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Red Dead Redemption - Marston by hel999 Red Dead Redemption - Marston by hel999
Edit 07-04-10: I worked on this a little bit more...

Did I already mention that Red Dead Redemption is the BEST GAME EVAR??? Hmmm.. yes I did. But let me repeat: RDR is the best! And John Marston is so... :blush: After playing it I wanted to paint him in a a serene moment in front of his farm. If you finished the game you will probably know why.

And now I am once again too eager to upload it now and too lazy to do the final tweaks before - there is quite some room for improvement I think. But it might also be a good thing to wait for your comments first and then fix everything at once.
Again I saved some of my precious lifetime and patience by using textures from on the clothes. And I photographed my bf smoking a cigarette for the mouth reference (well I had a crappy photo of Marston in that pose i took with my cam from the tv but the mouth was somehow too blurred to see anything) - and while painting the cigarette I thought - fuck it, I'll just take that tip of the cigarette from the photo and paste it into the whole thing because I cannot draw it convincingly enough:) Don't hang me for doing that;) Then something else: The bandolier made me go crazy - I couldn't find any proper reference for the pattern on it. Now I kind of improvised... but if somebody finds me a good reference I'll be glad if you can link me to it.

Red Dead Redemption and John Marston belong to Rockstar Games. I hope they tolerate my interpretation:)

I will give you a big file for download and print at home once I'm satisfied with it and I call it finished. My watchers will be notified when it's up.

:bulletred: WARNING: :bulletred:

:bulletred: SPOILERS IN COMENTS AHEAD! :bulletred:

IF YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED THE GAME YET PLEASE DO NOT READ PEOPLE'S COMMENTS!!! I do not want to hide comments that contain spoilers - so I rather warn you at this point:)
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JohnMarstonLegend Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the best realistic drawing of John I have came across. You are the only one or few who as captured his image perfectly.He looks like he does in the game and I love that.  Great Work
SuitedSuitor Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
Red Dead Redemption is the best game I have ever played and John is one of the most amazing characters I've ever encountered. This piece is absolutely amazing! There's so much color and life! 
CosySister Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Red Dead Redemption is one of my fave games, it's true: it is the best game ever! John's also my most favourite character in gaming ever, he reminds me of my dad :D Nice portrait you made of him :)
TikTokToxic Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
WHOA..... This is AMAZING!!!
TheStrangerous Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And even after all those 5 years, for me personally, it's the most enjoyable sandbox game which made me wanna 100% the game every time I launched a new game.
Domthetacolover Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
DAMN this is just amazing and I feel as if it really portrays John and the setting he lived in great job! :)
WinterCabin Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014   General Artist
Absolutely stunning! I LOVE this game! Completed the story mode :D And can play it online or private for hours! :D
Cara-dactyl Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
I kinda sorta refuse to play the end. I don't want to lose John!
killjoy200 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
you probably don't do commissions but... I do not have money or points... but can you try and do the four horses of the apocalypse? from the undead nightmare... you can say no I don't mind
dazombiekila Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is good!

 I almost cried when John got shot!

Legendary-Spartan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Outlaw to the End! I was so damn happy his son is his living legacy and finished unsettled business. John lives on through his son man I hope they make another.
Hbomba Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The ending is really sad tho.
jacobdarkloveboy6600 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this really good
Natakiro Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent job on this! It's so amazing. I love the details, especially his expression. After I did the final chapter for him, I cried! One of the best games I have ever played. I play it all the time. Back to your phenomenal artwork, I also really like how you did the background. It's marvelous. :thumbsup:
MinkNyu Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
I come back to this picture every once in awhile. Brilliant.
tristonv Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Love it!! Absolutely love it! 
DanishB00ty Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this screenshot!
Sniper-Bait Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Finally! A pic of John Marston that shows his softer and kinder side! All the artwork I've seen just make him look like a cold-blooded badass (which he kinda is, too), but here he actually looks like a family-man. Well done!
Zebrae-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this!

I hated the end, was not expecting that. I literally cried!
But it is an awesome game, and I still play it sometimes. :heart:
Bubblebeeb Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
I really hate that end, and really really, ineed 1000 packets of tissues D'':
Lolu25 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
"Now, if you don't mind I'd hate to spoil such a beautiful afternoon on such beautiful land with any further unpleasantries."
Bubblebeeb Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
After 3 i found this... xD And i say: THAT GAME IS AMAZING! AEGOHAEGHAEOU!
Alpha-Punk Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy........... this is just amazing!
Eawisdom Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
DAAAAANG! Good work :D
MinkNyu Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
You should be able to purchase this... It's incredible.
Wolfehy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! It looks just like him! We bought the game of the year edition, yesterday. So it comes with the first and the second game. I like the game so far, shooting people and skinning animals is fun.
CVDart1990 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So beautiful!
tcat Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Damn dude, the realism! O_O I love it!
V1lian Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Started playing the game just a few days ago, so fun :3

Also love the soft expression in this picture, great work.
Unbreakable-Warrior Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wowowow <33 I LOVE it. John is perfect in this pic, so adorable... >w< You did a really great job on this :heart:
MizFluffers Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The immense feels I got from this picture...I agree. Red Dead Redemption is the best game in existence.
kharolsodi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG, itīs a complete work! Martson looks so deep in his toughts! background is so calm... wish to be there!
ZanetheDark Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Writer
Personally I think it would have been better if he was in the rancher outfit since it's supposed to be him at the farm, but nonetheless this is an amazing job. I wish you could keep playing as him post-ending.
Ghostbusterlover Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This artwork is so gorgeous! Love every detail and that background is wonderful! *v* Excellent work, and an excellent game! :clap:
Prince376 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply Amazing
lolmonade888 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
So amazing, damn! He looks adorable.
BirdX0X Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I <3 this game so much. But the ending is SOO SAD D:
AMAZING picture by the way, you nailed ALL of John's features :D
j-z-sXFreizasGirl Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
He looks so adorable in this pic, well done!!!
Chris-Redfield-2013 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
RIP John... You will be missed.
j3anpaul84 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
rodvcpetrie Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
This is a really good depiction of John Marston. He is definitely one of the most interesting and layered characters in the history of video games.
ShadowsAdoptables Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
I love this game soooo much <333 I cried at the ending... I hate Jack, i want John back :C
BUNKOVICH Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
a beautiful artwork, well done.
Cenaris Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is that the spot? Is that the "fine spot"?
Holidayrush Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Best gosh damn game ever!!
lovely-fennec Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i really agree with ya red dead is the best game verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
bioshock2000 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
bad-ass picture
DragonArt123 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
This is really good, so much detail :D The game is epic and I want to cry at the end mission because you have been with John the whole game and you feel like you've lost someone close to you :'( I think you captured him well and I see in the picture that he is getting at least one moment of peace for once in his life :) You deserve lots of praise ;)
Jackieblu Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Nice job
Albin0wolf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Photographer
I was kinda sad when John got shot. :(
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