This weekend, Sonic the Hedgehog, the first movie starring Sonic the Hedgehog, hit theaters.
While debating the finer points of Sonic-related lore, and whether or not a sequel would ever reveal the hero’s precious toes, the Polygon staff realized that, hey, we all wanted to draw pictures of Sonic the Hedgehog! So we did. From memory.
Some of us have spent years in the Sonic fandom, perfecting every curved facial feature and pencil-thin appendage. Others knew he had a bunch of spiky things on his head.
Who drew Sonic the best? You decide. (But please consider the artists’ statements before you do.)
“Early on, I thought I would be the goof that made Sonic spinning. So just a ball with some stink lines. But I committed to that spiky hair. Everything fell apart when suddenly he had a receding hairline, pants, and just one arm.”
“Teeth. Teeth teeth teeth. Molars. Canines. Incisors. Teeth.”
“A long time ago, I used to be a teen on deviantArt with a Sonic the Hedgehog OC. This has given me the absolutely inhumane talent of drawing Sonic the Hedgehog, and most of his friends, really well from memory. It’s like a bar trick. My friends demand I do it when I meet new people. Every time I enter a tech store, I draw a Sonic on one of their tablets and leave.”
“I thought I had the eyes down, but things started to fall apart quickly when I got to his hand. Thus, I decided to make my Sonic an angry demon without any actual legs. Just feet.”
“I have drawn several thousand sonics over my life. I was attempting to capture some of the dynamic energy of Archie Sonic Cover art, which was always much better than the actual art. I failed.”
“I wanted to seed the plant-bed with more entries because I didn’t think many people would participate because I deeply underestimated my nerdy ass coworkers.”
“What really speaks to me about Sonic is his color scheme. So I made him purple by accident. “
“What if the key to making Sonic cuter was making him more realistic? We investigate, with science.”
Simone de Rochefort
“I started with the eyes, then the brow, the spikes, and the nose. My problems began when I placed Sonic’s mouth. I put a little mouth right underneath his nose. Now, I know Sonic has a big head. I started drawing Sonic’s famous, big, round head and when I tried to enclose the mouth in the head I realized I had made a terrible mistake. I tried to extend the mouth, but that didn’t fix the problem. Disheartened, I continued drawing Sonic. His body is bean-like, soft and round. I think I did okay at that. But his noodle arms looked bad from the start, and by the time I reached his glove-hands the life and hope were draining from my body. Sonic’s legs… the less that is said of them, the better. I did a good job on his shoes, though.”
“Some say drawing Sonic is more about capturing his spirit than mimicking his original look. I give myself and this drawing a thumbs up.”
“I was inspired by long Furby.”
“I forgot how arms go.”