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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.
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Mephiles
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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Robot-Electro-Jones Featured By Owner 3 days ago
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.
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JMillerd Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Looks better then Mephiles the shadow Recolor. (no offense to the fans)
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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.
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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 ^^)
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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.

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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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MorganStudio Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks like Rayman Origins and Legends!
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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.
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Baranguirus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
He kinda looks like a Blue Meanie, from Yellow Submarine! Or maybe that's just me...
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Mr-Primary Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Meth.

not even once


(sorry I couldn't help my self)
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