Sonic Spin!

I’ve been riding that Sonic The Hedgehog 2 high the past few weeks. I decided to revisit some old drawings I did around early 2020. I packaged my conceptual designs for a mock animated series I called “Sonic Spin”. Another “what if?” project where if a certain IP were in my hands, how would I pitch it? “Sonic Spin” would be aimed at very young children riding the success of the Sonic the Hedgehog films. It would be more in tone to the 1993 Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog rather than the overly complicated, often too-serious anime Sonic shows that followed. Sonic has always been a lighthearted fun colorful character. Which is why children are so drawn to him in the first place.

The heroes of Sonic Spins

When it comes to my actual designs, I went for a light hearted Looney Tunes aesthetic but also simplified designs as modern cartoons tend to do. Today, you’ll see a lot of classic IPs like Ninja Turtles or Thundercats “reimagined” into a wackier tongue-in-cheek animated direction. It never bodes well with the diehards, but sometimes it can be enjoyable for what it is…even though you sort of question how it got this far in the first place.

The Villains Doc Robotnik and his self built sidekick: Metal Sonik

When I shared some of these designs via Reddit in 2020, the consensus from the Sonic fan community was “Amazing skill; Terrible take.” And that’s okay. Because it’s also not aimed at them. It’s a silly fast paced, adventure comedy about a Hedgehog and his friends fighting evil robots aimed at 5-8 year olds. Personally, I loved drawing these characters. I would love to see this realized a bit more. One day maybe. #gottagofast

A Quick (duh) Synopsis for the show…

WHAT IS BEST IN LIFE?

To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.”

Woah, there, Mr. Conan. Maybe not so much in my case. How about To draw your comics, to see them read before you, and to hear the support from your people. That’s more like it. I came up with a little Conan monologue during a daily daydream. I jotted it down on a post it note and decided to draw a comic to go with it. I always wanted a film of an “Old King Conan”. Grey, weathered, and scarred. A young fresh group of violent barbarians make their way across the land and decide to pillage another kingdom. Except they don’t know who is king just yet. They find out the hard way. You can’t take THE BARBARIAN out of the king.

This was my project for the week. I worked on it for 3 days. About 3-4 hours each day. I tried to mimc the old Marvel Conan comics, but with my own flair. I liked one of my panels so much I decided to sell a shirt of it. It could be available for 2 days…or 2 months. Who knows when they’ll find what reason my art “violates”.

Turtle Power!

I’ve been doing something pretty difficult with my artwork lately: holding back. It’s not something I’m doing for good. It’s an experiment of sorts. I love drawing my dirt, grime, and grit. Basically, am I able to replicate the style of marketable IPs? If someone wanted me to draw streamlined styles…could I? That’s what I did here. I tried to replicate the style of the old 1988 Playmates Ninja Turtles packaging. Something you might find on an old lunchbox thermos or something.

Use the slider to slide between the ’87 cartoon figure turtles and the original Eastman and Laird take. I had fun doing this simple clean style. I might do more for sure.