Finally finished!


This variant cover was done for my friend and professional artist :iconyuski: who is the creator of the X-Dragoon series.


He’s been working on his web-comic series (originally an animation concept) for over 6 years. 


I love how colouring his characters are and it’s been a real challenge trying to find a right balance in terms of achieving atmospheric perspective and maintaining that full-colour-high-key palette that Felipe uses for his comic series.


I was also applying a new rendering method inspired by this artist :iconz-doodler: who uses a combination of textures and dynamic strokes on the lineart. I will feature her work on my next journal update cuz she’s done some really awesome stuff.


Anyways hope you like it Felipe and I hope to continue with another one variant cover for the next issue to be released in the near future! ;)

by darkspeeds

:star: Boy Boom Hedgehogs (COLOR ME FOR PRACTICE!) :star:
You know you want to!

Give yourself a couple of hours or so to do some speed painting (digitally or traditionally) with this exclusive line-art version of the Sonic Boom illustration. It’s extra thick for the beginners but the advanced artists will know how to make the lineart thinner with a few simple filter adjustments!

Have fun and send me a link and I’ll featured your coloured drawing on my next journal entry!

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Don’t forget to add in your signature at the end of the drawing! Have fun and keep improving your technique!

:star: Art Tradin’ with My

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This came out much better than I thought!This was good practice for my digital painting skills with my new brush set from . It was also a good opportunity for me to develop my own unique rendering of the ‘Sonic style’ that balances toon and anatomical structure. This was a fun piece to work with and it was also an art trade with . She’s been drawing those sexy hedgehogs so many times that it became the inspiration behind this piece - with an added ‘Boom’ touch. Hope ya like it Mily! 

This came out much better than I thought!


This was good practice for my digital painting skills with my new brush set from :iconjonasdero:. It was also a good opportunity for me to develop my own unique rendering of the ‘Sonic style’ that balances toon and anatomical structure. 


This was a fun piece to work with and it was also an art trade with :iconmyly14:. She’s been drawing those sexy hedgehogs so many times that it became the inspiration behind this piece - with an added ‘Boom’ touch. Hope ya like it Mily! 

I'm really blown away by that gotg picture you drew I love the thick lines and use of colour and position and the beautiful detail in it. All I can say is just I'm always just blown away by your work and you inspire me a lot. Please have a really good day okay. And thank you for always sharing you work with us!! ♪( ´▽`)

My pleasure mate! Thanks for sharing your feedback, it’s comments like these that would make any person’s day hearing it. *thumbs up*

[Art Tradin’ with Myly14!]

I’m in the Sonic Boom mood atm. I’m taking a break from Sherlock and do something quick, easy and fun.

So I messaged :iconMyly14: for an art trade and here’s where I am at the moment:

I’m getting more confident and faster drawing the Sonic Boom characters. Though it is not yet determined whether Shadow or Silver will in the Sonic Boom Unwrapped comic series. 

I’m starting to take a liking to adding a little bit more chubbiness to parts of the anatomy of the Sonic Boom character designs - the extra volume makes it ‘toony’.

Anyways that’s how Silver really looks in the future, it was drawn by a Darkspeeds who tapped into his 5 year old self and a pen.

[Art Tradin’ with Myly14!]

I’m in the Sonic Boom mood atm. I’m taking a break from Sherlock and do something quick, easy and fun.

So I messaged :iconMyly14: for an art trade and here’s where I am at the moment:

I’m getting more confident and faster drawing the Sonic Boom characters. Though it is not yet determined whether Shadow or Silver will in the Sonic Boom Unwrapped comic series. 

I’m starting to take a liking to adding a little bit more chubbiness to parts of the anatomy of the Sonic Boom character designs - the extra volume makes it ‘toony’.

Anyways that’s how Silver really looks in the future, it was drawn by a Darkspeeds who tapped into his 5 year old self and a pen.

My new glasses!

My eyesight is actually fine - blessed with a fresh set of eyes. However I do know that if I work too long on screen, starring at the same spot anywhere between 2-8 hours I get eye strain and it’ll mean it’s game over for the day if I’m working on an illustration.

I decided to get a pair of glasses exclusively for my digital illustration sessions, here are some photos to share. 

And here’s the rest of the process! Check it out stage-by-stage!

Not bad for a first try! Lot’s to experiment but I think it came out well for that graphic novel feel.Guardians of the Galaxy rocks. Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (aka Chris Pratt) rocks. Watch it if you haven’t already. And if you have watched it, don’t forget to listen to the Awesome Mix Vol. 1, over and over again. "I’m hooked on a feeling!! ~ Woo!!"

Not bad for a first try! Lot’s to experiment but I think it came out well for that graphic novel feel.


Guardians of the Galaxy rocks. Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (aka Chris Pratt) rocks. 


Watch it if you haven’t already. 


And if you have watched it, don’t forget to listen to the Awesome Mix Vol. 1, over and over again. 


"I’m hooked on a feeling!! ~ Woo!!"

Quick studies of ‘being casual’, but with three well known hedgies as my subjects. Tried to find a if I could implement a balance between toon and real-life anatomical structure.Did this while I was in Oregon a month ago - in the car. I like how I managed to keep it not too loose while my friends drove during the long hours of the trip.Now go and buy yourself some Sonic pants!! Ha ha! 8-)

Quick studies of ‘being casual’, but with three well known hedgies as my subjects. Tried to find a if I could implement a balance between toon and real-life anatomical structure.

Did this while I was in Oregon a month ago - in the car. I like how I managed to keep it not too loose while my friends drove during the long hours of the trip.


Now go and buy yourself some Sonic pants!! Ha ha! 8-)

Knuckles decides to join Sonic for a morning jog on the island. This is what happens when he sees Perci… 

Knuckles decides to join Sonic for a morning jog on the island. This is what happens when he sees Perci…