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The Mario Kart Collab v.0.1

By Themrock
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Phew.... download for full resolution...
I don't list all the probs I had while finishing this.
So enjoy it, also when it took nearly forever.

This is the 4th try to finish this piece. My original ideas and MANY details got trashed, because of performance trouble.
But this piece is not finished, that's why 'v.0.1'. I add some details and change some others over the days.

Driver artists

All driver artists can post their driver and can link to this piece. I will post a thumb of your driver in the description.

Toad - :iconlightbombmike:
Baby Mario - :iconbetteo:
Dry Bowser - :iconrobbvision:
Luigi - :iconthemrock:
Funky Kong - :icondeathbysodacan:
Yoshi -:iconhen-hen:
King Boo -:icongrim-amentia:
Princess Peach - :iconmakani:
Baby Luigi - :iconadrianperezacosta:
Mario -:iconmr-insomnia777:
Donkey Kong - :iconfubumeru:
Baby Peach - :iconbasakward:
Waluigi -:icontraditionaldanimatio:
Bowser jr. -:iconmissleo:
Bowser - :iconhitlersbrain:
Dry Bones - :iconneilando:
Birdo - :iconnosleepjinx:
Daisy - :iconvernavulpes:
Diddy Kong - :iconpocketowl:
Wario - :iconseizuredemon:
Toadette - :icontvskyle:
Petey Piranha - :iconsam-m:
Koopa Troopa - :iconzorgia:
Shy-Guy - :iconvitaminbee:
Para Troopa-:icondarkjak:
Rosalina - :iconalexds1:
Baby Daisy :icondynamicsketch:
Donkey Kong Jr. -:icondunlavey:
Lakitu -:iconsibsy:


Background character artists

Some charcters are not added, sorry for that.
I forgot some names of the bg character artists.
Please tell your name and show your work.


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Bluesharky38's avatar

Wow this is really impressive :)

Great job to all the artist

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There is just no other word to describe this mural than incredible. Clearly, a lot of hard work and effort was put into this stunning art piece. Themrock is a truly talented artist, along with the many others who contributed to this downright masterpiece. It's bursting with color and charm, and a lot of characters are included, to the popular like Mario and Luigi and Toad, to the little obscure such as Baby Peach and Dry Bowser. Never before have I seen such a stunning piece of art on DA. And that, my friends, the artists, that is no lie.
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a collab is a great way to get favourties, comments and get popular on deviantart!

i love the style of each characters and colour, background was amazing and i just love the texture

no flaw about this at all, even if there are different styles, thats how art works, look at all the artists we have and some unusual work but amazing, the ideas and thoughts for this TRULY AMAZING!!!

i give this a 10 out of 10 and all of you worked for it!!
keep going for 110% and get those full stars from everyone <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
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Incredible! It's so hard to criticize well because there are SO MANY DIFFERENT ARTISTS! Now, where was I?.. Ah, yes. I love how this incorporates almost every MarioKart character from the series. The only one that I can think of off the top of my head is ROB from MarioKartDS. Ah well, let's focus on what IS there, shall we? (I ramble too much.) All of the different styles seem to merge together here and create and BIG SHMORGISHBORG of MarioKart! (A couple days after I go MarioKart Seven, too. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=";P" title="Wink/Razz"/>) The background characters gave me a good laugh and reminder of the old Mario characters, too. Like Koopie Koo from Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Old Door, the Shroob from Partners in Time, Tubba Blubba(?) from the original Paper Mario, The X-Naut, Booker from Super Mario RPG, and the Big-Bomb King from Super Mario 64, at least that's what I think. Anyhow, enough rambling again! Well, I wish that was possible. The Goomba and the Blue Shell at the end gave me a good laugh, too (Not to mention that Blooper being angry at Daisy!) In the end, my favorite couple of drivers would have to be Shy Guy, Rosalina, Birdo, Dry Bowser, and Toad! Keep up the good work, all of you!
~With love for art,
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<img class="avatar" src="…" alt=":iconohnoesplz:" title="ohnoesplz"/>Wooow! amanzing! i mean! is so great!! the Styles Of Everyone are Awesome!! but the best thing is the Team Work!

<img class="avatar" src="…" alt=":iconimspeechlessplz:" title="imspeechlessplz"/> I was Speech Less! when i was looking the Amanzing Work!!!

And i love the Games! of Mario Kart! just is amanzing!!!

The dedication! and organization are great!

<img class="avatar" src="…" alt=":iconshaplz:" title="Shaplz"/>Well Done!!!

AND APPEAR oLD cHAracters! is looking to the past!

The the most of..... All the styles are so crazy! i love that! I'm Enjoying watching that characters of Mario in your Styles!!

<img class="avatar" src="…" alt=":iconnewlaplz:" title="newlaplz"/>Everybody Here Rocks!!!

Please for the Next Time! Please invite me!! <img src="…" width="15" height="22" alt=":please:" title="Please"/>

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This is an awesome idea, and you all did an incredible job of working together to finish it! From hearing about it alone, I never would have thought an idea like this would come together so well, looking so polished. Instead of conflicting, the wonderful selection of different art styles comes together to make a pleasant contrast. It makes the personalities seem so much more distinct than if one person had done all the work alone.

I think it's fine that the drivers aren't interacting, considering that such a thing would've been pretty hard to coordinate while working with so many artists, but I think maybe some of them could've been placed closer/further from the viewing point just to give it a little more depth. It's a pretty minor complaint, though, considering how cool this is to look at.

I love it! Congratulations on creating such a masterful and interesting collaboration!
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Around September of 2008, a full year ago, I read about this project, a massive collaboration among the high-tier artists of DeviantART. The subject: Super Mario, but that wasn't enough, it's Super Mario Kart, an integral part of modern culture for everyone under the age of 30, you just can't go wrong with that.

So with nothing to review for the month of September, this shows up, and my "problem" was instantly solved. It's going to be a delight to critique what is arguably among the best things to come out of DeviantART this year, and I don't mean this lightly.

It takes several minutes to truly take in everything that unfolds here. The fact that the drivers race to the right is a clever use of the web medium and allows for the viewer to "race along" to the finish line. As I scroll past the racers, I'm really not interrupted by the constant shift between artistic styles, albeit a minor "hiccup" every now and then, quite an impressive feat. One could argue that this is due to the original designs that act as some sort of unifying template, but I like to think it has more to do with Dirk's selection of the artists. It's an interesting question, but my verdict remains the same: it works.

While I am fully aware of the massive scope of the project, I have some things to say about the picture as a whole. I think it would've been awesome to see some more interaction between the characters. There's some minor weapon use, but nothing too Mario-Kart-y. I also would had loved to see some overtaking and overlapping, even if it was just a little bit. The background, serving its purpose quite well, could easily accommodate for this.

These are all technicalities, little tweaks to an awesome concept, because in the end, what really makes this an remarkable piece of art is the collaborative effort. It's a concrete, no-nonsense manifestation of the often vaguely defined community spirit of DeviantART.
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Interaction between the drivers was nearly impossible to handle. I was glad that I got the drivers, i don't know how long it would have taken, when the artists had to work together (no critic against the artists).
Some artists also jumped off the project, so coaching the project was already a fulltime job by asking new artists politly to join.
I wrote that the artists can talk about a possible little interaction between their drivers, but the effort here was not really there. Only :iconhitlersbrain: and :iconneilando: worked together and did a DoubleDash collab with Bowser and DryBones.

I tried my best to put them so together to get a slight interaction. See Donkey Kong/Baby Peach, Rosalina is scared of the Blue Shell and tries to break, Pete Piranha hits Koopa with a Red Shell, etc.

And overlapping is no good idea, because i liked the concept of 'showing' all styles in their full glory.
And the overlapping made the pic more messy.

The pic is till not finished. I work on a better Finish line. More elemenst/details will be added.

I maybe get some artists on board to help me out with the finish line a bit, or with other things.
I think of stuff to add.

Thanks for the good critic!
TheArtrix's avatar
Interaction between the drivers was nearly impossible to handle.

As the host of the ~InspectorIroh project, I fully understand the implications of a collaborative project and the many problems that come with it. In my role as the critic I felt that I needed to review the picture on its own merits, but the artist in me fully understands that the suggestions are near impossible to actually bring into reality. However, it is interesting to read your motivations for the decisions you made.

The title quite literally suggests that the project is still in beta, just don't overdo it. On a related note, I wouldn't mind throwing in a background character, would you still be in need of one.
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Go, rosalina, you can win!

TheUltraSonicFan's avatar

This is cool! Wish Funky Kong was on the flame runner, but that doesn't take anything away from this!

Kiruna's avatar
This looks super cool.
UnbridledMuse's avatar
This is amazing! :la:
WWBitArt's avatar
I really love this! Each artist has such an interesting take on the drivers. Well done everyone!!!
stormfalcon2018's avatar
Daisy looks like the most normal of the bunch. The most terrifying - WALUIGI
finalsoraIII's avatar
Hey Themrock , Is it ok for me to use this wonderful piece of art? I can leave a link back to this page and stuff.
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finalsoraIII's avatar
It is for the end of a video on YouTube. 

Here is a link for the video if you wanna see:…
We can always take it out if you don't want us to use it. I do not wanna get on anybody's bad side. :P
Please let me know if it is ok or not.
Themrock's avatar
A bit strange to ask AFTER you used it already. But it's ok as long as you dont make money with it.
finalsoraIII's avatar
sorry about that :/ We had a deadline...but if at anytime you don't want us to use it just let us know. And no we are not selling your art whatsoever, we just thought it was awesome. We also linked it back here to give you credit for it.
Themrock's avatar
Like I said, it's ok, don't worry.
But next time ask before you do, because i felt a bit decieved.

Have fun with it
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