This might look familiar if you saw my SketchDump from last summer. At the time, I was really into the Super Mario games, and I drew a big explosive tribute that didn't get beyond the pencil sketch stage. The idea was to make it look kind of like a poster for a potential animated movie adaptation of the games, which at the time I thought would never happen. Now here we are a year later, and it's actually coming true! No more need for an elaborate fan project, we're getting a legit animated Mario movie from Universal in a few years. With Nintendo looming over the shoulders of everyone at Illumination Entertainment, I'm pretty confident that they'll do it right.
I've always wanted to be more of a gamer, stepping outside my Pokémon comfort zone into some of the other legendary series Nintendo has to offer. Now I'm actually doing it. I picked up Super Mario 3D Land for my 2DS the other day, and man is it fun! Just what I like in a video game, a playful adventure that keeps you on your toes. I have my eye on lots more Mario games, past and present, and in the meantime, I went back and found the original Mario tribute sketch I'd done last year and finally gave it the full-color polishing it deserved. In the words of Mario himself, that's-a so nice