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Sonic Boom concept art - Sonic by calculusmaster Sonic Boom concept art - Sonic by calculusmaster

Apparently I was too fast to judge SEGA about the character design.

While I couldn't care much less about Sonic's arms being peach or blue, the centered mouth bothers me. It reeks of the creepy emoting of Sonic Shuffle and SA2 a mile away. The company did good shoving the mouths on Sonic characters to the side, and it was kind of established since (I believe) before Sonic 2006. Why the sudden change?

But looking at the concept art above, there may still be hope.

Artwork belongs to the owners of Sonic Boom.

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:iconluggyguy:
Luggyguy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015
Impressive!
That bottom right corner tho.




























Sonic The Pervhog plz 
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SonicandSonamyfan1 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so slow! I just now realized that sonic's arms were a different color. I guess it was because it looked so right
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CrazyDemon9401 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Bottom right corner. OH GOOD GOD.
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:iconcalculusmaster:
calculusmaster Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I've got this.

:iconsonicplz::iconsaysplz:"That was MY last chilidog you just ate. Now you're gonna pay"
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:iconcrazydemon9401:
CrazyDemon9401 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Its so horrifying... XD Beautiful work, horrifying as hell
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:iconthechevroletsonic123:
TheChevroletSonic123 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Im kinda getting use to Sonic's arm color
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:iconchristhetanookigod:
ChrisTheTanookiGod Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Dat Face on the Right Side of the Bottom Conner XD
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:iconspiritdreamwariors:
SpiritDreamWariors Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love sonic new design and the game also TV show(Sonic boom is my third favorite game. The other two is Sonic CD and Sonic Unleashed)
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:icongyrogun:
GyroGun Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the blue arms of sonic. :3
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:iconthegreatrouge:
thegreatrouge Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Interface Designer
if sonic was a disney character
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:iconrosequartz90865:
RoseQuartz90865 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, he was in a disney movie once ( Wreck It Ralph ).
It was my favorite cameo of his.
Maybe he'll be in the second one?
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:iconred-the-mink:
Red-The-Mink Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
In an attempt to buy SEGA, I bet.
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:iconanthi2001:
Anthi2001 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed
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:iconemme2589:
Emme2589 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not that their mouths are centered, it's that they turn to face the camera. Since these are all mostly front views, the mouth is turned to face the viewer. This is the case in the TV show trailer, and in Titles like Sonic and the Black knight and Shadow the Hedgehog. I like it when Sonic's mouth is free to move around, rather than fixing it on the side or the front.
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:iconpangerfly:
Pangerfly Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
those last two looks scare me.......
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:iconphantomthebat:
PhantomtheBat Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh God, the last one... 

 
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:iconlolzorman1000:
lolzorman1000 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
The last one at the bottom ...
Sonic: You know you want it...
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:iconphantomthebat:
PhantomtheBat Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sonic.exe emote  Looks like a rape face, eh? 

...I can only imagine him doing that expression in the show... 
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:iconlolzorman1000:
lolzorman1000 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
OMERGERD SONIC.EXE!
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:iconphantomthebat:
PhantomtheBat Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:iconsonicexeplz:
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:iconlolzorman1000:
lolzorman1000 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
*grabs a Portal Gun* Go to the MOON! *shoots a portal at the moon*
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:iconphantomthebat:
PhantomtheBat Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:lol:
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:iconlolzorman1000:
lolzorman1000 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Ya' Know... *shoots a portal directly above me and below me* THIS- IS- SO- FUNNNNNNN!
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:iconphantomthebat:
PhantomtheBat Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I-KNOW-RIIIIIIIIGGHHT!!!! :dummy:
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pie-is-cookie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student Filmographer
I only fear for the show ex: adventure time used to be w cute funny now just.... and regular show no NO just no and both are rated 10+ and this is 11+ 0_0
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:icongothicsnowflake:
GothicSnowflake Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014   Digital Artist
This style really looks familiar
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:iconphoebe-la-cat:
phoebe-la-cat Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing!!
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:iconjayfoxfire:
jayfoxfire Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the first one, that is Sonic to me X33 :heart:
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:iconcalculusmaster:
calculusmaster Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly, I'm perfectly okay with that face too :D
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derpyxdoctor Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Bottom right expression: I know you want this XD
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:iconthecreativesonicpega:
TheCreativeSonicPega Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Second one at the top: Rainbow Dash you got yourself some competition because Sonic is NOT amused X)
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:iconcalculusmaster:
calculusmaster Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD
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GrandMetroViper Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
While I respect your opinion, I do adore the centered mouth. I am a freak for a cartoony art style and this has to be the best looking game so far. Then again it is being worked on by developers who were affiliated with Naughty Dog so....I expect no less.
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:iconcalculusmaster:
calculusmaster Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Now that I think of it, it really seems easier to emote than the side mouth. It is also necessary for some vowels and espressions, for example the second one in the top row, or the left-hand one in the bottom.

But I learned about Sonic from Sonic X (for a long time it was the only source - compared to the US my country really lacks in that department), and the side mouth kinda burned itself into my mind.

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GrandMetroViper Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah that's cool in fact if they were to make another anime/cartoon it world be best to stick with the side mouth. It just fits better (Just the the Sonic OVA for proof).
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TheMilwaukeeProtocol Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I'm glad to see most of the community so accepting of the color change.

To be honest, I was never that religious about drawing the mouth to the side, because it seemed a little strained (how many mammals have sidemouths?)

But the sidemouth sure helped to make him distinct (and more sarcastic looking) -- I'll admit that!

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calculusmaster Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Well, it's a matter of the media which draws one to the fandom. For me it was Sonic X (I quickly ditched the interest in it in favour of the Archie comics and games), and the sidemouth has grown on me like nothing else.

And it doesn't strike me as such unnatural as you may think. My theory holds that the mouth is actually on the underside of the muzzle, and what we see on the front or side view is an orthographic projection somewhat distorted by the perspective and the animators' intent to emote more effectively.

From many years ago, I recall trying to draw Shadow looming over somebody, and I needed him to smirk while maintaining a worm's eye view. Drawing that mouth in the perfect position was such a pain that I rearranged the scene.

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TheMilwaukeeProtocol Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fascinating!
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JOLTTHEHEDGEHPG09 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Watch the trailer for the cartoon, it switches from center to sides
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:iconcalculusmaster:
calculusmaster Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I meant the game. But I guess I have nothing to complain about, since I grew up playing SADX, where the character models had no mouths at all if I remember correctly.
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JOLTTHEHEDGEHPG09 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah pretty much haha, tbh i feel putting the mouth in different areas on the face depending on the emotion and mood adds more expression
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Bluerosethehedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
the second one on the bottom makes him look soo adorable :)
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:iconcalculusmaster:
calculusmaster Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah like a sad pug
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Starcoyote234 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just watched some of the gameplay in the trailer, and it looks pretty fun. While I'm not overly fond of the designs, I think I will probably buy the game just because of the gameplay. Sonic' face (1) looks alright, but 5 looks very strange... Ah well, looks fun to play anyways, so I guess I'll end up buying it anyways!!! ^_^
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Seraph-sama Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Honestly, when i saw Tails shadow, i thought he would have the best design, but i must say that Sonic's is better. plus the blue arms don' bother me.
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mitchika2 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014   Digital Artist
technicly (sp), Sonic's mouth is his whole muzzle as his lips always change position but i know what you mean. front mouth is creepy.
if the top row is 1, 2, 3 and the bottom is 4, 5, 6 then:
5 + 6 look creepy to me ....
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:iconcalculusmaster:
calculusmaster Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I tried to come up with an explanation myself, but I guess the design of Sonic-styled characters work only as a mind shortcut. After looking up some pictures of Sonic's anatomical breakdown my motivation to rationalize broke down itself.

 

What I meant were mainly the mouths in the game trailer, which don't move from the center at all. However, when it comes to the design above, no. 6 does not look that bad, because it's a top view. No. 5 looks creepy, though.

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:iconmitchika2:
mitchika2 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014   Digital Artist
well the animators change the mouth for camera reasons (Super Sonic in Lost World has two mouths - bug).
i dont mind seeing the front mouth if its for a vowel or action - like sticking the tongue out.

im glad you agree 5 is creepy. 6 looks like someone has squished his head down and has derp eyes.
i would like to see the other head concepts released (tails, knuckles, amy).
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:iconcalculusmaster:
calculusmaster Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I'd like to see Tails especially (he's my fav character if my comics didn't tell yet XD).

 

And I'd love to take a blunt instrument and have a little chat with whoever disapproved the original team concept pic saying "Tails looks alright, but those fan magnet cute eyes have got to go. Give him a hydrocephalus forehead while you're at it, kids'll love that."

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Starcoyote234 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tails is pretty cool! He's definitely my favorite SEGA character, apart from Vector.
Yes, I agree with you. I don't know why these new designs were necessary, IMO the older designs before this were much better. I can live with Sonic's, I guess, but you're right the centered mouth really bothers me too. At least on Sonic characters, I mean. It'd be nice to see the comic book characters get some spot in this or another game, but I don't know if that will happen. Thanks for posting the concept art though, because I probably wouldn't have heard of this whole project for a while to come XD!
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