Yay, another one! Originally made in 2004. I’ll probably do one or two more and stop there. As you can see, another relatively easy case with lots of vector graphics (title bands at the bottom) and text. The trickiest part were the repeated “SONIC” patterns at the background (both the straight and rotated one), as they were already bitmapped (Photoshop doesn’t let you fill with a vector pattern yet, to my knowledge). I obviously had to recreate those parts with a higher resolution source (thank you http://info.sonicretro.org/). Then you have the artwork itself and the logo. You may remember how it was not the best quality (getting art assets was very hard back then and you often had to scan or extract them yourself, let alone getting them in professional quality!). Now I stumbled across this wonderful resource which is Sonic Scanf. Its official art gallery (http://en.sonicscanf.org/gallery/official-art/) can be easily designated as a true spiritual successor to my now abandoned Sonic Art Archive (Sonic Retro also has worthwhile pieces of art in high resolution). Sure it still has some uncredited and unauthorized reprints from my old website but I don’t really care now. In fact, its webmaster made the correct decision IMHO. This gallery “saved my life” as it provided huge resolution PNGs of both the artwork and the SADX logo. Its webmaster earns good points for maintaining his gallery the same way I maintained mine ten years ago (it has the latest pieces available). This is an indicator of how times have changed in ten years.
About the wallpaper, this is one of those pieces that still look great when I look at it, even a decade later. The same cannot be said about countless attempts made by inexperienced fans back in the day.
Here it is for your greatest pleasure (click on thubnmails for original size):
Did this piece really stand the test of time? You are the judge. It sure has a retro vibe now anyway.