It's funny to admit that a couple years ago, I was more of a fan of Larry Koopa, Bowser's third-youngest
minion. I'm not exactly sure why, but I always found him the coolest of the bunch. After witnessing Iggy Koopa's new redesign in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, however... that all changed. At first, I wasn't sure of what to think of this new design... but I soon came to love it, as well as his new wacky personality. Now, Iggy's my new #1 favorite, and I hope Nintendo keeps reusing this new design of his, if and/or when they ever use the Koopalings again (outside of the New Super Mario Bros. series, anyway).
(Personally, I think the Koopalings would fit really well into a Paper Mario game. I wonder why they haven't made an appearance in that series yet? You'd think someone would've thought to do that by now... Maybe in the next Paper Mario game, who knows...)
Anyway, I'll talk about this pic a little bit. While I'm sure it's riddled with plenty of mistakes (my watchers are probably used to it by now though
), I honestly think it came out looking pretty good! For starters, I tried to add some shine detail to the hair, based on some anime art styles... and I can't tell if I succeeded or not (I didn't really understand WHY they draw it like that... all I knew was that it looked nice, so I thought "ehh, why not, let me try that"). I also added some shine to the glasses (those two things that look like strips of scotch tape), because I thought it would make them look more like glass. The flame wasn't too difficult to make, and hopefully the triangle, square, and circles coming out of it look pretty good. Because of the magic fire-thing, I tried to add some light value onto the body, to make it look like it was emanating light.
(Not much to say about the background... I just wanted to make something that looked nice.)
Overall, I'm quite pleased with this pic... for now. I've wanted to draw this guy (in my own style, which is why he doesn't exactly
match the official artwork and all) for a while now, and... well, I'll let you all tell me if I've succeeded or not.
As per the usual, if there are any mistakes, feel free to tell me. For now, I hope you like the pic~
Now, here's some "Behind the Scenes" stuff, if you're interested.
First, my first attempt at drawing Iggy... which didn't go so well! (The picture is incomplete, as if you couldn't tell.)[link]
Secondly, a comparison pic; I messed up quite a bit on the sketch, so I had to redraw or fix many things (the glasses, his hair, had to widen his stomach, fix the right leg, etc.).[link]
Last, here's "Version 1" of this image. The only difference is that the background is a solid black bar (and the blur around the character is white, instead of green).[link]