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HALO 3: ODST Process by Cryptcrawler HALO 3: ODST Process by Cryptcrawler
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Im extremely fortunate to have others interested in what my process is and I really havent delivered up until now for really a myriad of reasons.
The first being that I only work on 2 layers and the work tends to evolve very quickly and Im simply not in the mindset to stop my groove and take a screencap.

The other reason is is that I dont want the friggin mess in my folders! Its too much clutter and the 2 very fragile little braincells that are left in my skull simply cant be bothered to find out why it would even be a relavant wip to keep anyway!

Well we all happened to luck-out on this comission becasue I had to keep WIP shots to send in to Bungie to discuss changes, these jobs commonly are heavily directed and have the input of many people to make them all happen. Bungie was really, really awesome to work with, they really helped me pull the best out of this composition given the timetable for the final.

Ive gone ahead and numbered them just in case there are any questions.

Thank you very much for taking the time and interest in my art, it means a lot.

Very best wishes to you!
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:iconzoppy:
zoppy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the way you work, I hate to apply colours later in the process and use too much levels! My big problems are blendings, for shapes and colours. How do you do that? Do you use the smudge tool? and also do you use options like overlay and multiply?
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salimagination Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
I really think that your work done in 3D, because no WIP pict
The render/coloring in the painting (this and another) are magnificent, just like 3D render
It proof me wrong, I think. Isn't?

Great works!!!
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Please sir, may I have the number to call Satan, that I may make the same dark deal you did to get this good.
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Pilgrimwanders Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Sargent Johnson!!!!!
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:iconsuperbum:
Superbum Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student General Artist
What school did you go to get get your background in illustration?
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:iconcalebfairchild:
CalebFairchild Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student General Artist
brad ringley is self taught, so he didn't go to a school for illustration- just to let ya know
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:iconsuperbum:
Superbum Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, there are many great illustrators on here that didn't go to any school.
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tenshidr Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
and thats really amazing cuz i dont want to go to college! hehe
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Funkyskull Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Wow, how do you make cloud/sky like that?
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greenhood-kanno Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
GREAATT..!!
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Mendicant Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional Artist
Cool. How do you decide what to put on which layer? Are you going for the standard background/foreground elements? I noticed a couple of the figures in the background changed poses between WIPs 1, 2 and 5. Were they difficult to change?
:D
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:iconneutone:
neutone Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
awesome..it made me think it was 3d...i really love ur gallery keep the good work man.
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Mikecardoso Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
oustanding! lighting shadow textures everything amazing!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
thank you!
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:iconfinn1123:
finn1123 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That's Uber Cool
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
thank you so much!
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:iconnw-a7:
nw-a7 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
So cool! so this is how professionals do their processes!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Its a lil snapshot of how I go about it.
Thanks for the compliment
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:iconstealthero:
Stealthero Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm surprised I havent faved this one yet :lol:
Interesting process! :drool:

:+fav:
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
Thanks!
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FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
wow thats pretty awsome! thanks for posting it!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Glad you dig it, thanks!
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JoseDaniel-Blitz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hello, just wanted to say that the process is impressive and I really like the outcome, I hope someday to reach that level, congratulations ^ ^
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Thanks so much, I plan on including more processi in the future!
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purplejub Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
WOW!!!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Thanks!
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Vicious713 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You realize how hard it is to find a pic of a warthog not Jumping off of a cliff? o.O
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
I bet its really tough, but you gotta think: who doesnt do that in game?
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fermentedmind Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Wow, I would be happy leaving it at #2, but all those changes later on, did make for a better picture overall.

That's something I gotta watch out for. So I learned a little bit from your process today.(hopefully it sticks to my 2 celled brain too) =D

Things are starting to heat up for you!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Thanks fermented!
Its been a great year so far, all the hard work is finally starting to get some returns!

Im sure I could learn a lot from you, I tend to overwork things then backtrack, its something im starting to do less of - thank god - but I still need practice at it.
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:iconfermentedmind:
fermentedmind Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Yer welcome.

I tend to overthink more than to overwork, haha. Gotta change that around. That, and more practice would be good too. =(
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Its daunting to face your shortcomings but always worth it
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:iconfermentedmind:
fermentedmind Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Indeed it is~
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Blasterkid Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
awesome piece!!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
Thanks buddy I appreciate it
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joverine Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
secretz revealed!
muwahahaha
haha
jokes
good to see your process a lil' bit
although your first shot looks pretty rendered already
would be great to see the very first sketch all the way thru
or better yet-a video of the whole thing ;)

latah buddy
!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
A video will be in the works at some point soon, I hope!
For some reason I couldnt find the first sketch, but it doesnt look too different from that, less sky detail pretty much. If you can imagine the warthog and the characters being much closer in form to those aliens in the sky there then you have the idea.
That first panel there is the second night I worked on it.
Nuttin really groundbreaking, I dont bother working on white backgrounds or greyscale or anything; too much hassle.
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:iconjoverine:
joverine Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
how's the video comin along ;)
man I gotta check my replies more often-this is from freakin oct!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Stay tuned!
;)
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:iconjoverine:
joverine Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
tease!
awesome :D
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Elandain Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
I'd be very interested to see a full tutorial of your coloring/painting process, particularly in regard to painting human figures. I think that's your strongest point, or at least the part which you seem to have a lot of fun with.
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
I plan on doing a video tutorial at some point in the future.
I really do enjoy figure painting, capturing physicality is something that ill always be in love with.
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:iconelandain:
Elandain Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
That would be great! As long as you have some explanation along with it, it would be quite helpful. The ones which are just video at 10x speed aren't really helpful, because they go too fast to notice things like changing tools and layers.

I love painting the figure as well, which is why I'd be interested in seeing your process! :)
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Quazzie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Even as busy as you surely are, it is extremely admirable that you take the time to converse with your audience. It is folks like you that I wish the most success. I may have said this before, and even if I have it bears repeating.

The final is just absolutely sickeningly stunning, man... seriously.
:):horns:
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
Hey Quaz!
Ah hell its the least I can do my man, this all a blessing.
Im very fortunate to have people like you who take the time to leave a word or 2, everyone is really busy these days.

Im glad you dig the work my man!
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Quazzie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
What's not to dig? Jeez, if I had your drive and skill and personality.... hell's bells, I'd be a rich sumbitch heh heh :):horns:
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WormwoodTheory Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they were wise in choosing you. damn.
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Thank you!
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r7ll Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
It looks like you've already got a pretty solid idea of how you want the painting to look in the first frame.
I'd love to see how you "put pen to paper" (or whatever the digital analogue of that is...put pen to tablet?), and how you go about constructing the shapes, and colour palette one day :)

Between the penultimate stage and the final image, a lot of the lines sharpen up and become nice and crisp. Do you use any kind of selection tools (e.g. polygonal lasso) or pen tools to get it that clean, or paint it freehand?
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Heya r711!
I paint it freehand at incredibly high magnifications, around 400% and then use an unsharpen mask filter set at a very low threshhold, about 0.08 I believe.
As soon as I saw some of the screenshots of what map and characters they wanted to use the idea came to me immediately, really.
I mean who doesnt use the Warthog as a weapon? =)
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