Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Chrono Trigger Doodles And What Not







Chrono Trigger is one of my favorite games of all time. The character designs were done by Akira Toriyama, he's most well-known for doing Dragonball. To the left of each character is his original watercolor drawing, on the right a modern version done for the Playstation update of the Super Nintendo game. Notice how the artist changed the originals only slightly, but lost some of the life. FOR SHAME.

Marle


Ayla


Lucca




End of geeky-homework-avoiding post.

34 comments:

queefy said...

Frog = best rpg character ever. I'm still wishing for a gameboy version. The slow down for the ps version made the whole game unplayable.

Mitch K said...

Ohhh maanannnanannn!! Draw Frog draw Frog! He's my favorite!!!

'All life begins with Nu and ends with Nu.'

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

An interesting difference! Truly was it said, the devil's in the details!

Marc Deckter said...

I've never heard of this game before, but that little animated gif dude at the bottom of the post is awesome.

Sean Worsham said...

They should've just reused the originals. I'm not really a huge Toriyama fan, he get's the job done by appealing to mostly 12-year olds but leaves most of the people out there in the cold. He must've reused Goku's design on other characters several times, but his compositions, mecha and color are second to none.

Katie said...

Cool drawings Kali!!! I agree with your side to side analysis! I totally love that artist too...Dragonball was super fun for me to read, although it gets too serious at the end. And for anyone reading this, I would reccomend the Dr. Slump series as a great comic to get! It's so appealing and cute, and funny to boot! Lots of cute and funny perverted jokes!

quack said...

i always thought robo looked cool but i must agree frog was the best to play. were you one of the many people that were tricked into thinking that chrono cross was going to be as good as chrono trigger.i was so mad i spent money on that one :/

Chris said...

Toriyama really gets a bad rap for DBZ. I place the blame (probably wrongly) on Shonen Jump, for making him draw page after page of fight scenes when his real talent was for humor. (I love Dr. Slump!) And mechanical things. Oh you do not know awesome until you have seen insanely detailed Toriyama drawings of weird motorcycles and cars and things. And I agree with Sean, anything colored by him is amazing as well.

JoJo said...

This was one of my favorite SNES games. Although I don't think I ever beat it.

Those are some really cool interpretations of the characters. The expressions you gave the characters are more interesting and specific than the official artwork.

Chloe Cumming said...

I know nothing of this game! Down with the kids I am not!

But I like the mean faced lady in the first drawing. I like her mean face.

Oh I love an animated pixelly gif critter that resembles a fruit I do.

Gabriel said...

haha, those are so cool!

Chris, i totally agree with you. Dragon Ball was nice only in the early beginning, when it was a comedy. When it turns into a fight fest it also turns into poo on a stick. Dr Slump is pants pissing great, everyone who like to laugh should read it.

Jorge Garrido said...

Your versions are much funner and livlier than Akira's!

I hate RPGs but LOVE Akira Toriyama. His work got really stiff and angular as he got older, though. It became his rule that the only round lines could be on irises.

And you're right, the older versions are much better than the remade ones.

By the way, Katie is right, Dragonball and Dr. Slump is really fun! Probably one of the cartoonier mangas this isde of Osamu Tezuka and that guy who did Cyborg 009.

Girls who like manga and video games, that's soooo sexy.

Max Ward said...

Interesting post for you Kali. Back when I was 15 or 16 and a large nerd I loved Chrono Trigger. Although it is still fun, I haven't played it or any video game for years. How much of this Japanese RPG stuff do you like?

Colter said...

I never tried Chrono Trigger, I was more of a Suikoden fan myself. I loved collecting all the characters.

Kali Fontecchio said...

To Queefy and Mitch K: I can totally play Frog's Theme on guitar, he has the best theme song ever, so majestic!

"were you one of the many people that were tricked into thinking that chrono cross was going to be as good as chrono trigger"

Quack: Hey! Watch it! I love that game, it's not really a good sequel, so it's more like it's own game with references to the other one, haha.

"have seen insanely detailed Toriyama drawings of weird motorcycles and cars and thing"

Chris: Yes I have! Katie gave me a book of his random art and it has tons of that stuff. I think the book is called, "The World" perhaps.

Jojo: You never beat the game??? I got all 12 endings, because I was super nerd.

Thanks Chloe, Gabriel, and Jorge!

"How much of this Japanese RPG stuff do you like?"

Not much Max, just like a couple, but the few I got into I had to completely finish, like get every secret etc. I blame video games, and guitar for stunting my drawing back in Junior High, and High school, seriously.

" I loved collecting all the characters."

Ya, there's something strangely satisfying with getting everything in a rpg.

Kali Fontecchio said...

Ultimate Nerd Fact:

My boyfriend in high school and I got the high school band to play the Chrono Trigger Theme at my last concert senior year. That is not an easy song to play mind you, haha. I just remembered that! Memories...

Looney Moon Cartoons said...

This makes me feel better about all the time I've wasted playing video games. Did you ever play Toe Jam and Earl's Panic on Funkatron? The art from that game is really cartoony and fun.

Colter said...

The thing that stood out for me with Suikoden was like I said collecting the characters, most of them were usable in your party, some were just shopkeepers, one dude just worked the elevator in your keep.

Also once you take over your own keep, you get to see all the people that have joined your army hanging out in the keep doing regular stuff. It's a great game.

Darius Kazemi said...

Nuuuuu!!!!!

Kali Fontecchio said...

"Did you ever play Toe Jam and Earl's Panic on Funkatron?"

I've never even heard of it!

"Nuuuuu!!!!!"

I share your enthusiasm.

Colter said...

"Nuuuuu!!!!!"

Someone call a WAMBULANCE!

Mitch K said...

WOW I'm totally going to learn to play that too!

Serge said...

Hey Kali, cool post, i love trigger too and i also wanted to recommend Dr. Slump but Katie got there first...i think toriyama was one of the few cartoony japanese artists...thats because his style changed after dragonball...

Serge said...

I was actually gonna start a blog about japanese artist who are worth checking out...and to show john k that not every japanese artist is an equivalent of cal arts...but i got lazy

Taber said...

If there were just going to copy the originals, why not just xerox them?

Chrono Trigger is awesome! It's been a long time since I've seen a game with multiple endings and I really wish we had more of that stuff in contemporary games.

Okapi Figment William said...

I like your home work, it looks cool. :)

William said...

Everyone beat me to Nu! Dammit.

Chrono Trigger is the best RPG ever! Not even the Final Fantasies can top it, I don't think(though I love love love Yoshitaka Amano's characterwork on FFIX). Infact, if you see my blog,
artistruth.livejournal.com
You can perhaps recognize my avatar.

More sketches of the princess!! Homework will always be there.

Kali Fontecchio said...

"Not even the Final Fantasies can top it, I don't think(though I love love love Yoshitaka Amano's characterwork on FFIX"

Yes! That's my second favorite!! FF9 has the most cartoony characters- I'll draw them next!

narkspud said...

I don't know Chrono Trigger from Tiddly Winks, but your drawing of Lucca with that blue, uh, thing is absolutely wonderful. So much personality! Puts the "official" versions to shame.

Monica Grue said...

dude your post makes me wanna bust out some of my dragonball dvds and comics. i was the ULTIMATE db nerd in high school... toriyama's style is close to no one else's. a definite inspiration. nice drawings kali :)

potato farm girl said...

>:) YEAH!!! I was wondering what was up with the redone art. Yeah Chrono Trigger!

potato farm girl said...

Hee hee!
http://www.starblast.org/starsongs/robofinal.mp3

Kali Fontecchio said...

AHAHAHAHHAAH- YAY YOU'RE A NERD TOO!!!

M. R Darbyshire said...

I love this post even more now that I have played it!


ohh, this was 2 years ago?...

Pretty drawings still!