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Anya Gears of War mag cover by warballoon Anya Gears of War mag cover by warballoon
Gears have to read something too...

(download full size so you can see it properly)

*View the magazine cover separately here --> [link]

*View another wallpaper with just the painting of anya here --> [link]

Wow, this one took me a long while to complete but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.  Although I may tweak it slightly before the deadline.  I was hoping to finish this earlier so I could start my second entry, but alas...  It's just going to be this one.

I used basic Photoshop paintbrushes for the majority of it.
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:iconthebuttfish:
TheButtfish Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist
It's always nice to see something that goes the extra mile and becomes a true 'illustration'. The Anya part is fantastic enough by itself, but it's so nice to see it used in a completed 'scene'.
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the great comment, theironwolf!
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you all. I'm so happy people are digging this piece. :D
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:iconlordgunslinger:
lordgunslinger Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Genial! Excelente!
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:iconlordgunslinger:
lordgunslinger Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
I love it XD!
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks!!!
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:iconl-lawlit:
L-lawlit Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
looks like a real magazine! very detailed and original!veit
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks, I worked on trying to get that magazine to look pretty realistic.
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:iconlesimpsons:
lesimpsons Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Nice
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:iconoriginalham:
Originalham Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Brilliant!
That is absolutely awesome! I'd definitely subscribe to this magazine yeah!
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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:iconjustinrampage:
JustinRampage Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the awesome submission Ben! [link]
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
very welcome, thanks for posting!
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:iconjustinrampage:
JustinRampage Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem friend! :)
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:iconhansnomad:
HansNomad Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
This piece was brilliant. I can't believe you weren't even in the top 100 (at least I didn't see you there). Too bad--yours was the most original and well done of the bunch.
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the great comment!

yep, like previously mentioned - maybe it was the theme, or the way I painted her boobs (too risque) or some other factor, but it didn't make it in.
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:iconmidgardox:
midgardox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
excellent, Cog Journal October cover is Sam or Myrrah?Joy
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
haha yeah... maybe I should do a few more...
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:iconmonkeyemy:
monkeyemy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
This is really professional and beautiful. I'm sorry it didn't get in, but now you can show this to people and get hired and make more than $200.
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks for that! Yeah, it's good for the ol' portfolio.
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:iconbpremo:
BPremo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student Filmographer
It might have been the theme or her chest, but man this should have won something.
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) it would have been great... maybe next time.
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:iconlaprimeralive:
laprimeralive Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
how did you not get in the semi finalist? seriously lol
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
lol, thanks
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:iconlifeafterchaos:
Lifeafterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
I think the admins are blind to not have this on the semi finalists page for the contest, I feel that you were robbed of this... because this was original, followed the rules, showed great skill, stood out as being different, and should have been in the top 3. I am so confused as to how this was missed and how some of the others were picked over yours. I'm actually kind of upset to have not seen this one considered.
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm usually one of the most humble people around, but I really thought I would have made it in to the judging... Maybe it was due to her chest... Probably should have thought about that more as this is a microsoft sponsored contest.
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:iconlifeafterchaos:
Lifeafterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
in my book, this is a winner
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:iconzeroend:
ZeroEnd Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Graphic Design! :headbang: Fantastic piece.
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the great comments, all!
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Seraphartman Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Sweet work on the details and the idea and subject matter is great too!
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:iconsleepwalkeruk:
SleepwalkerUK Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very original, like it alot. Stands out from the rest thats for sure. Good luck.
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:iconchemicalalia:
ChemicalAlia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome concept! Really clever, and nice coffee mug ring.
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:iconelhero:
elhero Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
def my fave. respect.
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
thanks a ton, elhero. Just checked out your entry too, it's fantastic. I hope you post more art on your dA gallery.
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:iconedwardjchua:
EDWARDJCHUA Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is great....I wish there was a version with just the mag cover!
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
There is ;) I'm posting it on my gallery soon.
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HoustonSharp Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
thats a really cool idea, probably the most unique in this entire competition. It's well-executed as well. I will not be surprised if you get in the semifinalists.

good luck!
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:icondigitalartaficianado:
Thats an awesome concept! Love it
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:iconkatanimate:
katanimate Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is not only a beautiful piece, but also a really creative idea. A lot different from the other entries, good luck!
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:iconsequential76:
Sequential76 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional
Nice Concept!
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the comments and the favs!
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:icongogatchaman23:
Gogatchaman23 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Sick!
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:iconunifiedac:
unifiedac Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
I especially like the coffee ring. Nice touch.
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:iconaccelcore:
Accelcore Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That...is really nice. Good job. :D
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:iconimmilesaway:
immilesaway Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
this is pretty cool
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:iconcrotale:
Crotale Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Wow, this is really awesome.
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:iconlifeafterchaos:
Lifeafterchaos Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
That is amazing, damn now I feel like I have no chance. Great work dude.
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