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"Cortana, All I need to know is did we lose them."

"I think we both know the answer to that..."

"We made a blind jump...How did they..."

"..Get here first? The Covenant ships have always been faster. As for tracking us all the way from Reach, at light speed my maneuvering options were limited."

"We were running dark, yes?"

"Until we decelerated, no one could have missed the hole we tore in subspace...They were waiting for us on the far side of the planet..."

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Hope you enjoy!

The planet, stars, and nebulae in the background we're done solely in Photoshop. The ships were initially pencil sketches, which were later scanned and completed in Photoshop.

I find it kind of strange that, despite the fact that there were multiple Covenant battle groups converging on the Autumn's position, you never see one Covenant vessel in any of the variations of this cutscene. Thus, I decided to add one such battle group approaching the PoA.

Some resources that I used:

Nebulae/Space Dust: [link]

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EDIT: Increased file size to 1920 x 1080 and used the "Sharpen" tool to eliminate some of the blurring.
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:iconhellogonzo:
hellogonzo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Halo starts here!..and ends on defiant art...where people will be drawing awesome art years after the series ends..
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Patrikov909 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i JUST noticed the Covenant ships near the installation...that explains were all those aliens came from :/
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that1dude0092 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
They should have used this type of space in anniversary
the one in anniversary was too.... rainbow-ish
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Noble--6 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, it had a very interesting purple hue to it in the game. Thanks for the comment!
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SIERRA-116 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
"So where do we stand?"
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overseer Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Very nice work. The angle, scale and overall composition are very nice. The only thing I'd change is maybe a little less motion blur on the fighters in the foreground. Maybe I'd have the main ship a little closer the viewer and the fighters a bit smaller (if that's how it would look, I'm not sure on the size references).

I'm amazed that this is a drawing through entirely. The clarity almost screams render!
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Noble--6 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I did this one when I was still a little new to using the blur.

Yep! All digitally painted. Thank you very much, though!
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givenvalueoftrue Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the Halo universe and pretty much anything set in it. The light effects are pretty stunning, especially the engine glare of the Pillar of Autumn. How long did the initial drawing take? The motion blurred ships in the foreground also work well and lead you to see the Halo in a key focal point. One point I thought I'd mention is that it does feel a little cramped, I wonder what widening the shot would do to it?

Nice work though! :)
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Noble--6 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the feedback - it is much appreciated.

I see what you mean about the "cramped" part. Looking back on it, it might have been a good idea to give the picture a more panoramic look. The funny thing was, I was basically making this up as I went, so it wasn't very well planned. ;]
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givenvalueoftrue Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool, hope it was useful :) Fair do's as it was on the fly. Nice one!
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Noble--6 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It was! Something I'm applying to a piece that I am working on now. Thanks again!
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Spartan0700 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Verdict: Nostalgia overload!

I have a strange soft spot for the Pillar of Autumn, probably because she's where it all began. The Autumn looked great in updated modern graphics; seeing her (and Keyes) in Reach (neither of which we've seen for about nine years) was the most memorable moment in the game for me.

Fantastic job!
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Noble--6 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thats what I like to hear! I'm a nostalgia-holic.

Thank you very much!
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UseTheBrakes Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
That's a mighty fine Pillar of Autumn there...
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:iconnoble--6:
Noble--6 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, haha!
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UseTheBrakes Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
No prob, sorry I missed this the first time around...
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Scattergunsniper Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
" Alright then...Bring the ship back up to Combat alert Alpha...I want everyone at there stations."
"Everyone ,sir?"
"Everyone....and Cortana."
"Hmm?"
"Lets give our old friend a...warm welcome."
"I've already begun"

Halo Combat Evolved.....Best game I've ever play in a long time
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my new desktop background :)
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Noble--6 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome!! :D
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scifi-ftw Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
BEST DESKTOP WALLPAPER EVER!!! I love how you did the engines on the Autumn, and how it looks like the Longswords are zooming by super fast. And the Covenant fleet in the distance is a nice touch.
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Noble--6 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much!

For the engines, I used a soft pale blue brush on 'lighten', then used a more white-colored brush set on 'vivid light'. I then added multiple lens flare layers over top, and set them to color dodge. I then played with the color balance setting on those lens flare layers to give the engines a nice blue hue.

For the Longswords, I simply manually painted those in a separate file, and then when I cropped them into the final picture, I applied motion blur filter to each.

Thanks again!
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fighterkirby1998 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply amazing. =D
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Noble--6 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! I appreciate the fave!
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fighterkirby1998 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem~ you deserved it! :)
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XxitachixXZZ Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Amazing!
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Noble--6 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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hrwilliams Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Seriously gorgeous!
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:iconnoble--6:
Noble--6 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Shepherd0Fire Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i just had a soulgasm
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Noble--6 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:]
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Shepherd0Fire Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is now my desktop wallpaper on my home comp and laptop

this thing is so sick
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Noble--6 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'm flattered! Thank you very much! :D
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GWAR666999 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
at first i thought this was anniversary snap shot LOL XD
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:iconnoble--6:
Noble--6 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Haha! Thanks for the fave! :]
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DDom23 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Just.................Wow!
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:iconnoble--6:
Noble--6 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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skydolphinCNV95 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
the most important moment in the Halo universe.
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bobofawesome Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
This is INSANE
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:iconnoble--6:
Noble--6 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :]
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I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic, I love the layout! :D
The colours look terrific, and the planet looks awesome!
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Noble--6 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Much appreciated! Ironically, deciding on the layout and the amount of color saturation were the trickiest parts.
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I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, placement is rather important for that kind of thing. :)
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TheInfamousJoeLinder Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
nothing short of simiply AMAZING :DD
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:iconnoble--6:
Noble--6 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Much appreciated!
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CharlieA-Photos Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
This is fantastic!! Amazing work with the background. Well, amazing work on everything!
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:iconnoble--6:
Noble--6 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much, man!
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CharlieA-Photos Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
No, thank YOU.

<3
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packstrap Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'll make this short, because I can only find one fault in this!

Your color use and rendering skills are very well developed. The only piece of critique I can give you is that you over-blurred most of your ships. It gives the impression of looking at a scene through glasses with the wrong prescription.
It looks like you spent a lot of time on this; don't let gaussian blur ruin your picture!
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Noble--6 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The comment is much appreciated, and I see what you mean! The fighters out in front are supposed to have a motion blur, but when I was doing finishing touches to the entire picture, I probably should have tuned down the Gaussian blur.

Thanks again!
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PatrickRus Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
I wish it was like this in the game.
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