From Sonic The Hedgehog #234
Oh hey, solicits went up last night so I guess I can upload this now. This is the pencil work and finished colors for the STH #268 Variant (which will be my second Sonic cover).
This one’s important because features the first real (and long overdue) appearances of two very rare characters (1 game, 1 cartoon) to the comics.
Concerning Honey the Cat (2nd card down) — because she’s such an incredibly obscure character, proper model sheets don’t exist of her — like at all. And the actual extracted game model (Sonic the Fighters) is a blocky mess of barely discernible 90’s Sega Saturn polygons. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I screwed up her hair and ears (missing the ponytails and hair barrette thingies entirely) in the pencil phase due to shoddy referencing and didn’t catch it until the coloring phase. Thankfully, it wasn’t too hard to fix digitally.
Concerning Breezie the Hedgehog (holding the cards) — Breezie’s new design (I’m certain someone will probably upload a full shot of it later) came from numerous sources, primarily Ian Flynn and Aleah’s Baker’s general ideas, my drawing of an initial design based on their description to start the ball rolling (done on a sticky note during lunch of all things lol), Vin’s tweaking of said sticky note, Ben Bates’ head notes (we applied the hair/spine design from his take on her to my suit design) and minor tweaks from all the mentioned parties going forward until we came up with a proper finalized model. I think you’ll be pleased with how she looks given her execution (none of which I will spoil) in the comics VS her execution in the few episodes of cartoon she appeared in. It was fun taking one of the Milton Knight’s many oddball “Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog” character designs and applying a more Segasonic twist to it. :)
Also, if you look carefully…you’ll see that I finally managed to get Mama Robotnik on a cover.
And really, that’s the only thing that matters. Enjoy! :D
Inks: Terry Austin
Well it looks like the Sonic the Hedgehog #268 cover is online now, so I thought I’d post some some progress shots. This was a fun cover to do, and had an interesting design process.
-First, the thumbnails. you can see I didn’t really nail it in the thumbs, but the ideas are starting to form.
-As per specifications from my editor, I made the rough— you can see my original idea for a visual gag with Bean and Bark didn’t make it past the legal department!
-Sonic was too small and not gun-ho enough, so I did two alternate poses. Also I forgot about the sidebar that’s on the comics now, so I had to scoot Tails and Amy over.
Covers always go through a lot of revisions, because they’re the most visible part of the comic.
Honey The Cat and Breezie The Hedgehog join the Archie Crew!
Sonic The Hedgehog #268
TEST YOUR MIGHT with the first chapter in an all-new 4-part SAGA! “Champions” Part One: Sonic is in for the fight of his life! Casino Park is holding an epic fighting tournament, and the grand prize is a much sought-after Chaos Emerald! How many fighters will answer the call? Which champions will make the roster? The knock-down, drag-out battle for the world starts right here! Featuring new cover art from Sonic rising star Evan Stanley, plus all-new variant art introducing Breezie the Hedgehog by Sonic artist Jonathan H. Gray!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Evan Stanley, Terry Austin and Ben Hunzeker
Jonathan H. Gray, Terry Austin and Gabriel Cassata
Ship Date: 12/31
On Sale Date: 1/14
32-page, full color comic