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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes by PatrickBrown Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes by PatrickBrown
I've been meaning to do a piece of fan art for this for a while now, Big Boss is one of my favourite characters in the gaming world so I had a lot of fun making this.

I've played the game through a few times now, it's so good and what a great build up to The Phantom Pain. This pic was a bit of a challenge, I'm trying to add more details to my line work these days, and I want my backgrounds to be more detailed too. The rain was fun to work with, I haven't had to work with wetness in a while so it was challenging.

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GoldenRaidor6 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
I think knocking out his opponent's is more Big Boss' style...but still a cool picture ^_^
russetwolf13 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
He's a guy who's almost never without a knife, how is a good old fashioned stabbing not his style?
GoldenRaidor6 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
(Shrugs) I just noticed that how the games deter you from killing enemies to much that it might play with his morality...But I am new to the series so I'm not as knowledgeable as most veteran fans are. I mostly played GZ with out lifting the gun, unless it was to Tranq. Though With the Legacy Edition I intend to change that.
russetwolf13 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
The original games gave no options for non-lethal playthroughs, it wasn't until the fourth entry that the tranq gun even became a thing.

Not to mention Big Boss and Snake are both sort of Blood Knight characters, part of their motivation was that while they suffered from it fighting was all they knew or wanted to do.

For Snake the tranq gun made sense, he wanted to keep fighting but didn't like the idea of losing his humanity.

But Big Boss, after killing the Boss and finding out the truth became disillusioned and depressed. He lost all reason to be loyal to anyone, and in essence lost his reason to maintain any semblance of humanity.

So Big Boss' story reason for using non-lethal techniques isn't a matter of morality but pragmatism. He spares soldiers who are worth sparing, a good example being Kaz himself.

Remember, there's a reason Big Boss is the bad guy in the original games. He values his allies, his men, they're true companions to him. But Big Boss doesn't see human life itself as inherently valuable.

Remember, Metal Gear is a series that holds the characters as well as the player's morality in the equation. Metal Gear Solid made a specific point about your wanton killing, the player and Snake are considered the same thing. Therefor Snake's character must contain within it both the player's capacity for mercy and wanton killing at the same time.

Play Snake or Big Boss however you want, their characters are written as such that your behavior as the player is never out of character for them.
GoldenRaidor6 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
Thank you for the clarification. I have a grasp on the story, though there is only so much the info sites will tell you these days :/
Guts-N-Effort Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Professional Filmographer
they came from beHIND!!
daverudabaugh Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Student Artist
Xia Hou Dun
Lord-Beerus-360 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  New Deviant
This game is shorter than the other metal gear games. That's just stupid! What was they thinking?!... 
OtakuTom1992 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Idiot, it's more like a cheap introduction into Metal Gear Solid V, should've read the reviews before buying it and complaining like a fool.
YgvantheShaper Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I miss Snake's old CQC stance where he'd hold a gun and a knife at the same time.
Egxe Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah that looked pretty cool, also you could equip the knife as a primary weapon and kill sleeping soldiers 
PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
Big Boss is the best. :3
Even better than Solid Snake.
Yeah I said it, Come at me bro! \(O.o)/
Egxe Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well big boss is the original snake so its a fact that he is better solid snake is just a clone
yolokid120 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 2, 2015
nirman Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015   Digital Artist
Did you use Sketch Up for the background? The tower seems so...
hu2015 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Excellent! I love the lighting and i also like how you can capture the tone and feel of the game in your drawings.
Gunslinger-of-Hearts Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Yes!! :D  This is beautiful 
treyzart Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student Photographer
Because on earth no one can hear you scream while being stabbed.

Nice reflections ;o
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You made the guy so handsome :D. This is so well done!!!
WhatItMeansToBeHuman Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That guy totally looks like Slade, from Arrow O_o
tepfiman Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Awesome work, keep it up!
MarjorieSelina Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is sooo awesome! Great artwork! Love it!! :D
Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist
Epic art work. The rainy night time, the uniform the art style, the design and composition, and the details are just nicely done. Big Boss is an interesting character. Age has not slowed him one bit. I haven't played the game yet, but the red band trailer on you tube was the best game trailer I've ever seen. Anyway, I like how you capture the look and feel of the stealthiness in this pic. Just seeing this, has me hearing the rain fall, accompanied by a sneaking soundtrack. For me, viewing any artwork is an experience for me. Overall, nicely done. ^^
SolidDreamz Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Unbelievable!!!!!!!!! :jawdrop:
IAmBionic Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Awesome :D
Davealmaknight21 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This looks like comic 
xBigBroh Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Best one in my opinion , im wondering how you do the lensflare?
HuskyIllustrations Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
dec172009 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow!! Love the line work and coloring!
zatara09 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
OMG BIG BOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DVman245 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
awesome piece of art here. BRING ON PHANTOM PAIN!!!
FriedrichTotenkopf Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
DOSE ABS.Mother of god 
Yukikaze-Creations Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah great! now you won't be getting S rank on this playthrough..nice work!
Jormungandr82 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ArunKiro Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
awesome !!!!
YeOldeFixen Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shit, he'll lose some points for killing that guy.
xeroxingdoommarine Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
This game was a rip off.
Venom-V13 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
The rain effects are mad cool especially with the light reflecting off the concrete there, so i'm guessing it's the same way you'd design blood right?
AmiraSharawy Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Great job.....I love it ((Y))
JesterDK Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great picture! Really makes me want to practice some of the things I see. 

...I'm lazy, so I may not, but I should!
Henry2962 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Sweet drawing, but the game is practically a demo released WAY too early.
XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Does Ocelot Finger guns, "You're...pretty good..."
XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Amazing. Love how you capture Big Boss in his element. Very nicely done.
kkht311 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
So cool.

Great work.

mksilver Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow :D you've captured the feel and look of Ground Zeroes perfectly. Excellent work as always man :p
PEACETHROUGHPOWER Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Very amazing work, DEFINITELY Fave-worthy!  I love it! <3
KingZ18 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I cant wait for phantom pain. the hype is real.
KooboriSapphire Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Is there any videogame man sexier than Snake?

I love how you did that lens flare, makes it seem very game-legit lol. And the details on Snake's beard as wonderful.
zhugebeifong Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The world calls for wet work... and we answer it!

No greater good! No just cause!
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