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And tonight’s retouch…Shadow the Hedgehog.

So what’s different? Well, if you remember the original line art for Shadow himself was done in 2005. I think I didn’t get around to coloring him until 2010-2011…maybe. I didn’t like the background. Like most of my work, I keep a layered file so that I can change things later. Also, as an artist, I never stop learning. Most times I’ll call a piece “done” simply because I’m too lazy to do the obvious…like a paint a background relative to the subject. So I decided to paint something based on a stage from Sonic Adventure 2. Also, I added some highlights that didn’t exist before, but kept that cool analog effect in the emerald and energy, similar to what you’d see in an old 80′s cartoon, because you know, I’m an 80′s child. Anyway, I think this looks MUCH better, even if it isn’t perfect.

It’s been awhile…distractions and all. I may be among the few people who honestly enjoy Sonic Boom, even with all its glitches in the Wii U version. I do however enjoy the 3DS version thoroughly and the animated series has me cracking up constantly. Anyway, the usual…Prisma markers, flair pen, Japanese brush pen.

Ok, if you’ve known me long enough, you’ll know the line art from this picture was done back in 2007, but I was never pleased with how the final picture came out. So I figured I’d overhaul it and ad it to my 16-Bit Awesome collection. Background from a recent picture

Regardless of what gamers may say, I love all the Rocket Knight games a lot, and Sparkster here will always be one of my favorite old school gaming icons.

Tools: Adobe Photoshop CS3, Painter X, Wacom tablet, several hours.

More 2005 character art, this time of Teela, as she appeared in The New Adventures of He-Man cartoon. This picture never had a background, and her leg always bothered me. Originally she was just on a tan colored backdrop, and I always wanted to put her in some sort of scene but never had the time back then. Figured since this is one my newer ones and I’ve been updating a lot of my old artwork as I find it, why not finish it…well, as finished as it can get. I don’t have the original PSD file, or the line art so I had to painstakingly remove her from the backdrop.

I still have this Genesis cartridge..it still frustrates me to no end, but I always loved Aero, mainly because he’s a bat, and as a kid, I was really fascinated by bats. The music was also some of the best I’d heard since Sonic, growing up at least. This is only my second ever Aero the Acrobat drawing and I made a few changes to his original design.

Tools: Photoshop CS3, Painter X, Wacom Tablet, several hours.

You’d think as much as I love Sonic CD (it’s number 1 on my top 3 favorite Sonic games) that I’d have more Sonic CD fanart…sadly I don’t. I was hooked on Sonic when he debuted in 1991 and when Sonic CD was released, I had only seen still images of the animated intro in Gamepro and EGM (yeah, I’m THAT old) because, you know, the internet didn’t exist back then as it does today. I didn’t get to see it in motion till I was about 18 and I had finally gotten a Sega Saturn and Sonic Jam and watched the clips in the museum of the Sonic World portion of the game (yes, I still own and play my Saturn). Fitting that my 16-Bit Awesome series of drawings should include Sonic at least once.

Tools: Photoshop CS3, Wacom Tablet, several hours

EDIT: I just saw someone posted a “cropped” version of this picture on The Sonic Stadium. While I’m honored something of mine Sonic related made it to a post on that site, I wish I knew why they cropped it lol

So my friend Stephen sends me a message on Facebook that his store (Gamestop) got in a bunch of Sonic figures and he set some aside for me. This is the ONLY one I wanted.

I love French produced things…games, cartoons, comics, etc., so yes, I’m a long time fan of the old PS2 game Kya: Dark Lineage. I fell in love with the game the moment I saw her character design, and when I unlocked all the bonus illustrations on the disc I fell even more in love with the game and the world it too place in. This is my 3rd Kya picture. I actually did this about a year or so ago, though she was missing an ear and the background was totally different. Today I placed an ear on her head so her face doesn’t bother me…too much anyway, still weird…and painted a background based on an area in the game (since a friend told me I should have done that the first time I posted this). Anyway, new version.  We’d never see Kya in a dress, but the second time I drew her I changed her clothes as well, still keeping it red though.

I grew up with really cool friends like Robert Lassen and Jason Alvear who exposed me to some of the coolest video games with the greatest stories ever told. One of my all time favorites is Chrono Cross on the original Playstation, a game that to this very day remains one of the most epic stories I’ve ever played through. This is my favorite character from the game, Kid, drawn in my own style trying to keep it as close to the original as I could. Drawn while listening to a song from the game’s soundtrack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBE3c9X0BoA

This is nothing very original. It’s basically a pencil drawing I did based on a panel from an issue of Marvel Comics’ Moon Knight, one of my favorite comic book characters. I drew it a while back to try and force myself to do something besides anime and cartoon characters, using some of the shading as a reference then kinda going my own direction with it so that I wasn’t drawing an exact copy. The colors…just some quicks to get the art muscles loosened up.

So tonight, I figured I’d take a break from playing a game I recently picked up and haven’t been able to put down…Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. I love the Zelda games, even if I hardly ever finish them myself. This one, because it’s like a Link to the Past on the SNES, is even harder for me to stop playing. Along with LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Disgaea D2, Super Mario 3D World, Sonic Lost World (both versions) and Tales of Xillia…I never get around to picking up my pencil anymore. I need to fix that. Anyway, nothing too special here. Just my usual way of drawing, coloring and painting things.

Talk about digging up something old, this is a picture I drew of Carrot from the anime Sorcerer Hunters back in 2004…to this day that remains one of my most favorite anime series, next to Tenjho Tenge…either of these I could watch all day.

The original version of this picture didn’t have a background, and you could see down to his knees, but it was so bad there was no way to fix it, so I cropped it this evening.