulder.

The hero on the left received more contrast to make sure he was the first thing you see and to make sure he appeared closest to you. I blurred the entirety of the background just a hint as well.

Happy for a few brief moments, I quickly saved and ran away to something else!

Thanks for reading all the way down. :)

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Behind the Scenes

by Beorn @, <End of Failed Timeline>, Monday, March 25, 2013, 09:38 (2688 days ago) @ Leviathan

Great read, thanks for the commentary, Levi!

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