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Super Mario Bookmark by BrendanCorris Super Mario Bookmark by BrendanCorris
Who didn't see that one coming. I tried so hard to resist doing a Mario one since it's so typical, but the Super Mario games are just so great and the characters are always so much fun to draw. This bookmark isn't for a particular Mario game, being that it includes characters from Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World & Super Mario Land.
The characters are -
TOAD - The Princess' royal guard who doesn't seem to be good for anything but getting captured himself or begging Mario to save the day. Had a lot of fun drawing Toad the whacked-out way I did. Also paid homage to SMB2 in there.
MARIO - Need I even introduce him? If you play video games or not, you probably know who this husky plumber is. I like the good old days when Mario was a fat, jolly dude, as opposed to the skinny, pissed-off want-to-be-bad-ass Mario we usually see today.
LUIGI - Mario's younger brother and faithful sidekick. Also the dude I always play(ed) as my whole life. For a while Nintendo was trying to pretend this guy didn't exist but fans demanded more Luigi, and luckily, we got him back.
PRINCESS PEACH TOADSTOOL - Yeah, I know, she's blonde and I made her a ginger, but that's because over the course of the SMB games on the NES and on the cartoon show, Toadstool was a red-head. Sure, in artwork she became blonde quickly, but my earliest memories of her were all red-head Peaches. She didn't even get the name "Peach" until N64 (and in Yoshi's Safari for SNES, though she wore weird colors in that game if I remember correctly). I just figured everybody draws tons of typical, blonde, new-style Peaches everyday, so why not mix stuff up with a more unique design. I personally like the old pudgy-wrist, ginger Peach from the cartoon better. Don't get me wrong, the new Peach is a hottie, but the old one was less generic and had a special charm to her.
Before they used her Japanese name, Peach, in US, she really didn't have a first name. When I was really little, my older brother said her name was "Noname", so we kept that story up for a bit. Ha, The things you'll believe that an older brother tells you...
KING BOWSER KOOPA - King of the Koopa Troop, a giant Eastern-mythology-influenced-turtle-dragon, Bowser has become the most well-known video game villain of all time. He's just become a doof over the years with always being easy as hell and joining up with Mario too many times (plus playing sports and parties with Mario), but we still love him. I was originally considering doing the cartoon design or a totally new re-design, but this design came to me instead.
YOSHI - Love him or hate him, Yoshi burst onto the scene in Super Mario World and has been a major Mario character since. There was a year, when I was in seventh grade, where I drew Yoshi A LOT. I decided to make him look more like a real dino here, though I colored him to look more amphibious since he's smooth and shiny in the games rather than scaly.
WARIO - This guy had to go in because he's just so damn bad-ass and fun to draw. Though he's generally gone on to his own library of games these days, Wario debuted in Mario Land 2, and like Yoshi, became an iconic Nintendo character immediately. I tried to capture the insanity and putridness of the character. Here's hoping we get another Wario Land on the WiiU, because "Shake It" was a freaking masterpiece.
So now, only one more gaming bookmark remains!

Like most of these bookmarks, the size on here prevents you from really seeing the detail on ever body.

WHAT WILL IT BE??? WHAT WILL IT BE???
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controlledpuppet Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
what the hell you made wario look like a fucking gremlin
hes his cousin not bowsers boogeyman
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Digit-Aria Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
You should attempt a similar series of character profiles for the film versions of the characters. They were just as rich and fun an interpretation of the games as the Super Show versions were.
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
I agree. The movie had some very interesting character designs. Maybe I'll do a picture for it some day.
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Digit-Aria Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Toad and Koopa especially had some fun interpretations, although most of the great designs were seen in the ancillary characters (Bertha, Lena, etc.)
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Bertha's spikey red outfit was awesome. The Goombas had cool designs, too.
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Digit-Aria Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Most people rag on the Goombas for their height without realizing that in the original Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 they were twice the height of "small" Mario and equal in height to "Super" Mario. There wasn't any promotional artwork that made the size difference explicit, so the writers/designers only had the limited graphics of the games to go by.
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
I guess since after getting a mushroom Mario is two tiles high while Goombas are only one tile high, and since in the original SMB, the manual named it "Lil Goomba". I think the movie designs were welcome, though, since it was a radically different interpretation of the series, and I welcomed many artistic liberties, as the creatures had to look suitable for a realistic environment. Also, in the movie they were de-evolved reptile people, not mushrooms, so, once again, I was completely OK with the artistic liberties the movie crew took in their designs. A lot of people seem to hate on that film. While I'll admit it wasn't a masterpiece, and that it was drastically different from the games, I still enjoyed it as a kid and a Mario fan. The Mario world was not very developed at the time, and the simple graphics would look out of place in a live action film. Being that they were limited to needing to create a "realistic" version of Mario to appeal to gamers and non-gamers, I think they did a damn good job. The animatronic effects in the movie are great, too. The one thing I really didn't like was Luigi being Mario's adopted son rather than brother, that was just weird.
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Digit-Aria Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
I'm a huge fan of the film. I freely admit that while it is easy to admire or appreciate it is not so easily enjoyed. It has its moments.

You'll probably have to watch the film again because Mario and Luigi were brothers, not father and son. They made it very clear that Mario raised Luigi "like" a parent after their actual parents died. I imagine you might be confused because of the Nostalgia Critic's ridiculous video.
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
I've never watched the Nostalgia Critic's videoon it, as I can't stand that guy and always avoid him, that's just how I remembered it being, though it's been years, so I am probably remembering it wrong.
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MarcDaArtist Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GAAAHHH!!! OH, its just Wario.
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