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Sonic Art Collection (COVER ART - 1st Issue) by darkspeeds Sonic Art Collection (COVER ART - 1st Issue) by darkspeeds
This is the cover art to a publication concept I'm going to present to Archie Comics booth at San Diego Comic Con 2013.


It will act as a mock publication and portfolio submission on my behalf. The art book (or magazine more rather) will contain 50 pages for the time being, featuring a range of well renown (and not so well renown - which personally I feel that these artists should deserve more recognition) artists that can draw 'Sonic the Hedgehog' from the Archie Comics universe competently and passionately.


More information can be found about this initiative on my next journal post: [link]


:star: Archie Comics logo (C) Archie Publications, SEGA logo (C) SEGA Corporation, SAC logo art, Sonic - 'Blue to Yellow' concept art and page design (C) Darkspeeds

:star: Artwork featured on cover art (C) :iconevanstanley: :icontrunks24: & :iconadamis:

:star: Thanks to :iconrally-the-cheetah: for the critique on the cover layout! Adjustments have been made. You can compare it to the original here [link]
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AwsomeIsRed Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm such a huge fan of Evan Stanley:) Good luck guys i'll be here crossing my fingers for you:)
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:icondarkspeeds:
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! We appreciate the well wishes!

A huge fan of Evan Stanley you say? I share the same sentiment. ;)
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Sorain26 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student General Artist
I am positively stunned by the coloring and lighting on Sonic, excellent job.
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shodic Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
good luck
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funkyjeremi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a great idea ^^ Archie comics style is required to be part of it? I should maybe try to draw something in that style, and maybe if i get it perfectly, you might feature me :p (just dreaming :p )
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DHAZEDXZ Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist
I absolutely agree, there are thousands of talented sonic artists out there so this is a great idea. Just wondering is this going to be sold to comic book stores too? I would definitely purchase. Hell, I might make a submission
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
At this point of time this is just a mock publication to submit to Archie Publications at their booth in Comic Con 2013. Treat it as my portfolio submission and also a way to show the editor a selection of artists who can deliver high quality work based on the hit comic series.
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aarn Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Good luck!
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:iconthundrbolt:
Thundrbolt Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love the shine on the Chaos Emerald!

Best of luck man :D
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Brett! 8-)
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FritzyBeat Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! Wonderful job on the layout! :D
Good luck presenting this to Paul in San Diego this year :) I'm sure he'll enjoy it thoroughly! ;)
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WilsonFazzalaro Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I am saving up money for this! :D
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Rylan247 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I will buy this when it comes out :3 Awesome job here.
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OmegaMorph Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Sounds awesome. Hope they like it. : )
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RaeLogan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... I used to live in San Diego... now I've moved and I find out all the great Sonic fanartists seem to be converging there, and I'm missing out on the chance to meet them... T_T

Looks great, though. :D
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sky-babylon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow his is looking absolutely fantastic!!!! The design I really great and set out well for the cover! Can't wait to see more hahaOh and btw is the contest still running? Just making sure ^^
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kintobor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is looking really good, loving the idea, best of luck taking this to Paul
nice use of a Sonic Generation esque style,
would be interested to see at some point some mock interior pages see how you'd plan to lay it all out what information would be in there.

I'm not sure it would have mainstream appeal, but it would certainly be the type of magazine I would pay money for.
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Well I just got done with a Tails pic, but I don't think it qualifies for this contest [link] So for the next picture i draw Sonic related will be for this. Just got to think of something to draw.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, despite the fact that you created an AWESOME drawing of Tails you've already haven't followed two rules:


i) Single characters don't count - though I didn't clearly state it - I did say 'draw your favourite heroes' which implies more than one character.

ii) Send all entries to darkspeeds@hotmail.com. Artwork can be posted on deviantART after the contest.


I'll update the rules set just to be clear but yeah once again Lord-Kiyo amazing drawing but no cigar for the contest queue unfortunately.
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Oh no You miss understood me. This is not an entry, I was working on this before I found about it. I was just stating that it would not work for the contest. LOL Not to mention they probably would want it in the normal Sonic style,
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh goodness, you're most right about that one! My apologies. :D

But yeah it won't work as mentioned on my previous reply.

And style is a not something to be restricted in the art contest - it is encouraged for the artist to explore new ways to portray how Sonic the Hedgehog is presented in art!
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Interesting. I may think about using the anthro style then, though it takes alot more time to do.

By the way did you get my message in the Skype about how to do things with the DK? I know your probably not ready to do anything on it yet, but I like to go through how we plan on pulling it off properly.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually there have been a sudden change of plans mate. I'll get back to you on that when I get the chance!

And yes give that anthro style a go! Give yourself a challenge. *thumbs up*
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Oh noes, I find someone that can do a good job at the audio part and complications.. Well that's life and life comes first LOL Also I sent that recording to the others that are involved. They think everything was spectacular, especially Page. However they all think that Mace sounds a bit older than he should.

And okay, I will see about giving it a go. Will 2 or 3 characters be good? I hardly ever draw anything with a bunch of characters in it.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aim for three. ;)

For now consult that person who will do a good job with the audio. I don't think I can get working on the project anytime soon.
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EUAN-THE-ECHIDHOG Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there

Does look really cool ^^ Much like the real thing. Great job!

Euan
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bubbleshoot101 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
o.o woah.. :clap:
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KentaruZ Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Writer
awesome =O
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KingCobra82 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Nicely done!
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KuroDeMangaKa Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this will be a great way to present those awesome artists~! I hope it goes well :4
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Rally-the-Cheetah Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Liking the design but it feels a bit crammed for space. Sonic's turning super here, yet he's being boxed in by graphics and text all around. Yes the text is necessary, but remember what you're selling here; this is an art book so the focus should always be centered around the art on the cover, not the purdy text.
Suggestion: Nudge the 1st issue symbol, Archie comics logo and SEGA log to the left and up a bit then center and shrink the Sonic Art Collection Logo. Trust, me, shrinking it won't hurt, in fact if you look at it and the the space around it it's the largest place holder you have on the page and remember, your cover art will sell this. After all, when you see a comic what do you see first, the image or the text? With those scooted over and up the next thing is to free poor Sonic there. Get that text off of his head. Perhaps place it under the Sonic Art Collection logo. Now let Sonic shine, enlarge him a bit. He he overlaps some text or something good, let him. He's the star here, also you have him standing in an angle where overlap would actually make him look like he's popping out of the page, a neat effect. Finally those black slanted lines above him, I'd get rid of them. I like the look of the light pencil graphics going on behind Sonic more, especially the circles around the Emerald. Extend the graphic up into the white void up next to the Sonic Art Collection Logo to create a tad more balance on the right side. ;)

Please note that this is just a suggestion and I apologize if it seems like I'm critiquing you a lot lately. I just admire the goal you have and want to see you succeed and the only aid I can really offer is suggestions ^^; .
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Already made the changes and I'm happier with the updated version! Thank you! :)

I need to have more of these experiences so that I can get used to the crazieness that happens at the Art of Academy - I know I'll be beaten down till I improve from critique my lecturers will give me on a daily basis once I'm enrolled into the school. X_x; XD
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Rally-the-Cheetah Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Oooo I like this much better. Moving that right blue jagged graphic up and getting rid of the black dashes makes Sonic look much less confined and all the circle shapes move your eye around the piece. Great job Sir Darkspeeds =D.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

And I've just adjusted the positioning of the Archie Comics/SEGA logos. And I downsized the 1st Issue like you told me, and it does look much better I have to say! :)
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No don't be sorry at all, in fact you made some very good suggestions!

Keep in mind that I've made this into a magazine publication rather than an art book and because of that I am restricted to some guidelines. On top of that I'm basing off my cut-off points via Ka-BLAM MAGAZINE TEMPLATE [link] - hence the spacing on the edges.

I liked how you pointed out that the central art should be the selling point. In fact... Perhaps I should rearrange the elements abit...

Thanks for the feedback as always R-t-C!
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Ja-The-Shadow-Hunter Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks nice, man. =D
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risesatspring Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great idea dude! Can other deviants become part of the project somehow?
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not at this point in time.

Check out my recent journal post for more info on how to get involved: [link]

Perhaps if one day I get to do my own publication like this I'll be able to get more artists on board for future issues. ;)
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risesatspring Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! I'll check out that journal as well(I must have overlooked that one)
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Shadow-Dinosaur Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Epic work
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MillyTheSnowtiger Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome :squee:
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roseprincess25 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is really amazing and wonderful!:wow:
And I was wondering what is this for, are you starting a contest:?
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well my friend you can find out all the details here. ;) [link]
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roseprincess25 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you soo much my friend:hug:
I have read the jounarl and so, all you have to do is that draw your favoruit sonic heros and send to your e-mail,and oh I got the book too by the way:D And is that alright ^^; sorry if I got it wroung^^;
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