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Shovel Knight Smashified by hextupleyoodot Shovel Knight Smashified by hextupleyoodot
This is the second installment in the Smashified Series! You can watch the time lapse video here: (With CommentaryWithout Commentary)

This one was a ton of fun, but also very challenging! I've never really done anything with this much metallic and reflective material, so trying to capture that was definitely tough. In the words of Sakurai, "Maintaining his NES look was a top priority." I wanted to capture the essence of his sprite while still staying true to the promo art as well, so the body proportions fall kind of in between the two. Plus, I wanted to add some details that you might find on real medieval armor to some degree. Trying to interpret a character in a new way is always difficult, because I want to stay true to the original artist's vision as much as possible. Given the style of the official Shovel Knight promo art, I did have to kind of reinvent some things, such as the leg armor.

I was a bit torn between this pose and a running pose. I feel like Shovel Knight's run cycle is quite iconic and demonstrates a lot of character. However, I ended up doing something that pays homage to his primary method of attack: shoveling. I wanted a pose that looks a bit like he's rearing to start charging headlong into battle, shovel first. I also wanted to capture the rigidity of his movements as an 8bit character, which is a quality that I think he should share with Megaman, were he to be in the game.

Trying to figure out ways to distress the armor in a way that looks convincingly tactile was also an interesting challenge. I plan to post a tutorial of my findings, so stay tuned for that.

Overall, it was a lot of fun, and I hope I met your expectations!

I also have an announcement! I'll be partnering with Chris Sczcesiul Zesiul to produce the art for Smashified going forward! The goal is to be able to make more characters more quickly, and I'm confident in his abilities to replicate the Smash style. I hope you guys are all looking forward to what we make together.

As always, if you want to suggest a character, the best way to do that is in the comments on the YouTube video or on twitter. Wherever you post your suggestion, make sure to use the hashtag (#smashified) so that it's easier for me to find your suggestions. =)

Also, special thanks to Chris for giving me really great feedback during the creation process. He's a cool dude.


EDIT: Got some questions about Photoshop brush settings. I'll detail those here:

base shading:
Default Soft Round pressure control on opacity (occasional I'd up the hardness when necessary)

Round Angle Low Stiffness
Round Fan Thin Bristles
Various brushes from Chris Wahl's Mega Pack (including soft scratches, soft grunge, some others)
A tool preset by Ray Frenden called Pencil: Real - 03 HB from his Inking Brush Tool Presets

Other stuff. Feel free to download and use them for stuff, but please credit if you publish it!

Shovel Knight Smashified (Transparent) by hextupleyoodotShovel Knight Digs In! by hextupleyoodot
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Good Smashified episode! I love it and I love your style. My one main critique is that It doesn't look quite as textured as it could be especially around his chest plate. If you added some more detail in that area (for example, you could overlay a steel-like texture on the chest plate), it certainly would add a lot to your Shovel Knight artwork. Also, the pose seems a little bit awkward. The shovel's handle also could be a little more wooden looking. Also, I have an idea that you could possibly do. Maybe you could make the shovel look a little more worn and tattered. This would add more depth to it. Other than that, this drawing is nearly perfect, great job by you! :D
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I--Vanya--I Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Student Digital Artist
HE'S IN!!! an Assist Trophy.
CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Because "Shovel Knight" is such an amazing game to play, I wouldn't be surprised to see him make an appearance in the next "Super Smash Bros." game, especially since they were able to release an Amiibo for the Nintendo versions of his game. :D
Silverge374 Featured By Owner May 2, 2017
Man I'd dig it
SuperMarioFan65 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Student Digital Artist
He love to dig. Nice.
StarWars888 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could you do one for Tin Star (SNES)?
JeepCJ Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017
I hope characters like this appear in Smash for the Switch.
Charathi-25 Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TeenyWarrior Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gr8 reference m8
Doodlz18 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016   Artist
amazing work
wonderful shading skills c:
FlipnoteWitzke Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Awesome Shovel Knight pic! :D It would be SO COOL to be able to play as SHOVEL KNIGHT!!!
MrOtterson Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This guy is one of the highest requested.
byron554 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
I am SO mad he didn't get in.

I am fucking nuclear that he didn't get in.

We got more anime.
JohnDiscordia Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
If I don't get shantae in smash, I want it to be Shovel Knight
2000C Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Can you Smashify "Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Tiki"?…
SquaredPrime Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
Please let it happen
GeotheFox Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015
Darkonius64 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
We just need Plague Knight smashified
Doodles626 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Steel thy Blade!
DarkEcoKat Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
just saw a tweet about a rumored shovel knight amiibo. thought the art looked pretty familiar:… hope they asked permission. 

edit: also i found out who made the fake amiibo box art, a redditor by the name of getmeoutofcleveland… bottom of the thread he links it here as 'here i made you this'. as a result retail sites are now using this as the 'official' art for a 'rumored' shovel knight amiibo.
Chrisapp8 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Student Artist
Absolute brilliance!
NopeToster Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015   Artist
PumpkinChans Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What no Shield Knight? Shovel Knights lonely with out his beloved!
lockdown3333 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
Pretty sure she's part of his final smash.
Ge-ssen Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
I pissed myself man, great artwork.
FaethS Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
I'll admit, I've never played shovel knight, but I'd be down for him being a DLC smasher :3
EQGRP-RainbowDash Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
All I can say is if Shovel Knight dosen't get represented in Smash Brothers sooner or later, someone WILL be faceing some Shovel Justice.
Ravitendo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
hey Artsy Omni is Shovel Knight a great game? maybe i want to get it for 3DS of Vita or maybe both :)
hextupleyoodot Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It is an excellent traditional platformer with great level design. Not a perfect game like some would call it, but certainly an instant classic. =D
Ravitendo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Wow awesome :D. am going to try it out. i also heard that guest characters are in the game.
Blayaden Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god, where did you learn to do this?!  Aside from photoshop, what tools do you use?  I would love to be able to do my art like this one day.
hextupleyoodot Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Just lots of practice over several years! =P
Blayaden Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish I knew how to get started.  I don't know how to do most of the things you did when coloring this piece.
hextupleyoodot Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'll be creating a tutorial of my general process some time in the near future. =)
Blayaden Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.  I really want to see how its done!  My painting style is pretty primitive, but I've managed to get a copy of Photoshop Elements.
weirdnwild91 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Anyone have an idea on what his Final Smash would be?
ItalianGamer97 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Great work dude! You know what I'd really love to see? Lilac the Dragon from Freedom Planet #smashified! Oh, man that would be so cool! Then I could REALLY fool people! EVIL Laughter! 
SuperSonicBros2012 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do Freddy Fazbear or Shantae.
JSGEntertainment Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Shantae, I'm all for.

SuperSonicBros2012 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
C-Abdulio Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
saw the youtube artist video regarding this and aside from telling you the obvious (that this is absolutely godlike and you're amazing for doing this), I wanted to know more about the process of how you created this piece. I know the commentary mentioned vector masks and such, but that kind of went over my head. Whatever it was, it looked like it made creating and shading individual pieces of base color much easier and faster to create and was hoping if you had a tutorial or a step-by-step process guide.
hextupleyoodot Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I actually intend to put out some tutorials in the near future to give a little more insight into my process. Stay tuned for those, and I hope they're helpful! =)
Toa-Aedak Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

also nice job
hextupleyoodot Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, I have to vote Rayman. =P I owe it to the Rayman fans out there who thought Rayman would be in the game!
Toa-Aedak Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ah alright
RosalinasSoulmate Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student Filmographer
Well, since so many other people are giving ideas, I might as well give one too :XD: How about Prince Fluff of Kirby's Epic Yarn? He was one of my favorite ideas for a newcomer and I think a lot of people would love to see him #smashified.

This looks really awesome, by the way.
KloudarkDekus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
My dream would be to see Matthew or Isaac Golden Sun being Smashified by you :)

TonyK-Lyne Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
I'm already a huge fan of your project so far, and I can say for sure that this has not changed. If anything, I'm an even bigger fan, having just come out of playing Shovel Knight for a weekend. Very fine choice, sir!

As I've said before, I'm all for a Geno revisit for #smashified .

That being said... I wonder what Wreck-It Ralph would look like for #smashified ? Hmmm...
hextupleyoodot Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Believe me, I'm definitely going to revisit Geno at some point! Just comes down to "when!"
TonyK-Lyne Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
Awesome - definitely looking forward to the 'when'. Keep up the great work, Omni.
MellowSunPanther Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I can actually imagine Shovel Knight as a playable character in Smash Bros.
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