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Battle Of Onyx

Dec. 9.08


Battle Of Onyx Official Mini-Site

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my.story 

Sep. 27.08

 

It all started back in January 2008 with a burning desire to spice-up my boring virtual desktop. Halo 3 had been out for a few months, and I wanted something to express my love for the game, while simultaneously beautifying my PC. So, I broke out my then-barely-used Photoshop CS2 and went to work. My first creation was that of the EVA armor permutation (link)... it was an incredibly simple design that took no more then 20 minutes to slap together. The design was posted on the Bungie.net forums, and immediately people started to take interest. Cries for more inundated my inbox, so by popular demand I created a series of similar wallpapers, dubbed "The Steel Collection". As my skills with Photoshop increased, so did the quality/technicality of my creations. My thread rapidly became a Top Topic, and a small fanbase was developed. 


The digital art I posted inspired others to do the same: what was once a personal thread then became a hub for all the other digital artists on the Bungie.net forums to post their creations. "The Halo 3 User-Created Wallpaper Thread!" (link) was born. Boasting over 600 posts and 60+ wallpapers from the community, it's still one of Bungie's Top Topics, even after being dormant since May of '08. But, I digress.


I've since created a handful of Halo 3-related art: some have been published by Bungie for use on their website, others have won several Bungie-sanctioned competitions. Here you will find those images (and much more) in the Archives. Please note that images uploaded as .PNG or .BMP file types will not have a preview, so you will need to download the image in order to see it. I apologize for the inconvenience.  But rest assured: all files in the Archives are virus-free, so download with confidence. Enjoy!

 

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about.me

Sep. 27.08

 

Everything I've learned has been self-taught: no classes, no tutorials. And from what I've gleaned from other artists, both professional and amateur alike, self-taught seems to be the most common (and most successful) form of artistic learning. I guess you could say my style is "photorealistic": I enjoy taking an image that is obviously fake/computer generated, and making it look real... or rather "real-ish". But, I'd like to think I haven't been at this long enough to have truly developed a "style" just yet. Regardless, with every completed project I set the proverbial bar higher and higher for myself. Every creation is/has been a learning experience: both failed and successful. Art is a journey... and mine has just begun! I'm excited for what the future holds.


questions, comments: contact.me | bungie.profile


news.bits

Dec. 29.08

CAUS7IC CREA7IONS is nominated for "Best Fan-Made Contribution" in the 2008 Best of Halo Awards.

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Dec. 9.08

I'm pleased to present to you: Battle of Onyx. See the Showcase at the top of this page for full details.

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Nov. 25.08

A new wallpaper has been added to the Archives: h e r o. See the Spotlight at the top of the page for full details.

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Nov. 12.08

A new avatar has been added to the Archives: Natural Born Hero. It's animated!

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Nov. 11.08

A new avatar has been added to the Archives: EVA Savior II. Check it out!

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Nov. 9.08

I've just finished work on my latest wallpaper, Natural Born Hero. See the Spotlight at the top of this page for full details.

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Oct. 26.08

CAUS7IC CREA7IONS can now be found on DeviantArt. Feel free to drop by and leave a comment.

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I just finished adding a Gabbly chat room to this site. See "chat" on the right-hand column for chat times.

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Oct. 20.08

I've finished work on the Band of Brothers Group Theme. A preview of the Home page can be seen in the Archives.

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Oct. 19.08

Another Band of Brothers animated avatar has been added to the Archives.

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Oct. 11.08

72 hours after its release, the Band of Brothers wallpaper has received 2,000+ downloads!

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awards

Some of these artistic works date back to first quarter 2008, long before I became even remotely adroit at Photoshop. Keep in mind this is but a very small sampling of my artwork: the rest can be found in the Archives.

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 CAUS7IC CREA7IONS

Dec. 29.08 | "Best Fan-Made Contribution" Nominee, 2008 Best of Halo Awards | news.story

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eod.nightmare

1024x768 | 1680x1050 | 1920x1080

about

This particular wallpaper was the catalyst for the brief "EOD craze" started on Bungie.net. The intimidating illustration of an EOD pair with glowing red eyes patrolling a battle-scarred wasteland gave the EOD permutation a menacing persona, and breathed fresh life into the overlooked armor. 

    awards

    June 27.08 | Winner, Bungie Wallpaper Contest #1 | news.story

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    battle.hardened
    1024x768 | 1680x1050 | 1920x1080

    about

    This image, along with EOD Nightmare (pictured above), comprised 2 of the 4 winning entries in Bungie's very first wallpaper competition. This was one of the first creations to feature hand-drawn details such as battle damage.

    awards 

    June 27.08 | Winner, Bungie Wallpaper Contest #1 | news.story

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    odst.recon
    1024x768 | 1680x1050

    about

    ODST Recon is one of the most popular wallpapers in my collection. It also happens to be one of my first (and most simple) creations. ODST Recon, along with Unknown Soldier (pictured below), took 2 of the 9 winning Fan Art spots in HBO's contest. Ironically, ODST Recon was named long before Bungie announced their next game, Halo 3: Recon, an ODST-themed campaign extension of Halo 3. 

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    Sep. 25.08 | Winner, HBO Take Our Stuff Contest | news.story 

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    unknown.soldier

    1024x768 | 1680x1050 | 1920x1080

    about
     
    This wallpaper features a real photo as a background, taken by my father (and used with his consent). It also features an element I have yet to see in any other Halo-related piece of art: a Spartan in the prone position. 
     
    The biggest challenge was making the hill in the image look sloped: in the original photo, the hill is actually a close-to-verticle mound. The illusion of a slope was done by adding "artificial aperture" and finding the right angle for the prone Spartan. 
     
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    Sep. 25.08 | Winner, HBO Take Our Stuff Contest | news.story

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    links

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    bunge.net

    halo.bungie.org

    aberrant.designs

    foto

    xianoa.creations

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    published

    These images have been published by Bungie for use on their official website, and are currently in-use by thousands of B.net members.


    odst.recon
    published July 6.08
     

     close.quarters
    published July 6.08
     
     

     battle.hardened
    published July 6.08 news.story | download
     
     

     nightmare.II
    published July 6.08 news.story | download

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