Know Your Street Fighters

Posted by Grey Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Know all your favorite characters of Capcom's Street Fighters with artist Ken Wong's awesome art work collecting the entire cast of the video game phenomenon.

During the recent iam8bit event, artist Ken Wong deliver a most whole-heartedly sincere rendition of almost all the Street Fighters you would like to be acquainted.

Presented in a stylistically different yet utterly recognizable form, these are some nifty representation worthy of collection from any self-respecting Street Fighter aficionado.

Hit the jump and click on the image for a hi-res version of the illustration.

From the very own words of the artist:

Street Fighter was and is a huge inspiration on my artwork. Growing up, the art of Akiman, Bengus and others inspired me to learn anatomy, character design, and how to portray power and focus in that uniquely Capcom way. In high school I maintained a Street Fighter website mostly as an excuse to collect and document all the Street Fighter artwork I could scour from the web.

After quitting my job around a year ago I wanted to "get back into training" with my art. I started drawing a few of the Street Fighter characters, deciding to focus on expressing each fighter's personality through shape and gesture rather than lighting or muscle detail. I averaged one character a day. I thought I'd just do my favourite characters, but ended up doing every playable character in an arcade edition of a 'main' series game (sorry, no Gill, Ingrid, Eagle!).

Nearing completion, I stopped, as the challenge wasn't there anymore. THEN, iam8bit gallery invited me to participate in their awesome Combo Attack tribute show to celebrate Street Fighter's 25th anniversary, providing the perfect excuse to finally finish the series and fix some of the characters that were bugging me (just like Capcom does).

The experience was a great chance to revisit and study amazing character designs, to drill down to the essence of these characters.

A big thanks to Jon Gibson and Noah Lane from iam8bit for making the poster possible. And thanks to Capcom for 25 years of art, inspiration and entertainment.

Source: Know Your Street Fighters by ken-wong [deviantART]


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