UPDATE: some of the Koopalings were updated to reflect their new designs from the New Super Mario Bros Wii. Still no Jr. because he wasn't around in the 80's...and i don't like him. He's the most boring character in the Mario universe.
This might just be my favorite piece in my Mario Collection.
Do you remember when the Airships flew into the 7 different Mushroom Nations in Super Mario Bros. 3 to steal the magic wands from the kings? Well, this is my version of that scene from world 1, the Grasslands.
This was originally going to be a piece based on Bowser's invasion of the Starbit Festival in Super Mario Galaxy, but I decided to go old school instead...as I am prone to do ;^)
The castle is based off of the sprite used in SMB3 for the Nintendo and I added a small mushroom town inspired by the artwork from the 1989 cartoon "The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3".
My love affair with Bowser's airship armada continues. I worked with the original SMB3 concept and melded it with the design used in SMG and I am thrilled with the outcome. I also drew some mini-airships that always flew along side Bowser's and the Koopalings' larger airships.
Super Mario Bros. 3 was the last truly magical Mario Game. The sequels that followed were great and extremely fun but SMB3 had a quality that has never been rivaled. One of it's claims to fame is that it introduced some of the most original concepts for characters, enemies, levels and items that have ever been seen in the Mario universe but we just don't see many of them used anymore. I would love to see more boomerang bros, or Boom-Boom, or mico-mugger-goombas, etc...