Mario vs. Richter Belmont

I’ve toyed with the idea of using a Castlevania character pretty much since I first started these fights. The question was, of course, which character to use? Alucard was among my first choices because Symphony of the Night is probably among my top 10 games ever (and I’m sure I’ll get to him eventually regardless) and Simon Belmont was another strong choice but I don’t really like his Conan-like character design.

Richter though. I loved playing as him during the SotN intro and then fighting him and then learning a could play through the entire game with him. Rondo of Blood is also probably the best of the old school Castlevanias so he seemed like the perfect Belmont to use.

And yes, they are fighting on the stairs that leas to the last stage of RoB and that serves as the intro to SotN.

    Bulma and Lucca

    This is the piece I mentioned a while back that was giving me some trouble. I’m still not super happy with it (they look much younger than what I was going for) but it was far enough along that I figured I might as well finish it up.

    This isn’t the last DBZ/Chrono Trigger piece you’ll be seeing from me. Slowly working on a more action-oriented one as we speak.

      Sketchbook Update – Cyberpunk Edition

      I’ve been doing a lot of cyberpunk stuff lately on my sketchbook (it’s where my Cyberpunk Empress piece I posted a few days back originated from) and it’s been tons of fun. I’ve been looking at a lot of different designs and ideas and working on building a world that’s cohesive but still my own.

      This is sgoing to be used much further down the road as my ideas are still very raw but I just love drawing this kind of stuff.

      Full set of scans for this sketchbook here.

        Capcom Fighting Tribute!

        I can finally reveal my Capcom Fighting Tribute pieces!

        I can’t describe the sheer anguish and despair I experienced while waiting to see if I made it in so I was super excited to learn that 2 of my 3 entries made it in.

        The Final Fight piece was my first idea and easily the one I spent the most time on. I still think it was my strongest submission and the one with the highest chance of making it in. After doing that, I wanted to do something smaller so I focused on one character, Arieta from Cyberbots, and just tried to go crazy on the mech. The last piece I submitted was the Jin/Blodia one I posted months back. That was the most challenging one and perhaps it didn’t quite come together in the end which is probably why it didn’t make it in.

        I’ve submitted to the Street Fighter, Darkstalkers and Mega Man Tribute books in the past with no success so, again, I’m really excited to have made it in. Huge thanks to Udon for the opportunity.

        Below is some info, courtesy of Udon, on where you can get this book:

        – Capcom Fighting Tribute will premiere with a limited-run convention edition hardcover at San Diego Comic-Con, July 9-12
        – The standard edition of Capcom Fighting Tribute will be released September 2015. Links to pre-order the book at a variety of online retailers can be found here:

          Son Goku

          Stop me if you’ve heard this before: I love Dragon Ball.

          I remember this hard to describe feeling of seeing something completely new and unique (relative to my experience at the time, of course) when I first laid eyes upon that show. It’s something I remember fondly and Toriyama has been a huge influence in my work ever since.

          So I’ve been trying to do something Toriyama related for a while now and I started a second DBZ vs. Chrono Trigger piece. It’s laid out but I wanted to dial it down a bit so I did a friendlier Lucca and Bulma piece. I got pretty far on that but I feel I need to rework some aspects of it so I dialed it down even more and brought it back to Goku.

          Didn’t plan on putting the Dragon Balls in there at first. That would’ve been a big mistake.