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More Photoshop digital painting practice. Pretty happy with how that one turned out.

I’m really looking forward Disney’s new movie. The amount of good video game movies can be counted on one single finger (so, basically, Scott Pilgrim, and that’s it), so seeing one that actually looks like a love letter to all the video game character we know, love, or even forgot about, is a pretty amazing thing.

BUT, as you’d expect, I still have one problem regarding this movie. It was made by Disney.
Now, don’t get me wrong, Disney has made some pretty impressive material in the past. But let’s not also forget that Disney is a giant corporation that runs more like a business than an artistic studio. So if they feel there’s no money to be made with a particular project, how artistically ground-breaking and cinematographically innovative it may be, they won’t produce it.
Disney don’t really have an audience, they have a market. Which perplexes me, because this movie seems to be directed at a specific 20 and up game-oriented market, with all the cameos, in-jokes, etc. I guess what they’re doing is filling the movie with recognizable characters for older viewers to at least give them something interesting to look at, but that could also mean the story, action, and jokes of the movie aren’t strong enough on their own, so they have to make references to keep us entertained. Then again, seeing some wallpaper made for the movie depicting forgotten Atari characters and referencing the fact that today’s video game market is over-saturated with FPSs, I still have hopes that this film was made by people who actually understand and love the video game world. Disney wouldn’t pay those copyright fees for nothing anyway.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

As for the cast: John C. Reilly (Wreck-it Ralph) ’s voice sound so much like Seth Rogen’s that I wonder why they didn’t pick instead. Rogen has much more experience in voice-acting than Reilly (not blasting the guy, he’s actually hilarious); Sarah Silverman (Vanellope von Schweetz) is her usual incredibly irritating self, though her character is absolutely adorable; and Jane Lynch (Sergeant Calhoun) does her usual female Dr. Cox shtick. Nothing much to note about the voice work, the cast looks decent and they didn’t rely on the actor’s popular appeal like some did (Cough! Lorax! Cough!)

Anyway, still pretty excited to see this one! Enjoy!

Pic is © me
Wreck-it Ralph is © Disney
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guibgomes Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! :D
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Exllcnet work
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bundle ;)
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Moguryuu Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great picture! Love the smooth, uniform shading, and how he looks really accurate, without being just a copy of a screenshot or whatever. Love the adorable expression and the reference to Donkey Kong. Feels like something I'd seen drawn for the movie. Really hope the movie's really great. I already find the character super duper loveable though, so there's some hope!

Also, I kind of really get what you mean in the artist's comments, too...It just seems like a lot of good movies, games, ect. with true artistic merit get pushed aside for the same generic drivel over and over. People just aren't willing to take a risk in marketing strange or different things, and when they do, things turn out badly. I can't think of many artistic, out of the box thinking games that have sold particularly well. ...Which is unfortunate, because that's the kind of stuff I tend to be drawn towards :p
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the comments!
I guess are really affraid of change. For example, the reason Nintendo keep re-using similar elements in most of their games is because people expect them to. It's really hard to consider something as art when making money is the very definition of its existence.
But I still have hopes for the movie. It looks like a legitimate open love letter to the video game culture.
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
heh Awesome work here
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Zanks ;)
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MikeyAnthroVulupin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Heck, if I get to see guys like Bowser, Zangief, and, of all things, Q*bert (!), I can handle some faults. (Not, that I've seen any in the trailer)
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That also might be a problem: using nostalgic characters as a selling point.
But I doubt Disney would stould that low. It's not like they're Nintendo or anything... just kidding ;)
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RoronoaxPhantom Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute!!!! <3
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Zanks ;)
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RoronoaxPhantom Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^___^
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Funny
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LE-the-Creator Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   Digital Artist
The way you draw him makes him look like Will Powers from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. :XD:
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Epic hairdo is epic!
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RedJoey1992 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
cool
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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Syiren Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really good and I'm far more excited about this then Brave. To me, Brave looks and feels like a Disney-fied version of How to Train your Dragon. Just, without the Dragons. Girl trying to prove to her family that she can do something great and she doesn't need protecting, blah blah blah, same old same old. Did they prove that girls can kick butt when they made Tangled? do they really need another Disney Princess? Oh, that's right. More princesses means more little girls begging their parents to get girly Disney stuff to make more money.

Sorry for the rant. I'm just agreeing with you that Disney has really gone down hill in the past ten years. Even if they added the game villains in there simply for eye candy it's still really kool. I'm looking forward to it and hope it'll be at least as good as Tangled. I didn't love that movie but, it was decent and much better then their other stuff.

As for the image itself I find it really kool looking.
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I won't say that Disney has gone downhill, but the problem seems to be the same as what the video game industry has become; that films and video games are not artistic pieces but products that need to be sold to the widest possible demographic. Just look at Tangled's promotional ad campaign: A funny mean-spirited slapsticky sequence that was nowhere to be seen in the actual movie, character posing with douchy look on their face, yet the movie turned out to be a pretty generic Disney movie, with songs and safe humour and all that classic family-friendly fillin'. Wreck-It Ralph also seems to be taking this kind of promotional ideology, but in this case, it seems more apropos, since it's a movie about video games (video games are usually violent and mean-spirited).
As for Brave, I agree. It really feels like the guys at Pixar thought to themselves "Our last movie was a flop. Hey, didn't DreamWorks make a movie about vikings and dragons that was well-recieved? How about we do one of those? It's not like they ripped US off while doing a better movie!" (talkin about how Antz is better than A Bug's Life here). I won't say they ripped off Dreamworks, because I haven't seen the movie yet and I give Pixar more credit than that, but it IS pretty suspicious...

Anyway, thanks a bunch for the comment!
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Cotton-gravy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Really incredible painting. I love how you went to town with how stylised this guy is, especially his arms and legs.
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Gotta admit, I think they really did a great job creating a new character while keeping Donkey Kong's overall design ^^
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pokeyking Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
What actually grabbed me first about the movie (I'd been anticipating the trailer for almost a year) was the director, Rich Moore. "Roswell that Ends Well" From Futurama, "Space Pilot 3000" from Futurama, "Lisa's Wedding" from the Simpsons and "Cape Feare." Brilliant episodes, and he directed them all. He's the director for this!
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm, I'm now more optimistic! Thanks a lot for that bit of info ;)
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pokeyking Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Actually, here's his entire production credit list for Futurama and the Simpsons. (It was Lisa's Substitute Btw, not Lisa's Wedding.)

Simpsons:
"The Telltale Head"
"Homer's Night Out"
"Simpson and Delilah"
"Treehouse of Horror"
"Dead Putting Society"
"Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment"
"Lisa's Substitute"
"Stark Raving Dad"
"Bart the Murderer"
"Flaming Moe's"
"Lisa the Greek"
"Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?"
"A Streetcar Named Marge"
"Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie"
"Marge vs. the Monorail"
"The Front"
"Cape Feare"

Futurama:

"Space Pilot 3000"
"Hell Is Other Robots"
"A Clone of My Own"
"Anthology of Interest I"
"Roswell That Ends Well"

He also did some drawn together episodes, but I personally don't really care for that series.
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J-Squared Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
all i know is im super excited for this movie, and you did a really sweet paint job on it!
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch!
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shnoogums5060 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool. I'm also looking forward to see Wreck-It Ralph later this fall. :D
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart:Very cute!:heart::heart:

So am I! :)
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Zanks ;)
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jeiae Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
While I agree with everything you said, we both know that even if this movie is really directed at the gaming community (ages 20+), Disney doesn't have to worry about limiting the audience at all. The reason they don't need to worry about that is because they're Disney. The majority of the American community think the word "Disney" = good. So they'll buy it for their kids in a heartbeat without thinking "I don't think my child will understand these jokes." At this point, Disney could release whatever they want and be financially sound so long as it looks pretty. It's sad really.

THAT ASIDE! Excellent work on this DP. It looks great, and I love that you've retained your style in the mix. Normally when I digital paint, it looks nothing like my drawings. Your blending looks great and it's got a good texture about it. Keep up the good work man!
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bundle, good sir!
Yeah, I guess Disney has become a brand name. Whatever they do, it will sell.
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SLB-CreationS Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing coloring! :clap:
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Zanks!
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gallantmon8 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Looks awesome, I also can't wait for this movie :D
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I'm sure it's gonna be awesome ^^
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gallantmon8 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Hell yeah!
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sourisdesbois Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really nice character!
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch!
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