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Sonic the Hedgehog 230 cover by BenBates Sonic the Hedgehog 230 cover by BenBates
Cover for Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog issue 230.

Tons and tons of fun to draw, I think this might be my favorite cover I've done so far. I also did the pencils for this is and man of man are there lots of great things that happen.

The issue itself should be coming out in a few weeks I think. Finally, all questions will be answered.

A little behind the scenes note-
While working I'll have all kinds of things playing to keep me entertained and some illustrations remind me of exactly what I was listening to when I drew them. This cover for example will now permanently connect to a Radiolab segment about 'War of the Worlds' and the impact it had when broadcast over radio.
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SonicLegacy8 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He just ...WHAAMMMED!!!!! that metalWham robbie icon 
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Arandombeing Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Sonic is pissed as hell
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SonaleeTheHedgehog23 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have this, I don't know which one of my Sonic comic books it's in, but it's there! It's probably in the Genesis one. Of course it is.
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chikosanXD Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student General Artist
wow sonic is surprisingly flexible 
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Erose355 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
I love your art it's really just down right AWESOME!!! You are my fave sonic comic artist keep up the amazing work!
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CSGComics Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is actually the third cover for the Sonic Comic in Germany. (Fail Germany, FAIL)
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AskPoookeWhutX Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student Artist
You drew this for the sonic comic?
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EternalSonicFreak Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What what whaaaaat? You drew that awesome stuff??? *GASP* I just bought the issue and thought 'this cover looks kickass, I wonder who drew it' and... now I know it :eager: OMG I'm still fascinated ^^;
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TrixieCat123 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i have the cover ripped
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SonicSailorKeyblade Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I have this in mah wall! I got it from Sonic Super Special:Poster spectacular issue 5 ^*^ awesome job, bates my man!
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BenBates Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional
Wait, wha? This got made into a poster?! I had no idea. Usually Archie sends me a box of the stuff they print, but I didn't receive any copies of this one! I can't believe I missed the chance for posters of my covers!

Well, I'm glad you've got it and sporting it on your wall!
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SonicSailorKeyblade Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
 Know right?! The Sonic Supah Special issue 5 was awesome, I had to pull this one out cause this story was so GOOD!! I even have Sonic Genisis in Hardcover from a comic book shop for only 18.99 while Archie was for, like, what? $20-5 in the subscription? It was totally worth it, dude! >~<  Animated Love Monkey :moneyshower:  The buy of the book+SSSPECIAL! Way past coolios! ^*^
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Blue-Midnight-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sonic: Hiya! No one messes with Sonic the hedgehog!!!
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Gsdlivvy Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Metal Sonic: MUST RAPE SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
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ShadowtailsDerol Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Poor Sonic he looks like hes in big trouble
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CaptainGreen180 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is awsome!
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Drewmaru Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
You know, this would make a perfect cover for a future Sonic Legacy volume. Since it's the cover of issue 230, it probably wouldn't be a Sonic Legacy cover until somewhere between volume 10 and 15. I hope they keep you as the artist for the Sonic Legacy covers for both consistency and the fact that you're my favorite Sonic artist. :D
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BenBates Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional
Well, thanks a ton Drewmaru! Although hopefully Archie is still interested in hiring me to create new illustrations for the Legacy covers by that time! The more the series progresses the more I want to try and capture a wide range of elements from all the issues contained in each volume. Something different from the regular covers of capturing a single moment!
It would be crazy to think of what all fun stuff might appear on that cover!
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Drewmaru Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Yeah, I can't wait to see!
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DanLuna Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   General Artist
This was an awesome cover!
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MarratoKensuto Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
AWESOME!
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TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
I really love the poses and composition on this cover, the layout and perspective are great and all the characters are so expressive! The colours are wonderful as well, I love the lighting in here. One of my favourites!
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TWONIONS Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Let me just say...

This is arguablly the best Sonic comic cover... no scratch that, THE BEST COMIC BOOK COVER I have ever seen.


And I haven't even read the book.

Top work!
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SonicSailorKeyblade Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
WAT?!?! This story iz EPIC and awesumz 2 the core, dude! And yet, very tragic and sad in thebeginnin+end. Not to give u "'Spoilahs!' (*Quote River Song*)  but yeah if u like sonic and the comics, highly recommend it. U will enjoy it as I have! ^*^ tis so choice! A~A it's titled "Sonic Genesis" 
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StarCasterGame Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
I'm impressed. It takes a lot to make Silver Sonic's hokey design look threatening, and you succeeded.
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Sonicblur2-0 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Badass cover!
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PastelRainDrop Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is just astonishing and simply stunning. I love how you color
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AnimeSonikku Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student
This was an issue to remember. It had a compelling story with a surprising twist, but the real highlight for me was the art. Amazing manga style art that makes me wish SEGA made another anime. This cover in particular: Epic beyond words. I could not wait to get it in the mail, and I nearly jumped for joy when I did. Great job as usual, Mr. Bates!
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xXxMiZuMiXmIkOxXx Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oooh this is amazing.
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SophiaTheHedgehog3 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I nearly cryed at this issue
Sonic losing his love-Again
N.I.C.O.L.E losing her best friend
Me losing my 2nd fave female char
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SAD
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Blue-Midnight-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree
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SkyStorm00 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i got the one with the sonic generashins cover but and i mean it this is EPIC :dummy:
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THEATOMBOMB035 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012   General Artist
I LOVED the cover, I hated the ending -_-
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JustDave87 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
This and #219 are my favorite covers so far in the StH Archie comics. #219 has that "dark" look to it, while #230 just has "epic" written all over it's style. Simply love it. Keep up the fantastic work, Bates.
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Sasuke419 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student Artist
Simply beautiful work. I put up a parody of this cover on my DA as well. You are truly gifted, and I hope to be a great artist like yourself some day.
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Conekiller Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Fantastic cover!
Any chance of seeing the full, un-encumbered cover to #221. That's my single favorite cover in the entire run of the comics!
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BenBates Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional
Thanks, putting 221 up is a good idea. I'm honored it holds your favorite cover position!
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Paskettii Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student General Artist
This is the most eye-catching cover of STH I've seen in ages! Absolutely love this. Your work is so inspiring!
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ryry3 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student
noooooooooooooooooo sally dn,t do these
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PsychoZombii Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, that's awesome. :iconiloveitplz:
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josonico Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
:omg: EPIC :omg: i LOVE this picture :meow: when i see this pic i just...get wordless,im a fan of sonic the hedgehog and i have to say this is awesome :meow: you are such a wonderfull artist :meow:
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ixzidian2031 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Artist
my goodness of hedgehog, where the hec can i find sonic comic, im missing everything dang it
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Sonic808 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely cover!
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SonicSatamX93 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Writer
A well drawn, but very sad cover I have to say.
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Icebunny22 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
whats this issue about?
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EliBohan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Hey, gotta question for ya. In Photoshop, how to you go about changing the black lineart of the different characters in the picture into different colors. Like, how did you get the outline of Sonic's head blue, and peach where his mouth is?
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BenBates Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional
There's many ways to go about this depending on how you create the line art. I have no idea if my way is really that great but your welcome to try this out. I think I inked Sonic traditionally and scanned it in. I then used Image > Adjustments > Threshold to get nice clean alias line art.
I'd then my wand tool with Contiguous checked off to select all the white and delete it leaving only your black line art on a normal layer.
You can then either select your black or lock its transparency and start painting in the different colors you want to use for your line art.

Hopefully that helps!
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Steffistuff Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool cover cant wait til it comes out:D
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DarkRisingStuff Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
This is by far my favorite comic cover myself. I've been waiting since the news "leaked" out! XD I love the way you draw SOnic, I have a question does any of your style come from things like Manga and Anime?
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BenBates Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional
Thanks! I would say that most of my visual influence and what I am most passionate about is Manga and Anime.
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