This is an amazing piece of artwork. Here we see the final confrontation of gaming's nostalgic hero and his worst nemesis. The detail of a realistic-looking Mario really surprised me. I was expecting more of a cartoony look that most people use. His dolor scheme (Clothes and such) really gave the piece a nice feel, apart from the usual blue and red. The spin given on Bowser fits the scene perfectly, giving the audience a chill of air. The art design is almost flawless, even giving the most precise texture and detail to the lava and background. We also see all of these items being chucked at our hero. You notice even the smallest of detail on these, from the chips in the hammers, to the flaming fireballs. This is a really amazing work, and I hope this style inspires other artists to follow your footsteps.
Niiice, I really like your art style, and how the characters look in it. I really like how the fireballs, and hammers are practically flying at the screen, and they look pretty dimensional.
I also like how you gave Bowser his original "big nostrols," like he had on the original SMB boxart in Japan, and in the old Mario cartoons. Your coloring is also very professional looking, and I like the glow effects from the lava.
The original Super Mario Bros. is one of my first video games, and one of the few games I never get tired of playing on occasion.
Thanks! I love the original as well; back in the day, I would challenge myself to rescue the princess without dying, and without using a warp zone. My skills have declined since then, but I can still put the hurt on Bowser if I stretch out ahead of time.
Yeah, I used to make challenges for myself to like that with the game. (And other games.)
Even though I don't play the game constantly, I'm still pretty good at it to. (I can even beat "SMB: Lost Levels" without getting a "Game Over" now.) I'm not as insanely good as some people on Youtube though, you should check out some of these Mario players. One guy I saw can do the "wall jump" glitch perfectly everytime he jumps into a wall, and that is very hard for me to pull off personally.
Actually, that's 11 minutes, but still very impressive. (Got to be some kinda world record.) I like to speed run some levels in the Mario games. Though, personally, I prefer taking my time to enjoy the game. (And get the power-up items.) Hehe
I. Love this. You have perfectly captured the essence of this fight. I like how you managed to get Peach in there too. Your use of perspective is spot on, you really nailed it. The only thing I can see that could be improved here is in more shading. You can never have too much value and contrast in a piece lit by lava. Heavy, dark shadows to accent bowser's menace I think will help make the whole piece pop more. But it's fantastic, awesome job.