Your favourite video game characters reimagined

Video game characters offer a wealth of creative potential for 3D artists. Whether reimagining a classic design or fleshing out a lesser-known character, video game characters can reach new levels in fan art. Artists can also use these projects to practice techniques or learn new approaches to 3D art, all while putting their own spin on existing video game characters. Why not try adding realistic fur to Pikachu? Rendering Mario with realistic skin texture? Or putting a stylised twist on your favourite Final Fantasy hero?

We’ve spoken to artists that have done just that and rounded up our favourite fan art of video game characters in this article. For even more incredible examples of 3D art you can check out these inspiring examples. But for now, read on to find out how these artists breathed new life into iconic video game characters and levelled up their 3D skill sets in the process.

01. Sonic the Hedgehog

(Image credit: Alin Bolcas (original illustration by Oleg Yurkov))

Video game characters don’t come much more iconic than Sonic the Hedgehog. Originally debuting on the Sega Genesis in 1991, Sonic’s creation is generally attributed to programmer Yuji Naka and artist Naoto Ohshima. Whilst the broad strokes of his design remain unchanged, Sonic has undergone many updates in the past 30 years, including a controversial redesign for his first Hollywood outing. As the artists behind Sonic’s feature film appearance found out, there’s plenty of scope to play with the character’s design.