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Even Sonic has nightmares of being redesigned

A quick experiment to redesign Sonic the Hedgehog.  Like many I think the franchise is getting cluttered and confused, so this is basically what you’d get from me if you told me to reset everything back to zero and remake Sonic.

The old Classic design is my favorite, particularly in CD.  I think the most important thing in terms of personality is for him to look both cocky and cute, while physically communicating both his speed and his spikiness.  The newer designs strayed away from cute and made him much more like a laid-back teenager, but I think he has more appeal as a hot-tempered but lovable hero.

I do think the Modern and Boom designs have some nice qualities, and I tried to keep ALL incarnations in mind when coming up with this design.  I think Modern’s body shape that streamlines his torso into his legs makes more sense to convey his speed, rather than the original Classic design, in which is legs are basically noodles jutting out of a sphere.  The green eyes (an ever controversial subject) work for Sonic’s less vulnerable personality, but since I’m aiming for a cuter design I think the plain dark eyes work best.

I’m not a fan of Boom’s design overall, and I completely eschewed his overly lanky frame, sports tape, and blue arms, but I did try and think about what the designers had in mind when giving Sonic a scarf and extra spines.  I think the scarf has nice potential for adding some more balance to his color scheme, but Boom opted for a dull brown color which just sort of muddied the design, so I opted for red to match his shoes.  Giving him extra, smaller spines was an interesting idea, but in Boom they just look like a few awkward little hairs that distract from his iconic silhouette.  Here I just made his spines a bit more uneven in size and placement, but I think it’s important to keep his iconic 3-spine shape when viewed from the side.

Many folks have offered their ideas for giving Sonic a revamp, and the series has been a big part of my life since I was a kid, so I wanted to throw my ideas in there as well.  The fact of the matter is Sonic is such a huge and varied franchise that it’s difficult for anyone to agree on what direction he should be taken.  For me though, the Genesis titles are what made me love the series in the first place, and they did so with a uniquely geometric environmental design, and a character whose attitude was brash and overconfident, but nevertheless was one I’d always be willing to go on an adventure with.

Those booms. 
I knew that Sonic Boom on Wii U would suck, it’s kinda sad actually. 
But the good thing that is Shattered Crystal on 3DS is okay and the show is hilarious, even Amy is not so annoying, maybe a little, but still. 
And i love knuckles in this show, i’m not even looking on the design, but it’s good too, he’s just adding a little harmony in the team, like the strongest one. 
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Эти бумы.
Я знал, что Соник Бум на Wii U скатится в дно, это расстраивает. Зато Shattered Crystal на 3DS даже неплохо выглядит и при просмотре мульта можно поржать, даже Эми не такая бешеная как раньше, ну, может чуть-чуть, но все таки. И я люблю Наклза в этом мульте, я даже не обращаю внимания на дизайн, и он даже ничего так, он очень хорошо вписывается в команду, как самый сильный. 

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Oh thank you for all the sweet words! Yeah, I entertained the thought of what my Rouge would look like in Sonic Boom. It’d be cool if the design snucked in there but it’s unlikely.

I’m pretty excited to see what they have in store for her!

edit: decided to do an inverted heart on her shoes. How dare I forget that touch.