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Metal Slug!

2D Forever

This picture spurred from a quick sketch on my tablet , and so I decided to draw it out properly by hand, and go through the usual scanning process.

For those Metal Slug fans, it is indeed Marco Rossi, with his shapely, characterful face. I've always loved the care and attention that went into the Metal Slug games (ignoring the poor effort on Metal Slug 4) and wanted to pay my respect towards those great games.

I have to admit I really like the colouring on this one, especially his skin tones. Typically I make everything highly desaturated, so I went for bold this time.
My only gripe being the background... but I never like backgrounds.
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TheSixthSaint Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014   General Artist
Why the long face, Marco?


Man, there was an arcade I would go to back in '99 and 2000, and they had the coolest damn Metal Slug X arcade machine set-up I have ever seen.
I've even looked online to see if anyone else had one like it, but I think it was custom since I haven't been able to. Or just really rare. I really don't know. It bugs me that I can't even share with anyone a picture of how badass the thing was.
Anyways, the thing was huge. The screen was pretty damn big, had a big steel platform (if you're familiar with the steel steps used in pro wrestling, it was like that style but flat) and it had the style where it was played by shooting arcade gun controllers.
I fuckin' loved that thing. When it was gone when I went back one day, I legit damn near wept for its absence. :<
gungriffon-geona Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
I always preferred the character art from 1-3. the really goofy elongated faces made them alot more interesting and rugged compared to the SUPER DUPER ANIME stuff that they tried to do later.
2dforever Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed 100%. I really don't know why they changed after MS3... maybe the artist left. After MS3 everything was basically recycled from earlier games and lost all of the charm. Oh well, the first three (and X) are the best anyway!
AmaraNth7ne Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MAN i REMEMBER shimmying countless pennies at the arcade! lol loved this game! n ur background is quite good! love the colors you chose
2dforever Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I wasted a lot of cash on Metal Slug as well.. worth it though!
And yes, the background came out alright, especially as it was an afterthought...
AkKAla5H Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Is that a 1911A1? I have wonder what pistol is actually using for long time.....
2dforever Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm afraid I have no idea... but if I remember correctly I grabbed detail from the gun from the Metal Slug 3 ending: [link]
(You can see the gun most clearly at the very bottom screenshot!)
AkKAla5H Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Yep, that's a 1911 :)
2dforever Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I have learnt something today ;)
I'm glad my illustration of the gun was at least half-decent enough so you can recognise it!
AkKAla5H Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
fiferworks Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Exercising his right to bear arms, Marcos is awesome.
NatachiXD Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist
WOW for the skin.... absolutelly awesum!
Metal Slug ftw!
JoJiMaNiAc Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
man i love the colors on him nice work nice drawing man i used to play his games so much even now his one of my fav player seriously nice work man
928 Featured By Owner May 11, 2008
You go, you bad ass dude.
SashaArcain Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
nice idea in creating this work.
avokaddoh Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
i always play as Marco! You did a kickass job!
joseph1105 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
Cool pic :D
Crab-Hermit Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
roninbuddha Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Student Artist
it really fits.
i love how you've exaggerated it, ala, Mslug 3 portraits.
Morya Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007
SouthtownExpress Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2006
Great portrait. Metal Slug is the best.
Kulken Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2006
Shit man, this is awsome! Im just working on an fanart for Metal Slug and then I found your pic! Damn!! Thats strange!! :P
Anyway, great work!
APBarr Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2005  Professional General Artist
verry nice... there's never enough Metal Slug Fan art.
Terrawr Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2005
just awesome
Trillzey Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Haw... you have something to be proud of here. Full of colour, and the background's good even. I luv the character shown in the face there too. Mmm, never played the games meself though. Cool stuff :D
Lain2005 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2005
METAL SLUG!! :glomp:
Scarlet-Dawn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2005
The skin tones and the coloring is just plain awesome! :3
paintgirl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2005
I like the skin tones and the game too. I think his face looks great. Who needs
sightseer Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2005   Digital Artist
very cool, this is cool. I like the expression on the face and the dark maroon burgundy reds. Kep up the excvellent work and for the record. I'd kick your butt in Marvel vs Capcom 2!!! =)
NoBullet Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
Ho-Ho-Ho-Holy crap that's awesome. +fav I love metal slug. I agree, the first thing that caught my eye was the skin tone, looks perfect.
LuckyLefty Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
absolutely awsome!

i really hope you sedice to do the others as well! i know it would look great!

byte2k Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
looks damn cool, that arm looks leet +fav
futilityEXIT Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
Would this be a part in a series of Metal Slug portraits? *hint hint*

Regardless, very nice work here. As mentioned previously, it screams "Metal Slug"! while also maintaining the style I have come to not only expect, but love, from you.

nadienne Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005  Hobbyist
woah! saw it on the front page... very nice! love the skin
Reima Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
That's some crazy ass detail. As well as some whacked out character design.

As soon as I saw this piece, "Hey, look. Metal Slug." popped right up.
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