Friday, September 22, 2006

Classic Videogame Illustrations #1

While doing some editing at Wikipedia, I came across this illustration for Sonic the Hedgehog. I've always like the American artwork over the Japanese version (which, frankly, was just weird; I don't think Sega Japan ever really "got" Sonic), and seeing it again for the first time in ages, I'm struck at how great it really is.

As far as graphic designs go, this is just about as good as it gets. The whole essence of Sonic, from the sense of motion, of speed, of the slightly off-kilter checkerboard style, is present in this illustration. It's certainly the best Sonic illustration ever made, and probably among a handful of the all-time best.

Oh, and according to Wikipedia, Sonic fought in the Civil War, opened a chain of sandwich shops, trapped Bill Murray in an unending time-loop just for kicks, and made out with George Bush at the State of the Union speech.

Okay, that last one's Joe Lieberman. So maybe that one's wrong.

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