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Sonic vs Metal Sonic

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Time for a rare treat: Some Sonic art! Rare for my art anyway, certainly not rare to the general dA scene. I got the Japanese version of Sonic Gems Collection a short while ago, and became pretty hooked on Sonic CD. It was the first time I'd ever been able to play it on console, as nature intended it, and it's so much easier to play than the comparatively slow, clunky PC or emulated counterpart. Having finally unlocked and beaten everything in the game now (except those blasted Special Stages, but they don't count because they're stupidly hard), I've been playing it less, but this pic is a product of my interest in it (it just takes me ages to get anything finished).

So yeah, this pic pretty much sums up the premise of the game. If you don't know it, you won't get what's going in much of the background in this pic so allow me to summarise. A small moon called "Little Planet" appears for one month every year and contains the seven time stones, the holder of which can use them to alter the very fabric of time and space. Needless to say, when Sonic arrives on the scene, the ever persistent Dr Eggman has chained down the planet and is in the process of turning it into a big machine-type place by going to its past and establishing his machinery so that he'll rule the future. Joining Sonic is the uninvited Amy Rose, hopeless fangirl who hopes to meet her hero, but instead gets swiped by Metal Sonic, an evil robotic version of him. And that's pretty much what's happening in this pic, taking place on Little Planet, more specifically the game's first level, Palmtree Panic.

The characters took ages to get right, then I had to outline them, then I had to re-outlight them because I wanted the lines alot thicker, but in the end I'm satisfied with that thick black outline and cel-shaded look. I was gonna try soft shading, which probably would have gone better with the un-cel-shaded background, but that just looked a bit tacky. When I used to buy the British Sonic the Comic as a kid, they always did Amy with her spikes up, like I've drawn them here, but on more recent investigation into official pics, old-school Amy's spikes are actually more like Sonic's, and are only up in one particular pic, where she's with Sonic. The poses in that pic are similar to how Metal Sonic is holding her though, so I figured they'd be better like that anyway. Speaking of Metal Sonic, that's probably the best pic of him I've ever done, and all his awkward shapes and limbs ain't easy to draw. I'm not 100% happy with Sonic's pose, but I suppose it'll do. The background only took the last 2 days to do, and even though that rough look and technique isn't normally me, I think in the end it came out rather well. I used screenshots to get those Palmtree Panic cliffs just right.

Let me know what you think! Hopefully I've submitted this during a time where there's lots of passing Sonic fans visiting dA right now. ^^
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