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A Regular Royal Rodent Round-up by NicGiraffe A Regular Royal Rodent Round-up by NicGiraffe

I try to avoid uploading stuff from the same fandom too soon for variety's sake, but this was the only sketch of mine's ready to be posted. I'll try to do better next week, I swear!

Anyways, these are my current redesigns for the Acorn royal family. Top left, we have sketches of real red squirrels for reasons I'll explain shortly. Beside them is an early attempt at drawing Queen Alicia, Princess Sally and Prince Elias' mother. Here she's not only a chipmunk in name now, but in appearance too. At the same time though, I did try to make her look like Sally. I'm still not sure exactly sure just which sub-species of chipmunk she should be.

Below that, we have Maximilian Acorn and Alicia together. I remember Max being called a ground squirrel. Looking through photos of various ground squirrel species though, I didn't see a single one resembling Max (I can guess at why he doesn't look like one, but it's just a theory). But he does look like a red squirrel to me, so that's what I made him. I also didn't want him looking like he's eighty years old or something, and tried to make his kingly get-up less obviously Western European-influenced. Alicia was given some really lovely dresses in both the comic and the fan art I stumbled over, and she did look like a queen straight out of a fantasy, which fits with my view on how the Sonic-verse should be. But I didn't bother with making her dress too detailed here since I was more focused on her physical features.

Then we have a bunch of doodles of Elias. I wanted him to look like he could actually be the result of a union between a red squirrel and a chipmunk while still using his base design (which I do like for the most part -- hey, don't say I never said anything nice about Archie comics). As you can see, he's got face, tail, and back stripes from Alicia's side of the family. His and Alicia's cheek stripes aren't consistent from sketch to sketch, I know. I'm still trying to decide exactly how they should look. I've settled on giving him a pompadour thanks to another fan pic I saw of him that I thought was cool. Also, I feel my redesign of him makes it easier to do a gender swap with him, since he'd actually look like a girl version of himself instead of a Sally clone with a long tail.

Bottom left is an original fan character who'll show up in my Sonic fics later on. She doesn't have a name yet, but she's an older lady in her sixties and an American gray squirrel. She's not royalty, but really really would like to be. ;)

Red squirrel references here (copyright to their respective owners):

i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/a…
www.red-squirrels.co.uk/sitebu…
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cakelesspixels Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2015
Like Fox said, all of the research paid off because everyone looks great here. I love the attention to detail and the designs you've given everyone. I love the facial marks, too! :D I think it's a nice touch that add a little spice to the designs. And it gets away from that belief Archie had that children have to be carbon copies of their same sex parent. While she has her own features, she still looks like she's Sally's mother though. King Max looks fantastic and I love how you approached both parents. And it's nice to see Max look like he's at a reasonable age and not that he's 206.

Elias looks like a perfect combo of his parents, too. I can see elements of both of them there while remaining unique. And he plucked his eyebrows! :D He already looks like he has more personality than the comics gave him, too. The realistic squirrel at the top is so adorable, too! XD

I'm already excited for the gray squirrel lady, especially since I have a pretty good idea how she plays into things. :3 As usual, you did a great job!
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner Edited Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, whenever pple draw chipmunks, the face stripes often get left off altogether, but I thought I'd include them because I like how they look on Lupe, and it better identifies Eli and his mom as chipmunks. I'm glad Elias has a more realistic look about him here (as in not being a young Max clone and such). I loved drawing Max's big ol' bushy tail. =D Tails are fun. Also, I hope his expression conveys the more reasonable, laidback personality he has in SatAM.

LOL. :icondukect: story suggestion is helping with crafting his new personality. There will be no gigantic eyebrows in my Sonic-verse! Red squirrels are little cuties, I agree! :D

Glad you like squirrel lady! I was aiming for across between Madame Medusa from Rescuers and Baby Jane Hudson with her.

I always like hearing your thoughts and input!
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cakelesspixels Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
I've noticed that too which is why I'm glad you kept it. :D That was one of my favorite parts of Lupe's design so I'm glad to see it here, too. And, like you said, it does help them look more like chipmunks. You totally did King Max justice. I think it fits his reasonable persona over whatever Archie was up to.

Oh, was he the one that suggested the idea you told me about? It was a really good one. :D (Trying to avoid spoilers with that statement LOL.) I can also see how it's helping develop Elias as a real character.

I think you did a great job incorporating those two into her design. I can see the influence! I'm also just pleased those were influences on her. XD I haven't seen either of those movies in forever. I should go check them out again.
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome. =D Also, is it wrong that when I watched Big Trouble In Little China over the weekend, I thought Lo Pan's old man form was reminiscent of a wheelchair-bound Max?

LOL, yeah, that's him.

Her design might be slightly tweaked, but I think it works for her so far. Why not? Rescuers needs more love, because it's become trendy to bash on it. And I admit I've never see Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, but I've hear of it and would to catch it on TCM or something if they ever show it on there.
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cakelesspixels Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
I didn't remember him so I had to google and OMG I totally see it LOL. I'll never be able to see that movie the same way again. XD

I didn't know people were hating the Rescuers. :( I knew people thought it was boring or not as good as the sequel, but I didn't know about the bashing. I can understand having a preference or not being into it, but I can't really remember it being worth outright bashing. Unless I'm forgetting something, it was mostly harmless and was, at worst, a little slow and low-key.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane is a pretty good movie IMO. If you can catch it, I totally recommend watching it. If you end up liking it, I'd also recommend Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte if you haven't already seen it.
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Dukect Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Thanks for the love Nic and also your drawing here is really good keep up the great work.

P.S

Oh and here's another idea for you or anyone who wants it how about having Antonie being in 3rd in command of the freedom fighters. Now hear me out he does come from a military family and is pretty smart I would think in your story he gets to that position by not only showing improved skills in fighting but also showing his tactics for planning missions. Now that doesn't mean I want Sally or Sonic to take an I.Q hit but I would be nice to see Ant grow to become more trusted.

Good idea bad one let me know peace   
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anytime! Thank you for the kudos. :)

I do really like that. Compared to the other options it honestly makes the most sense to have him as third in command, and it's just nice to see Twan's other skills be acknowledged more since it's something rare to see. Even though Antoine is my favorite, I would never dumb Sally or Sonic down. I make it a point to showcase all characters' good traits and bad ones even if I don't especially care for them. But with the way the relationship between the Freedom Fighters are developing and evolving in Past Regrets though (you'll see what I mean once I get the story posted), I don't know would that ever happen or not. I'm not going to rule it out, but we'll see what happens.

Even if I don't end up using it, I would love to see someone utilize it!
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Dukect Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Well I would go one better if I was writing a Sonic Freedom Fighters fanfic I would have it start out with the premise that not only Antonie knew the Royal family kids Sally and Elias when he was young. He played with them as did sonic as the 4 had a very tight bond with each other then you can have Elias supposedly die in a plane crash like he did in the comics I think before the whole Robotnick uprising. You could have Antonie being the oldest one look promise to look after the younger Sonic and Sally being their mother hen and such. Hows that for an Idea     
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it! I've got a suggestion for you: why not try writing a story? Seriously, you have the creativity to do it. I know I'd read about Antoine, Sonic, and the Acorn kids being like a little family. It'd be cute.

I have issues with how the comic handled Elias' disappearance (and just his whole character in general). It would've made more logical sense for Max to have kept Elias with him since he was the oldest plus the rightful heir and let Alicia take Sally. And if they were escaping Robotnik before he took over, why didn't they arrest him or something since they already were aware he was plotting against them? It's why I set up Elias' existence from the beginning in Knight Errand and had his separation from Sally and co occur in a different way.
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Dukect Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Well I got a lot on my plate school, Video reviews, Podcasts I do. But if I do have the time I would like one day write a sonic fan fic one day 
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hear that. If you ever do get some free time to start working on a fic, I'd be willing to beta it for you.
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Fox-The-Wandering Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Max and Alicia look so wonderfully royal--I really think your research paid off because your drawings of them, and everyone else, look spectacular! The designs for the King and Queen are elegant and have great details in their costumes even though for Alicia's dress, that was not as focused as her physical features. But I feel it's for the best--the facial features really help her to stand out. ^^

I love the facial markings you put on their designs, especially Elias--he looks like the result of a union between a squirrel and a chipmunk and have him looking like his own unique person. The dagger is a nice touch, as it shows that he can be lethal when he needs to be! Btw, I approve of the pompadour--pompadours are just SO cool. :D

Ooooh OFC in her sixties? I so wanna find out who she is--she looks ticked off. XD

I can't wait to see more from you, whether it's Sonic or something different altogether! 

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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Glad you like how everybody turned out. :D I wanted Alicia not to just be a straight-up duplicate of Sally with long hair like she was in the comics. I know kids can look like their parents, but that was going overboard.

Eli carried what were described as "exotic daggers" in the comics. I just made up something for him here, but Archie did make them sound like pretty awesome weapons, so I probably should've stuck with them. Yay! I wondered if anyone else would like the pompadour, or if it was just me.

I'd love to explain more about the OFC, but it'd spoil things. If you're really interested though I could tell you via note or something!

Again, I appreciate all your kind words. :) :bow:
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Fox-The-Wandering Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Alicia was a duplicate of Sally but with long hair? Wow....that is going overboard. I definitely say that your rendition of her turned out well. I mean, I understand that kids can look like their parents, but be straight-up clones? Nah, don't want, thanks. ><;

Heh, either way, the dagger here looks really cool and fitting for Eli here. 
Yes, I definitely see Elias rockin' the pompadour! It helps that pompadours are generally a hairstyle that really don't go out of style, as far as I know, and they are pretty much a classic hairdo for anyone to sport. I think it's a classic hairdo fit for the son of royalty here. Actually, now that I think about it, it also fits him because Sally's hair is swept forwards, right? Well, his hair is swept backwards: kind of a nice detail to show that he's related to Sally, but has his own identity. ^^ 

Hmm...wellllll as much as I'm interested to know what you have planned for the OFC, I think I'll wait until that moment comes when she makes her debut. Good surprises are the best ones. :D But thank you, though! I appreciate it. 

Hey, anytime! I'm glad to give you compliments on your awesome work. :) 
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep! www.wagnergrp.com/JBW_Website/… But the comic has (had? I dunno at this point) the bad habit of making many parent characters look like carbon copies of their children anyways. Except for the fathers who were supposed to antagonistic (Max and Armand), then they look about 500 years old. So redesigns were begging to be done.

Yes, Sally's hair is swept forward. Oo, I never considered that detail about their respective hairstyles, but it's a good one! Plus, the pompadour not only looks nice, it's a little easier to draw then some of the other hairstyles I've seen him be given.

Anytime! You're right about good surprises being the best ones.

:)
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DARKZADAR-ZERO Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty good !
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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DARKZADAR-ZERO Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome !
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MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
They're all so cute! :D You have a great style, I can see these being actual cartoons! :D
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the kind words!
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MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Your very welcome! :)
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