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SPOTLIGHT: MARCH 4, 2021

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  -  2 years ago

I'm sitting here going, "Yay it's March, springtime!" whilst simultaneously thinking, "March? How is it already March? We just started 2021, what happened?" But either way, here we are: roughly a year since we were asked to work from home for a bit. And not to speak for anyone else but my WFH setup went from, "Oh I just need my laptop" to suddenly a full fledged PC station. And that's where this blog is coming to you from! Anyway. Enough of that, you're here for some community art so let's hop in, feet first!

CRÈME DE LA CRÈME

What happens when @FletchUH crosses the Halo: Combat Evolved logo with the Halo Infinite Master Chief? Magic. Pure unadulterated magic. Seriously. When old meets new, you get this fantastic recreation of the box art that started it all. As a bonus, I've tossed in a collage of some of the other remakes he's done recently. Personally I really love the colors on the Halo Legends cover. Which one is your favorite??

SNACK BREAK

This week's song choice follows the "let's throwback to the original" trend started above. This piano toccata of the Halo: Combat Evolved theme by @Pianomasian is lovely. I have very smol hands and the best I can do is Jingle Bells so the unique filming angle here really shows off the skill and talent at play. I hope y'all enjoy it as much as I do! There's also a lot of other video game selections in his YouTube so I may have gone down the rabbit hole for a bit. 

SNICKER'S DOODLES

Week after week, day after day, the Halo community continues to produce art and I remain constantly amazed. Not to mention incredibly lucky that part of my job involves looking at all the artwork and then putting together blogs. I guess Chief's luck rubbed off on me at some point.

HOMEMADE

From sketches to toys to sidewalk chalk, there's no medium of art the community lacks and I love every bit of it!

EYE CANDY

This week has some really neat things to check out. There's a super clever tattoo mixing some Spartan/Noble iconography, an absolutely ridiculous "rebuild" of the Halo NERF AR, and some really sweet surprises!

Emile, /u/Den_is_Zen
(If you click this link you can see a video on the tattoo, I recommend it!)Cortana, /u/rednamrahCBrothers, /u/Eardrum98

Halo Nerf AR, /u/Wide-Leadership8463
(Definitely click the link for more pictures. This thing is insane!)UNSC Tattoo, /u/GalahadQuarantine47 Warthog Recreation – In Progress, @warthogmexico1
(Be sure to check out their Instagram to see how far this recreation has come!)Chief and Cortana, /u/duckyisbeast

PICTURE PERFECT

Screenshot wizards exist but I don't think they come from the moon. At least, if they do, no one's told me about that.

SPECIAL ORDER

If you missed the very exciting news, the one and only @pixelflaregfx has announced that not only is he a fancy pants book cover artist now, he's also officially working for us here at 343! We couldn't be more thrilled to have him on board so wanted to give him a special shout-out to welcome him on board. Plus, this way I get to show off his Daft Punk inspired piece. It makes a really awesome desktop wallpaper!

SWEET ROLLS

Water in hand, found a comfy seat, got a dog on my lap. Video time!

If you like Halo 3 montages, you won't want to miss H3M1 by @paggronitself, featuring gameplay by @Predator_JM. Not only is the gameplay super solid, I personally really love the music choices so this was a great way to kick off my morning.

This tribute to Halo by @WillFaucherVFX is absolutely stunning. It picked up traction within our studio, even, and was passed around in an email thread. It's short but you have got to watch it. I knew Unreal Engine was awesome but this blew me away. 

The Geekster Chief is here to remind you that sometimes Folks Need Heroes. How many of these moments do you recognize? Which is your favorite? 

PETITS FOURS

Some snacks to tide you over until supper!

DOODLE'S SNICKERS

Dolly Spartan. That's the tweet and it's courtesy of @tamoorh.