Mario's Creed

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Mario's Creed
I have really enjoy working on concepts for characters.  Whether be creating a whole new character or re-imagining an existing character in a new way, character and concept design plays a big role in some of my artwork.
What would happen if you take two world famous video games and combine them?  I decided to explore this idea by working with everyone's favorite little Italian from Nintendo, MARIO, and Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed.  The result was Mario's Creed.
The idea started out originally as a sketch, but once I had completed the illustration, I thought it would be fun to take it one step further and turn it into a graphic.  Using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, I was able to accomplish the task quite easily.  I must admit I am quite happy with the outcome.
I have also added the graphic to my Society6 shop.  There you can buy t-shirts, pillows, clocks, tapestries, cell phone cases and more.
The original illustration was created using a Pentel Qicker Clicker Mechanical Pencil, Staedtler pens, Stabilo pens and Promarkers.  When creating it I had no intention of turning it into a graphic.  But sometimes a simply sketch can be taken farther.
The first stage was creating the line art using Adobe Illustrator.
Here you can see the vectors that were created to form the line art.
Once the line art was completed..  I imported it into Adobe Photoshop.
This where I began to add color, tone and depth.
Creating the base colors was interesting.  Because I wanted to stay true to what Nintendo had established and bring in aspects from Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed.  I also decided to sneak in a mushroom as a symbol.
This is the final rendering of the image.  I also had to debate about giving him the traditional white Mario gloves or brown gloves like the a character from Assassin's Creed.  As you can see I opted for brown gloves.  I felt that he already had too much white in the costume and felt the brown would make the knives standout more.
My Society6 page has become quite popular.  Thus, I decided to upload the graphic to several products that are available in my shop.  I will consider adding it to Redbubble as well.
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