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King K. Rool by Zesiul King K. Rool by Zesiul
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This is the fourth installment in the Smashified series. Also my first entry and kickoff to my involvement in the project as a creative director!

Being my first entry in the series, it was more than a difficult task to capture the style of Super Smash Brothers. Testing out a wide variety of techniques is something I typically try to be good at. This was so different from anything I've done before. So much so that I found myself taking a few steps back, often. Luckily the project is a collaborative one so I would receive pointers from other group members. Being a team is truly beneficial to success on this sort of activities.

In the future I plan to tip the scales from 2D painting more so to 3D. We will of course always have a need to paint over our models, but as time moves forward I want to have a bit more 3D work than 2D. As the Smash renders developed by Nintendo are completely 3D. We just aim to get as close to what they're doing as possible.

In other news, suggestions are changing a bit. You can now tweet directly at "smashified", which is the best way to have your suggestion be seen. Comments anywhere else with #smashified also works.

And don't forget to check out the official Smashified website!
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KirbyFan99 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2018  Student General Artist
You heard he's in, right?
Doodlemaster1000 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
Spongecat1 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Student Digital Artist
He's finally in!
yokodoko Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Boy, did this pic age well...
Green-Rabb1t Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
we did it boys
Nighteba Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
JohnyOlde Featured By Owner Edited Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
K. Rool is confirmed; he's in Smash Bros. Ultimate…
ZookieDragon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional Artist
Wow! This looks like it could be official smash bros art. Hopefully one day he'll make it into the game...
SuperSmashCynderLum Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
That looks so awesome! ^^
DragonRex1 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016
Qirdich Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
I thought for some time that it was an official artwork. Though it's a pity he doesn't have tail in newer version. ;/ Anyway, awesome work.
ShadowFlare78 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
Looks awesome!
Desertlizard Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Student General Artist
I miss that guy so much.....
PrincessAurorus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
JSGEntertainment Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
This looks flawless. K Rool is one of my top picks for the Smash Poll.

Great job, good sir.
randomjester Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Looks really great! One thing though is there is a very strong tangent with the jewel and the tooth, it draws the eye and makes the whole thing feel flatter. 
RogerMark Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Chaos 0 and Leon s S'Kennedy please
KingBooKirby Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Student Artist
This is perfect. Looks like a cross between his classic and new design. If he gets in (Which, let's face it, he probably will at this rate), this would be the absolutely perfect design.
Moosiful Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Nice!!!!!!!!!! <3
Eternal-Apprentice Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Feels like K.Rool should have a tail. He had one in DK64. 
PhantoonDraygon781 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
He also had a gold plated belly. But at some point, he lost both, and he now looks (more or less) like this.
Eternal-Apprentice Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, he was pretty menacing back then. I don't understand why they had to change it. 
Conbot2000 Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
 I think they changed him because of rare leaving Nintendo In the same way rare changed Banjo.
PhantoonDraygon781 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Oh, I'd say he's about the same level of menacing as he was then. Just look at the art above! would YOU wanna mess with that?! however, K.Rool's also been a real goof for the entirety of his career. Yeah, he wanted to blow up DK Island and commit genocide on the Kongs, but you cant deny that his way of doing things are really ridiculous. Yeah, stealing Bananas will ultimately lead the Kongs to starve, but why use the boxing gimmick while fighting them? kinda cheesy, eh?

and besides, a lot of characters develop and change as the years go on. Mario's colors inverted. Sonic grew taller and skinnier. Bowser grew hair. King Dedede gained robes. Ridley went from being skin and bones to being completely ripped, and with a new tail to boot. Link never looks exactly the same in every game! K.Rool's changes aren't actually all that bad comparatively.
Eternal-Apprentice Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, yeah his changes aren't all that bad, but seriously, why doesn't he have a tail? That looks comparatively ridiculous especially for a villain of his caliber, despite his goofiness. 

And I may never get over the change from his gold belly. I think the current one is just plain stupid. 
PhantoonDraygon781 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Eh, I Dunno. To be honest, I think it's even weirder that he had a belly of SOLID GOLD.  If it's armor, why doesn't he wear it all over? if it's not armor, well that just raises so many questions concerning his biology.... although I agree- a tail-less crocodile just looks off.
Eternal-Apprentice Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, he looks more like an alligator to me. He's got a rounder body, a stubbier snout than his subjects, and his teeth only stick out from the top. 
mrpopo25 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
King k rool still cooler than bowser.
JacktheCat779 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Long live the king.
Lwiis64 Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist
Absolutely badass!! We really need K. Rool in Smash. Great job!
Drewmaru Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
You forgot the Smashified logo, but other than that, it looks amazing!
Aaron-In-Style Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
Think you could make Bomberman? #Smashified 
Ixbran Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Bayonetta please~?
AUserNameIGuess Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Well, she eventually got added in Smash either way.
Ixbran Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
horrorkid90 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
I prefer the original Rare design of him but you made the PAON one look badass than it really is. I'd actually be ok with this look for him in SBB4. I just hope he actually makes it for DLC.
Orca36 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Dude! He looks so badass! omfg And with the Smash Ballot now out there, here's hoping the King will make his long-awaited return to the mainstream soon.
captainryno Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
yes! i love this. i hope he joins. he needs to~
Jeikutwo Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful =u=
sammychan816 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Looks good.
wolley2xjd Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Long live the king. :D
KuronosuSai Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stupendous my friend. The amount of patience you put on the scales and body in general is quite admirable. Great job on doing a unique pose for him too. I really can't tell anything bad from it (not that i'm an expert to even try to, lol), your efforts seriously paid well here. Keep up the good work man, Nintendo should really consider hiring you ;) Remember to have confidence on yourself, you have the skills!

I'm working on a Smashified picture myself now, been posting some updates on my own gallery… I've been working on it for twelve days already and still counting, hoping to finish it soon this weekend or around that date, but still… I'm nowhere this good, that's for sure ^^; But seeing how more and more people do their best like you just did, is seriously some great motivation to still try myself until i finish my own piece, cheers! and keep up the good work!
NeonBlobfish Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
Good job with this one. Keep up the great work.
TheGuy07 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
It just feels so right! .. We're strong in the Kremling Kampaign! #KrocTheVote will give us results! and Smash4 will be awarded with the presence of the King himself! Thank you very much for doing this! It's explendid, and helps a lot! =D
Mechamonster Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rool, man.
Leonixburner Featured By Owner May 4, 2015   Digital Artist
hi can you do one for princia ramode from f-zero gx
Galaxy-Afro Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Student Writer
Yes, this guy knows what he's talking about! (PS, I'd love to see Lily Flyer, Digi-Boy, Pico, Kate Alen, Kent Akechi, or Nichi from F-Zero  #smashified!) By the way, I'm only suggesting, not requesting! ;)
PyroDarkfire Featured By Owner Edited May 5, 2015
You may want to double check the cape as there are a few textures that look off. The left from shoulder to front neck are flat. There is also a part on the back that looks to be missing textures. The underside of the cape also looks lacking. Just thought I let you know. Good job on your first attempt at Smashifing
CyberTendo Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
@_@ do you actually draw this stuff? It looks rendered...
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