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winstein

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Hello, and welcome to my Fan Creations thread! After a little encouragement, I decided to be more open in sharing my art with all of you! Because of how I really like my art, I also felt like I could say quite a number of things about them! I don't know if this sort of thing is appreciated, but if there's enough resistance about that, I will have to figuratively bite my tongue for every new entry I made.

I also felt like everybody else have superior artistic skills compared to me, even though I didn't look at everyone's. In fact, I might even say that mine is hardly a looker! You know what, let's call it that unless it's agreed that they are not as bad as I think of them.





Completed: 27th May 2011

The colouring is inspired by this fan art, which used colours to depict shading, making the colouring look minimal yet still present. Because it looked like something I could do, I decided to draw Mario characters with them. Perhaps I should revisit that colouring approach again one day.

There are actually four images (this is one of them) depicting various Mario characters' heads, and certain characters were added to represent the different spin-offs that they first appeared in. For example, Poochy is meant to represent Yoshi's Island, Kammy is to represent Paper Mario and Plum represents Camelot Sports games. You can say my holistic appreciation for Mario as a whole was felt back before I joined Mario Boards, and I am still open to celebrating spin-offs rather than deriding them. Each character shown actually have my brief opinions on them that may be different from today, so for example I expressed more fondness for Geno but right now I am not that fond of him.

I don't know how well y'all will think of something I finished so many years ago, because it is not representative of how I would draw Mario characters now. In fact, I decided to withhold the other three images. This one is probably the one that I am most comfortable showing.

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Completed: 14th July 2018

I have a fondness of the fan idea in Mario hosting a video game company instead of Wario. As there was an Art Contest last year, I took the opportunity and drew Mario donning Wario's biker outfit with his own colours. Initially Mario is supposed to be smiling, but I felt that it is too much for me to handle, which is why Mario is scowling instead. My favourite part about depicting Mario this way is the moustache. I wanted it to be sharp like Wario's but also wanted it to keep it Mario in some way, so the compromise is to make the top portion sharp and the bottom portion Mario-like.

There were going to be four smaller pictures where Mario is replaced with Wario in certain microgames, and three of them are going to be inspired by these:

Why weren't they included? Time constraints basically. This picture was drawn for a contest, remember?

I wanted to give Mario's biker outfit colours that mirror Wario's colours, with Mario's colours shining in some spots. For example, Wario's helmet is yellow, so I made Mario's red. Because the whole image is drawn using a mouse, I had to resort to primitive black shading similar to how comic strips depict shading properly despite the lack of shading. Unfortunately, I can't help but be disappointed by the results, because in retrospect it looked garish.

Appropriately, my drawing garnered the second-to-least votes, but right now I kind of wish Koops' submission had more votes than my image because I felt that at least he's proud of his Smash Bros art. It's also from that contest that I found out that votes are more towards seeing whose idea is the most well-liked since that Pirate Goomba in the Beginner bracket managed to win. It also showed me that drawn and scanned images aren't inherently at a disadvantage since the winning entry of the Amateur bracket is of that description. To wit, the reason I preferred to do this digitally is mainly that, barring some exceptions, I didn't really like how pictures are usually shown when it's drawn and then scanned/taken a photo of, which is why I wanted to also be able to draw digitally.



Completed: 7th April 2019

This image was finished way before I got my Wacom Intuos because it's my belief that I would do better at digital drawing if I could do it in a more familiar way. In fact, most of the drawings I did before were with the usage of the mouse, which I found to be very difficult to do. The first picture I did wasn't too bad if I say so myself.

The reason I drew up this image is mainly that I rarely found what I wanted to find: Mario and Daisy interacting in a friendly and not romantically-motivated way (aka [relation]-shipping). I lamented about this until one day I decided: why don't I draw what I wanted to see myself?

My sources of colour pickers were different for Mario and Daisy, which is why Mario looked kind of different from his regular portrayal, and I think it makes him look very similar to his colouring in Super Mario 64. Daisy is based on some of the Kotabe art which is more accurate to the character. Because of the inspiration of the Kotabe art style, I attempted to imitate the shading that he usually used. It probably came off as too tame from my inspiration though.

The original sketch and the final product are also different. For one, Daisy was originally holding Mario with two hands, but when I realise that Peach runs with her hands carrying the dress, I thought it would be better if I changed it a bit. Daisy also lacked the frills at the bottom of her dress but a glance at the source allowed me to correct that mistake. Mario lacked the upper teeth earlier, but that one was also corrected. Something that didn't get corrected was that Mario's soles are wider than his shoes, whereas it's actually smaller.

I suppose it's something to be proud of, but at the same time I have a feeling that there are people that are far better in this craft than I am, which makes me feel a bit disappointed with it.




Completed: 20th October 2019

The inspiration is basically Sonic the Hedgehog's most famous official art, which depicted him in a confident and somewhat rebellious manner. I sketched Mario doing the same thing, and because I liked how he turned out, it naturally became a subject of my next piece. Usually, I use a translucent layer with black to depict more accurate lighting, but for this image, I decided to use approximate coloured lighting to simulate a painted picture because I wanted to experiment with the look. It doesn't look perfect, sad to say, but I suppose it's a pretty good effort.

The sketch also contained things that are different from the original. For one, I didn't draw Mario's shoes because it's meant to evoke Sonic's look from his first video game since his sprite lacked feet. With the wonders of infinite canvas on a computer, I might as well add the shoes, followed by the shadow. Because of the change in direction midway, I didn't get to experiment with the colouring used by one of Sonic's first official art, but the closest that I got was the shadow. Another thing is that Mario's buckles are lower because all this while I thought it's similar to how Mickey Mouse's shorts are. Similarly, the denim lines weren't present either. Goes to show that I don't always know everything about Mario until I studied the original picture better.

I picked the colours based on the Mario Moschino art, except that Mario's overalls are slightly darker than usual because I felt that the one depicted in the Mario artwork is a bit light, and also because I think it's probably not a standard thing for Mario to do.

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winstein

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Oh boy... I have drawn this...



The inspiration for this lovely picture is due to NanoPhoenix posing the question "What if Wario had a bonneter?" to the twins. Even though the responses don't allude to the image above, the thought of Baby Luigi being captured by Wario is too funny to not put it in, even though I fear it might offend somebody.

So the idea is to translate the qualities on Mario-captured enemies or characters: the things that are retained are the moustache and the eye type. Since Mario has blue eyes and a bushy moustache, a Wario-captured character would have his beady eyes, the blue lines near the eyes, and of course his moustache. To really highlight how Wario is on the agency of his captured victims, I put three things that Wario would normally do: scratch his butt, pick his nose and doing a raspberry. The raspberry part was originally showing a full set of teeth, but perhaps that might appear too uncanny for a baby, so that's the next best thing.

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winstein

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I have always enjoyed drawing Mario doing Wario's expressions, and that was what I intended to do when I did the MarioWare fan art I did a couple years ago. This fan art is drawn with thicker lines due to WarioWare's usage of thick lines, but the unpolished nature of the artwork means that it doesn't come close to looking like that. Instead, it ended up resembling Bourgyman's Mario fan art due to the thick lines and the portrayal of Mario with individual teeth. The artwork received a bit of cleaning, which is still not perfect but I suppose it gets the job done. Even then, I am still not satisfied with my digital art skills.

This fan art is based on the Microgame called "Mug Shot", where the player has to catch a sliding mug.

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winstein

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As we can see here, it's Mario drawing Wario in the style Wario drew the other characters after scanning their amiibo in WarioWare Gold. Wario is the only character to have a distinctly better-drawn art compared to the other characters makes me wonder if anybody attempted to draw Wario in the crude style he did for the other characters. Not wanting to leave it as it is, I decided to put Mario on the job because of his past experience as a painter. Previously Mario looked more like the Wario painter in that game, but as the art slowly developed, it became more Mario-like, with practically the only thing retained being the cap that Mario wears.

Sometimes I felt that I drew that crude Wario too well, though...

Bonus image:


Months ago, I brought up on how nobody quite attempted to draw Wario in the same style of crudely-drawn art he did for the other characters for the WarioWare amiibo functionality. And then @Koops did that lovely drawing of Wario. After I completed the image above, I decided to just slap that image on it.

He also off-handedly mentioned Krita, which sounded like an interesting art program (I used GIMP), so I suppose I will see how well that program does it for me.

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winstein

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Since I am satisfied with my experience with Krita, I decide to finish up some of the images that I currently have on GIMP before I continue on with Krita as my primary drawing program. I have about three unfinished images, and this is one of them. It's also the oldest of the three, since I started months ago but only finishing it up in two nights.

The inspiration for this image is Lost in Austen, which is about a character named Amanda, who is into Pride and Prejudice, but one day she encountered one of the characters in the book (Elizabeth Bennet) in her home marvelling at modern technology given how the setting in the novel took place in 19th century England. What follows is Amanda going into the world of Pride and Prejudice while Elizabeth acclimating to modern life, but it's mainly about Amanda. The thrust of the image is how Daisy has two rather different designs: one from before the Gamecube games and one from the Gamecube games onward (starting from Mario Party 4). That's why we have an unnamed character on the left doing an equivalent to what Amanda did (reading Pride and Prejudice), in this case playing the Game Boy with Super Mario Land slotted in. I imagine that when they switch places nobody would be the wiser that they looked different, at least not in a way that raises suspicion.

Even though this image took after several elements from the moment I mentioned, I am not entirely satisfied with everything. For example, what possible reason would Daisy from the world of Mario be marvelling at? I decided on TV where there are a lot of channels, even if I thought that there should've been a better way. I suppose you could say that as imperfect the ideas have been, finishing the drawing is my priority and here we are.

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winstein

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This is another picture where I depict Mario doing something Wario does. In this case, it's "Mario Deluxe"! I still haven't gotten around doing Mario with Wario expressions, but I have fun doing them because it gives me a chance to draw Mario being un-Mario-like, given how Mario has to uphold a certain standard.

One thing I noticed about WarioWare's writing is that there is a tendency to uphold a status quo through justifications despite the characters doing unusual things. For example, 5-Volt (9-Volt's mother) is depicted as being sneaky and terrifying in the Gamer mode, which the game attempts to justify it as being 9-Volt's active imagination. Similarly, Wario Deluxe seems evil on the surface, but it's justified as Wario being sleep-deprived (the red eyes) and him just getting the suit he wears because he just got it. Because of this, you can make justification on Mario doing un-Mario-like things as being in some sort of role play, and him having red eyes might just be him wearing red contacts.

It's a quick drawing I made since I decided not to do any shading, given the lack of it in WarioWare's art style.



There has been a lot of fan art depicting various characters in the "Calvin & Hobbes walking on a log" mould, but I don't think I have seen Garfield being applied to that sort of template. Similarly, I don't think I have seen Calvin & Hobbes being drawn in a Garfield style (as themselves). As I wanted to have a hand in drawing in Garfield's art style, there's one perfect candidate for this job before I try my hand on doing actual Garfield characters. Somehow I got a feeling that some people consider it heresy and perhaps cursed, to which I say is preposterous since this is part of what makes creativity something to seek: the possibilities.

In my opinion, the resulting image has some things I am satisfied with, and some that I am not. For example, I think Calvin came up nicely, as with Hobbes' head. It's Hobbes' body that is not satisfactory, and it's probably because that part wasn't sketched very well meaning the foundation for the line art is weak.

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winstein

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Inspired by a recent comment on Bowletta, here's my interpretation on what would happen if Luigi got possessed by Cackletta instead of Bowser, based on the characteristics that Cackletta keeps when she possessed Bowser (e.g.: face change, breasts) and what are kept (e.g.: body type, facial hair). Personally I thought that Bowletta is a pretty inspired plot twist in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga because of how Cackletta was faced earlier, and there's the fact that it happened in only one game so it didn't overstay its welcome.

Some people call it by different names like Cackluigi, but personally, I dub this fusion as Luigiletta. In terms of what-ifs for Cackletta's possession, the only one I have really seen is Peachletta. Prior to what you see here, Luigiletta was never put into image form, but it did get a mention in one of the fan offshoot wikis.

This is my attempt to imitate the Mario & Luigi artstyle, and while the line art is satisfactory, the colouring leaves something to be desired, given how many artists already imitated it quite well, including kenny.png.



I wanted to draw a bird, and decided on a parrot after some deliberation. When I searched for images, I ended up with this one as reference. The result that I ended up wasn't perfect, like for example the tail which is supposed to be longer. The shape may also be imperfect and that is despite correcting the much less perfect first iteration. I may do another bird in the future similar to this, with the great horned owl being on the list. Perhaps it would be easier to do since owls are rounder than a parrot.


Finally, here's a series of poses that Mario does, based on Wario's memorable 4th place animation in Mario Party 9. Although that game has some funny animations, this is the funniest of them all for how Wario jerks his movement in three phases. I also do this because the thought of Mario doing Wario actions is funny, and if we take the spirit of how WarioWare and Rhythm Heaven writes the characters (wherein the absurdities have playful explanations), then we can say that Mario imitated Wario doing this to tease him after Wario did it so many times. It's pretty shoddy because it's done quickly to get this idea out of the way.

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winstein

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The first piece here is known as Companion Parrot, which is as the title suggests. This art is an experiment in using non-black lines for the outlines, using the approximate colours of the things. For example, the blue parrot has blue-ish outlines. It is meant to rely less on black lines to form the art, giving it a fresher look than what I am used to. This image was finished last year, but today I quickly added a pink background so that it doesn't look so plain.
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The second piece is titled Flight of the Wahs, which is a double meaning, and I'll let you guess why it's titled as such. Unlike the other image, this image is basically coloured with a water colour look, to evoke a certain pureness in its imagery. Unfortunately I did not do as well, as I have kind of cheated with black outlines to make some images clear, like on Wario's side. There is a version that's just the original line art, which is removed for this image.

The flying letters is a reference to a Doraemon story where Nobita (Noby) discovered that the specific Japanese character makes for a convenient seat in a flight, although my time with the image meant that I can't reference it directly. The fact that it's a reference to Doraemon is why Doraemon is in the image.

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winstein

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Starting off is what I would call Hats off to a Good Toad, alluding to the original greeting card of Mario, Luigi, and Toad tossing their caps that said "Hats off to a good friend". Instead of just Toad tossing his cap, his pals join in the fun, including Toadette! Do note that besides the main Toad, the hairstyles are imagined by me, so they are in no way official. The Toads should be easy to identify by their traits even if you may not see the colours, hopefully.


Next up is an image that is called Moonlight Blues, even though there's nothing about feeling blue here (the colour, on the other hand, is clearly present here). Ironically, the original image did not originally contain blue, nor was there a moon at first. Those were added to give it a bit more flavour. In fact, the whole image is borne of serendipity.

The idea was to originally draw this original character in a sequence on the same bench, which is actually more difficult to do because of a need to ensure that the details are the same between them. The first bout of serendipity was when I wanted to add the white into the character to differentiate her from the bench (this is a layered image), and I randomly chose this shade of blue because Krita's transparency makes it difficult to see the white. The effect on the image ended up looking wonderful. The second bout of serendipity was when I noticed how the white contrasted well with the blue background, as the character very easily stands out this way. The blue was given shading to the character to make the effect better (in my opinion). These two colour elements and my decision to pose the character this way got me to thinking the best way to contextualise it, and that's why there's a shooting star added, also in white because of how well the colours blend together.

Speaking of that, it does have something in common with the Scribbles in that it has a colour limit of white, black, and a specific colour. Though in this case, I am not confined to a specific colour, but this colour ended up working in the image's favour.

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winstein

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The main attraction of the day is titled Cycle of Calumny, mainly because Mario is one of the characters who is very easily accused of things he has never done, and his intentions are also taken out of proportion. Things like accusing him of being mental or being secretly evil to Luigi, it just seem to never end for poor ol' Mario, and he feels the same. This piece is inspired by another fan art that expressed that the tax fraud jokes in relation to Yoshi never seemed to end, but I get the gist that unlike Mario, it seemed to die down that it just is not so prevalent any more.


Speaking of Yoshi, next up is Yoshi's Touching Surprise. Not only is the title self-explanatory, it also gels well with how Yoshi's games are usually named. This is based on the old print advertisements for Nintendo DS's "Touching is Good" initiative, which yes, do sound very suggestive. Among those ads is a person whose finger grew Yoshi hands, and one of those hands is holding a Yoshi egg. So this idea was born from it, where instead of a person, it's Yoshi who got this treatment. Yoshi's shocked expression is based on one of the Mario Strikers Charged's character sheets, though unfortunately not all characters got their sheets (Yoshi's is thankfully there). Some say it's cursed, but after all, so is the original ad.

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winstein

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Mario's Impromptu Roleplay on Wario says it all. It's Mario doing a bunch of Wario expressions, some with easy-to-get references, but some not so. I have long thought that it's hilarious to see Mario behave like Wario because Wario has a bunch of funny expressions, and Mario could benefit from being more expressive. So, as a compromise, Mario acts them out because I imagine he's a great actor, so he isn't actually possessed by Wario. As such, it's presented in sequential art form, to give it some flow.

List of references, from left to right, top to bottom:
  • Super Mario Land 2: The 6 Golden Coins (US) commercial
  • Super Mario Land 2: The 6 Golden Coins (JP) commercial (for the quote), the pose is based on Wario's pose in official art from that game.
  • Mario vs. Wario comic (Nintendo Power)
  • Mario Kart 64; quotes are taken from both Japanese and US versions
  • Wario Land 4's Flat Wario
  • Wario Land: Shake It!!
  • Wario World
  • Mario Golf: World Tour (Bogey animation)
  • Super Smash Bros. series Star KO
  • Wario Land 4's ending
  • WarioWare (the first game); the various Mario icons are based on the final Wario minigames in the first game, Touched, Twisted, and Smooth Moves.; the quote is based on the Wario Press Conference
  • WarioWare Gold
  • Mario Party 10 and later's Wario's losing animation; Mario Party 4's Wario losing frame
  • Wario Land 3's shocked Wario, but the quotes are from the Strikers series; Wario Land 3's 100% ending
  • Wario's standard pose in official art, even on the Super Mario series amiibo; quote is one of Martinet's common deliveries for Wario (Raspberry is original because there's no official art of Wario doing a raspberry)
  • Mario's quote is from Mario Teaches Typing where he made an impression on "American Advertising".
  • Mario's expression from the Super Mario Bros. 3 cartoon (True Colors), in regards to Wario's expression

I have to thank @Striker Mario Boogaloo for some of the ideas, since I clearly don't know much about Mario as much as she does.

Here's a bonus Mario doing a Wario, titled Mario's Biting Remark, which is based on Wario's losing expression in Mario Kart 64.


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winstein

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Taking a while to finish, here is Winter Pastime at the Toad Residence, where Waluigi decided to sneakily throw a snowball to Mario, but he somehow sees this coming. Although Waluigi has often been billed as Luigi's rival, I think that is way too limiting of a character, and so in my opinion, he is equally a dirty player to everyone else (Game & Watch Gallery 4's Rain Shower and Mario Party-e have shades of this). This is also an art where I do not resort to black lines to for the line art, instead opting to have everything in colour to give it a more unique look. The shading is admittedly all over the place, and I felt that the best ones would be the ones on the front where I felt I got the hang of what I want to do, since I start from the back to the front for this one. I know it's clearly not even close to winter, but I still want to draw the cast in the snowy environment.

Here's the art that compares the original line art to the final product:


For the extra artwork, here's The Roll Guy. Given how the Goomba Tower operates, where they have some sort of ability to think alike when they are stacked, but what if the one at the second-bottom decided to do things their own way? Here's the image, which depicts the one at the bottom being the fall guy, or in this case, the "roll guy". While I felt that the line art for the image is not very satisfactory due to how off the Goombas look, I think the colouring made up for this image, so I am kind of satisfied with it.

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winstein

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Welcome to Mario World!



For this piece, it's my hitherto final piece in making Mario doing Wario things, this time imitating Wario bathing in his treasures in the Wario World box art, which is once again an idea suggested by @Striker Mario Boogaloo. The earlier idea was for Mario to be bathed into Princess Peaches, but I didn't quite like that because I thought it may be obscene, and later on food was suggested, since it's acknowledged that Mario loves some Italian food. In fact, that was what kickstarted the idea! However, he is also known to find power-ups to be essential for his adventures, so it ended up being both power-ups and Italian food.

Personally speaking, despite the fact that Mario and mushrooms are strongly linked due to Super Mario Bros., I prefer the idea that Mario loves Italian food more than mushrooms (they can be supplementary toppings), because well, he's Italian, so it makes more sense for him to enjoy Italian food first and foremost! Which is one of the things that the Mario cartoons got right, and it also gives a good explanation on why he has a bit of a pudge.

As a bonus, this is what it looks like without the line art, leaving only the shading. It gives off an illuminating effect, like as if the stuff dropped from heaven.


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