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Sonic Redesign- Mephiles phase2 by Nerfuffle Sonic Redesign- Mephiles phase2 by Nerfuffle
I really wanted to learn more about character design. The idea of re-imagining the Sonic cast intrigued me because it seemed to present a lot of fun and interesting challenges.
Not only did I find that the franchise had a lot of cool, weird concepts to work with, like “ purple kitty pyro queen” or “evil shape shifter”, but there was the issue of creating a sense balance and diversity between the characters as a whole.

For reasons unknown to my self I kept adding to the project. Earlier drawings were more zany, illustrative and experimental and later versions were softer and three dimensional.
Essentially an evil shapeshifting creature with confusing motives. Also it can time travel apparently. It was a chance to exaggerate different feature without breaking the suspension of disbelief.
This was originally a Shadow redesign that somehow turned out to be a shambleing monstrosity. I liked it too much to give up.
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Hobowithahotdog Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
anyone else suddenly hear mark Hamill?
RoyalKnightV Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it's more inspired than what 06 did. Nice Burton-esque look
Reyai-Bloodrose Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
He looks like a haggard dock worker in a black raincoat. XD
Not saying that it's bad, not at all! It's actually quite a creative interpretation, and I love it to death! :D
GeneralHaven Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
s3mp4i--4na Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All aboard, the NOPE train to "FUCK THAT!" vile!
Sonicluvr5 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not going to be sleeping for a while...
Robot-Electro-Jones Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
I'm gonna have to agree with the guy below me; both of your designs for Mephiles look infinitely better than what we saw in the game, that being what looks like Shadow if he caught pinkeye and got stuck in a freezer for a few hours. This right here is creativity, honest-to-God creativity. Stellar work.
JMillerd Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Looks better then Mephiles the shadow Recolor. (no offense to the fans)
Daiskida Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
The more I look at your Mephiles desings, the more he kinda makes me think of The Lich from adventure time, but I guess it's 'cause of the sort of dead appearance he has going for him.
FOX-POP Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hmm I don't know why but he resembles me a bit the jew's stereotype... hump on the back, something that look like curls at his head's sides, long nose (or so it seems), and something that looks like a rabbi's hat! Is that a coincidence? xD

(I'm not racist! Let's be clear on that xD A jew friend I have made me notice that and he laughed on it too ^^)
Nerfuffle Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014

Really? Whoops, I didn’t know those features were a part of the stereotype.

To be honest this was largely inspired by the final Scarecrow design from the 90s Batman cartoon and that was based off of a western preacher costume.

He's supposed to be wearing a fisherman's hat and the spines were once whaling spears and hooks that were later changed to squiggly hedgehog spines. The curls around his face are tattered bandages and seaweed. I remember at some point I tried to make him look like a “battered corpse that rose out of the ocean” with cues toned down later for making things too convoluted.

RoyalKnightV Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well i thought he reminded me m ore of a plague doctor sans the mask. I guess be careful with hook noses in the future? Unless you're making an eagle character or something. 
FOX-POP Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Eheh don't worry :) this is a pure coincidence xD The design itself is totally cool, instead! :) 
Cool and well thought ;)
MorganStudio Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks like Rayman Origins and Legends!
AlexGamer9000 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Reminds me of a fusion of Black Spy from Spy vs Spy and the doctors in Assassins Creed 2.
Baranguirus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
He kinda looks like a Blue Meanie, from Yellow Submarine! Or maybe that's just me...
Mr-Primary Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

not even once

(sorry I couldn't help my self)
Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
This makes Mephiles looks more like some sort of villainous Witch Doctor than the demonic shadowy being he is.

I wonder what Iblis will look like in this?
todpole Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
I still think Mephiles and Iblis should've been two seperate demons that plagued the world until they were defeated by a wizard named Solaris, who then became the king of Soleanna. Mephiles and Iblis take the Solaris when they fuse out of spite.
artisdeviantun Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O__O omg Mephiles looks so funny °__° cool^^
thesoniczone11 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The only reason he was a Shadow recolor was because he didn't have his own form
14-Spades Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like something that would be on an Edgar Alen Poe anthology. Freaking brilliant.
macietate Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
I'm a huge sonic fan and I think your concept and style is cool
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