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The Eeevil Mr. Dark by BrendanCorris The Eeevil Mr. Dark by BrendanCorris
I actually did the line work for this back in January (almost a year ago) but I was still pumped to draw today after finishing my last picture so I did this. This is my redesign of Mr. Dark, the villain from Rayman. I loved Rayman Origins, but I have to say, I absolutely hate what they did to this guy in that game. He was such a cool, sinister dude in the original PSX version. I did him the way I think of him, as some sort of evil voodoo witchdoctor crossed with a bandito. Hope you like it.
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:iconpixel8ory:
This is an absolutely amazing redesign of one of my favourite characters from the Rayman Franchise. I love how you've managed to update him to reflect on the new art style of Rayman Origins, yet you've managed to somehow make him more sinister than ever. The only criticism I can think of for this piece is that I don't really like the moustache, but thats personal preference so shouldn't really be factored in to the overall score I give this work. I love the details like the little rocks on his hat, and how you've managed to capture the feel of his original cloak without detracting too much from the Origins style. All in all, an excellent piece.
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NickProlArt Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Filmographer
Rayman 1 and 2 are some of the most magical, creative games to me. Mr. Dark was such a legitimately intimidating, mysteriously cool character to me as a kid and he still is. Your take on him is beyond perfect. Great work. Inspires me to do some Rayman fan art soon. A truly underrated series.
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Thanks so much. Yeah, I'm surprised how little love the series still gets. Rayman's always been a masterpiece.
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worldofcaitlyn Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
He looks like a vampire.....
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mexican64 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy shit 1000000 times better than mine.Good jod.
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Thanks, man. Just checked out your gallery, though. Very cool work.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
I never really made it to Mr. Dark in the original version, especially since to get to the stage he's at, you have to find and break every single Electoon Cage, and I was never able to find each and every last one in the original game. Finding all the cages was about as painstakingly difficult as finding all the Yellow Lums in Rayman 2.
But from what I've seen of him, this does seem rather fitting, with the whole "Voodoo" thing.
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Mr. Dark and his entire world were pretty damn hard. Finding the electoons is pretty tough but proudly I can say that any time I did it I never used any guides or help.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Neither did I resort to guides, though I was less successful. The Rayman series has been known to be some of the few games that were so hard, I could never manage to beat them, but were still enjoyable enough for me to make me want to keep trying and not ragequit so quickly.

 The only exceptions of this for me were "Rayman Arena," and the "Raving Rabbids" series of Rayman though, but those ones were still good in their own way.
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Never played Rayman Arena or any of the Rabbids games.
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Calick Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a cool redesign! Although you should know that the villain from Origins was not Mr. Dark, but a Teensie who became a fan. 
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PaperMatt202 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
It was pretty unclear of the Teensy in that game really WAS Mr. Dark or The Magician, or just some random Teensy who was a fan of both...

I think it owul dhave been cooler to just go with what they originally intended: origin story for Rayman with their original concept for Mr. Dark as the main bad guy.
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
I agree. That's what I had originally read the story was going to be in a magazine long before its release, so when the game came out I found it weird that nothing about the origin story from the magazine and E3 trailor was featured.
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PaperMatt202 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Kind of makes you wonder what went down in the development of this game to make the developers change their mind.  The game is solid otherwise, but it kind of leaves me wanting more.

I had this idea for a new Rayman game, in which Mr. Dark cursed Polokus/the Bubble Dreamer, and that that in a few days Mr. Dark will gain his powers, and Rayman and friends try and stop him.  He'd totally live up to the sinister nature of his name, though still matching the tone of the new games...  I even thought it would be cool if "The Magician", who's now a Teensy apparently, worked for him, as his right-hand man.  And he'd also have Dark Rayman/Bad Rayman/Raymesis/whatever and that evil version of Globox on his side.

He'd also look exactly like how you drew him!  Seriously, it's awesome, looks enough like the original to be him but properly updated in appearance!

Doubt it would happen, though.
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
That would be awesome, but yeah, doubt it would happen.
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PaperMatt202 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
I also had an idea for a team-up with all the previous villains joining forces with Mr. Dark as the leader, the Magician as his right-hand as well as Dark Rayman, Admiral Razorbeard as the guy that supplies the brunt of their forces, and Andre as someone who can sneak around easily and mess up the heroes by turning Lums into Black Lums.  Also, that evil version of Globox would be there, messing around.

Although, I also wouldn't mind seeing a new villain, either.
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
That would be cool.
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OnionRingz64 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Holy fuck, I really love the design of this Mr. Dark, it really gives me a feel of the classic villain type look and it's just a very darker (see what I did there?) tone to the original design.

Now I just want to clear this up as well, the "Mr. Dark" you saw in Rayman Origins? He's not Mr. Dark, he's actually the Magician who became a fan of Mr. Dark in between games.

"According to a script found in the files of Rayman Origins, the Magician started his carrer at a young age in the school of magic. This event could have taken place chronologically during Rayman 1, when he was still benevolent. The other students bullied him during that time due to his poor skills in magic. While maintaining the nickname "Magician", his real name, Ales Mansay (meaning Salesman in pig latin), left more clear his main purpose in the games: provide assistance in exchange for monetary assets. Finally, tempted by the other students, the Magician turned away from Rayman to become a fan of the evil Mr. Dark. The magician also proved to be an expert engineer at the end of Rayman Origins, creating a gigantic robotic empire in the Moody Clouds." - RayWiki
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Thanks. Yeah, people told me that the creators said that. They should have just brought back Mr. Dark instead.
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OnionRingz64 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
No problem and oh, my apologies for having to say all of that then. ^^;

And you're right, they should have brought Mr. Dark back instead of making the Magician the villain, it would've been a smarter move.
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thecharliebrown Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
now he looks like something out of rayman origins.... :-)
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VidGameDude Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
As true to the original as it gets.
I like how over the years it shows age progression with adding a stache.
This is definitely a wonderful piece.
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Thanks a lot. I think you're the first person to like the stache
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LeTourbillonEnchanT Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Mr. Moustache XD
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:iconbrainsause:
Brainsause Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He really has that Rayman Origins look. Very cool! I made some art of him myself ;D
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Sageroot Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mr. Dark has never looked so good! Your redesign of him makes him look even better than I thought he could possibly be! Notto mention to got the Origins style perfect, I can easily see him in the game. Stellar work my friend <3

And I agree whole heartedly. "Mr. Dark" from Rayman origins was Lame. I thought I read somewhere he wasn't actually Mr. Dark but The Magician trying to usurp his Evil position. Then again I coudl be wrong. Loved the game either way XD Rayman is one of my faves <3
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Thanks a lot. Yeah, I heard similar stories. Either way, they ruined Mr. Dark and the Magician.
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Sageroot Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my pleasure!
And Agreed T3T But I suppose some classics just don't hold up~ I do wish they'd bring back Razorbeard though~ he was one of my All time Favorite Villains of the series <3
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SpinAttaxx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
DAMN, that's cool! Get rid of the moustache, though.
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juanito316ss Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks AWESOME :3
Anyhow, WHAT did they do with him in RO?
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TrueArena111 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Why did Ubisoft turn him into a Teensy?
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SpinAttaxx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
They didn't. T'was The Magician cosplaying as him.
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TrueArena111 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
How can that be in a prequel, I wonder?
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SpinAttaxx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
It's not a prequel. It USED to be, but that idea got scrapped during development. It is, for all intents and purposes, Rayman 4.
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TrueArena111 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Never knew that.
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SpinAttaxx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Oh, BTW, The Magician and Mr. Dark are seperate characters. So don't go thinking The Magician IS Mr. Dark.
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:iconpixel8ory:
Pixel8ory Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
Absolutely love this, he looks so sinister.
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Ligarththedragon Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is an awesome redesign! But the villian in Origins wasn't Mr Dark, it was supposed to be a fan of his copying off him.
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Droidigan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
YOU SHOULD BE A CHARACTER DESIGNER AT UBISOFT
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15CrashBandicoot15 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I love it! Only thing I don't really like in it is the moustache, otherwise it's perfect!
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Haruka-Tavares Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
A correction: Mr. Dark was ultimately scrapped in the final version of Rayman Origins, remaining only a cameo in a poster of the Magician's office who is nothing more nothing less than a Teensie fanboy of him, as Gabrielle Shragger confirmed once to a question made by a fan. There are still many people that think that the Teensie Magician is Mr. Dark but its not true. The information in the official website of RO is also outdated too.

I hope this clears any doubt. ^^ Awesome drawing by the way!
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BadGirlKira Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
omg that is soo cool! XD
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Junkborgs Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   General Artist
i dont like it.... I LOVE IT!!! :)
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BlackNastopian Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   General Artist
Mr.Dark: Evilz I has it
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Abubaker1996 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Cool! :lol:
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mexican64 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was not Mr Dark in Rayman Origins that was the magician.
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Godforoth Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Very cool!!
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NitroSquirril Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Wow, your style is pretty much perfect for Rayman mood and atmosphere imo. I bet you could do some of the ingame sprites for ubisoft if you really wanted to try for it.
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Thanks. That would be cool.
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cwolf222 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Wow, great !
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MBtherealest Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
way cool
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