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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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A fight between Cody Frost and Juuichi (Morenatsu Project) would be so awesome ! :D 
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Dukurow|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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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|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's quite awesome!  Great work, man. :D
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DingoPatagonico|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks so realistic, wish i could play it in real x3
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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|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh yeah x3
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Krunchycroc| Traditional Artist
super cool! =D
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Many thanks indeed, my good bloke!
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thesilentmole|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome sprite work!
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Cheers, fella!
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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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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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:lol: This is priceless!
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Delighted you like it. 'Twas a fun one to do!
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Glad it proves pleasing!
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TutRex92|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is allsom
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Thanks, fella!
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TutRex92|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your still cool!:happybounce: Hug 
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Drawing-4Ever|Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehehehe
I loved it!!
You had a very good idea, my friend!
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