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::ALIEN vs HALO .redux:: by martinhoulden ::ALIEN vs HALO .redux:: by martinhoulden
[::: ALIEN vs HALO .redux :::]

Hrm. You know, i said i'd never do this. Cos well, i hate it when people latch on to a popular thing and then do NOTHING BUT that until theyre insanely popular. But well, in deviantart's current climate of a screwed up front page, where absolute crap gets faved and becomes more popular than stuff that is actually good, then well, that morale issue is right out the window.

So ... i figured, its been 27 months. Yes ... 27 months, over 2 years, since i last did an my AVH pic. Ive had a rought time of it in the last 2 years ... i dont feel im quite progressing as steeply as i once did ... and i worry im not heading in the right direction. I wanted to (now that im back at uni, in a great place, with my mates, with a crap load of time on my hands) try and establish where i am with my art. And the best way i saw of doing that for me was to try and retackle a picture i had done in the past, and try and see if i was any more able of trying to capture the original vision.

Is it a better picture than the original? pft, i dunno. In some ways i prefer it, in some ways im more proud of it. In other ways i look at it and think, that considering its been 2 years since i did it, it really isnt that much better. The main differences for me are:

Took half the time. 3 hours as opposed to 6.
The detail makes a LOT more sense
The alien looks a lot more like how i originally wanted it to.
Its in colour omg
Its perhaps a little more adventurous.

But then on the downside, i think the original's composition is better. I sat down last night and tried to work out why i still prefer elements of the original. I think it boils down to this:

Craig Mullins does THE most awesome Halo2 pictures. But, the pictures he has done wouldnt make good covers for the game. Theyre specific to a particular moment, and covers of games shouldnt defy specific elements. They should be all round representations of a concept, a main theme. I think the original pic i did is more like a representation of the concept, and the newer one lacks that. Also, the older pic looks much better on CRT monitors with the right contrast, whereas the new ones isnt quite so dependant on that!

But anyway, its not really up to me to decide. The point of the picture was not to replace the original, but rather, for my own purpose, see where i'm at and where im going with my art.

All comments welcome and appreciated. The original is here:


[::: ALIEN vs HALO .redux © Martin Houlden 2006. Master Chief, Halo © Bungie 2001 - 2006, Alien © 20th Century Fox 1979 :::]
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Zowen2001 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
Best idea ever. The only problem with the idea is that chief can survive being thrown from orbit and getting up without a scratch a minute later. You just can't kill master chief.
WolfSunSky Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Super Epic :-D ☺
Zanderax1127 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wait, why doesnt anyone do an elite vs preadiator, but it would kind look like elite vs elite, 343 really struck out on that design
jeanmouloude Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconnorrisapprovedplz: John win
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
44kyo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I wonder if a Spartan could kill an alien that would be a cool fight
Freedomslastflight Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student Artist
They could kill one. But a single Spartan vs a Queen or a Colony. That would be epic. Of Course the Spartan would eventually get overrun. 
legion374 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
dude chief has fought the flood that alien is screwed but good job dude
Antichrist2005 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
That's still a lot of acid in your face Chief.
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
sure is!
TallTom55 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an amazing job.
BionicleSangheili86 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
alien! kill that idiot and make sure he wont come back >:)
justicesolomon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Finish Him!!!!!!
cmdragonfire Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My vote is on the alien lol.
Btw awesome
zillafire101 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Noble 6 vs. Speicim 6
Rein-of-Grace Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist
I like the odd upside down angle. =) It's different than most and adds a dramatic effect. My bet is on Chief but just barely lol. He'd win in face to face but idk...those aliens have major stealth. ;)
Vicomtyan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Halo :3
berost Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Dude this Alien is fucked
Rhavkoress Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow you did an amazing job. I like the way you painted Master Chief. Alien is scary.
Vedmaka Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very impressive style!
kahlure Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
3 shots w/needle rifle= supercombine kill

1 shot w/ AR + melee = melee again
Shamus-McGee Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Very nice angle on this.
Amature--Artist Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
lol, master chief has only one bullet in the chamber now!
the-Jefe Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Master chief. He kicks ass that alien is gonna lose
femaleceratosaurus Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
wow, epic! thats awsome!
Plasmator94 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Very great image!!!
DJ-RaVE Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
we all knew this was going to happen sooner or later
martinhoulden Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
we ALL did =P
luvthecloudydayz Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Give em' hell, Chief!

Awesome picture! =)
TW-Inkognito Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
I personally think that both are great images. Just as two people might have different approaches to a solution, both of your images are getting to the same point, but from a different direction.

I personally think that this one has more suspense in it simply because you can see that Master Chief has only 1 bullet left. Whereas with the other, he can just pull the trigger and dump 60 rounds through that damn things face.

Either way, great images, and PS we all know MC wins ;)
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
hehe, thanks for your thoughts!
TW-Inkognito Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
No problem.
THEANTIFULP Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
pure awsome!
Kokwama Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
im a halo fan but i think the alien would win this fight!
or maybe im wrong :/ cant decide!
BloodKing71 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
SUP4h L33T!!! :D
Pietroigor Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Master Chief's energy shield could protect him from the molecular acid?
I'm such a nerd..
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
we just dont know! =)
Reptillicus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
whoa very impressive......
sniper6vs7rocket Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Great!! Chief fought off hundreds of aliens but can't beat a close relative of the Elite?!?!
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
at this range? =P
sniper6vs7rocket Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
im just sayin that he looks like hes havin a hard time
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
dats rite ;)
CloudsGirl7 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009   General Artist
Yes, my pet.... END all this Halo crap.... Kill...kill!! :XD:
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Swimmingferret Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
The Xenomorph is epic, I love it :love:
Taxidrawby Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
and then

they kissed
Mr-Chow Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
dude,its way better than the original, more dramatic composition ,stylish and great colors
SeThD17 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Dude Master Chief will own that Alien,like he owned Nathan Hale
seru-gal Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Student
Now that's just sexy. :3 Content, colors, and dynamic are all top notch.
toowhitetodance Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
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