Check out this cool piece of retro-inspired artwork by artist Vladimir Gerasimov (“FullPlateMail” on deviantART) called, simply, “A Tragedy,” depicting the unfortunate consequences of an encounter between Super Mario and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
(A Terrible Mishap In Manhattan With Super Mario And The Ninja Turtles)
I love the expressions on their faces, especially Splinter, and the fact that Mario’s drawn with a bald spot up top the way he used to look back in his pre-Koopa stomping, Donkey Kong days.
And here’s another piece in a similar vein, although I can’t seem to recall who to credit for the piece.
Can anybody help me identify the artist?
(Mario's About To Get Stomped On)
Looks like Mario’s back to his villainous ways, a la Donkey Kong Jr.
Check out this awesome, retro gaming-inspired stop motion animation featuring characters from several popular NES-era games:
The artist, Eric Odmyr, says it took over 30 hours, spread out over a few days, to complete.
The music – a song by Bunnymajs called “WHAT DID YOU SAY?” – fits nicely with the retro 8-bit theme, don’t you think? (Thought the music was taken from an old school game myself until I read otherwise on the animator’s YouTube page here.)
I recently stumbled upon this cool, Super Mario Bros. 2-inspired piece of retro gaming artwork by artist Winona Nelson:
(A realistic take on the ultra surreal Super Mario Bros. 2)
I love the way Luigi’s turnip hits its mark, the creepy, slouching postures and twisted claws of the masked Shy Guys, and the innocent vegetables turned blood-spattered murder weapons.
Here’s a screenshot from the original SMB2 for comparison:
(A screenshot from the original NES SMB2)
Shy Guys are usually depicted like this nowadays:
(Cute little, shy guys)
In an interview over at mariomario.over-blog here, the artist discusses her realistic approach to the cartoony, dream-like subject matter of the one-off Super Mario sequel:
I really wanted to show how weird the ideas in Super Mario 2 are (throwing turnips, short creepy guys in masks following you), and by making it realistic it makes people think about these things in terms of reality, where the strangeness and creepiness of it is really obvious.
The Shy Guys in the painting sort of remind me of this fellow – also a tad creepy, looks and behavior-wise – from Miyazaki’s Spirited Away:
(Kaonashi or No-Face on the right)
You can check out Winona Nelson’s official website here and blog here.