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I really like Paper Mario 2 by LordDonovan I really like Paper Mario 2 by LordDonovan
My Paper Mario 2: the Thousand-Year Door fanart masterpiece is finally done. Thanks to everyone who commented on the earlier versions I posted and gave me the idea to use sketchyness in the final version. I have no doubt that thanks to your comments, this picture is much more interesting than it would have been had I gone with my original plan of doing it all vector-based.

For those who aren't familiar with the game, a very important item is an old, worn-out map to the Star Pieces. I decided to use that as a motif for the picture as a whole, it makes a nice counter to the ultra-smooth vector style of the normal Paper Mario 2 style, and the border helps tie the whole picture together. I realize it's not the standard look, but it's pretty cool this way I'd say, even the sketchy badguys are drawn on-model, and the bottom portion shows that I can replicate the official look if that's my goal. Meanwhile, the sketchy portions show some originality and the transition from vector to pencil sketchy shows some photoshop skills.

If you want to point out that Madame Flurry or Ms. Mowz are missing, it's because I didn't really like them. As for other characters, they probably weren't important enough. Even I have my limits of how much effort I care to put in. I wouldn't have minded sneaking a Kitty Boo in there, but they never did anything remotely important, despite being cute.

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Pencil on paper, (actual drawing pencils with different numbers and such for once,) and Adobe Illustrator, combined and adjusted in Photoshop.
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:iconpinkypie25800:
PinkyPie25800 Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work!
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omekka Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
When i saw the star and the background, i thought this was paper mario & luigi partners in time
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Walldryx Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
Fantastic piece! :D

It's for me the Best Paper Mario! :nod:
Oh.. And what do you thing about Paper Mario Color Splash? :P
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Meowstic9129 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
The best GameCube game of all!
Really closely followed by Zelda Wind Waker but still a bit better, in my opinion!
As for your artwork... It is fantastic! I don't even know which aspect I like best of it, it just looks awesome as a whole :dance:
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LordDonovan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
The best Gamecube game? Obviously I'm quite the Paper Mario fan, but I dunno... The first Metroid Prime and Resident Evil 4 were also super amazing. Though personally, Wind Waker didn't really wow me. I didn't have a problem with the sailing, but there was just way too little land to explore. And its visual style wasn't my thing at all, to put it mildly.

Game opinion rants aside though, thanks for the kind words, they're much appreciated!
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Meowstic9129 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
Ahehe, I didn't play any Metroid or Resident Evil game yet ^^;
I didn't play that many GameCube games at all, since my first home console was the Wii... I did play the GC Pokémon games, Mario Kart DD, Mairo Sunshine, Luigi's Mansion, SSB Melee, Zelda WW, Pikmin 1+2 and Paper Mario 2, but that's all, actually ^^;
Hm, I think it was a good contrast to all the other Zelda games out at that time, which all had pretty much land to explore :D
Well, I really like Wind Waker's overall design, that peoples' likings differ is no secret after all ;)

You're most welcome, I have to thank you for the detailed reply, I appreciate this very much :dance:
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LordDonovan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
To each their own and all, but I just didn't like how there wasn't much to do with water compared to land. There's nothing to climb on water, no boulder to bomb for secret passages in water, etc. What I probably like most about Zelda games is that they always have more environment interaction than the average game, but water mostly killed that. But again, it's not that I hated sailing like some people did, I just would have preferred it had as much land to explore as other games in addition to sailing. Basically, I just wanted much bigger islands. Or, it could have let you explore Old Hyrule under the sea, instead of just looking at all those places to explore. That was such a horrible tease, showing me the game I actually wanted almost at the end but hardly letting me go anywhere.
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Meowstic9129 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Yeah, I agree to most of this all in all! Especially the part about Old Hyrule, that really was mean! I remember that I also expected a bit more of it to be actually explorable than only being able to walk this one, small path from Hyrule Castle to Ganon's Castle...
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EmperorKarino Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome, I love this game too.
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LordDonovan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Truly, it is the game beloved by all people of refined taste.
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Pokespecshipper Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
O.O.... this is mastery
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:iconlorddonovan:
LordDonovan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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j29736 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student Filmographer
change.org/p/nintendo-bring-the-paper-mario-series-back-to-its-roots Hey can you take a look at this and possibly sign it? Thanks >w<
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LordDonovan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Truth be told, I haven't played Super Paper Mario or Sticker Star yet, so I can't say from first-hand experience whether I think things have gone wrong. From what I've seen and heard they're all wrong, and Super Paper Mario definitely has a weird blocky geometric look I don't like, but you never really know for sure until you actually play the game in question. So I probably support the petition, but I'm not totally sure.
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ThatNintendoGamer364 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
My favorite game of all time.:3
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LordDonovan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
As much as I like Paper Mario 2, I really have a hard time picking a single favorite game.
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PinkPrincessLora Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student General Artist
To be honest, I've never played the game, but I know a little bit about it.
And this drawing is really, really good! ♥
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LordDonovan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're missing out then, it's a classic.
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:iconpinkprincesslora:
PinkPrincessLora Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Student General Artist
That's okay, I can't stand turn-based fighting ^^;
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:iconlorddonovan:
LordDonovan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I understand not being big on just watching stuff happen, but it's not pure turn-based. You need to hit buttons with careful timing for the best results.
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SonicJasper20th Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah Paper Mario 2, that game was just a lot of fun when I got that game. I never played Paper Mario on the N64 back then, but I did now days.
Awesome drawing I love to be a fan of an awesome game. :3
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LordDonovan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't played the first Paper Mario since renting it shortly after it came out so I actually don't remember it too well. Paper Mario 2, on the other hand, I own.

Anyway, thanks for the compliment.
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SonicJasper20th Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, I had someone who likes Paper Mario too. xD
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TheriaRose Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Love this. It looks super cool and your perspective on this piece is very good and it captivates my eyes to look more at the top of the picture were all the sketching is then the bottom. Which gives this picture its own little charm that I really love. Awesome work 
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:iconlorddonovan:
LordDonovan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for appreciating the time I put into it. Which was a lot.
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TDT-Ultra Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well done, very well done. Hopefully one day I can play this game for myself, hopefully.
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WrittenInBlue-24 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Koops just shocked me! H's AMAZING! So is Luigi heheh
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:iconlorddonovan:
LordDonovan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
So I take it you're a Koops fan then?
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rarmaster Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this is really wonderful! I love the style, and The Thousand Year Door is one of my favorite games
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yamaminami Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Photographer
this is my memory.
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obeth0 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this game was soooo fun wwwwaaayyy bettr than super mario especially mario sticker star (i don't even know what to do,i haven't even played it )
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hamza62240 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
SHUT UP! Super Paper Mario was the BEST IN THE SERIES! TTYD sucks IMO. kthxbai.
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obeth0 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
super paper mario was fun but TTYD was a little better i meant sticker star is horrible

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hamza62240 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Super Paper Mario was obviously way better than TTYD. Seriously...it's my opinion.
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SmashFan16 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I ņike this history, for me, is the best Paper Mario forever!!
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a-rod48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
immediate fav, good work! Luigi is my favorite part of the picture.
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gamegeek4ever Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
oh crap this is a really good homage too this is one of the two best homages to paper mario and the thousand year door I've seen then!!!
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mortimermcmirestinks Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is used as the artwork for the TVTropes page for TTYD... Amazing picture!
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LuigiandShadowGirl Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love this picture. This by far is the best Paper Mario picture I've ever seen. :heart: Great job, and continue the wonderful work. :iconiloveyouplz:
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flareose Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I think by far Paper Mario ttyd is one of the best. I love the story to that game :love:
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MadowtheDarkhedgehog Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEC
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CGM-CrazyGoombroMan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Very cool because I like Paper Mario 2/ thousand year door too it is one of my favorite Mario games to play
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blooapple Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Wow....
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XDown2EarthX Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW. I love this. The sketchy flashback-like art in the top is so amazing, especially as it fades to the "present". I love the "old legend" feel of it." And the coloring is just beautiful, as well.

I love it. :D
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NGorden Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is actually my favorite game. ever. This picture is awesome.
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artfan2395 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Ah great time playing paper Mario
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Warriorking212 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student General Artist
the map... its for the Crystal Stars, not Star Pieces.....
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Tokiluna Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOD!
I love Paper Mario 2!
Your picture is AWESOME!!!
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Kishex-Nevarx Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I've never played this, but this artwork is just fantastic! Wonderful job! :)
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