I absolutely LOVED doing this peice. Every now and again I seem to go through little obcessive phases. Though I must admit that Mega Man has been my favorite character for as long as I can remember. I did this peice for the release of Mega Man Powered Up. (Rokkuman Rokkuman in Japan) The background was added to the pic today really quickly as it did not originally have one. I have even sketched out many of the other robots to turn into vector. I may do them...eventually.... :/ Alot of people were really turned off by the cutesy style for Mega, but I loved it. Keiji Inafune is a genius. Don't worry, I'm sure there will be many more of Mega to come....but don't expect X characters, cause the Original will always be the best!
I was feeling a little nostagic this weekend and decided to break out some NES games. Though, naturally, Super Mario Bros. was the first NES game I'd ever played, I think it was Mega Man 2 that really got me into gaming in general. Good graphics (for the time), cool music, and kick-ass gameplay have always been the hallmark of the Mega Man (or Rock man for you purists out there) series, but I always look back on the 2nd game as my all-time favorite.
So I figured 'Why the hell not?' and modeled up, in my opinion, the coolest of the Mega Man bosses.
When Mega Man Zero was announced, I thought, "ANOTHER Mega Man series?! How many can one fanboy handle?" Don't get me wrong - I'm happy with the game itself. But I just had to take the piss out of Capcom for taking the saga to the nth level.
So I made a parody of the "Not Another Teen Movie" poster and labelled each character from the MM and MMX with the same nicknames used in the original poster. I would have liked to toss in key characters like Dr Light, Dr Wily and Sigma, but I ran out of nicknames by then and couldn't really find ones that would suit them well. Still, this picture generated quite a few larfs on the bulletin boards and won the "Pic of the Update" award at Mechadrake Assemblies. I suppose its success speaks for itself. ^_^
Here's the Mega Man 10 cover that Capcom commissioned me to do this year. Hopefully I can put the rest of the cover up sometime next year when the game is released! This is actually the center portion of one HUUUUGE cover, but the rest of the cover has spoiler material such as bosses.
As of this point, this picture is finished, and I'll be working on related projects.
Update (12/8/2010): Updated MM1 sprites with original 8-bit colors as they were originally presented in MM3. Also added updated Oilman and Timeman mugshots with matching colors. Spacing has also been edited.
Update (7/27/2010): Frames and spacing hopefully finalized. The frames have been given "inner frames" which directly encompasses the mugshots. These already existed on the frames for MM 9 & 10, and were added to the previous 8. The Mega Man 5 frame took the most work as it's size and shape never seemed to come out right until I settled on a more compact design based on it's original, which makes sense to begin with. Working on a super special alternate version of this pic, and the Special RM list is still being worked on, so don't panic. So please, let me know if you like the changes and enjoy!
Update (7/11/2010): This new update features a number of changes which includes some text arrangements as one. The main changes include shadows for the text to be more in line with the later Mega Man games, also makes them easier to read and not so flat. The other major change is to the coloration of the Mugshot frames, also the structure on the Mega Man 2 & 3 frames. Please let me know what you think of the changes. Enjoy!
This is the top secret project I was talking about. A complete list of all 80 Robot Masters spanning the entire original series (Mega Man 1 through 10). This took a lot of time to do with the sprite hunting getting and all the positions right and doing all of the text. So yeah.
Ultimately I think it came out very well and that hopefully it could be expanded with future installments (Mega Man 11/12 ?) Either way, I'll be ready. Till then enjoy!
Also I've been thinking of doing a Special list featuring the main cast as well as the special bosses of the Classic Mega Man series. What do you think?
In case I haven't mentioned this before, all characters and concepts in relation to the Mega Man series are all owned by Kenji Inafune and Capcom! Also Special thanks goes to the teams behind Rockman 7 FC and Rockman 8 FC for developing 8-bit sprites for the Mega Man 7 and 8 characters!