Following on from the design of this bloke
, it became necessary for me to turn my hand to rendering perhaps the best-known Punch-Out! character of all – the one and only King Hippo.
For the longest time this was just a simple line drawing (I did it purely to get a better handle on his construction), but I was so pleased with it that I ultimately decided to give it the full greyscale shading treatment, and here we are.
The mauling monarch of Hippo Island (who is absolutely the property of Nintendo, litigation fans) is greatly entertaining to draw, and I remain intrigued as to exactly which species he belongs to, since he’s clearly and unambiguously not human (the naturally-occurring jet black eyemask and lack of any sort of nasal arrangements are a dead giveaway, as are they noises he makes instead of talking in the most recent Punch-Out! game. He sounds like a tyrannosaur with bronchitis). My money’s on some sort of giant irritable hyper-evolved extraterrestrial pumpkin man.