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Adventure Beyond The Horizon by darkspeeds Adventure Beyond The Horizon by darkspeeds
[Adventure Beyond The Horizon]

Life is full of hopes and dreams.

Let the wonders of joy be shared with your friends.

Learn and make every adventure something to remember.

ASHWORTH CHARACTERS (from left to right ~ Fei, Parmir, Ashworth & Ruby) & CONCEPTS (C) ELSON 'DARKSPEEDS' WONG SEP 2006



It's about time I expressed some originality of my own. = ) You guys gave me lots of support and encouragement over the years with my artwork and well I'll be damned, I couldn't believe how far I am now being an active fan of Sonic the Hedgehog.

I've been itching to draw the early stages of a possible dream... I hope to be able to make my own original characters and achieve a realistic goal of making them just as recognisable as Sonic the Hedgehog. I don't want my concept to reach to a point where it'll go beyond Sonic because it'll defeat the purpose. I respect Sonic Team's creations very much and I don't want to imitate too much from them. What I've learnt over the years is invaluable experiences of the demands from a growing Sonic fan community.

I'm 21 this year and I'm sure there has been many fans who had been with me since Sonic 1 came out.

My target is to pitch my concepts to the mature audience who knows about Sonic but wouldn't mind a taste of a slightly different type of Sonic that shares themes for a more mature audience. I would like to express this flexibility in creativity and hopefully it will appeal to the target audience I aimed for. Of course I don't mind newcomers to come along as well. ;)

Possibly this 'ASHWORTH' series will be the birth of a new dawn of adventure for me after I graduate from uni. I will continue to draw Sonic the Hedgehog as well as ASHWORTH and build up it's reputation in the next couple of years.

Anyway that's something I'd like to share before I move on with the usual stuff. XD

Oh and also!

I've been dying to do an experiment. X3 Now you may have noticed that this deviation is available for print but please don't get the wrong impression that I'm expecting my friends and fans from the DA/Sonic Community to go and purchase stuff from me! LOL! XXD

What I aim for here is to build upon some opportunities for myself and as well as for others. ^^ It's hard to explain but I did it because I'd be interested to see if my original works can sell at the DA/Sonic Community level. = ) I won't be disappointed or get mad if I don't make anything! LMAO! XXD No way! XD But yeah it'll be incredible if I even made a sale on a print of an original work that I've made. XXD *thumbs up*

Also I'd like to try and get as much feedback on those idea/character designs and whether they are feasible for copyright - it's a risk I'm taking personally but it is also something I'd like to check out before I go and be more serious about it.

I'd love to hear some feedback on this, what do you reckon? = )

Anyway thanks once again for the wonderful support you guys have been sharing with me, it's been a pleasure always to draw and continue to keep the interest within the community regarding Sonic the Hedgehog and life in general. ^_~ :hug:

I'll probably put this up on my journal in future to further discuss. ^_~
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Sonicstar101 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Nice story
cyvirus Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Hoshi-no-Ryu Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Wow, Ashworth (I'm talking about the wombat, not the series) looks awsome! What's his personality like?
TabuuTheEchidna986 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Totally awesome.Favorited :icongaspplz:
Guilrel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
I like the bird character.
CatDasher Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool pickture!! i like it :D
Echidna-halfdragon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
It's perfect! :happycry:
sonicolas Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was wondering what happened to these characters. ^^
A noble goal. May you pursue it to the fullest and inspire many fans to do the same. I'm sure you've influenced many people already and I can't that stop any soon.

I'm sorry it can't help much regarding the copyright issue. But I'd tend to say it's feasible. I'd really love it if it was made reality =P
tailschao Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2006
wow, its great to see you try to accomplish your dreams and ambitions..i wish you all the best with this,

like so many others have said, you are a special person who can pull this off, i hope more than anything you get to publish this

i have to admit, i still envy the fact that you know exactly waht you want to do, but i've come to realise, that i want to do and try a bit of everything, so i can't pinpoint it the same way as you.

as for your manga i dea, i really think it can work, it needs to be more your own in terms of desing, and i think that's already been said, all that's left really is getting the storyline stff started, and i'm sure you can pull this off.

honestly i want your idea to work, as you've chosen to do a manga as furry art, and there are so few out there i truely hope it works well for you...the only furry art or comics/anime i can think of are sonic and the old kimba the white lion stuff from japan, whihc is why i know there's alot of peopel, and many of your fans that would read a manga that looks liek the beautiful image you've drawn!!

i again wish you the best with your venture and i really hope for your success!!
kevintheman Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Your idea sounds interesting. My advice is to give it a shot and see how it goes. After all, one won't know until they try something. As for the drawing, it came out very well. Thier poses are very nice. The coloring is great, and I definitly like the background and overall scenery too. The character's themselves came out great, and the lineart is very good. Well done on this.
I love your style of character originality :) The best I've ever seen
Oreon-la Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. I'm working on that too. The whole manga thing. I don't shade as good as you do yet, though.
rionette Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006   Writer
You make beautiful avians.
WinDasH Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006
WOAH COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!! O_O You Made Those Characters!? O.o They're GREAT!! =D (Woah... Ashworth looks so COOL!! @3@)

Heehee!! I'll Try To Give My best Support on Sonic Community and Your Art!! (Even Though I've not been able to comment anything of you're for so LONG... I was So busy... I'm holy sorry!! T^T... I'll try better now...)
Your Art is AWSOME. YTou're a GREAT Artist and You're improving alot!! I love your style!! and I'll Keep Following ya as much as I can!! ^^

(Heehee!! I've recently seen some videos from Sonic's 15th aniversary... and after watching those videos, I luckily found Sonic's Anime MOVIE... which Iv'e Nevereverever Heard about... I watched... and Since Then I think I'm In Love With Sonic... XDXDXD)
*favs* (sorry... I'd love to get a print... but I dunt think I can... XS)

Keep up The Great Work!! Go Elson!! Wheeeeeeee!! :peace::aww:
epicheather Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Very, very, VERY nice! :3 Your characters are original, and well thought out! Man- I need to work on my chara-

*shot* Tom: WORK ON MEH NOW DARNNIT!!! -_____-;;

*coughs* Well, you heard the cat! Again, lovely piece! X3
interfeci Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006
love the style of the background, you know the blurred effect.
looks great, love the characters. don't think I have ever seen your characters guess thats meand that I must go have alittle look at your past pictures. ^^
AutobotLiz Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Student Photographer
AWESOME! I like Ashworth! Cool group pic of them! :D
General-RADIX Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006
Oh wow!

Y'know, I've been watching you LONG before joining dA, and I always admired your talent and orginiality (even if it's "fanart"). Here you really shine with the personalities and detail put into your own characters. I have no choice but to fave ^^
Luke-the-F0x Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, all look really kewl, specially the fit bird lol.
they look like one awesome gang and i really like how they were designed and the setting they are in.
Awesome job :D
elighthoof Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006
oh my god,thats picture was too nice!
schultzz Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Student Digital Artist
as said before everthing cool.
Travallian Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
At first glance, this nearly looked like a painting in tradition media. XD Nice work. It's cool that you made it a print.
naysu Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Professional Filmographer
wow I love the determination on their faces lovely work ^-^
shadow4maria2006789 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
What do you mean by a more "mature" audience? Are you reffering to early or late teens? Well, whatever it is I hope its not to old for me!!! LMAO!
Good luck on this series Darky-san!
Az-The-Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006   General Artist
wow. I would buy the print if I wasn't broke.
TailsCorra Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
Pardon my ignorance, but where are your comics starring these characters? Or have I mistaken their context? ^_^;
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't yet! XXD I plan to launch a 2 page comic with those characters for character developement purposes. ^_~
Crystal-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Darkspeeds, I am impressed, so much impressed... the Sonic you show us in a more matured form is a wonderful version for a more matured Sonic Fan...

I also respect the work of SEGA .. and I believe that everyone has the dream to think up original chars which can be on the same level as Sonic the hedgehog. Here on DevArt there are many Sonic Fans who love and admire him, and therefore think up fanchars to share his adventures. Oh, yeah, we all have in common that we love Sonic the hedgehog and the message he wants to tell us.... I am happy and glad that so many people can have a connection and one passion! even through the generations!

I hope you can make your dreams come true, darkspeeds, I am wishing you all good luck in this world! You also gave me hope and the courage to make my own fancomic, some idea I denied for over 3 years. Your comics and your messages showed me that it was wrong to deny my wishes and ideas. 'Cause that's now what an artist is born for...
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww... Your words really touched me there... =' ) :hug:

Thank you Crystal-Dream very much for sharing me your insights and experiences, I'm sure that you will become influencial in the community with your spirit and artistic talents. ^_~ *thumbs up* Continue to keep it up okay? You already got the skills and mature mindset so go for it all the way! ^__^
Crystal-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow, thanks alot for the enocuraging words! yep, I will do my best! ^___^ Thanks so much for everything! so, that we both ( and all other Sonic Fans) will never give up on their wishes!
reyhan-spirit Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
Awesome Details and pictures! :)
trixi-the-echidna Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
beutiful!!! *-*
KanDYtheHedgeHog Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
What is the species of the guy in the middle?
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Ashworth's a wombat. ^_~ He's going to be the main protagonist to the series and is the anti-hero type. = )
KanDYtheHedgeHog Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
Ah! I never see wombat characters,accept for wombat stu as just a filler character for knucklesXD.
E09ETM Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
Glad to C your coloring workXD
This is pretty beautiful
Do you wanna be a concept artist?Me tooXD
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I guess so! = ) I would love to make a video game or cartoon series from ASHWORTH concepts! ^_~ It would be so cool to see your artwork become a great impact to the world too one day Leoz! :D
Sedva-Ronoria Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
So Dang touching *sniff* Crap I said I wouldn't cry. Just another random Deviant who hasn't gotten pics up and has a wierd lookup name XD. *wipes tear from eye* If you had a chance would you have a game or Show. Stupid question I know but I always wanted to ask artist like this this question..
Sedva-Ronoria Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
I meant based on the art that you've made and that the Sonic Team let you and all that...
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not perfectly sure what you're asking for but I'll try my best to answer your question. ;)

Well yes I would love to make a game or cartoon series out of ASHWORTH, my first couple of years is aimed at making them known to the world community (especially in the Sonic fan community. ^_~)

Cheers for your comment! :D
TammyTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
very cool. i like the dude with the big scarf. all the characters look awsome. i too plan on making a sieries but with a cat X3 shes somewhere in my scraps. well this is very awsome darkspeeds. keep up the great work ^^
Konya651 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
This is incredible!
spark-alexis-melone Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
this is awesome darkspeeds-sama! i luv the styles for these guys, especially ashworth & ruby. Fantastic as always ^^
Kimera-Kuiroaki Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool characters, backgrounds, painting...You rule man xD
I'm sure that you'll reach your goal n_n just go for it! X3
Shadow-Hikari Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We will support you no matter what Darkspeeds, so don't worry! I like Ashworth!! He's so serious but I'm pretty sure he's a nice guy. I'll be waiting to hear what Ashworth has to say, so don't keep me hanging too long!
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
He's actually the anti-type hero like Shadow but I will try not to make him too similar! XXD

Thank you for your wonderful support, I always appreciated it right from the beginning Shadow-Hikari. ;)
Shadow-Hikari Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, makes me feel special. :hugs: :love: And C'est la vie. If he's like Shadow, he's like Shadow. No one's gonna criticize you for it, and if they do I'll sick E-123 on em!
KaleidoStar132 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
awesome Darkspeeds!
simply awesome!!!!
u rock!
u rock out loud!

and this is just a little something to show my
appreciation: :smooch:
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! XXD Aww... = ) *blushes slightly*

*bows like a gentlemen* Thank you for the compliments KaleidoStar132... They were very much appreciated. ;) ^_^
KaleidoStar132 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
u r most welcome! :hug:
u r truley my most favorite artist in the whole world! :glomp: :hug:
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