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10 Amazing Pieces Of Sonic Fan Art That Speed Up Our Hearts

Ever since debuting in the early '90s, Sega's blue blur has amassed a massive and dedicated fanbase that is more than willing to shower Sonic the Hedgehog and its expansive roster of anthropomorphic animals with love. Understandably so, as Sonic has more than earned his place as one of gaming's most iconic mascots.

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That brings the conversation to art pieces created by fans, many of which represent the legendary speedster in a new light that Sonic Team is unlikely to ever explore. Along with paying tribute to one of the greatest icons of all time, these 10 Sonic the Hedgehog drawings are works of art in their own right.

10 Three's Company (& Silver)

Art by K4VE and G-e-o-L-o-g-i-c-a-l.

In one stunning photo, K4VE and G-e-o-L-o-g-i-c-a-l manage to do justice to three of Sonic the Hedgehog's greatest characters, along with finding enough room to give Silver a cameo.

While they all have their own personalities, Sonic, Shadow, and Metal Sonic could be seen as branches of the same core. As the ultimate hero, Sonic serves as a beacon that leads the likes of Shadow down a better path, even if Maria was the main reason the latter became an anti-hero. Conversely, Metal Sonic is driven solely by his hatred for the Blue Blur.

9 Tradition

Art by ZekukN.

Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik is arguably the best Sonic the Hedgehog character of all time, and that isn't only because of the villain's mesmerizing mustache. Although, obviously, that does help.

Created to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the franchise's debut, ZekukN's art piece serves as the ultimate celebration of a license held close to the heart by many. With Sonic the Hedgehog's main trio taking their rightful place at the center of the canvas, the rest of the drawing pays homage to Eggman's creative and dastardly brilliance. He might be evil, but Dr. Robotnik is also incredible.

8 Freedom

Art by Zoewings Zhang.

Along with many other positives, fan art provides a way for the familiar to be reimagined from a new perspective. That's not to say Sega and Sonic Team have never taken the Big Blue in strange directions, but there is only so much that can be done when crafting a new entry in such a beloved and influential franchise. Even longer legs might be too big of a change.

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Zoewings Zhang's Sonic undoubtedly respects and echoes the spirit of the video game character, but the distinctive art style teleports Sonic to an alternate reality that is both fascinating and unnerving.

7 The Flame's Shadow

Art by miitara.

In a better world, the Shadow the Hedgehog spin-off game would have been closer to miitara's creation than the actual product released by Sega. While typically resisting the urge to truly embrace the dark side, Shadow is a less clean-cut character than Sonic and squarely falls into the anti-hero category.

This fan art is not only incredibly detailed and splendidly drawn, but it does a brilliant job of representing Shadow's personality. As the world burns around him, Shadow expresses not even a sliver of fear; however, that does not mean the black hedgehog is relishing the destruction.

6 Out Of This World

Art by Cortoony.

Few images are quite as character-defining as that of Sonic cooly sitting on a half-moon. It is simultaneously playful, confident, and fantastical, traits that could all be used to describe the Blue Blur. Sonic might have had a tougher time adapting to the changing times than Mario, but the license's early '90s run is truly timeless.

Cortoony's tribute to the gaming icon can only be described as charming. The colorful art style highlights Sonic's whimsical nature, an aspect of the character (and franchise) that tends to be overshadowed by his edgier traits.

5 The Mustache Of Evil

Art by classicgamer76.

If there is one villain who deserves a solo photo session, then it would have to be Doctor Eggman. Be it the games, the cartoons, or Jim Carrey's live-action version, Robotnik injects an air of comedy into proceedings while also managing to retain a degree of menace.

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Naturally, the villain cannot beat Sonic, but Eggman embraces his sinister plans with such passion and theatrics that, for a brief second, one cannot help but wonder if this time things might actually go his way. Sadly, they never do.

4 Sonic Mania

Art by Dice9633.

The greatest modern Sonic the Hedgehog game deserves only the best, and Dice9633 more than delivers on that front. Aping 2D Sonic's design to an impeccable degree, the artist's use of perspective echoes that sense of movement that is so synonymous with Sega's hero.

Perhaps even more so than the likes of Mario and Link, Sonic is a character defined by action. Even though the former are relatively silent compared to the latter, Sonic's ability to run really fast cannot be separated from his core appeal. Sonic is speed, and speed is Sonic.

3 Knuckles' Chaotix

Art by Liris-san.

Knuckles'Chaotix might very well be the most divisive game in Sega's franchise, which is a statement not made lightly. Released for the Sega Genesis's 32X add-on, Knuckles' Chaotix tried to innovate by making the gameplay more multiplayer-focused by including a rubber band system that tied two of the five playable characters together. While the concept had potential, its execution could have been better.

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Love or hate it, Knuckles' Chaotix still holds a special place in Sonic the Hedgehog's history, so its only fitting that fans would pay tribute to the frequently disregarded game.

2 A Special Fan Art

Art by Nerkin.

Due to being overshadowed by the Sega Genesis's 16-bit versions, Sonic the Hedgehog's 8-bit run on the Game Gear and Master System have been somewhat forgotten. That's not to say these versions do not have their fans, as more than a few of the games are quite fantastic, but the 16-bit releases were the definitive way to experience Sega's franchise.

A cool addition to the 8-bit Sonic the Hedgehog game was Special Stages that could be accessed by collecting 50+ rings. While not the most complex levels, they were a nice reward for a job well done. Nerkin's tribute to this part of Sonic's history is awesome.

1 A Fresh Spin On A Classic Formula

Art by Aikutalk.

Sonic Mania was the throwback to classic Sonic that many fans had been waiting years for. As such, it is hardly surprising that the game lit a fire in the hearts of so many artists. Fittingly enough, Aikutalk's tribute to 2017's release just screams "the '90s" out of every pore.

While nostalgia can be powerful, Sonic Mania worked so well because it was also a progression of classic Sonic. It updated the franchise for a modern era while preserving its core appeal. This fan art accomplishes the same thing.

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The Pious World of Christian Sonic the Hedgehog Fan Art

The Sonic Internet

Sonic the Hedgehog is roughly as old as the World Wide Web. This week, we're looking at the countless memes, in-jokes, fandom controversies, and assorted oddities that surround the series.

Photo: SEGA for America/Getty Images

In terms of wealth, power, and influence, the corporate Christian machine is one of the most fearsome in America. Yet for all the power that the corporate Christian machine has, it always failed in its attempts to be cool. No amount of money has made corporate Christians — from powerful lobbyist groups to the motivational speakers that operate by the wealth doctrine — any better at interfacing with the rest of popular culture and puncturing the powerful bubble of adolescent cynicism. Pop culture moves far too fast for Christian media to keep up with, and all attempts to transpose it are ignorant and insincere, relying on a captive audience of Christian parents trying to find some “safe” alternative of what’s popular for their kids, and thus, also holding the captive audience of that seemingly eternal American archetype, “the Christian youth group kid.” For this kid, Sonic the Hedgehog bridges the gap between their limited offerings and the rest of pop culture.

I exist in a strange space in all this, as I do with an awful lot of extremely online groups and phenomena. I was raised Christian and eventually lapsed out of it in my early teens, my trips to Church ending the same time it did for my parents. I entered high school, while still having spent enough time to know the Christian atmosphere well, and to know people who were still in it, listening to Switchfoot and talking of God’s plan for everyone in between games of Super Smash Bros. on the N64.

Growing up with a computer programmer for a dad, I was also extremely plugged into the existence of the internet before I had even hit the age of 10, digging through virtual anime shrines in the mid-’90s, making my own Animorphs fansite on Tripod, downloading bootleg copies of Mega Man 3 on gaudy Angelfire websites with mere megabytes of hosting space. In those days, I would run into not just the online Sonic fandom in its earliest iterations, but also plenty of Christian youth-group kids posting online. They made their own sites on the same free hosting services, and registered on the same fan forums as everyone else. They’d try to blend in but stuck out because, every single time they posted, they included a message-board signature declaring that they were proudly a fan of Digimon anda Christian. Though I was not the dedicated Christian youth-group kid, even when I was going to church regularly, I always knew them, offline and online.

One thing I remember in vivid detail is the nervous fidget of friends who were still in deep with their youth groups, and adhered to all the rules and limitations that would come with it. “Oh, my parents wouldn’t let me do that,” they would say, while talking with friends about the latest cool video game, cool band, cool book, cool comic, or just plans to head out somewhere and do something together, as a slightly rowdy friend group.

To be a Christian youth-group kid is to be in an eternal state of knowing that you are getting the second-hand versions of everything else that’s cool, and you’re often getting it years after everyone has already moved onto the next thing. That your parents and your church are constantly handing you the knockoff that’s not nearly as good, not nearly as fun, and certainly not considered “cool” by anyone other than the people handing it to you in the first place. Whatever the trend, whatever the era, you don’t get to be part of it. In the ’90s, while everyone else at middle school was buzzing about Mortal Kombat or Pokémon or Harry Potter, you’re left out of the loop.

You can see American Christianity grasping for relevancy in the many teen-oriented bibles on the market. There’s the X-Treme Teen Bible (sunglasses and skateboards and neon fashion), The Manga Bible (big-eyed and spiky-hair renditions of the apostles),and The Gamer Bible (voxels and crafting and health bars and a summary of the book of Luke laid out in metaphors of leveling up your dedication to Jesus Christ). There are Christian versions of Dance Dance Revolution. Christian cover albums of the latest top ten pop songs. Christian versions of Pac-Man created by hacking the original code. There’s an old first-person shooter where you are Noah on the ark, using a slingshot to herd around animals to their stables. Christian kids were offered all this while their friends at school — or the people at school they wish were their friends — were experiencing the real thing. This dearth left kids scrabbling for their own cross-section of cool and Christian. Dancing right on the border of “extremely online” and “extremely offline,” you will find the Christian Sonic the Hedgehog fandom.

It’s entirely possible that you might have trouble remembering a time before Christian Sonic the Hedgehog fanart. You might find it difficult to pinpoint exactly when you first became aware of it. Christian Sonic always been around you, usually in countless DeviantArt uploads — lush renditions of Sonic charging into the distance, with quotes from the book of Psalms etched into the black border around him — or in snarky blog posts.

Sonic is far from the only piece of pop culture to have a Christian fandom. You can find Christian Naruto fandom, Christian Undertale, and Christian Master Chief in just a few keystrokes. Christian youth-group kids will inevitably modify the pop culture around them in order to fit in. It’s like an inverse of the internet’s infamous rule No. 34, “If it exists, there is porn of it.” If it exists, there is a pious version of it.

But there is, I would argue, something different about Sonic the Hedgehog. And what makes it different in its space within online Christian fandoms is also such an important part of what makes Sonic such a seemingly inescapable aspect of online existence, from the years of phpBB fan forums to the endless waterfall of content that is social media in 2020. Anywhere you turn online, you’ll eventually find Sonic the Hedgehog turn up with a smirk on his face and a dismissive, cocky wag of his finger.

Sonic has a specificity to him that makes him universal.This is, of course, a self-contradicting statement, but it is still one I feel to be true. But perhaps it could be better said with this: For every possible niche of internet fandom, Sonic the Hedgehog is just edgy enough.

Sonic the Hedgehog is the most perfectly crafted piece of pop culture to pull into the Christian youth demographic. In the ’90s, Sonic the Hedgehog was legitimately cool. There is also nothing immediately objectionable about his existence. He’s made of bright colors and a family-friendly design with poppy music with no lyrics to be misconstrued as corrupting. When Sonic does feature lyrics, they come from Crush 40, whose musical aesthetic is right at home on a Christian rock CD. There is no blood. While Mario is more popular worldwide, he’s a blank slate. Sonic, on the other hand, explicitly distinguished himself by having attitude and a personality. He was the cool alternative at the height of the Sega-Nintendo console wars.

The Sonic games and TV shows might not have any explicit references to the church (could you even imagine?) but there was plenty of room for a kid in a somewhat stuffy Christian household to participate in being a fan too.

The Christian Sonic the Hedgehog fandom is not inexplicable or confusing at all. Give enough time to look it over, it even feels inevitable. The Archie comics tie-ins feature plots that position Knuckles the Echidna as a Jesus figure, even literally being depicted as walking on water. Miles “Tails” Prower, Sonic’s two-tailed fox sidekick, is a perfect figure for kids of all kinds to project on. Tails let kids relate to the Sonic universe without identifying too closely with the punkish, counterculture main character. There’s just enough detail, edge, and attitude to Sonic that gives him that aura of “cool” that separates him out from other family-friendly, animal-mascot characters, while still having a self and world around them that is flexible enough to bend to meet the personal circumstances and tastes of any kid getting exposed to the hedgehog and his friends.

It is that paradoxical vague type of specificity that makes him universal online. Sonic fits in perfectly for online Christian fandom, on Deviantart and Twitter and elsewhere, but Sonic also fits in perfectly everywhere else, to everyone else. Raver Sonic? Of course. Nu-Metal Shadow the Hedgehog? Naturally. A meme of Sonic telling you that there’s no ethical consumption under capitalism? Well, Sonic’s creator Yuji Naka said that Sonic was intentionally created with environmentalist themes to combat the way humanity was wrecking nature, so why not? Critic and storyteller Austin Walker famously tweeted  “My Sonic is black and he listens to ska.” Nobody can really prove him wrong. Sonic figuratively and literally exists outside of human frameworks of identity.

Photo: The mysterious depths of the internet.

From the deeply sincere Christian youth group kid making up their own Sonic OC for an online roleplay group, to the older lapsed-Christian, irony-poisoned Twitter leftist posting that bootleg stencil declaring “Sonic says NO to fascism and racism”, you’ll quite obviously find that blue hedgehog hanging memorably in both their minds.More than even Mario, more than Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, more than Bubsy and dozens of others, Sonic is perfectly made for the whole of the internet and all the groups milling about on it.

The blue blur is a smirking spiny mammal who somehow looks just as comfortable next to  a quote from the Book of Revelations as he does in an Impact-font meme declaring “KISS MY ASS, DUANE.”

And God bless that hedgehog for it.

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Welcome to Sonic-Fan-Art-Club!!!

This group devoted to artworks that will motivate and inspire artists from all over the world!!!

In this group we have particular rules concerning your artworks:
1.Upload ONLY your best artworks.
2.We accept only FINISHED art (not sketches, linearts and etc.)
3.Things that will obviously be declined are:
  1. Sketches
  2. Unfinished artworks
  3. Plagiarism
  4. Re-draws and Re-colors
  5. Literature, art memes
  6. Screenshots from games, movies and etc.
  7. Screenshots from Doll-makers
  8. Drawings that are not related with Sonic and others
  9. Nudity, sexual themes, violence/gore.

If your artwork was declined:
It means that you have either submitted your deviation into the wrong folder or the skills that are represented in your work simply don't match the expected level of the group.
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SEGA announced last week that they’re holding a ‘Sonic CD Fan Art Contest’. Sonic fans are tasked with creating artwork related to Sonic CD and submit them for the chance to win a copy of the digital port of Sonic CD and a signed copy of the new Japan-only Sonic CD original soundtrack CD. The contest is open to residents of North America, Mexico and the UK, and closes November 29th. All of the rules can be found here.

Today, SEGA has updated with some tips for drawing Metal Sonic from Kazuyuki Hoshino, Art Director at Sonic Team. Hoshino-san has even shared the original sketch of Metal Sonic, which you can view in our gallery below.

This sketch takes me back! When I was new to Sonic Team, I was tasked with designing what was to be Sonic’s rival character. I was so excited!

Although some slight changes were made between this and the final design – for example, his eyes are rounded and the proportions of his body are different – for the most part, he was already Metal Sonic. This sketch was used as a draft for the character’s bitmap that you see in game so it’s rather simple, but it brings back a lot of good memories and is very special to me.

Tips When Drawing Metal Sonic
1. Remember that he is METAL Sonic so focus on giving him a nice metallic texture. You can do this by emphasizing the highlights and reflections on his body.
2. Try to position him in a way that will show off his iconic details like his glowing eyes, menacingly pointed fingers, and the large engine on his back.

I hope that these tips will prove useful and look forward to seeing all of your submissions!

Source: SEGA Blog – Link 1, Link 2


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