Here’s my spin on the new Sonic design. Get it? GET IT
I like it when classic characters are redesigned frequently to fit the styles of specific projects, like the new Mickey Mouse shorts, or the various Mario RPG series, or virtually every Zelda game. With the new Sonic, I assume the redesign was done with certain things on the agenda:
-Make Sonic to look a bit older and taller
-Give him a slimmer profile so his arm poses wouldn’t overlap his body as frequently (presumably for pose clarity, and to negate the need to make his arms a different colour)
-Up the clothing quantity a little and try to make it reflect the character’s personalities
-Cover absolutely everything in tape. Just… just tape, everywhere
With my take, I tried to stay true to that, and just tweaked some stuff. I felt like the scarf and chest circle were competing a little, so I ditched the circle entirely and made the scarf bigger and lower. I also lobbed off his back-spine entirely, so the scarf could trail behind him without it getting too busy back there. (What can I say… I have a thing for trailing scarves.) I didn’t really like the brown scarf, and making it red like his shoes was TOO MUCH, so I made it and his eyes match, instead.
The athletic tape still isn’t really being used the way a real runner would, but I tried to push it a little closer in that direction and make it look like it’s at least possible that it was put there to hold his cleats on. I also tried to block out the traditional white areas of his shoes with the tape itself, rather than having tape, stripes and socks all at once. (It drove me a little crazy how Sonic had tape both over AND under his socks.)