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A Promise to Keep - Tribute to Cortana by Raaamen A Promise to Keep - Tribute to Cortana by Raaamen
I've wanted to do this ever since the I finished Halo 2.

7 years, 2 months later, I've finally mustered up both the artistic skill and sentimental courage required to complete this task. With my inspiration reignited by youtube singer, Malukah's, very own tribute to Cortana, Frozen Sleep (for those of you who know her songs, yes the pun was absolutely intended), I've managed to stuff into this painting all of my love and respect for the greatest video game franchise ever created.

more specifically, the scene illustrates the ending of Halo 4, when Cortana, broken from saving the chief from the didact with  her rampant data, says good by to him, and disappears into a matrix of corrupted coding.
Can't help but choke up every time i watch it ;_;

i don't care what anyone says, 343 has taken Halo to a whole new level, and i will continue to give my love and support to the franchise and its characters.

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epiclink8480 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
This made me cry all over again. Honestly I want her back so bad because I am such a bleeding heart for cortana and chief. Honestly I think that they were made for eachother. I can't wait to see how they play chief's grief into halo 5. 
Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
Well, let's just say he's grieving even more, now.
FotusKnight Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing artwork, man.
Kakashii117 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
Don't make a promise if you cant keep it. Waaaah! 
Nethersteel Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Wow. Very nicely done.
CommnderShepard117 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I miss Cortana!Sam Crying 
sunmoodang Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
welcome home john
Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
............Dammit Cortana WHY?!
Relena89 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
This is truly stunning!
Zazishi-V-Zajitsu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
So I found you cuz of the Jinx art for the new song.. saw this in the side scroll of other work by you
Because of a plug in I have that inverts colors to make web pages easier on the eyes I didn't know it was Cortana till the page loaded..

I started to cry.

Words fail me in telling you how utterly beautiful and powerful this capture of her in that moment is.. 
Cortana was more or less my biggest reasons for pushing through the games campaign especially in two and three.. because lets face it.. the flood. *shivers* gave me the creeps and I'll admit the grave mind probably inspired a few nightmares.. as me and horror things don't always mix well.. and while Halo is no horror, Flood and the Grave mind sure as hell added a bit of that to it.

There is part of me that wants to shell out the 500 f'n bucks it would take to get an Xbox One so I could get the Halo game bundle they released.. but I just don't got that kind'a ... wouldn't say disposable cash.. but free floating.. 

Either way.. guess I'll be replaying H4's campaign tomorrow.. still yet to get it on Legendary lol.
astro-shark Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Chief and Cortana had a very good ride together, but what 343 really shows how much chief cares about cortana and tries everything just to save her, including humanity. I wonder what will be going on in the next halo (as soon as i can afford a Xbox One...)

This is really amazing, even though how sad it was to see her go, chief needed a reminder that, no matter how hard you try, things cant be stopped all the time.

:iconmasterchiefplz: "You know me, when i make a promise"
malufenix Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Raamen, I'm glad you were able to finish this. It's stunning. Thank you for listening to Frozen Sleep! And I'm with everyone here... so many feels when I see this.
Raaamen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ahahaa omg!!! idk what to say XD

i hear you on my youtube playlist everyday when i paint so its so cool you saw this, really glad you like it :D
malufenix Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Oops. 3 A's. Raaamen. My bad!
colourofdarkness Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
I love this, and have much the same feeling towards Halo 4, Malukah's tribute song, and that particular scene you refer to :P (don't know how you manage to hold back the tears when watching it! :'D)

I also feel compelled to congratulate you on having produced the most... "tasteful" rendering of my favourite character that I've yet to see on DeviantArt... (well, they are all done by deviants I suppose... ;))

Again! Bravo!
colourofdarkness Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Just put Frozen Sleep on, and scrolled back up from the comments to your image. It all comes flooding back! :'(
Raaamen Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
devo7x Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aaaah I love it.
MindSouldBody Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Oh please. She will be back in Halo 5.
rhezM Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
such a nice tribute! so emotional..
I'm not familiar with that song, but will check it out..
great job btw! 

JasonWolfe Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Wow. I'm going to cry now. You have literally taken a battle-hardened, drop-ready, Covenant-slaughtering Halo veteran and reduced him to tears.

I salute you sir.

<< >> <<
Psst, just so you know, they're bringing her back
<< >> <<

Cortana Lives
xXkingschairXx Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Amazing Drawing Clap :D (Big Grin) Love 
Bigbadwolfx09 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014   Artist
You did such a great job cortana is my all time favorite side kick 
and 343 did do some things right but they fumbled in others they have even admitted to this but I am more than sure halo 5 will be great I really hope that cortana lives. 
LRRin11 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student General Artist
i kind of doubt it, she got blown to smithereens. i mean sure they could have re made her but it will look the same but it will not be her. 
colourofdarkness Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
"it will look the same but it will not be her"

As she stated herself earlier on in Halo 4 :D "She won't be me, you know..."

I'd like to think 343 will stick with what they've done with her character; any attempt to retcon her back to life will simply diminish the emotional intensity of having lost her in the first place! Though if they were to team Chief up with a new (and different looking!) AI then it could give an interesting character dynamic for them to explore (the AI trying to gain the trust and respect of an angry and jaded Chief?...)
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! :clap: :love:
WintersEdge7 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Great job:-)
Spartan-055 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student General Artist
i love that you made her look like she was crying. 
SpartanChunny Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
i love the tear! its a digital tear! so cool.
arcanedeviant33 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Just AWESOME work man....
arcanedeviant33 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Amen to what u said bro. AMEN...
TheGr8Whoopdini Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, this is great. Especially love the light effects on the left side, and the "tear" streak was a great touch!
troika1138 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
This image hit me where I live.
Drew-Waylander Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student General Artist
NIce work .. :)
J4SZ Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
feels all over again
StargazerRJL Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
This... is fucking incredible, it brought back all the feels at the end of halo 4 :O
KomptraKalla Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No words can describe this. It's an amazing picture.
ZachDFK Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Seeing this I remember the amount of feels I felt in Halo 4.....Cortana ;___;
bobdd0 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
I... oh my.
Jaydos100 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
This is great.
Jbob66 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Welcome Home, John."

Literally all of my feels. Amazing work!
Basement-Aviator Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her eyes and expression... :iconmanlytearsplz:

How did you make the code letters?
Raaamen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
get matrix code or matrix numbers images, then put them on overlay or luminosity layers
Basement-Aviator Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guessed it was that. Just didn't know whether you used a nifty brush or Photoshopping skills.
Jbaaron Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lord Almighty! I had "The Mansions of the Lord" on when I found this and it was too moving. I urge anyone who loves this game to put this sing on  and go look at this image....
justinpyne Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Mindblowing. not only is the artwork well done but you really captured her character
BENEFIELDAVON Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WrathfulPaladin Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
This is the one of the best, if not the best renditions of Cortana on here. You're definitely a contender and on my top 10 Cortana artists list. This made me crai, this made me smile, gorgeous man. Heart :happybounce: Llama Emoji 08 (Crying) [V1] 
NIELSPETERDEJONG Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Damn! The feels man. The feels!
iDeaXO Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That is amazing!
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