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Sonic 20th: Archetype by Swirlything Sonic 20th: Archetype by Swirlything
Sonic the Hedgehog, still running since 1991~

I finally finished the Sonic 20th anniversary image which I started back in May. It was meant to be done for the 23rd June, but real life went and got in the way and after missing the deadline I sort of took my time over it.

I wanted to try something big and ambitious this time, and one of my first ideas was to draw something from each of the main games... but I decided on something different in the end. Because for me that's not all the Sonic franchise is about.

I became a fan of Sonic through Fleetway's Sonic the Comic. And ever since then it's struck me how diverse the series is. It's not just about the games, but the cartoons and the books and the comics and everything else- and almost every one of those spinoffs has its own distinct universe and story. Sonic the hedgehog spans so many different worlds and universes and concepts that there's pretty much something for everyone. And yet at the heart of it all is still the same little dorky blue hero.

And that's a large part of what I love about it.

So... I decided to bring together as many of those universes as I could in one image.
The foreground represents the games, while each background panel is based on one of the non-game official universes. I didn't include them all, since there are so many different publications- that would've been near impossible. There are probably some I don't even know about. So I just concentrated on the 'main' ones, i.e those I could find out enough about to actually draw, and the ones I thought were distinct enough from everything else to be classed as an alternate universe of their own. (though admittedly I did cheat a bit with the Sonic manga.)

I tried to get a bit of each universe's individual art stlyle into the image, be it physics-defying quills or ear placement or colouring. There's a fair bit of artistic licence used though, especially where there isn't any official artwork or what little there is doesn't match the description in the text (i.e novels)- or where the style changed a lot through the course of the series (Fleetway/Archie). The Modern Super Sonic and Shadow are in my personal style.


-Sonic the Hedgehog games- Modern and Classic- 1991-present
-Sonic Manga, Mega Drive Fan Magazine- 1991
-Sonic Manga, Shogakukan no Gakushuuzasshi/Corocoro- 1992-1994
-Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog & its spinoff series- 1993-present
-Egmont Fleetway's Sonic the Comic- 1993-2002
-Sonic the Hedgehog novels by Martin Adams- 1993-1994
-Sonic the Hedgehog Adventure Gamebooks- 1993-1996
-Sonic the Hedgehog, cartoon (SatAM) - 1993-1994
-Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, cartoon- 1993
-Sonic the Hedgehog OVA/Sonic the Movie- 1996
-Sonic Underground, cartoon- 1999-2000
-Sonic X, cartoon, comic & novels- 2003-2007

(can you tell which is which?)


Honourable Mentions- these aren't in the image, but still deserve a shout out. I haven't included them because I either couldn't find a copy to get an idea of what I was supposed to be drawing, or I didn't think I could make them stand out next to a similar universe I did include. Sadly I didn't have room for everything.

- That Infamous Disney Adventures Comic <.<
- Stay Sonic novel by Mike Pattenden- 199?
- UK Sonic publications: Sunday newspaper strip, Annuals- 1990s
- Ladybird Children's Books- 1990s
-Sonic the hedgehog novels by Michael Teitelbaum- 1993-1996
- Sonic Adventures: Dans Les Griffes De Robotnik, comic, 1994
- Dash & Spin; Super Fast Sonic, Corocoro Comics- 2005
-Various one-off comics and books
- It's semi-official but we can't forget STC Online :)

....And I know I missed some. @_@

Keep being awesome, Sonic. <3

*offers cookie to anyone who actually read this through*

Edit: Updated the honourable mentions list!

Edit 2: ....holy... a DD? o____O I don't know what to say!
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Given 2011-07-31
Sonic 20th: Archetype by ~umbra-rockchick

*NetRaptor said: "This poster encompasses the spectrum of Sonic the hedgehog, from games to books to comics, from the past to the present. It's been a great 20 years!"

=tehkeh said: "Not only is it very skillfully executed art wise, including the gorgeous colouring, but also a wonderful anniversary image - celebrating many of Sonic's varied incarnations and successfully capturing the spirit of each one! You can just tell the sheer amount of work that went into it!"

*Aura-Moon said: "Sonic 20th: Archetype by ~umbra-rockchick Combining Sonic's diverse universes is no small feat but Umbra has pulled it off with a slick, stylish and professional flare. There is something for every Sonic fan here!"

=ILoveKnucklesShadow said: "I really don't know what to say about this picture... I'm still staring at it"

*KezART said: "This has got to be the most amazing tribute to the entire Sonic the Hedgehog franchise I have seen." ( Featured by TommyGK )
EthanTavitas Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Artist
I was thinking for a Sonic Anniversary game, Sonic and friends would travel through different dimensions and meat some of the Sonics in some of the dimensions. (SATam, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic Underground)La la la la +fav 
Doctoreye Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thats a lot of sonics
Sonic6983 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016
Amazing! I love this picture!
SpiderBoy560 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i was using this picture on my profile of Yoyogames, good times...
Anyway. Amazing Job.
SpiritX360 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
Different universes, Yet one age at a time
Zeusthefox Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not gonna lie, I grew up on Mario....but i was introduced to sonic with Sonic 3D blast and My first sonic game was heroes.....And I've been hooked on it since.

This picture might not mean the exact same to me, But I wish it really did.

Great piece man.
ProfessorGritz Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love, love, love this! Sonic was my childhood back in the early 90's so to see this all laid out in the awesome fashion is amazing. Love, love, Knuckles from the movie (with his hat, hee!) I wasn't happy with where they took the newer games/modernized characters but this makes me feel better.
Leiyuna Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Talk about nailed it, this is absolutely amazing, you get feel just right, both serious and fun, the many faces and long road Sonic has taken over the years, in one fell swoop. Awesome work!
Cheerylollypops Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
Why is their literately one picture of Mile's in there?
kombos257 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015

flamingskulls245 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
Good old memories :,)
ClariceElizabeth Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Those were the days.
Nuria23 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That's amazing!! :)
primesonic01 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Out of all of them archie sonic is prophecically the most powerful of them all.
Meerly just dubbed as the "champion " he is the Ancient Walkers final prophetic hero followed by Mils "tails" prower as the "Chosen One" and knuckles the echidna as the "Avatar".

Though the hedgehog who started it all for "our world is game sonic . Filling most of our childhood's with numerous wonderful memories.

Wouldn't you agree ?
OggyIgel Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there!

This piece was always a favorite of mine. Since you own a RedBubble shop, I was curious if you'd be open to licensing this design? I own a Sonic merchandise shop and would be very interested in a line of posters featuring this artwork.

If yes, please let me know and I can send you a note with more details. If no, I understand and thank you for reading regardless.

Keep up the great work! :)
MetalSkulkBane Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
1 Where did you get Sonic the Hedgehog Adventure Gamebooks? I found ones published by "Ladybird", but not ones by "Fantail" with Zonik.

2 I know where to read  Infamous Disney Adventures Comic (you mean that promotional comics, right), Stay Sonic and Sonic Adventures: Dans Les Griffes De Robotnik. I'm assuming that at least last one you didn't found, since you would put Princess Alucion

3 How could you forgot about Sonic the Hedgehog (Shogakukan, Japan) 1992 - 1993? The one with Nikki, the normal kid that transforms into Sonic. It's not a best know part version, but still beats Adam's novels. They created Amy and Charmy.

4 What the heck is ? I can't find anything about this "UK Sonic publications: Sunday newspaper strip, Annuals- 1990s"? You gotta tell me, my "Sonic Nerd" reputation is at stake!
shakoithehedgeboy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
20th years of Way-Past-Cool
DanLuna Featured By Owner May 10, 2015   General Artist
So sweet!!
Retro-Hedgehog Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who is that white hedgehog and green lizard? The ones between the Sonic underground and sonic boom picture?
primesonic01 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
I think the white one is cinos (sonic backward) or commonly the anti-sonic
scourgemightyfan Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No...Scourge is the anti-Sonic. Is there another anti Sonic from other franchises?
Retro-Hedgehog Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that I think about it, it could be Ashura from Sonic 2, but that doesn't explain the lizard...😕
primesonic01 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Sorry doesn't ring a bell
hedgehoggirl707 Featured By Owner Edited May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NikkiE-K Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student Filmographer
kid45buu2 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You acknowledged the unsung Sonics and for that you've earned my respect and my fave.
kyurem2424 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
and now there is also sonic boom (im talking about the show not the game)
Psyco-The-Frog Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
This has to be one of the best Sonic pics I've seen in a long time. Not just the well done artwork, but the inclusion of Sonic's different mediums.
Lived a thousand lifetimes...
KameoRose Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
My God This is Complete Perfection~ Clap 

I Love Sonic and This Brings Memories of the Fandom.  Love 
rwa96 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student General Artist
You know, I can hear the song "It doesn't matter" when I look at this picture.
manicthemaniac Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great Picture.

I was wandering if I could use this as a Group Icon?
I would put who the icon is by of course....
FlippyFan456 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is awesome! Nice work!
SuperSonicJam Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Exelent work, i love it.
Miko-The-Fox Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who's the brown hedgehog and the green-gloved one? They we're never in anything Sonic-related I've seen.
Cra-Z-4-Manic Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
May I use this as a group icon?
Growler Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
This is just pure, epic, awesomeness to the extreme! :jawdrop:

I can't work out where the one next to AoStH, and the far right ones are from [Sonic 2 perhaps? But Tails wasn't in the final battle with Metal Sonic, so I can't place it] :confused: I love the Martin Adams books, so I knew that one anyway [the lizard one] =D
TheSerperiorGirl Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit! This is awsome!
MuveMuse Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Midcity-Cartoons Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A marvelous picture timeline of everyone's favorite hedgehog
Sihayo Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist
Awsome, just awsome!
Navit0710 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I lol I know all the those Sonics come from but not the one with the green lizard :I
TWILIGHT970 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014   Filmographer
that is very coooool
SonallyrlzKC Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
This… is amazing
fanofinyashasonic Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
HeartinaRosebud Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
knucklesfan29 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
3rd one from the right,
Who is that white hedgehog with green gloves?
SallyAcornLover4Life Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I don't know what to say exactly, but this is awesome and really well made work! :clap::clap:

I love the fact thast you even show Sally, Bunnie and the Sonic from the Sonic SatAM series, because I really love Sally Acorn. :heart::heart:

Every most important character from the Sonic universe and history is mentioned. :-)

I myself also grew up with every series, the comics and the classic games.
The 90s were a great time. :-)

Great drawing and great work! :clap::clap:

Please keep up the very good work! :w00t:
KyuubiCat1 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Beautiful. Can't explain the sheer beautifulness
HiImLucy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I-I- I HAVE NO WORDS! This is so beautiful and such a good work! I love it! :sonicclap: Heart 
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