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Artrix's take on Super Mario by TheArtrix Artrix's take on Super Mario by TheArtrix
Originally, I was going to name this "Artrix's Super Mario universe", but it sounded too egotistical, so I went to the old moniker of the "Artrix's take on" series.

Back in the early 90s, there was a young boy who got his first computer (as far as you consider it to be a computer). Upon opening the box, he found a cartridge with this pixelated figure on the label. "Do you know who that is", his father asked, "I think I heard of him once, but I dunno". Oh boy, if he only knew what he was getting into.

So he embarked on his first journey to go save the princess. He didn't really give a shit about the princess, though, after all, he's only 8 years old. It was the adventure that caught his attention. He progressively got better at the game, and eventually he was victorious as he defeated the giant turtle-lion-crocodile thing and received a peck on the cheek by the digital damsel in distress. Well, end of story. Or is it?

Then there was the sequel that was pretty much skipped. As it turns out, it wasn't a real Mario game, but little did he know, after all, people could not even begin to conceptualize something like Wikipedia.

Many adventures were to follow, exploring exotic worlds and fighting even more exotic enemies. He gained new abilities that allowed him to fly, to throw stuff and... to turn into a stone statue. He gained help from a dragon-lizard-dinosaur thing that eventually took him on his own adventure. With his skills, he was able to delight his cancer-ridden neighbor kid by beating that oh-so difficult star level, completing the whole star realm. Unfortunately, natural selection decided that he was not allowed to play with Mario anymore, but the memory, and the Italian plumber, still lives on.

As the boy grew into a teenager and testosterone was starting to alter his thinking pattern, he moved to more violent games. The SNES that he got for Sinterklaas was starting to collect dust as the guy started to explore other realms of the digital world. There was a moment where he was one of the first in his country to explore the Mushroom Kingdom in 3D, but by then, it was too late, he decided not to invest in a Nintendo64. A 19" CRT monitor was a more pressing concern.

The Internet came along and the now young-adult student develops a game for a school project. In his spare time he managed to get Super Mario 64 to run on his computer, the very first game of choice. It was a moment of severe nostalgia. The fat Italian continued to follow him wherever he goes. They fought against friends in Mario Smash Brothers, threw shells around in Mario Kart and on the Internet there's an abundance of fan generated Mario movies and games.

The little boy is now a 26-year old illustrator living in a moderate apartment in the big city. One day he decides to position his Cintiq, pick up his stylus and draw the hero he grew up with.


Hey, what can I say, like to write dramatic stories. Consider it bonus content.

And thus, Mario and his silly fiends are the next to be hit by the monstrosity that is the "Artrix's take on" series. I really went all out on this and hopefully it shows. Everything is done digitally, which allowed more freedom in setting up the composition and saved a lot of time on the line art.

I'll close by noting the few things that irk me, before someone else does. The most important one being that the image may be a bit too crowded. Not particularly for the characters, but the background and the several realms it represents.
There's also this thing where Peach's umbrella (which actually appears to have a name) is oddly positioned, mainly because of laziness. For Bowser, in retrospect, I would had posed him differently, showing more of his shell and the shape of his head. And lastly, and you won't hear this from many men, but I think Rosalina's breasts are a bit too big compared to her original design. Let's just write it off to- um- perspective!

Tldr; cute story, artist praises himself, artists whines about little insignificant things.
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Critique by Queen-Latifaa Dec 29, 2009, 2:06:15 AM
Ladies and gentlemen, I do it in Dutch because I'm too lazy to typ English :).

Weetje, toen ik deze tekening voor het eerst zag dacht ik echt van: Wat heb je met die Mario karakters gedaan?! Neem dat maar als een compliment want dit is echt één van de beste kickass Mario drawings die ik ooit heb gezien! Ten eerste vind ik de 'coloring' echt super gedaan, ik kan daar alleen maar van dromen... Over de Mario brothers, je hebt ze echt een eigen stijl gegeven! Mijn oog blijft ook steeds hangen op Toad.. maar dat zal wel aan mij liggen. Ik moest ook lachen om de expressies op de gezichten van de prinsessen en Bowsers hoofd die helemaal ontploft. De effecten op Rosalina zijn ook perfect! Dus wat wil je nog meer? Ik geef je 5 sterren en ik hoop meer van je te zien in 2010! (Hey, dat rijmt)...
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:iconsupermariofan65:
SuperMarioFan65 Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Amazing. Love your work.
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:iconstormyroyalz:
StormyRoyalz Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Student General Artist
Daisy looks like she's about to kick ass XD
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AwesomeMinecraft02 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
look at peach LOL
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:iconholderoftruth:
HolderofTruth Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!!! Your art style is awesome!!!
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconholderoftruth:
HolderofTruth Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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:icontheshootingstar98:
TheShootingStar98 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student
Yoshi looks totally almost realistic. I like that. ;)
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:iconallyirenejean:
allyirenejean Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Love how Mario is stomping down that Goomba! xD         PaperMario1 
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:iconmr-r0bby-r0b:
Mr-R0bby-R0b Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
I've seen many a talented artist reinterpret the iconic plumber and his wacky friends/enemies, and yours ranks among the most creative!
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconluxurylatios:
LuxuryLatios Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy Crud Dude this is Epic
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:icontooner13:
Tooner13 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I grew up playing these games! You are a champion good sir!
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:iconpinkiestar:
pinkiestar Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i don't think luigi is taller than waluigi...
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:iconbowgeta101:
Bowgeta101 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is hilarious! Everyone in here looks so....dumb....but it's funny!!! :D
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:iconmegavaultboy:
megavaultboy Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Love it
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:icon15sjens:
15sjens Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Toad looks funny
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:iconunique-brushstrokes:
Unique-Brushstrokes Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Daisy's left hand is a *little* off but otherwise, I love it :)
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:iconbarney-nedward:
barney-nedward Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Luigi's not that much taller than Mario. Luigi seems to be about 5'4".
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WolfMagus76 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
YOSHI LOOKS AWESOME KEEP DOING MORE OF THIS!
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:iconmarneythecargirl:
marneythecargirl Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Peach's facial expression is hilarious. Love the way this is done!
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:iconmrcowman101:
MrCowman101 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
it looks like peach is on crack
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Ph03n1x-Warr1or-Z Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have a dynamic art style. In addition, I like the effort you put into detailing every character down to the smallest part, as well as the expressions, which show each character's true personality. Great use of colors and well-thought-out lighting and tones. Spectacular job!
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annikaofborg Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
AWESOME! :iconawesomesauceplz:

i believe you get a special star if you collect 100 coins (as well as 2 extra lives)

in case you are wondering how and if it's real - I've only discovered that!
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ComicsBraze Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! :dummy;
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:iconmagiann:
magiann Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh peach
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:iconantonator:
Antonator Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This looks awesome as :D
Peach's face is hilarious XD
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SHaDOwLUiGImwahaha Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Cool story Bro! 8D
I'm too young to fully appreciate Mario, in my opinion...

Super sweet perspctive, I agreewiththebreasts and I like how the lighting affected the lineart!
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Dhatz Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Wil I aggressively like this untill I give a care about mario?
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:iconqnaman:
QNAMAN Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wowowoow
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Animelover1212 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student General Artist
love peach's face :happybounce:
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romantistcaveman Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Man, you give even the non-main characters likable expressions and appearances. Makes me wish they'd put Daisy and Waluigi in a non-spinoff!
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Naru-lum-lum Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:iconohyeahplz:
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BelleySr Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
hé!ik spreek ook nederlands!!!!
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:iconxenathealienchick:
XenaTheAlienChick Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
epic pic dude B) :D
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:iconjbvonherb:
JBvonHerb Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome picture, dude B-)
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:iconhopalongtom:
Hopalongtom Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Derpy Peach! XD
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:iconfb1907:
fb1907 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
this just made my day :]
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:iconjoyride95:
joyride95 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is like the matrix or something!
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:iconmrpr1993:
MrPr1993 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoooo!!! Awesome!!!
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GilmourApatosaur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
(Wanted to comment but my internet said no!)
Love the motion! I dunno which is better; Yoshi's sharp-toothed grin, Bowser's pose, or Daisy's daring expression:thumbsup::lol:
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crazydude2344 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
Is it me, or does the umbrella have a rape-face.
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Not intentionally, but I like the idea :]
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:iconcrazydude2344:
crazydude2344 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
I can tell.


You're getting ideas, aren't you?
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Not really, but I do see how it's rape-face-y.
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:iconcrazydude2344:
crazydude2344 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
It's a very odd coincidence, huh?
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matachu Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
AWESOME
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KnightOfShaddai Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
This is what it looks like when Mario and the gang get together for Mario Party :D Lol.

Great job on the picture and an interesting story too. Kinda brings me back too with the NES, SNES, and N64. Ah, the good old days :)

I love the expressions on everyone's faces!!
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dooomba Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
now if the game was made like that it would be truely epic
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:iconyonaka-chan:
Yonaka-chan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist
=D this is fantastic!! I love how you drew Bowser, he looks amazing x)
The dresses of the ladys are really nice, too! And their expressions are awesome ^-^
Also I do like the bonus story xD you're pretty good at writing and drawing :)
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MarioFangirl87 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
all i can say is BADASS!
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