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A Girl's Best Friend by holijay A Girl's Best Friend by holijay
Hopefully I don't look back on this as a waste of time. I just wanted to do a fun piece of fanart, and the Nintendo dA group gave me the excuse to put off other assignments. @_@

'Jet Force Gemini' for Nintendo 64 is one of my all-time favorite games and it is a shame there were never any sequels made. What I loved about Rareware games is that they had good gameplay combined with great atmosphere. It is hard to find games that can match the mood and tension of a golden age Rareware title.

While this piece is certainly not perfect I had a lot of fun pushing the more technical aspects of the lighting that I usually have passed up in the past. I also approached the shading and ambient color in a new way, so it was satisfying to see myself break through some new barriers. Perhaps all that school work has taught me a thing or two. ~_^

I must admit I am very curious to see how much attention this piece gets. It's definitely better than my Pokemon fanart, but I doubt there are many that even know about this game. If warranted it would be cool to make a Jet Force comic series one day. I guess we'll have to see.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day! ^_^
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:iconvampirefoxys:
vampirefoxys Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
i like Vela Gemini!!!
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holijay Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm sure she likes you too.  But she's probably dead. :)
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vampirefoxys Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:c noo!
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holijay Featured By Owner Edited Sep 2, 2015  Student General Artist
She has a brother,
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nauth Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is still one of hte best Jet Force Gemini artwork on deviantart! maaan, nintendo really need to make a wii U version for this one! the control and the grphics would be awesome!
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holijay Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Too bad Microsoft owns the rights now. I would be fine seeing a new JFG game on 360 or their next-gen console, but sadly Rareware is a shadow of it's former self.

The Stamper Bros. and the teams they fostered in the 90's at Rare were amazing, and it really hurts that this golden age for the studio disappeared.

As awesome as nearly every Mario, Zelda, or even Halo game may be, the world of video game characters feels just a bit more barren without Rareware. I don't think there is any other studio that made such a huge range of memorable video game characters as Rare.

Thanks for your kind words.
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CristianAC Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
I love Vela *o*!!!!!!
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:iconholijay:
holijay Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, she's pretty darn cool. These characters certainly deserved many more sequels.
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:iconcristianac:
CristianAC Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Yes!!!!
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danielboik86 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
love that game also i still got my copy :D
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holijay Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I always want to pull out my copy and play it, but my Gemini twin girls would probably pull on the wired N64 controller. Thank goodness controllers are wireless on modern systems. :)
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danielboik86 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
that one befit of newer systems is no wire anymore. through feels weird after playing a new system. then going back to a old school one. then realize how much stuff haves improve the last 20 years. :D

kinda sad we never see it release on any of today systems because of copyright?
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holijay Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, Rare seems to kind of be a shell of what it use to be. Very sad.
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danielboik86 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
yeah they don't make good games like they used too :(
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WordsmithsHammer66 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Is this the scene where Vela has just finished fighting her boss and meets up with Lupus?
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:iconholijay:
holijay Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student General Artist
No, that was not intended, but that probably would have been cooler.
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WordsmithsHammer66 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
In any case, it's a great pic. I just recently rediscovered the fun of JFG myself.
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holijay Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Well thanks. It is a very fun game. Some of the greatest boss battles ever. Wish it had continued into a series.
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WordsmithsHammer66 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Perhaps, but then, look at how video game franchises get whored out these days.
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holijay Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student General Artist
True, but since it is mainly good gameplay and not story that matters in video games I personally am fine with multiple sequels as long as the gameplay mechanics evolve. I don't need a new Call of Duty every year, but I do enjoy new entries to Zelda or Mario every three to four years.
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SamuraiKnight Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Dam o-o she got wounded badly, looks like a bug i going to have a granade shuved where the light don't shine XD . Gotta love granades.
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holijay Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Ha, thanks for that compelling random comment. ^_^ Well you know, that's what happens when you try to get into disco clubs without the proper disguise.
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SamuraiKnight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
XD tell that to floyd (or the brother playing it anyways), as I got close he shot the ants and they started blasting me O-o.
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holijay Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Your funny.
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SamuraiKnight Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
lol thanks :)
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Mogwailover Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
People who don't know about the epicness that is Jet Force Gemini should shoot themselves in the face with a Tri-Rocket Launcher.
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holijay Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Ha-ha, agreed! I was playing Ratchet and Clank on my PS3 a few months back and as enjoyable as it was it just made me sad that Jet Force didn't get the same series treatment.
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Fairu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Vela is so hot in this drawing *____*
This game rocks!!!


P.S: I see dead triballs e_e!
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holijay Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks, wish I had time to draw these characters more.

Ha, darn those tribals.
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Fairu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
me too, those tribals always stay on impossible places, they're annoying xD
I made a drawing about Vela today :D
I want to draw Lupus and Juno too Dx
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DRAGSLICKS Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
I love your take on both of these characters, kindof a mix between american and japanese style
mad props... you made me wanna play that game again, i never beat it
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holijay Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student General Artist
That's kind of my goal when approaching a style so I very much appreciate your kind comment.
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lestat23989 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Jet Force Gemini forever!!!!
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holijay Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student General Artist
For realz.
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bemat Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Jet fore Gemini was a fun game when i was a fun game. I was so close to beating it but there was one ship part i could never get. would like to see more fan pics of this.
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holijay Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Student General Artist
I think the exact same thing happened to me. It would be cool if this game had more fanart. Of course it would be cool if their were more JFG games.
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nauth Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the best Vella versions i know, with a little less hair on the top but is still one of the best!
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holijay Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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JetForceGemini360 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is totally awesome. I salute you!
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holijay Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Student General Artist
Why thank you. ^_^
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DragonWolf15 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
HOLY CRAP I LOVED THIS GAME!!!!! Me and my brothers played this game all the time.
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holijay Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Student General Artist
He-he, I think you and mehemeh would get along. ^_^

Thank you so much for faving.
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mehemeh Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
OMFG! Jet force gemini! I remember playing it all the time with my brother! lol Wow... Memories much?
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holijay Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Student General Artist
I played it all the time with my brother too. ^_^ Lots of good memories.
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Lauren-Tyler Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Jet Force Gemini, one of the best N64 games ever made. I still remember how originally Juno and Vela had a cutesy SD look, but then they redid it for the look they have now. And I love how you drew Vela here.
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holijay Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student General Artist
Yeah exactly, it seemed so late in the development cycle when they eventually made the character design switch.

Thanks, I really appreciate that.
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Galaxygirl300 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Wow :D
Jet Force Gemini is still my favorite game of all time + Witchaven (Capstone)

Nice artworks :)

Feel free to make more Jet Force Art :floating:
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holijay Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Student General Artist
Cool, hmmm not sure if I'm aware of Witchaven or not. That's a game?

More Jet Force artwork sometime in the future seems inevitable. ^_^
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Galaxygirl300 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
yes its awesome (old)

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holijay Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student General Artist
Wo, yeah sounds very creative.
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