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Halo 4: We go, together... by AndrewKwan Halo 4: We go, together... by AndrewKwan
For me, this about sums up Halo 4's ending and my personal take.

I'm rather satisfied with how this came out! I'm glad this ended up being my final piece of the year because now i feel like I'll have to beat it next year.

Roughly 20-24 hours in PS

Soundtrack: Solace, 117, Green and blue (Halo 4 score)

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I mentioned it in my rough layouts but forgot here on the final, but it's an homage to the Crisis on Infinite Earths cover of the death of Supergirl.
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Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 28, 2015
Well, now that I played Halo 5, this is even more tragic.

(If you can draw a Dark Cortana on a Forerunner throne, looking forlorn with the quote above her "You sit now in these vast halls with a crown above your head, and yet you are lesser now than you have ever been.", that would be swell. :D)
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AndrewKwan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Woah, spoiler alert! (luckily I just finished the game). I really dig her new design :D 
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Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
Her new design looks good.

But if she was going full blown Dark Lord like she is now, maybe you show how much she has changed, like orange eyes or a more militarized appearance.

Or instead of the aforementioned quote, you can write in Harvey Dent's quote: "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

And if you want to put in a reference, have her do the Ned Stark pose on the throne (which is leaning on some sort of sword, looking grim)
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AndrewKwan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Truthfully, I'm probably not going to do a Cortana piece because I wasn't entirely happy with the game :/ 
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Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
Awww, that sucks. It would have been awesome to see your take on her fall (even as convoluted that 343i made it).
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AndrewKwan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
She might say it's her... rise? 

Yea the game is super fun, in terms of gameplay it's near perfect. But story is the most important thing to me and I thought that the structure, pace, character development and overall storytelling was quite poor, in terms of Halo standards (I just watched a round-table talk with the story team and they raved about all the stuff they were excited about doing, and it's all the stuff they actually didn't do). Amen to convoluted! 
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Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
She might say it is, but it would be like Darth Vader trying to delude himself into thinking that the Dark Side can save his loved ones. She thinks that she is doing great good, but somewhere deep down, she knows what she is doing is evil.

I agree that the story was very poor (they could have done so much with the ONI vs Chief route, and instead they did this) and offered a lackluster explanation for Cortana's fall from grace.

However, I am willing to pay you to do something like what I discussed, if you are accepting commissions, that is.
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AndrewKwan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I definitely think she's aware of what she's doing and she thinks it's what's necessary. I'd imagine it's something like "I have to take control for your own good. It might not work for some of you, but it'll better for all of you" sort of thing. 

What I really didn't like was that a lot of the story is told outside of the game. You only get the whole picture if you read these specific novels from years ago, read these magazine articles and interviews, listened to these podcasts, played these expansions, etc. It's very inside baseball, even seasoned Halo fans would struggle with the context of certain things I'd imagine. I think it was pretty irresponsible of them to do that when they stated they wanted this game to stand on its own, be it's own story and be an easy jumping on point for new players. 

I AM open for commissions, you can send me a note and I'll send you a rate! 
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NAVYSEALS1 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
BRUH


WE ALL FREAKIN DIED WHEN CORTANA JUST LEFT CHIEF AT THE END OF HALO 4
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RhodriT Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
The worst part is, he was in Cryo-Sleep for several years between Halo 3 and Halo 4. The loss of Johnson, Miranda Keyes and so many fellow soldiers and friends was still fresh to him. Then Cortana was taken from him.
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FreedomSoull Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Drowns in feels*
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epiclink8480 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
imsosadyoudontunderstand
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vanWiggen Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Love it!
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XxAsk-KlausxX Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Arby should have bee there to comfort him
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XxAsk-KlausxX Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
They should make a Halo 4:Heartbroken Edition, with sadder music when they talk about her death, and this as an ending
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XxAsk-KlausxX Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This drawing is amazing but it makes no sense, he is holding her yet she has no solid form, also, howwill he know where to go, the next few games will have players wandering around with nowhere to go and get lost and starve in the planet there on because they have no one to mark a waypoint for them
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XxAsk-KlausxX Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I mean, if all else fails he could start a relationship with Arby
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Aeon-Silence Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the saddest moments in gaming history sense the death of Soap in MW3.
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XxAsk-KlausxX Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
How was that sad, I mean at first yeah it was, but playing it again, no, not really
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Aeon-Silence Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well after watching something several times then anything will loose it's effect to get a reaction from anyone.
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XxAsk-KlausxX Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
It was never as sad to me, since it was kind of obvious
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Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Isn't this also a reference to the death of Robin in the infamous story arc "Death in the Family"?

And as for the Chief, he has now lost Sam, Johnson, most of his fellow Spartan-II's, Cortana, and countless others. Will we finally see him snap in Halo 5?
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XxAsk-KlausxX Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
At least he still has Arby
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Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
Perhaps...
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XxAsk-KlausxX Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I say that as a mutual friendship sort of thing then I realize how gay that can sound if you think of the wrong context "oops"
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anglewithagun Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
*sobs*
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GingerBreard1992 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this Picture so much it says so much about Cortana's and Master Chief's Relationship and I think I agree with one of the other comments this would have made a great ending scene for Halo 4 but the ending we got was still very emotional and heart breaking, So thank you to whoever did this It's a masterpiece in my opinion you captured so much just within a single image ^_^
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AndrewKwan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoy it and that you get of the sense of storytelling I was going for :D
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RepentantDrop22 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
actually i would rather of had this as an ending scene than what 343 gave...
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Feurdelis Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
I felt so horrible for the Chief in the ending, the one person he had, gone. Just like that. :( (Sad) 
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driliey Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Acually he lost two friends cotta a and sergeant major Johnson
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Feurdelis Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Facepalm How could I forget him?! But, yeah, poor Chief can't catch a break to save his life. :( (Sad) 
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HEROCARYS Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Halo 4, omg ;-; When I completed it I just sat there for half an hour crying. I got really attached to Cortana and it was an absolute feels trip ;-; The feels on the bus go round and round :iconcryforeverplz:
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El-Jorro Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
"Cortana wait..."

"I don't want to be alone..."
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FainterBread678 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Writer
The feelings one get after playing the halo 4 story is so touchy
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Colonel-Gabbo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic :)
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Darkangelx690 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
So sad and amazing THE FELLS 
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shadowalex3000 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
117 is the best track no question.
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driliey Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Student General Artist
117 and requiem
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Skelwolf Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i saw this and almost burst into tears i agree with you about the ending in my opinion  with Cortana dying you finally see chief break down from the strong solider from 1 2 and 3 and the boy who played a brutal game of king of the hill with his fellow spartan trainees the "demon" the covenant came to fear became a broken shell of a man who is now lost trying to figure out what to do next what his next mission is and were his way point is
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xAquoticXWolfx Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Why did she have to go i know right. I oved tht bot she first introduced herself Y_Y
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Skelwolf Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I mean I understand it halo 4 was the start of the reclaimer saga the next 3 sets of games had to be diffrent
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FainterBread678 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Writer
that so true
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Skelwolf Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yup I actually felt bad for john at the end just because of the way he acted
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FainterBread678 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Writer
it really was heart touching
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Skelwolf Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Which is another reason I love those games their deeper then just a shoot them up type game
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FainterBread678 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Writer
Exactly
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Skelwolf Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I don't believe any other shooter game can make a bad ass main character like John melt away in one scene to be a man who has a lot of social issues so he can't make friends break down with the lose of some one who was a copy of his spartan "mother" Halsey. I don't see that in call of duty at all the bad ass character just remains crazy and bad ass in black ops at the end
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FainterBread678 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Writer
So true
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Dedey18 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful effect
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