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Halo4 - Wraparound by TomScholes Halo4 - Wraparound by TomScholes
A concept of mine from my time with Microsoft's 343 Industries was just released on Halo Waypoint, and though it's a relatively simple painting I'm proud of what it accomplished and what I learned from it.

The image was an experiment with Photoshop CS5 Extended's 3D capabilities and is actually composed of a dozen or so instances of an unrelated, re-purposed 3D asset created for the game by Senior Environment Artist Chris Lewis. The details are a compilation of Custom Shapes created for the project by the Art Director Kenneth Scott.

See the Halo Waypoint blog post here:
[link]

It's been exciting to see more and more released about the game, really can't wait to play it ! Good luck guys, miss ya !
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Viblicent Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
I hated Halo 4's horrendous, heinous art direction changes. Fuck. Halo 1 to Halo 2 was bad enough.
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TomScholes Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your comment! I'd love to hear any specific issues you had or even simply what you loved the most about the look of Halo 1 :) There was certainly big shoes to fill on Halo 4, big complicated beloved shoes.
It helped me to realize that I wasn't really making a Halo for guys like me that grew up on the first, rather I was trying to give new gamer a similar experience in their youth. Any thoughts in this regard?
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Viblicent Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2014
Sorry for sounding like a jerk but I haven't gotten over it yet. >_<

The original Forerunner architecture style had an obscure impression. Hey You! Green man! You didn't come to me to blow me up! You came here to get under my pants! Dump your blue girlfriend!

The new style is indistinguishable from a 2010 SUV dealership which likes to pose their cars in absurd orientations. Meh

Halo 1:

halo.bungie.net/images/games/H…

All of Bungies' Halo games had dirt on the Forerunner metal (rain for years by the thousands), sometimes with embevelled patterns. Their designs appeared curiously functional and culturally coherent -- at least much more than Halo 4's do. Now they look like chrome staple guns hanging on strings.

This isn't Halo 4, but it's pulling from it:

xboxoz360.files.wordpress.com/…
There's a lot wrong in this picture aside from its poor JPEG quality. I want to kick someone in the ribs. How is this CONSIDERED GOOD!? Damnit 343i. Your virtual texturing / compression tech is not sufficient to completely depreciate texture wrapping.

Here's a Halo 4 screenshot:
www.digitaltrends.com/wp-conte…

I honestly don't know how to say it. Why aren't cacti sexy? Because there's nothing sexy about them!
Why isn't Halo 4's art direction good? Because there's nothing compelling about it!

Even Halo CE Anniversary's artists redid Master Chief in a way which I didn't like. They removed the vent-grates and replaced them with earthworm tubes, just like Halo 2.

Look at how dorky this looks:
images.wikia.com/halo/es/image…

You probably had no control over this, but please suggest to people around your workspace (where ever you work now) to cut 90% of the rubbish post processing out (because it's inevitably there, if you're working on a game). Tonemapping is fine, but please keep the bloom down. Isn't this obvious? So, which intern must have f**cked around with the bloom parameters right before the game shipped? Go on YouTube and watch any Halo 4 gameplay video. It seems anytime I look at the game, 1/2 the screen is 100% white and the other 1/2 portions are only somewhat darker (90% white) with a very desaturated tone.



3.bp.blogspot.com/-lYp4Z0sSwBM…

I want to be there.
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Burtonfan96 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Kenneth actually has a DA ;)
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TomScholes Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
WHERE!?
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Burtonfan96 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dont remember his username. I have him as a friend on facebook though. [link]
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Portosilva Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Really great work man! They should've retained you for a permanent position!
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TomScholes Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They did ! And then I chose to leave last November :)
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Viblicent Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Good choice. ;)
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Viblicent Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
(by that I mean, your artwork is good -- 343i is not :P)
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Portosilva Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Hahaha! I knew you were too good for just a temporary position!
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TomScholes Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
PphphBHPHBPPT !
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Nandos97 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Taking your style and implementing it into a semi-organised theme like Halo, great idea, its made it twice or even three times as inspiringly cool, keep up the sKIllZz!
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nzdelta4 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Very good. It's killing me wondering who the new enemy is in Halo 4.

I'm definately thinking Forerunners and/or the Precusors!
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victini15 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
covenant pirate army and... some other enemy their keeping EVERYTHING under wraps
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nzdelta4 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Can't wait!
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TomScholes Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just have to wait and see ;) Thanks !
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JimHatama Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
epic man
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TomScholes Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks !
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EirikHenden6 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is by far the most elegant, and atmospheric drawing i have seen in a while! Really good Tom! And i would love to see more of these drawings from you.

Regards,
Eirik
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TomScholes Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww shucks, thanks very much ! Hopefully more soon !
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emummy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I can't wait to play this now, just knowing that you are involved.
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TomScholes Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww shucks ! Let me know what you think !
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Spacefriend-KRUNK Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Artist
this makes my chubby, chubbier!
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TomScholes Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lot of money in that market, male enhancement. Good to know ...

hahah wtf
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Spacefriend-KRUNK Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Artist
=)
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love the simplicity and soft gradients
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TomScholes Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you thank you !
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applesummerlikegreen Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So this will be a place in an upcoming Halo game?

You are very talented, this room has just that special feeling that I experienced playing the first Halo game as a kid... I think you know what I mean about the Halo-environments!

I always wanted to design game-environments!! Seems awesome!
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TomScholes Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yup ! Halo 4 by 343 Industries.

Thanks for the kind words, glad to hear it resonates. Let me know what you think once the game comes out!

Why don't you design environments then?
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applesummerlikegreen Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will study and maybe I will design things for games. I'd love to design characters, environments and write beliveable storys. Especially since modern gaming has such potential to really get people into another world but I honestly think most games are more or less crappy, becouse they fail to use this potential for me.

I see so many things Id like do change or create. Halo is a perfect game series and I cant wait to see the new Halo game!

And good luck with the designs, Im sure it will be very sweet=)
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drazebot Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
it's awesome,
you're a great artist dude :)
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TomScholes Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ! I feel like Im just getting started though !
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Stephen-0akley Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Simple, but effective and awesome. Nice lighting.
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TomScholes Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much ! Did my best to distill everything down !
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