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The Cryptic Gem by rontufox The Cryptic Gem by rontufox
Tried my hand at an epic pixel piece. Inspired by this lovely work: [link]

So, I really wanted to make something simple but powerful. Because with the huge spectrum of differences among Sonic fans, things get really muddled up and drama-tastic. So here's something I hope every fan can enjoy. I really wanted to give the emerald justice as the mysterious, powerful thing that it is. Hope I succeeded!

My favorite version of Sonic's ever-changing design is from Sonic CD, during the animated scenes, because of the simple and charming design. [link]
Listened to this as I sketched it, the most awesome Sonic 3 remix ever: [link] Oh yeah~ :XD:


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:icondarenknight:
DareNKnight Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Epicness! This reminds me of the stained glass pictures in Legend of Zelda! It gives it a legendary feel!

Very well done!
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rontufox Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Woah, that's a cool comparison!  Thanks so much man!
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DareNKnight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
You are most welcome~ ;)
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KateStroh90 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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rontufox Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
Thanks man!
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KateStroh90 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, it's in my Sonic Favorites.
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stigman Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014   General Artist
well done!
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rontufox Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Thanks man!
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stigman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014   General Artist
your welcome
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azulila Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the feeling this gives is so mystical and amazing
wonderful job!
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:iconrontufox:
rontufox Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
So glad it does!  Thank you so much man!
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DraginKYle44 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Beautiful drawing. The Colors are so amazing.
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rontufox Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Thank you so much!
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DraginKYle44 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Your Welcome. You get an A+
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DanLuna Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014   General Artist
:eyepopping: Beautiful colors!
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:iconrontufox:
rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Thank you so much!
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DanLuna Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   General Artist
You're welcome
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Drawbro Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
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rontufox Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
I'll check it out soon, sorry I'm a little distracted!
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Drawbro Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
ok no problem :D
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Drawbro Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
OH MY GOD  this is 3D!!

this is 100% cool
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rontufox Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
It's 3D?? :o
Thank you so much!  This is my favorite piece still =)
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Drawbro Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
yeah in 3D !!

I would like you to see this drawing made by mi :D

and you are welcome :-)


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lord-Mont Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
the effects on this are simply BREATHTAKING
i love the way the energy looks, its swirling in on itself and exploding on the edges where it can no longer contain itself, into the smokey effect i just can't stop looking at! i love it!
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rontufox Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Holy cow man, your description of how you see the piece is just fantastic.  "Exploding on the edges where it can no longer contain itself," dang!  Thank you so much for your feedback!  I'm so glad you can't stop looking at it, I wanted it to look super cool!
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Paleona Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014   Digital Artist
Not sure why this wasn't in my favorites already!  I remember seeing this back when I first watched you and I was kinda awestruck.  Really cool how dynamic this is.  I'm so impressed that it's all solid colors!
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
It's funny cuz three years later still feel like I outdid myself here and will never be able to top this.  Meaning ever since I posted this I've felt sorta guilty for my watchers... but then I guess it doesn't matter much in the long run?  I never know what to think!

Thanks so much!  Conversely, I'm always impressed by artists who can shade with blended colors! :XD:
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kelpieselkie Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous color combinations on this!
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rontufox Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Thank you so much!  I'm glad you like it.
Thank you for dropping by!
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hopeisnotdead Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just so stunning!
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rontufox Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Thank you =)
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hopeisnotdead Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
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DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap. It's very hard to get such a sense of movement and light and depth with such a stylized approach, and you've nailed it. 
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rontufox Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Thank you very much! =)  It took quite a bit of experimentation, I'm glad you find it so visually striking!
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Deethehedgehog Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That's amazbeans
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Haha, glad you like it! :XD: Thanks!
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SilverandStar32 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Woah! Awesome!
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Thanks much! Glad you like it =)
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SilverandStar32 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Your welcome!
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Hero-T Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
This is an amazing picture.
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Thank you so much man
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VIKI-J Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just EPIC :iconyourocksonicplz:
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Thanks man!
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savoyas Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
perfectly perfect, a piece of artwork.
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rontufox Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Thank you =)
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:icontazi-san:
Tazi-san Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You demonstrated very well how POWERFUL the Chaos Emerald is (and how CUTE Sonic used to be).
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rontufox Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you! I'm glad you think so =) I really wanted both those things to shine through in this piece.
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:icontazi-san:
Tazi-san Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're job here is done :salute:
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bigbulbasaur Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Yay! Now to get the others in the same stage!!!
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rontufox Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
That shouldn't be too hard if you're still in the first zone ;p
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