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Sonic the Hedgehog CD by Rokkan-Illidian Sonic the Hedgehog CD by Rokkan-Illidian
So, I wanted to do something for Sonic's 20th anniversary, and I thought, "What do I most like about Sonic games so that I could illustrate?" My choice is how the classic Sonic games handled levels - not only they're very big, explorative, and so full of paths to take, but each one had its feel, pacing, and unique structures to them. And I think that Sonic CD is the game that handled that the best, and hence why it's my favorite Sonic game. Each level is huge, and very unique and peculiar in its own ways, making it really fun to explore, and I wanted to illustrate that there on the picture, even though it doesn't do a lot of justice - levels have a whole lot more to offer than what I tried to illustrate. Almost every time I replay Sonic CD, I end up finding new things about the game, and specially about the levels, such as secret rooms and all.

Anyway, really, really proud of how it came out! It's not -exactly- like the original levels, although I did try to be very faithful to them, but if you're a huge Sonic CD nerd you might be able to notice that I simplified a few things or just changed how they look either because it'd look better or it'd be simpler to do.

Best painting from me so far!
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Sonic the Hedgehog CD by ~Rokkan-Illidian
The suggester says: "People draw Sonic characters all the time, but it's rare to see art that shows what great "characters" the backgrounds and stages themselves are as well. This picture is as fun to look at as the games are to play!" ( Suggested by gsilverfish and Featured by alexandrasalas )
Midcity-Cartoons Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is stunningly brilliant, and I think you did an excellent job capturing the feel of Sonic CD's levels here. Keep 'em coming!
sonichedgehog360 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
Any chance you post, PM or sell a ultra high rez one? I am really wanting to put this as the lock screen wallpaper on my Galaxy phone.
nyoki Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats just too awesome
trailstherobotfox Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love this game
rainbowdash800 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
epic looking
DarkACGuy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Amazing, just amazing! The way you drew the zones is completely accurate! This looks like official JP artwork!
MassiveWonders Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
So cool!!!X3
ShadowtailsDerol Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Everytime I play that game, always feels like it was the first time....
codeflex Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You get it. Sega, hire him.
BribrihedgieXD Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
SonicWarrior234 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
CheetaHamSloth Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a master peice, really :love:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my, Sonic CD is my +fav game!
What a great fanart, all the Zones included here. I love it! :love:
Rokkan-Illidian Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much!! C: I'm glad it's the favorite game of other people as well
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
E caramba, vocÍ ť brasileiro - e eu aqui falando em inglÍs xD
De nada! Sonic CD fez parte da minha inf‚ncia, ť sempre bom ver fanarts dele e ainda mais excelentes fanarts como o seu! :love:
nzdelta4 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
EternalInsanity787 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is my favourite 2D Sonic Game of all!
Spartan-640 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
It's my favorite game too! And hey! I think they should do a remake of Sonic CD with the levels themselves unchanged but with enhanced graphics and have modern Sonic, Amy, Eggmand and Metal Sonic. And keep the music unchanged too, or at least let players have a choice of changing the music as they see fit. As long as all the pc music is kept intact. Also keep Sonic's moves unchanged from the game. As for the opening and ending cutscenes, well they could keep the originals, but also show some new cutscenes.

Maybe they could do the same to Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2 and 3 as well.

By the way, Excellent artwork! This should be used for advertising the game!
ChibiShinjiKen Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best Sonic game ever.
classicsonicawesome Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks amazing!
PSensei627 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Sonic Cd is my favorite sonic game. I really like your atrwork, its amazing!
Rokkan-Illidian Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much c:
PSensei627 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!!!
Edimay Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow what a nice place in sonic world adventures.:)
XxLady-MinaxX Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So awsome:nuu:!!!!!!!!!!!
Darkwolf-Jesterwolfy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Okay, I was soaring through Stardust speedway pictures here, just fav-n-running without commenting, but this I gotta comment on.
This is awesome, nothing else.
A whole map of all the levels! And in a very fascinating way.
Very well job done here.
Favorite sonic game for life.
Rokkan-Illidian Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! c:
Hurricane360 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012   Filmographer
Whoa! :wow: You actually made this map stage select like! Impressive :omg: Sonic CD is one of my favorite classic Sonic games out there. Great job man! :D
Rokkan-Illidian Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yes, mine as well! Thank you!
Hurricane360 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012   Filmographer
Np! :D
MetalMephiles2 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
really really really good, but where is Quartz Quadrant? i can't seem to see it in the picture
Rokkan-Illidian Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
At Tidal Tempest's right, where the Past sign is.
MetalMephiles2 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
ok now i see it XD
chippewa1406 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
CB12346 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Sir, I don't know if you know this, but you have just won...
thesnake383 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Very good! May I use this for a Sonic CD video?
Machu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Legit art of one of the most awesome classic games I've played :D
I love how everything comes together - kudos to you!
ElainaUnger Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Congrats on the contest! I saw this and was blown away!
Dee9922 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is my inspiration I love it. Photoshop ,Illustrator? What did you use? And i hope you entered that sonic contest at
Aros2 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
unicronagent13 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Oh man this is fantastic! Detail is right on the nose!

One question about the Wacky Workbench that has nagged me for ages: Just what in the hell do you call those giant electric things that, once activated every so often, make a buzzing noise, flash a green color that does not harm you, then multiple colors (yellow, green, pink) that do harm you?

Oh, and don't forget:

A-u-t-o Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love how you drew the Robotropolis monument.
LambityMoon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow! So well detailed, and the perspective! This was truly a labor of love for that lovable hedgehog! Good job and congrats on the DD! :clap:
quartzlcc Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Amazing! Nice work. And as jkgatling said, it captures the feeling of Sonic CD very accurately.

I love it. You deserved the DD, congrats.
RaidenSnake Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
I love everything about this pic. It's like the world of the Little Planet came to life. Great pic!
RaidenSnake Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
I assume that the inspiration for this pic came from the D.A. Garden Easter egg (the cheat that lets you rotate and scale the Little Planet) from Sonic CD, am I right? It's like the world of the Little Planet outgrew the planet and expanded on its own when I look at this pic. I also love all the major and minor details of the game in this pic. Everything from the generators Sonic has to destroy in the past to make the future right to Dr. Eggman's "Egg Tower" looks absolutely lovely. If I was a rep from Sega of America, I would buy the rights of this picture from you to put on the game's re-release cover (that is, if it was re-released as a standalone game again). Great pic!
Rokkan-Illidian Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I wouldn't say it's an Easter Egg, more like an extra of the game. Anyway, I'm really glad that other Sonic CD fans can look at the picture and notice all the details that I had fun putting in, thank you so much for the apreciation!
murta98 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Espetacular! Para mim, um dos melhores jogos de sempre para a mega drive .
Rokkan-Illidian Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Com certeza, e muito obrigado! c:
DajoreNisenyElph Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Ah, Little Planet...why are you so underused? If only you would make your debut in the comics...uh... sorry for rambling.

Even though it's a game I've replayed many times since it's first release, I've never been able to get all the Time Stones and make Good Futures in all the Zones (usually in Wacky Workbench I goof up). Anyway your representation of Little Planet is quite enjoyable to look at. It shall forever remain in my favorites.
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