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Super Mario Fanart :) by Der-Reiko Super Mario Fanart :) by Der-Reiko
A painting that took quite some time^^ I did the sketch 1 year ago, but pretty much forgot about that and finished it today. Im not quite happy with the result yet, especially the composition still bothers me, but I dont know where exactly and what to do about that :/
Anyway, it was fun to paint and I loved the pixel fucking in the end XD

Here`s the thing: If you have any advice on improving the piece, please leave a comment and let me know what you think! It will be highly appreciated!!

You can also add me on facebook if you dare ;) [link]

By the way: Special thanks to ~Lankya for kicking my ass on that :)
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:star: First off, the things that you've done well:

1. Linear depth-cues from a low angle POV read pretty well [*overlapping and the gradual diminution of objects as they recede toward the vanishing point.]

2. The range of color intensity, limited palette and the subtle lighting help to tie this piece together.

3. Rendering is well thought out and the figures and surroundings seem solid and convey a convincing space.

:star: So, on those elements -good work.

:onfire: What to work on in the future:

:star: 1. I understand your issue with the composition. The center of interest in any design is extremely important.

A. It's not clear here; seems like it should be the mouth of the plant-monster -from the variety of rendering, color-value range, and detail.

B. It's a little too far to the left to read well. I find my eye centered on the tombstone between the flame, tail and giant jaws. This type of eye-trap weakens the design since we know that near the physical center of the rectangle should be the most exciting and revealing imagery, with all the other facets of the composition subordinate and leading to this juncture.

C. Solution: Move the Mario figure closer to the jaws of death and make the flame a bit larger, more colorful/intense and nearer to the target.

:star: 2. What is the purpose of an action scene. The moment before or impact of, or even moment after an incident can be powerful. Freezing the frame or showing a liquid movement that feels alive with motion are two possible ways to express intent. Which notion has more impact is personal, however:

A. The pose/gestures of the 2 figures are too parallel to the picture plane especially for this type of upshot. It makes them look like statues instead of live figures in the midst of action.

B. Solution 1 : Tilt the head and selective parts of the bodies toward or away from the camera to achieve a more deep space foreshortened dynamism.

C. Solution 2 : The counterpoint of torso to head ['contrapasto' in Italian] is also an excellent device developed by the Renaissance Masters to help the figure seem natural and come more alive. Look it up online; it will help immensely.

:star: 3. A little more color in the sky would also help to create a greater sense of depth. Perhaps a pale cool hue selectively placed in the upper left-hand portion of the frame, in similar fashion to the warm tint in the lower right corner. My opinion here is that this would relieve the eye of so much gray [which you probably used to create unity and to keep the viewer focused on the main image.] Try it on a separate layer, of course, to see what you think.

:star: Much of this can be worked out in the thumbnail phase and it saves a great deal of time [which you've obviously spent.]

:onfire: You've got a lot of potential to become even better than you already are. The more you learn, the more there is to learn. That's a good thing too; Always an adventure.

Best of Success...:sun::skull:
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The first and properly principle reason for why I like this deviation so much is because of it's darker yet more realistic effects on the Super Mario universe and the meeting between Nintendo's famous mascot and a (flesh eating, carnivorous as well as occasionally green and fire shooting) piranha plant within a stage. Video games could be initially blinding us from the real effects and sights that a game would actually deliver us such as for example, if Sonic the Hedgehog hit several spikes without any rings to protect him, the results would not just be that he falls of the stage and starts a new one at the point, he would be impaled and gory then eventually his corpse would begin to decay. This deviation perfectly creates the true suspense that video games are probably hiding from us. Also, the picture's art is phenomenal, pleasing to the eye, dark and gritty but also near realistic. This deviation manages to capture the true atmospheric feel of the Super Mario Brothers universe in great detail and tone. I also praise one of the two central (As well as one of the two only.....) central characters this deviation revolves around who are battling to the death as I speak is the amazing piranha plant, who will sadly be dead in 0.5 seconds if that fireball gets a lucky hit. The way that he has been centred and slightly altered to create a real horrific monstrosity based on the simple enemy all the way back from the classic Mario Bros series in the beginning to middling eighties. With his new multiple roots, darker appearance, new head design and extremely deadly jaws, he looks even more threatening than Bowser himself (Although I haven't seen Bowser in this dimension yet....and I'm not entirely sure if I want to after seeing only one of his minion, I do want to sleep tonight after all!) Anyway, this is a great picture Der-Reiko, a really brilliant effort to recreate the Mario universe, which you succeeded in! Well done! :)
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TrueArtStyles Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Nice, im not a fan of digital art, but I have to give credit where its due, this ACTUALLY looks like there was a ton of effort and time put into it. Fantastic job, I really admire your effort, concept and presentation here.
TytoBrown Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Ouaw, love this. :'D
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
WOWWOWOW this is insane :heart:
rainingcrow Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
I love what I'm seeing right now. You must have corrected the composition stuff you were talking about because from what I'm seeing you nailed it. If this were a screen grab from a movie I would pre order tickets.
OlegEvteev Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
SevenUpPony Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, would it be alright if I use your artwork in a song of mine? It's a re-orchestration of the Athletic Theme from Super Mario World!… Here's the track!
Der-Reiko Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Man, thats a kickass version of the theme! Well done; and yes, of course you can use it for that :) Do you think that you could do a darker version of the theme?
SevenUpPony Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh glad you like it! And that would be pretty cool, so I'll consider it!
Super Mario Land 2 OST (6 Golden Coins) - Turtle Zone (BGM Remix)
スーパーマリオ2( 6ゴールデンコインを)上陸 - タートルゾーンBGMリミックス…
Carl-Ellistrator Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This deserves 101 comments, so here!
Pachunka Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Really cool. Bonyleg mario is a really nice touch.
Cassan Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wauw, this is so awesome!
peccatori Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:o (Eek)  Wow! This is so awesome! Neko Emoji-28 (Nyaa) [V2]
lstjules Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous work on the flower. Very terryfing
gento70 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Damn nature, you scary!
OmriKoresh Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
hey! ok my two cents are:
- the whole frame should go a bit right or even better become wider, the tentacle should still be cut but not as much
- i'd enlarge the creature and give more floor, i'm missing floor! to add some more drama
- on the top right and left there should be more density of shapes, i'd prefer if there would be more hints of creatures, those tomb-stones-penises-thingies
- lastly the tentacles i think are a bit too localized, i'd spread them a bit more. if it was a "natural" environment then i think there would be like nature sizes, hints and shapes that fit the creature.

if you'd give me permission i'll just download the image and send you a sketch of my babble..
hope this helps!

SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Mama'miaaaa =O it's a M-ario !!! :D :XD:
ILikeCommas Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I suddenly have a lot more respect for the Big M!
Siovhan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
What media did you use? I'd love to learn to make art
Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I used Photoshop for this piece, but I use to draw with pencils too

gladlad Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
All I can say is I WANT THOSE SHOES.
sammywhiskers Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
man thats a giant piranha plant how did it get so big
rodrigoayam Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
I's amazing, OO
hyperchris3 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh dang!
MarioZelda128 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You working so hard on this, I can tell! Amazing work!
MarioZelda128 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Incredible. No words can be said. J.. j-just, wow... I think I've fainted.
ourlak Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Filmographer
nice job, really!
oragamiknight Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awwwwesome :D 
cockvane Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
The plasma effect of the flames is awesome!
Prabhul Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
super cool!!!
xAcidSlime Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
wow! this is so badass! the mood, the lighting! just awesome. :3 bonus points for Mario using my favorite power up. :D
Celesta18twist Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
wow whole new perspective. Intense. :love:
SOORAJexplorer Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow.. Cool Work :D  Wunderbar ;)
Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Danke vielmals Sooraj :)
Lulolana Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ich liebs!
Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Das freut mich! Ein 2tes ist schon in der Mache :)
Lulolana Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Bin gespannt :)
rajasegar Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the feature, mate :)
Epiblast Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Love this rendition of a Piranha Plant, and of those weird hills in the Mario series.
asemharun Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely love this! This is so epic :D
Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man :)
parkurtommo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The issue here is the focal point I'd say, it isn't very clear. One is led to assume it's the mouth of the plant but then the painting pulls my eyes towards the middle where there really isn't anything of interest. I guess pulling the plant monster more to the left (only slightly) and making mario smaller might help.
Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :) I will have to think better about composition with the next one; guess I need to do more sketches before starting to paint.
DragonMyths Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool work!!! :) :D
tophxomi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so cool!
redninetails Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This really is amazing, I love the realism like quality to the drawing, phenomenal c:
Jason-C Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! :lol:
begoniax Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love this!!!
onley thing is the leggs mario is chybby ii dont think he have that but thats my pov aneyway :D
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