Making Hedgies Look Sexy is Hard Work!!
Ya damn right! I'm currently taking a day off to do something fun for once (and something rather cheeky... ).
I'm exploring ways to incorporate elements of real life anatomy and applying the right amounts of it to Sonic characters to get a particular look I'm aiming for.
During my study I've found out that keeping it simple works best - less detail on realistic anatomy and maintaining a cartoony presence connects with the fans more. Overdoing the anatomy destroy's the illusion for fans who are very invested (visually) with the characters based off the SEGA style).
Two of the most popular hedgehogs that have sex appeal to fans are Sonic and Shadow - hands down.
I found three elements that make up a sexy illustration of a Sonic character:
i) The right amount of realistic anatomical structure applied to the character's body (the SEGA way is unrealistic and toony). I discussed this point earlier and here are my thoughts on the percentages: 15% realistic anatomical structure + 85% toon style = perfection.
ii) Curvatures and quality of line art (95% of the time thin lines work best). Keep in mind curves are beautiful on human bodies, girls and women have them. Curvatures give that extra sex appeal especially on the male characters (which is reverse-psychology at work - majority of men usually have straight, squarish, and bold shapes to define their structural look).
iii) The position and mood the character is being positioned and expressed (this is usually defined by the artist's intention and his/her use of props and other elements to enhance the sex appeal - for instance Sonic spreading his legs wide open on a couch with drapery/sheets casually laid all over beneath him).
Here are some of my favourites:
Right now my artistic process of drawing Sonic characters have been 80% realistic anatomical structure + 15% toon style for the intent of this exercise - and it's been hard trying to replicate something more along the lines of my perceived perfection of a sexy illustration of a Sonic character (having said that sometimes other combinations work just as well like Evan's 50/50 and Swirlything's 95/5 ratio).
Anyways I should be posting up some doodles tonight, presenting my findings and experiments on paper.
Let me know what you think! Feel free to share your favourite artists who draw what you may perceive to be a sexy illustration of a Sonic character (I'm sure I've missed out on some of the others but when I find them I'll post them here for an update).