Hey there everyone, welcome to Halo Spotlight. The place where Halo community creations are put front and centre. In fanart features, we highlight artists and their creations.
In this fanart feature, we’re showing off artwork by o Sh3 Wolf o. o Sh3 Wolf o creates screenshot artwork, which is artwork created within the Halo game themselves.
We asked o Sh3 Wolf o to send us some images over, and give us some background on how they got into screenshot art, and we got the following response:
I had a really hard time trying to narrow 9 years of work into just 7 pictures. I wanted to pick shots that I was not only proud of but represented me. However, I am not even sure what ones would be good enough for that, simply because almost every shot that I take is a representation of me. Like a work of art, they hold hard work and emotion.-o Sh3 Wolf o
Some are more personal than others as it was a way to express myself in dark times. My shots hold so many memories and show my journey of improvement with my shots and growth in the community. The friends I’ve made, people I’ve meet, opportunities I’ve got experience the good and bad.
I started playing halo in 2009 right before Reach came out (playing h3/ODST). It took me until 2012 on Reach to start doing shots. I had seen on the file browser (back when that was thing lol) that people where making really cool and artistic in game screenshots. My biggest inspirations at the time and probably still are is xDrummerWorldx and Apollo Creed 01. Now those are some OGs.
I thought what they and other talented screenshot artists were doing was really cool I just had to give it a try. My first couple of shots were rough but everyone starts somewhere. I eventually got decent at it and people would start messaging me, recognizing me, and even supporting me. I was so surprised and humbled even the top tier screenshotters reached out to me.
My first real break was when I got my first feature on the original bungie.net when they would showcase “screenshot of the month”. I was so shocked and happy it gave me even more motivation to improve and continue to be in the community. To this date I’ve been featured 20 times on both 343 spotlights and the old bungie.net. I’ve also had the chance to meet a lot of really cool and well known community members.
On top of screenshots I also do art from time to time. Though I’m not the best I’m still learning and experimenting. The dream is to one day become a professional artist and make a living off of that!
Knowing the full background and inspiration for what gives an artist in the Halo community the drive to make their creations is something we love to hear, so a massive thank you to o Sh3 Wolf o for sharing that with us.
The art is something I’m sure you’re all looking forward to seeing, so we won’t delay it any longer. As well as screenshot art, we’ve got some traditional artwork too. Please enjoy some of o Sh3 Wolf o’s artwork below.
Ghost Of Reach
We hope you liked the incredible artwork by o Sh3 Wolf o. We also asked o Sh3 Wolf o about their creative process when it comes to screenshot artwork, and this is what they said:
I honestly don’t have much of one. When I get the motivation to make a screenshot I simply boot up the game put on some music and pick a map. Music is a big influence in a lot of my shots, some you’ll see are even named after songs. Most of my shots have a dark and moody theme or feel to them I guess that’s just my style.
I’ve been doing this for so long I just know the game inside out. Some maps are better for moody or dramatic shots others are better for lighter or more landscape based shots. I set it up in forge or campaign then head over to theatre to see what I can get. Some shots take me 2 hours to get and some only 20 minutes just depends how nice the game wants to be and how much of a perfectionist I am.-o Sh3 Wolf o
All the screenshots I make are done in game and unedited. I’ve spent years of learning and experimenting in the game to do what I do. Stay true to the game and carrying on a dying form of game art.
I also try to help out the community and I do small tutorials for those who want to learn! I love seeing what people make. One example can be found here.
We know this piece has been a bit longer than our usual fanart feature, but it’s honestly great that we can share a bit more insight into the artists history and process when it comes to their artwork.
A huge thank you to o Sh3 Wolf o for taking the time to answer our questions and sending us the above artwork. If you want to see more from o Sh3 Wolf o, you can do so on their Twitter Account and their Instagram Account.
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