Friday, December 11, 2009

Alpine Ridge Monster

The original Spyro the Dragon game, though many would loathe me for saying so, influenced me like Mario influenced so many others. It enraptured me when I was 11; it was a bright, colorful game with DRAGONS and gorgeously designed levels and magical creatures and a good sense of humor, and every level was accompanied by a unique piece of music that gave it the perfect atmosphere of fantasy. I could really go on and on about what a huge game this was to me and my imagination. (It was also the first video game I ever beat on my own.)

This is a monster from the Alpine Ridge level in the aptly named Magic Crafters world. For a rather cutesy-looking game, these monsters were actually pretty terrifying. They'd come charging at you, all five times your size, with a mouth full of teeth and tusks, roaring ferociously and swatting you with their rhinoceros legs. Especially rendered in polygons.

Seriously, I was a huge nerd for this game. I still kind of am!


  1. Needs more STEWART COPELAND :o

    But seriously, hawtsome as usual. I love the little chinstrap. :P

  2. Hey Hanni,

    your coloring has gotten so good, this is great! While many would loathe to admit being influenced by Spyro, I think we can also agree that Crash Bandicoot is pretty shunned too (but just as influential I'd say).

    Post college has been pretty weird but exciting. I went through a period where I couldn't draw anything, but then I worked on this cartoon doing storyboards and things have been gaining some momentum. How've you been? What kind of projects are you getting into?

    Keep in touch!

  3. I love that game and those ones are my favorite monsters of all the levels. I kept wishing Spyro could capture one to have as a pet. I don't know why but I did. I love the art by the way, great job it looks like a way better less polygonal version, which I mean in the best way possible.