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Stardust Speedway by Orioto Stardust Speedway by Orioto
Done by request for the NeoGAF board !


For the wallpapers, [link] or find it on the internet ;)

It's more abstract than usual, but really moody i hope !

You can see the original level from Sonic CD right there : [link]

edit : Faded the bolt a little !
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Critique by IchigoKonKon Apr 26, 2009, 5:16:16 PM
The texture in the background matches Sonic well, as, they both have a painted feel in my opinion. The sparkling pink towards the bottom contracts with the the more matte oranges and reds of the rest of the image. However, this does not take away from the image.
In comparison, Metal Sonic looks more solid than Sonic. By this I mean, Sonic's proportions make him look a little chunky, kiddish, and small, though I must admit this does give him a level of cuteness.
The tracks he runs upon are well constructed and the colours there are very nice as well. The lines in the tracks are clean and very nice on the eyes.
The only think about this image that distracts me is the singular lightning bolt in the background. Because the cloudy and ominous looking sky takes up most of the background, the small, singular lightning bolt feels a little out of place for me. I feel like it should be extending closer to the bottom of the picture, or that there should be more lightning in the background if you would like it to be present (This could be only me though, I get distracted easily by little things like that).

Overall, very nice picture with nice colours and composition. The twist you gave to the appearance of the original level was a good one indeed, and I like the final product.
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The stark difference between the purple, techno-looking background for the robot and the organic, rolling clouds behind Sonic really emphasizes the difference in the characters and reminds one of the folklore of John Henry.

The ominous shine of the robot's purple eyes and the blinding brightness of its rocket make it seem dangerous while Sonic's soft blue and clear eyes make him stand out from the rest of the image as a hero.

That Sonic is behind the robot but still looks confident draws up images of Henry again, picking up his second sledgehammer.

For these last words; excellent work.
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HeliosLeinheart Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
I knew I recognized your work. I saw this in issue 238 of Electronic Gaming Monthly way back in 2010.
foxheadTails Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
Still my favorite Sonic art.
Squeezyzepony Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
wow imma buy it
CaldoRosa Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
shadowbane2009 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
H@ and just two years before the concept became a reality once again...:highfive: AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME :iconjoyplz:
MissAnonyMouse Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
I was just about to comment, "All thats left is Metal Sonic" and then I spotted him and I was all WHAT NO WAY know, some kind of cliche 90s reaction to seeing cool stuff haha
SonicJasper20th Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic art, awesome visuals, and the awesome roads. XD
Reptillicus Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
fuck man i wish the game looked like this!
MrCoolDD Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Magik-art Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
This is beautiful :')
Flutterponi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is fantastic... wow...
shadowbane2009 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
holy frickin wow...damn man...this is SAAAHWEEEET!...If I had a damn castle...I would love to have this baby on the wall in LIFE SIZE LMAO.
Yata-garasU Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the best games I ever played.
Awesome boss battle and amazing picture.
Radical-Artist Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool ;)
Revanchist Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Best boss ever! I loved that race!
ClassicSonicFan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BWOW S***!!!!!!!!!!!
UltimAXE Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glorious. Love the city lights down below and the overall gloomy nature of the picture. Robotnik's laser beam tailing Sonic was a nice detail as well.
Portosilva Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student General Artist
This is awesome, I love your Sonic stuff! You really should do another one!
Shteev2 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YES!!! Stardust Speedway is my favorite level, from my favorite Sonic game ever.

You captured the spirit and drama of the act perfectly, fantastic job!
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BEAUTIFUL, Sonic CD is my favorite game!! *o*
EpsilonEagle Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
I love the colors used in this picture and the shading, it looks really cool. Also, I like the effect you did of Dr. Eggman melting the platform behind Sonic, though I think adding him in the picture itself would've added a little extra bit, it's still great all the same.
MRGamer01 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
USed stumble and found this on Lifehacker. They're right, this is awesome.
NaughtyBoy83 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
Another Awesome Sonic Art.
d2mx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely love the tech details on the tracks
Doctor-Uncanny Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Found this via a Lifehacker link and I love it. I took the liberty of re-cropping it and turning it into my dual-monitor desktop background. I'm not a good artist by any means so I can't give you any helpful feedback other than "Great work!"
OCEANSCENTED Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
This........... is BEAUTIFUL. I absolutely adore everything about it.
KisiroBelmont Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Boy does that bring me back...But wow! o_O You did an awesome job on making this based from that moment of the game. An instant fav! =D
shadow123123 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
nicely color and detailed enjoyed the old look to sonic! and the background rocks!
Nero-Blackwing Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh... My... :faint:

This is beautiful work. I admit, it`s been some time since I played Sonic CD and this level, and I never grew up with old Sonic anyway, but this somewhat contributes to filling that empty void in me. The sparkling of the city below the speedway perfectly contasts with the dark, moody impression that blood-red sky gives off.

The positioning of Metal Sonic and the ominous glow-and-blur effect, coupled with Sonic`s confident smile, really adds to the situation, and somewhat the scene itself.

As a whole, the shading and coloring is, in my opinion, professional. Not only is it clean, it adds to the impact of the many colors that are shown here, and of course, the impact of the picture itself.

So, overall? I can`t find anything that needs improving. Very well done. :thumbsup:
Orioto Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thx a lot for the detailled comment !
Nero-Blackwing Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You`re welcome! :D
Hyperchaotix Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS! Is the best Sonic picture I have ever seen. EVER.
ninjin-x Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just awesome.. I wish I could paint as good as you do... The colors look good,the characters are good, what is NOT good in this!?
Sigacomer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Chosenoneknuckles Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Professional Artist
An awesome piece of work!
JGO1992 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
Very cool!
TrueKaoz Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Student General Artist
truly an excellent piece of work, I love the painted look and the great use of colour.
I especially like the the ghost like Metal Sonic, it gives him an ominous look.
Fabulous work =)
DrinkerTH Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Awesome. You are not from SEGA? :D
XAMOEL Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Exelent :D
suchagangsta Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
mate that is epic, faved
SonicPro Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
Holly O___O

That's so beautiful! The colors suit the pic so well. Like the way Metal's been "motionblurred", that's super cool! Also Sonic's oldschool-running style, you've got that out really nicely.

Did you use the original sprites as a base for the characters?

And look at all of those details in the "roads"....just awesome <3. This one really deserves to be faved : ).
Orioto Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thx, yes i used original sprites for the charas
SonicPro Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
Ah, thought so : )
Disobligue Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
C-Dave Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
Wanna play this again... where did I put that damn cd?
NeterG Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
I have been waiting 14 years for a new 2D Sonic game that looks like this.
Awesome pic. I can almost hear the super cool background music.
CasimirsBlake Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
This should be a screenshot of the latest Sonic game, if life were fair. But Sonic Team have their heads so far up their backsides, it won't happen.

Found your page from a post on Rock Paper Shotgun, Orioto. Instant favourite right here. This is beautiful. It's about time someone attempted something like this: games can be art!

Bravo, amazing work.
FiestaFacelift Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
the song(s) to this level were awesome. I had it for Sega CD, but realized the "past" songs weren't available as audio tracks on the cd. When I found out they were on the PC version for some reason I went ahead and ordered it. Definately my favorite video game soundtrack, and Sonic game. Oh yeah, the art's cool too haha.
VVraith Featured By Owner May 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome. Love the painterly look.
Deathrebellion Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Student General Artist
if u start doing animations u'll make the best games on earth :D
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