'Princess Toadstool'

 

Princess Peach, or more formally known as Princess Toadstool, is one of the most iconic characters from the Super Mario Bros series. There are vasts amounts of fanart and artwork of her everywhere. Because of that, I wanted to give her a different kind of interpretation, one that's unlike my usual styles and what you would typically find of her.

 

I wanted to put her into a more anime-esque light, while still capturing the fun and vibrance of the Mario world. This resulted in a very fun, colorful, and stylized piece that features the floating princess herself and many other features you will find in the Mushroom Kingdom. I also wanted to pay homage to my love for the competitive Smash Bros scene, including the iconic 'stitch face' turnip in Peach's left hand.

 

One of the challenges of this piece was choosing the specific style that I wanted. The initial sketch started out with a more classic Peach look, featuring very similar proportions and facial structure that you would find of her in any Mario game. This, however, seemed to normal and expected to me. As I went through different iterations, I finally settled on what is a very simple but developed shape and color oriented anime style. I drew some inspiration from Takehito Harada and several other artists to finally pool together the stylistic-direction of my piece.

 

I wanted Peach and her forward energy to be the focus. I framed her face with her arm and the arching shape of her parasol, while framing her body through the curved clouds. Overall, the motion of the piece was also directed diagonally from the right down to the left. To add some more 'buoyancy' so to speak, these diagonals were curved to create the sense of depth and motion. To stay true to her and the game she hails from, you can see her castle and Toad gazing up at her from the background. I then added sparkles since they're signature to her floating powers, and stylized them to be distinct and add to the overall personality found in the piece. Ultimately, I am pretty pleased with the piece. This was a fun approach to draw her, and while a lot of experimentation took place, I am happy to re-visit this type of style in the future.

 

Art Specs:

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS6

Hardware: Wacom Intuos4

Fuel: Guayaki Yerba Mate, hard work

Special thoughts:

  • Keep it simple, stupid!
  • make it fun! use bright colors!
  • It doesn't have to be classic Peach!