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Sonic Legacy Vol 3 by BenBates Sonic Legacy Vol 3 by BenBates
Thanks to :icondrewmaru: for reminding me to put this up here. This is one of my favorite illustrations I've been lucky enough to produce for Archie's Sonic series! IF I get assigned to do vol 4 I don't know how I'll top this one, at least in personal investment.

Typically I have one specific detail on each cover (or panel or page) that I'm interested in, one detail that makes all the rest of the work worthwhile to produce, but in this case practically every piece is my favorite. At the top of this list is the inclusion of Nack (or Fang if you prefer)! I've got a special place in my heart for Triple Trouble and this might be my only chance to draw him. I think its super cool that Ian still utilizes the character in the comics and would love to see his return in the games.
I read somewhere that he's supposed to be a wolf weasel (or half breed of some kind), and I was pumped to apply a similar type of nose on Drago. I'm certainly implying that's the kind of nose a wolf in Sonic's world would sport because I can't stand how generic the cartooning was done before.

Almost as cool to me is the chance to draw based on the Sonic CD style which I tried to apply all around. I wish I had a little more time to mess around with the Chaotix designs, or maybe I'm just better now, but I see how I could have gotten more out of them (pretty cool though to draw old style Vector). I thought I would follow :iconrontufox:'s lead for Mighty.
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SonicHex Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Who is that white weasel dude
Hawkfan2323 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Toot toot Sonic Warrior, Deep through space and time...

Subtle, aren't I?
Latsirk99 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Love the Sonic CD style.
I'm in love with this CX
OuKazma Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
so many memories <3
RECNEPSRC Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Very cool!
Tentakustar Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013   Digital Artist
ahh loving how you drew sonic!
4xEyes1987 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Artist
Triple Touble, Mecha Madness, Battle Royal & Endgame deserve to be made into movies!!
Hersiali Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
See this make me love classic Sonic more...
AlliRaccoon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have this as a poster in my room
I'm totally buying this when it comes out in the fall!!
Grimwell Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Mecha Madness and the events leading up to issue 50 were awesome as a kid. Good job putting it all together.
LucasThomArt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student General Artist
way cool! I love the style you used in this one! :D
Julianlikesart Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
OtakuBronyQueen Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
I own this poster
CharmyKnux Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Love what you did with Antoine and Bunnie. They look adorable
Keystar01 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
:iconkenpendersplz::iconsaysplz: You dare to bring Geoffrey on Cover? YOU MUST DIE!!!
KirstenChocolate Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I really love how this feels like an old poster. :-)
Darkwings45 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Most impressive, friend! :D
missyuna Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
simply amazing *_*!
CosmicSix Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
too cool for school!
rontufox Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Brought here by ~Drewmaru!

This CD style freaking rocks man. Sonic looks so on-model but incredibly more polished than the original CD art. Really like the use of lines to shade his upper spikes, rather than solid color, gives it a lot more sense of shape. His face is spot on, and the way you depicted the figure-8 run is so well done. My favorite part is the white to cyan shift (well, it's much darker than cyan, but it's kinda an illusion) in the background, and the purples to contrast behind. Really great color combos in my opinion!

I actually really dig how Antoine looks here! And it's awesome to see the Chaotix looking so retro (with Mighty's ridiculously long nose to boot!). For some reason, Charmy's making me feel especially nostalgic haha. I'm curious what you mean by following my lead in terms of Mighty? The ears?
Drewmaru Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
You're welcome! This is one of my favorite covers, and it's nice to see the original before Geoffrey was removed. By the way, what is the best way to contact you for future work?
SamCyberCat Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
This is definitely one of my favourite recent covers; I was so glad they included a large copy of it in the poster issue. :D

Your work on the comic is always brilliant, thanks for sharing.
ChickaruPocket Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love Geoffrey in the backround
fojam Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
too bad he had to be removed from the final version
oldmanwinters Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
This is soooo slick, it reminds me so much of the classic Sega Sonic art from the late 90s that came out of Japan. Your integration of the Archie characters makes it even better.

I'm very much appreciated your work on the Archie Sonic series over the last couple of years. That and Ian Flynn's writing helped bring me back into being a monthly buyer again after nearly 15 years out of the loop.
TheSteveYurko Featured By Owner May 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is incredible. I think I have a new favorite cover from you.
DoryaNelson Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Still trying to pick my dropped jaw off the floor. NICE work!
mistermuck Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
no words can describe how awesome this is. LOVE the Sonic CD vibe you gave it!
Cutiekinnscs123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Cool! Love old sonic!
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Awesome work here
Code-E Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student General Artist
absolutely amazing!
BribrihedgieXD Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
this is so awesome!
glitcher Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nicely done! I can see the Sonic CD influence upon which you claim to have based the style of this drawing, and it also reminds me of the Sonic anime movie that came out around the same time. The composition is jam-packed, but not confusing. For a moment I wondered what was the significance of the severed rope, but Drago's presence leads me to believe it's from Sally's fall in Endgame. It seems like so long ago. I particularly like the city background that gives the illusion of detail with only a few white lines for windows. However, Bunnie's face looks severely puckered with her mouth that high. Pity.

BTW, is Geoffrey holding a heart and phone on a string?
BenBates Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional
Haha, sure its a heart and phone on a string. No, those are a pair of shackles he wants to put on Sonic! Apparently Sonic killed Sally or somethin?

It's the part in the comic where they ripoff 'The Fugitive'.
prnnography Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Tbh, at first I didn't know if I was looking at Nack or Drago in front at first, but in light of your explanation (oh, there's Nack now), I guess I can't argue with that decision. In general, I've liked that you've been able to stretch and squash the SatAM designs just enough to look more believably Sega-esque. Especially since I remember reading the comic when it used the SatAM universe as its base and the art went WAY too far in that direction.
BenBates Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional
That's totally fair. I assume that had I drawn more of Drago that confusion would easily disappear, especially as a full figure, but I've only got one big tag for him at the moment and it happens to be one of Nack's tags.
MDTartist83 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013   General Artist
Wow! That's pretty kick ass!
vaporotem Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
One of my top fav indeed!
The whole vibes from this are so classic that it fills me with joy:heart:
Also, i friggin LOVE this Antoine :'D I really with that this is how he would look like in the comic right now ( Anything can happen after something explode in your face pfff )
BMania-Sketches Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh mah G! I have a poster of this! :O Awesomeness! :squee:
OmegaMorph Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Looks awesome. I like how it incorporates nods to most of the notable events, although Drago looking a little like Nack seems a tad odd, IMO.
Drewdini Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This....this is just amazing. :iconsobeautifulplz:

Very nice work, Mr. Bates. :D
miyabiikari Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wicked work. Excellent job.
ThePandamis Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Best cover ever.
ShadowtailsDerol Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I have this picture in my room, I look at it everytime and I say its amazing...
galajo Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I still love how there's a high level of depth created by the torn rope that's twirling all around~! The whole spiral theme really mixes things up for this cover! :)
BenBates Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional
Thanks, that rope turned the whole thing into a challenge initially. I had a lot of ideas and balancing them out took, quite a few thumbs I recall. Just lots of little pieces to work around. Glad its gone over so well though!
galajo Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...and now we have this masterpiece of a cover~ You're making the legacy series of books really rad~!
KillScreen94 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Definitely my fave Legacy cover so far! :D
NextGrandcross Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
That Sonic CD look....DAMN!
BenBates Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional
I'm tossing around the idea of drawing the fourth cover in the same style (if I draw the fourth). I had such a blast, its so very tempting.
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