August 3, 2014

Pixel Painting - Friendly Rivals (Sonic & Knuckles)

It was only a matter of time before a Sonic commission came up. To reminisce how big Sega was back in the day is kind of hilarious. They caused so much havoc in the balance of power that no one had been able to do before. That five-year triumph period alone is enough to cement them in video game history. And it was all arguably a fluke, because even when they were on top they were making outrageously stupid decisions.

While they've had some financial success since then, quality-wise they've been all over the board (mostly on the crappy side). Sonic is a video game icon, though, and his image has allowed Sega to continue to root itself in the minds of players everywhere (for better or for worse).

The Sonic & Knuckles cartridge had the "lock-on technology," which I still think is really cool, as well as a huge technical achievement. Knuckles wasn't even supposed to be a very important character, but it was the 90s, and he had attitude, so yeah.

And I love love love Blue Sphere. I have put so many hours into that repetitive, simple, awesome game.

There are a lot of sprites for each character, so I sent the buyer most of them and let him choose which poses he liked best. He chose well. That dark blue on Sonic is such a pain in the ass though. It's so translucent, but attempting to make it more opaque always adjusts the color too far.

Still using that Mega Man-esque background. It still looks good. I am experimenting with others, just because I'm starting to get bored with this one. I had originally thought of doing the white lines crisscrossing on the black background that Sega always used for Genesis/Mega Drive stuff, but it didn't look very good. I'm happy with how they turned out all the same.

Commissions are always welcome. Price varies based on the size and complexity of the sprite/scene. I moderate comments, so feel free to leave one with your contact email and request and I'll get back to you ASAP.