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Bowser's Castle by priteeboy Bowser's Castle by priteeboy
My fourth and final entry to the Ultimate Fandom contest, and I think I saved my best idea for last ;) First - the mandatory rundown.

-Ultimate Fandom Contest 3: Video Games [link]
-Gaming Franchise: Super Mario Bros
-Environment or Character: Environment
-My Description: below as usual

Bowser, or "King of Koopa" as he was formerly called, has been present ever since Mario's first adventure, and every evil villain needs his fortress of doom right? so His castle has always been a final stage in each game.
For a couple of months now, I've been wanting to do something like this, and this contest was my motivation to actually do it, since it seemed like a daunting task to try out. Bowser's castle does seem to vary in appearance from game to game, probably because Mario keeps laying waste to all of his expensive castles lol. I was on the verge of drawing the type you see in the latest Mario Kart game, but found a screenshot from a different game (I think Mario Party for the DS) which is where I based this from, and the design on that version looked the coolest of all the Bowser Castle's I've seen :toocool:

Art details: This one is 100% pure illustrated in Photoshop (with a mouse still lol), something I hardly do now that I have 3D and access to stock textures or photo's. I figured it would look better and more dramatic that way, considering my other entry to the environment slot was almost fully 3D. And to also remind everyone that I can do pretty good stuff without the need for 3D too :nod: Everything here was done from scratch in the most traditional way that digital art can get :painter:

Artwork is Copyright property of my gallery. Do not use, edit or display this artwork, or parts of it in any way. Bowser's character design (and his castle's I guess) is Copyright of Nintendo
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Kryssieness Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you be alright with myself and my husband using this as the base concept for a 3D cat tree? >_>  If you're okay with it, I will take pictures of the finished product and link to your gallery from my dA page. :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm...that depends - I don't know what a cat tree is (I keep getting mental images of a tree full of cats...which is just too adorable for me to make a proper decision at this point :XD:)
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Kryssieness Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahaha!  No, it's a place for them to climb and such.  My husband and I had been talking about using a castle idea to build a place for them to climb and recline and such... I'd suggested using a flat board against the wall with key areas in 3D, plus bridges and such.  When I was searching for Bowser Castle images so I could sketch out the idea, your image was the first one on my image search and it was the one that we both really liked.  Not wanting to just take your art and re-imagine it without your permission, I thought I'd ask.  This is for our cats, in our home.  I would take pictures and post them, giving you full credit for the base design of the castle (which would be re-rendered by me in a much less awesome version) for the 2D image on the wall.  I haven't seen anything online like what I'm talking about doing, so I can't really show you pictures, but, I hope I've described it well enough.... :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, now I know what you mean. I've seen some very creative ones of those (one place having railings across the ceilings they could walk through, and even enter other rooms via little holes that this catwalk passed through :D)

I guess something like that for a purely personal project seems OK :)
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Kryssieness Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, yeah, I'm not selling it, trust me.  Don't even know when we'll have it finished, but I think we're going to blend it into an LotR theme, so your design was the best for doing that. :) Thank you!
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jedsart Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Artist
Nice can we drive in this as well for a race.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It probably won't top the badass incarnation of Bowser's Castle as seen in Mario Kart 8. They make it more awesome with each version 8-)
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jedsart Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Artist
Nice I'll have to play that soon so fun Mario Kart games are.
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advancedviolinist29 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
I would love to live in that castle, and you did a magnificent job
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :dance:
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