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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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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
Metal341 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AnaAndHerFNaFShit Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All aboard, the NOPE train to "FUCK THAT!" vile!
Sonicluvr5 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
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.
mARTz-9o Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist 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.

mARTz-9o Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eheh don't worry :) this is a pure coincidence xD The design itself is totally cool, instead! :) 
Cool and well thought ;)
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