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Diosoth's Sonic-verse Fan-characters
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My friend Diosoth writes a lot of fanfic in the setting(s) of Sega's Sonic
the Hedgehog, and he asked me to draw some of the characters from his
multi-generational saga. You can read the stories here, but be warned that it's not all safe
for work (my art is, however, safe). Alternately, just go to the art gallery which is all safe
for the general public. No, I'm not a Sonic fan myself, but
Dion points out that it can be difficult to get fans to draw what he wants,
since his characters can violate the One True Pairings of the artist's view
(i.e. "That character can't exist, his parents don't hook up!"). But since I
don't have a 'ship in this regatta, I was perfectly willing to give it a shot
at whoever he specified. Unless otherwise specified, all work done in
November and December 2009.
- Karen the Echidna: A boxer who ended up marrying
Knuckles. Together they had several children, including Slate and Striker
below. Pencils, inked.
- Teal, Slate and Striker: Teal is one of
the bats below, she ends up marrying Karen's son Slate. In this piece,
Striker is dragging Slate to the airport so they don't miss their flight back
to the echidna island, as Slate's date with Teal went a little too long. Pencils, inked.
- Cytheria and Shadow: Shadow was retconned to be
an alien hybrid, and Cytheria is a similar experiment using an echidna rather
than a hedgehog. Being immortal and prone to excess like Shadow, Cytheria
ended up marrying Shadow. This piece was a little too large for my scanner,
so I ended up trying several different ways to tweak the raw scan to reduce
the effects of edge-shadowing. The main one is the version I'm happiest
with, but here's severe contrast tweaking, untweaked, significant
fills. Rough blocking, pencils, inked (error on
Shadow's arm that I fixed in coloring).
- Marron: Sort of the matriarch of the bat clan, she
mainly appeared in the canon as a ghost, this is Diosoth's interpretation of
how she was in life: slovenly, slatternly, an absentee mother who did nothing
positive with her life. Shown here in her natural environment, a bar
(specifically, the Silver Dollar), wearing a filthy waitressing uniform that
was once cheerful leaf green and tree trunk brown. In addition to Rouge, she
has one other daughter with the same father (miraculously) several
years later, June. Pencils, inked.
- Rouge and Marron in the afterlife: Enjoying
some juice at a seaside cafe. The dead get bodies based on how they were in
their prime, mother and daughter reconciled after death. Pencilled art step 1, step 2, step 3. Inked line
art, Partially colored. May 2010.
- Teal sketch: See above for final Teal piece. I
did Teal first as a test to see if I could manage the art style in the first
place. A lot of elements were incorrect, and the first
try had the wrong wings (I used a reference that was non-standard).
- June and Tiff: June is Marron's youngest
daughter and Rouge's sister, about the same age as her niece Teal. She's
more of a dress-down sort (unlike her sister), and her mom's not exactly
thrilled by the fact she's a lesbian. Tiff is from a different family of
bats and spends less time out in the daytime, hence her paler skin. Rough pose, full
- Tiff, head of G.U.N.: After she grew up a bit,
Tiff joined G.U.N., your basic global threat response organization in the
Sonic canon. By the time she was in late middle age (seen in this pic) she
was running the show. Pencils, inked. February 14, 2010.
- Rose and Violette: Twin daughters of Rouge,
they inherited the businesses from Rouge when she died. Rose is sort of an
Oscar Madison, and Violette is Felix Unger. Seen here repainting the club
after inheriting it. Pencils, inked.
- Herbert Westwood: A human paranormal
investigator, described to me as a cross between Columbo, Kolchak and Clint
Eastwood. He had an accident while cutting wood and sliced his leg, hence
needing a cane. Pencils. March 13, 2010.