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.
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.
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
Super busy week has come to a close as tomorrow restarts regular busy week. WWE Raw on Monday is always fun to see live even though the current storylines are terrible. I’m glad they brought out the Wyatt Family after the cameras went off.
Vegas was beautiful trash as usual. The gaming convention was cool. Though kinda forgettable this year.
Artcade in Rockford was very cool. Met some really nice and talented artists. The gallery was set up perfectly. Sold 3 out of my 5 arts. I can’t complain…I wasn’t planning on selling any. They are posted below:
If anyone is interested in the Mega Man piece, let me know. These are framed and matted too by the way. And I’m not asking much for it anyway. But, yeah, next time who knows what I’ll draw…but I’m excited to be getting into galleries. Haven’t done one since high school.
Hey, long time no see! Been as busy as a racoon at a waffle factory. Just popping in this evening to promote a new art show I am apart of:
Join Rockford aRt.cade for it’s 4th epic video game art exhibition “FREEPLAY”. As requested by fans, artists will be free to choose any game, any genre, any theme, so prepare yourself for a ridiculous variety of work from over 20 talented local artists! (Also featuring a 5 hour custom gaming soundtrack, local baked goods, interactive displays, video, and contests with prizes by TNT Games of Rockford!). Our shows are always all-ages, so bring the family for a memorable night of art, music, food, and fun!
All is being held at Threetofive Studio in Rockford IL on October 3rd and 4th (Friday and Saturday).
All artwork I have done will be for sale (framed, matted, all nice n’ purtty) So come on out, check out some cool art, play some video games, eat some food, and go about your day. I’m really happy to be apart of this. A real good group of people art putting this on.
Below is just a sample of the pieces being sold by me. They are watermarked and are just a preview. I’ll post the actual pieces after the show as I am a baby and don’t want to spoil anything…completely anyway. I had a lot of fun doing these. I like to make people laugh. And when I realized that this show was more of a celebration of classic video games rather than some snooty art judgement court it really helped me a lot.
Now, excuse me, I am off to some pro wrestling shows and then a gaming convention in Vegas. I’ll be dead by Friday. And the Halloween season is upon us. Initiating Maximum overdrive. So much Mountain Dew will be consumed this month.