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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 )
Psyco-The-Frog Featured By Owner 1 day ago
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  New member 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.
rainbowdashsonicfan 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  Professional 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
that is very coooool
SonallyrlzKC Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This… is amazing
fanofinyashasonic Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
HeartinaThePony 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 
xXAMemetic-EngineBXx Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Who is that green raptor in black armor?
thejps1997 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
YL-17 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*W*...oh gosh this is really epic... ;A;....
a Sonicīs life here ....
JASON9000 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
This was really well done. I like how you did a mixture of tons of Sonic media and it fits well. Awesome job.
DARKZADARPRIME Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
way past cool ! :thumbsup:
darksonica Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
SilvTHedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student General Artist
teomares Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a great tribute to the glorious history of Sonic. It's fantastic! :D
Zqklink Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Wow. There are a lot of Sonic comic/novels that I didn't even know about!
Retro-Red Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gross. American Sonic and furry Sonic and Shadow, ew.
MrWhiskerz Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist
Oooh yeah... sonic underground.

The most awkward and musical series evar! :D Just if they would done more work on to that series, it would turned out good... but no :'(
kappalizzy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And in the end I still love you,Sonic....very much. *XOXO*
DuckyCupcakes Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen 1,3 and 7
Clover103 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely love this!!
Lightdarkdreamer Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic! no words can describe the professional details, please do more and keep up the good work.
Myly14 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really amazing :la:

And YES! it needed to be a DD! :D
Lucain24 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I knew it was a DD as soon as I saw this. Cx nicely done.
Dark-Coco Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Wow this is amazing! I like how you included the comics and TV shows in this too. :D Absolutely great drawings and colouring work, very vibrant. Favs.
OfeliaAKAVulps Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
facux100pre Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! I really love this picture, and love your style!

Can I ask you something?: Can I use your Sonic Underground's Sonic with a guitar, that it's in the middle of the image, to make a T-Shirt for me? Also: Don't you have it, only that Sonic, aside from the image?

delvallejoel Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Nice work.
ShannonAllAround Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
This is so amazing! I absolutely love it! :happybounce:  I can tell you put your heart and soul into this. 

I recognize most of the references, but what are the ones with Jonny the rabbit and the lizard guy called? I'm really curious. 

ChaosMiles07 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Fangasm much?
This is a masterpiece among masterpieces.
Quendell Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
I give my kudos to u
Secret-Keeper00001 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Really, really great picture about all sorts of different versions of Sonic!
StoryTeller288 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
I was looking for this pic all over DeviantArt and now...I'm so happy :happycry:
faulkner2000 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't believe SEGA has been doing this for 20 years now!
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