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Feral Fight by MatthewSmith Feral Fight by MatthewSmith
As all fans of slightly creaky (but still jolly fun) coin-ops will know, this image is a spoofy thing based on Final Fight, the venerable arcade beat-em-up that explores the lighter side of brutal urban vigilanteism. It was created as a surprise present for Vince Suzukawa, a totally ace artist whose work can be viewed here: [link] (among other places), and it stars his characters Drake Braeburn (the dragon) and Cody Frost (the tiger) in the roles of Haggar and...erm...Cody. Yes.

Those who've played Final Fight may spot that Drake and Cody are mimicking the moves of their on-screen counterparts, and that the two bad guys are animal versions of villains from the game. The lion is based on Hugo Andore, the huge meat-headed wrestler bloke with the questionable dress sense, while the rhino is based on Bill Bull, the big fat beardy chap who always came charging onto the screen head-first (I thought turning him into a bull would be too obvious).

This was my first ever go at computer colouring, and I remain thoroughly pleased with it. The characters were drawn in pencil and pen, then coloured in Photoshop and pixellated to look like sprites, and the background was grabbed directly from an emulated version of the game. The lettering and energy bars, meanwhile, were cut and copied from screenshots and then painstakingly redrawn with a mouse. This was incredibly fiddly and made my fingers go numb.

Drake and Cody are the copyright of the splendid Mr Suzukawa. Infringey types will be clouted up the conk with a spinning lariat.
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watchingandenjoying Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
A fight between Cody Frost and Juuichi (Morenatsu Project) would be so awesome ! :D 
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NESWolf20 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
awesome
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reiler12 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Dancing batman 
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Dukurow Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, Matthew, have you heard of Violent Storm? I'd love to see your take on that game. (Specifically the heroes, Wade, Boris, and Kyle, as well as the knife-wielding female thug, Liza.)
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
I in fact hadn't heard of that one, but having looked it up on YouTube I have to say it seems like a right laugh. Terrific music, too. Possibly it's something I could consider for a future piece!
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lucky-stallion Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's quite awesome!  Great work, man. :D
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Ta muchly!
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DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks so realistic, wish i could play it in real x3
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Likewise! Games like these were always topping fun at the arcade, especially when you were accompanied by chums for multiplayer shenanigans. A beat-em-up of this particular nature would most certainly have devoured all my available pocket change in double-quick time.
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DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh yeah x3
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Krunchycroc Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
super cool! =D
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Many thanks indeed, my good bloke!
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thesilentmole Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome sprite work!
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Cheers, fella!
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Virus-20 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I really enjoy all these Beat-Em-Up pictures. [link]

I wonder why not many make these pictures. They are so fun to watch and gets you to think, what if that really was a video game?

That be great. ^^ Anyway, amazing artwork you did here. :)
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Ta very much, sir! And I wholeheartedly agree with you, these sorts of piccies are indeed excellent fun to create. Your Streets of Rage-inspired images are heaps of fun.
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LazyRayFinkle Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
:lol: This is priceless!
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Delighted you like it. 'Twas a fun one to do!
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GyakuRyonaMale Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I like it. :)
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Glad it proves pleasing!
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TutRex92 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is allsom
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Thanks, fella!
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TutRex92 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your still cool!:happybounce: Hug 
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Drawing-4Ever Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehehehe
I loved it!!
You had a very good idea, my friend!
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Cheers very much! Pleased you like the piccy.
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
My M the Magnificent -kangaroo - would fit right in. He's as strong as Haggar and has his stamina, agility and ,due to his smaller mass, faster.
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Didn't one of the Streets of Rage games have a kangaroo as a controllable character in it? That was rather groovy.
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Anomaro-Karisu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We already have Paws of Fury, so why not? :D
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Crikey, I remember that game. My abiding memory is of the level with a precarious platform positioned on top of a mountain with an instant-death drop at either end, which Prince Leon the Lion would immediately hurl himself backwards off within seconds of the fight commencing.

The AI in Brutal: Paws of Fury was not quite the full shilling.
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HyperHominid Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
Lol, this is pretty cool work here, I loved playing Final Fight back in the arcades when I was 6, this totally takes me back!
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa, a beastial match.
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Indeedy! I'd invariably choose to play as Drake if this were an actual game, natch.
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat.
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Ardrak Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Freakin' cool! :laughing:
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Keyotea Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You forgot Guy. Also, Guy and Cody are medium weights in which they can do flips but, Haggar is a heavyweight and can't do that.
Still Haggar is powerful because of his wrestling moves.
The key to wrestling is using your enemy's power against them.
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
All entirely true. As for Guy, there weren't really any characters in the comic who'd have fitted into that role. And he was always a bit too orange for my liking, anyway. He was like a big kung fu carrot.
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Keyotea Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
But, carrots are orange not red...unless you used some kind of dye in it...or there is some far off land where carrots are red.
In the game Pikmin they are blue.
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REV6Pilot Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
One word... PERFECT.
It's a pity that anthro games are limited to the crew of a hedgehog who only jumps on robots.
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Many thanks indeed! And you're right, we could do with some new animal heroes with a bit more clout about them. Zany cool sneakers and a sardonic attitude aren't much help when you're being bashed off the screen by a 600lb rhino.
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Therony Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I still remember the numerous quarters that local FF machine got. Now if it was like this I'm certain a lot more would it would got.
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
You could well be right there. The folks at Capcom really do need to get on and make this game.
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atlantart Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
A great concept! I love how you've almost ';pixellated' the characters to fit with the graphics, and even then stand out considerably. Very original.
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Cheers! Regarding the pixelly effect, it took a while to figure out how "blocky" I could make the characters while still retaining a fair amount of detail, but I was pleased with the final result. Though, if you look closely, you may notice that the background pixels are slightly bigger than those on the characters. A bit of artistic licence on my part, there.
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Garrison-Kelly Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Writer
An anthro Final Fight? Hell yeah! This looks so badass! Awesome job! :)
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Thanks! I'm glad you like the pic.
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Garrison-Kelly Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Professional Writer
:D
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AceOfStCanardKLy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008   Artist
So Anthro!
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
Yup!
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spunkywulf Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
AAHHH this is awesome!!!
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
Ta muchly! Delighted you like it.
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