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Lost Memories by glitcher Lost Memories by glitcher
Finally, I get a chance to do some personal art! This is based on a section from Sonic #255 where the newly returned Bunnie regains her memories of her former life.

This was one of the most touching scenes I've seen in the comic in a long time for so many reasons. After the staggering flashbacks and confusion Rotor and Antoine experienced, I expected something similar for Bunnie. What I got instead was a deeply sympathetic moment where the visuals spoke for themselves without any word balloons to clutter up the page. It was a wonderful instance that expressed the close bond the Freedom Fighters share, not just on the battlefield, but for emotional support. I'm also delighted that Ian Flynn addressed the consequence of Bunnie being roboticized again, a topic that I explored in an earlier painting. I was afraid the continuity shift would just gloss over the change, but Bunnie realizes she lost her chance to be normal again, and I'm glad her husband was there to help her through it. It was such a beautiful scene and I couldn't resist painting this when I saw it. :D

On a related subject, Nicole mentions in the same issue that she only has enough power left to restore the memory of one more Freedom Fighter: Sally or Amy. The question is, who will Sonic choose? His first instinct may be to prioritize the love of his life, but Bunnie's breakdown shows that there are repercussions to remembering a hard life, and none have had it harder recently than Sally. After being roboticized and forced to fight her friends, what kind of effect will restoring her memories have on her, and is that something Sonic is willing to risk? Do you think he should still hand Nicole over to Sally, or would Amy be the better choice?


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After finally getting the issue, I have to say you got down the undertones of Bunnie and
Antoine regaining their memories beautifully. The transition of shades is seamless, the detailing on the grass and shrubs is spectacular, the clarity of the 'memories' in the background are beautifully illustrated and capture the events as they appeared in the comics with your own flare and the overall picture is breathtaking and heart-wrenching if your a true Archie fan like myself.

If I had to give a criticism, I suppose two things come to mind:

One, Sonic and Tails. I can't quite put it into short words, but they seem kinda... odd. It just appears that Sonic and Tails' anatomy and posture give off a strange, sluggish look (perhaps it's because to me, Tails seemed arched like he's puffin out his chest, and that the shading on the top and crown of Sonic's head looks visually misleading, like there's extra flesh on his topmost quill.)

Two, the gradient transition of the background sunset seems mostly dominant by purples and barely any orange or blues to insinuate a sunset at all, unless your goal was as close to a breadth of sun as possible (this seems further skewed by the transparent memories, which make it harder to see the gradient if this weren't the case.

And as a quasi-third, I suppose the facial lighting towards the right side of the picture on Ant and Bunnie throws me off a bit. I absolutely love the effect, don't get me wrong, but shouldn't there be a cool-colored light like the moon showing to give that glow off? I could easily be off my rocker saying this, but it just strikes me as odd.

All in all, it's a fantastic piece that truly captures the trail mix bag of colliding emotions and experiences that occurred in recent issues (not going into it for those who don't want spoilers) and was handled with great care and passion.

This is perhaps one of your most spectacular pieces.
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Since you've unblocked me now glitcher, I am HONOURED to give you a critique. :D

Now then, whoa boy where do I start with this picture?

How about the layouts? The layout is very well done indeed. Nothing is obscured needlessly and the sizing and proportioning of the characters, backgrounds and overall picture is done so brilliantly that we see everything that needs to be seen, thus making it easy on the eyes and easy to make out.

The colouring? MAGNIFICENT. This is simply beautiful to look at from the colouring alone. The lighting and shading looks phenomenal and I swear the grass almost looks like it's painted rather than drawn. The lighting gives off a rather warm atmosphere and the shading compliments the lighting to a T. The colouring of the flashbacks is well done too, looking less "solid" than the picture below and even having some fading in places so it looks like flashback scenes. Very well done indeed.

The expressions? To say you're good at them is an understatement. Your expressions are incredible. I can just look at this picture and tell what the characters are thinking straight away. Bunnie looks appropriately emotional and distressed over the old memories she's gotten from being "Nicole'd" and Antoine's face is appropriately comforting and kind looking. That face already tells me what he's saying, "Ssssh mon ami, it is being alright ma love." Even the flashback are alive with character because of the great emotional expressions on their faces.

I really do have to ask how you did the flashback pictures. Did you do this one picture first, then do the flashbacks and stick them both together? If so then the technique really does work here. It looks amazing to say the least.

Overall, this picture gets an all round perfect 10/10. Gitcher, you are a TRUE artist. Keep up the magnificent work. :D
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LordOfAllDucks Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
This picture + this music = The most epic thing on deviantart.
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JackofTimeandSpace Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Student Artist
sonic chooses both
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ShannonAllAround Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
I die every time I see this picture. 
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glitcher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How many lives do you have left?
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ShannonAllAround Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Haha, I have some stored up. Enough that I can keep coming back to enjoy this gorgeous piece again and again! :D
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ianon2013 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
This is beautiful.
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Firepaw123 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is literally the most amazing piece of Sonic art I've EVER seen. Seriously, it took me aback at how AMAZING this is when I looked at it! I felt really bad for Bunnie during the reboot and this picture is an AWESOME visualization of that awful time for her. SPEECHLESS job!! :D <3
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MinaWolf10 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh...my...gosh...the FEELS....  TnT
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TheStoryWriterL Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
ohow, i remember when i submitted a bad critique, you didnt appove it
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TheStoryWriterL Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Poor antoine!
Whaaa!!
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Sonicteers Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*jaw drops*
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SirBurnout Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student General Artist
This drawing is phenomenal, this should of been in issue 255 :) (Smile)  
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glitcher Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, I'm happy with the way Bunnie's memories were portrayed in that issue. I wouldn't have drawn this otherwise. ;)
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TBirdFan101 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Antoine X Bunnie, that is beautiful!
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AeroHybrid Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Not a fan of Archie Sonic now...but this piece is awesome and immersive :D
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danielkx25 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Awesome draw i loved it!!!
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Shadowblade463 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student Artist
This is awesome, I love this drawing
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lordtrigonstar Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Beautiful.
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Colorfulmoongato Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bunnie was always my Favorite Sonic character, ever since waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when Sonic SATAM was still on T.V.
I love this so much <3<3
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Zeo-Fawx Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
I'm glad Ian kept them married.
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Nate8080 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I hate wabbits >:(
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AuroraTrust Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
:wow: this is really touching and amazing art OwO I have really liked this reset universe-arch on Sonic comic and your art is just making it even more emotional and beautiful than in the comics :aww: :wow: I'm just so glad that Antoine and Bunnie had another change in their life :aww: That comic is full of enthusiasm again! :dance: 

anyway I just love this art piece you did ^W^ very lovely and detailed :wow: 
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jayfoxfire Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Way better then Jay Gaylord's art....XD Now do Sonic and Sally! no kiss in 256 but.....i love it when sonic cuddles Sally
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glitcher Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You just saw me draw Sonic and Sally hug in my last submission. And didn't you commission me to draw another one too? :p
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jayfoxfire Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
pbtff yeah, XD I know lol I love that too. Did I?
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jayfoxfire Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Wow beautiful emotions! I love it
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SondowverDarKRose Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is sad
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xX-Polara-Winter-Xx Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Erm, Mr. Glitcher? Could I ask a question?
 I've seen the video a couple of times- which is absolutely beautiful, BTW-but I would like to ask about the recording system....what is it called? I'm thinking about getting a recording app (or whatnot) to record some of my drawings and post it to youtube. And how much was it?
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glitcher Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All of my painting playbacks are recorded in openCanvas. It works like an oekaki where it records your actions, only it's much more sophisticated. If you painted your piece entirely in openCanvas (not imported from Photoshop), you can save the recording as an Event file and play it back in the program or upload it to the PGN Community where it will be rendered as a MP4 file. Like all painting programs, openCanvas takes time to fully master, so I suggest you watch playbacks from other PGN artists to try and learn from them.

So basically, the links I post in the description are for the PGN videos. But if I want to upload it to YouTube, I either edit the PGN playback in Sony Vegas or record my own playback in openCanvas with a screencam like HyperCam and add some music in Vegas. Hope this helps, be sure to let me see what you come up with. :)
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xX-Polara-Winter-Xx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
alright. Thank You!
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xX-Polara-Winter-Xx Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not to act like a total idiot, but your artwork is frickin' awesome! :iconiloveitplz:
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LazyRayFinkle Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Amazing work. You did justice to two of my favorite Sonic characters. 
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Sonic-fan17 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This' beautiful and I agree I felt so sad for Bunnie
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Starcoyote234 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nicely done. This is one of the best art pieces I have ever seen! It's definitely good to see these two back in the comics now.
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CopperChipmunk Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student General Artist

It's hard to decide whether Ian will choose Sally or Amy to be restored.

In the latest Sonic Universe when Amy and Cream return home, Amy mentions that things seem a bit off. So maybe she still has her old memories, otherwise she would think things appeared normal like Tails did before his memory was restored. Therefore, they wouldn't need to use Nicole on her.

However, if that's not the case, then Ian will have to choose Amy simply for priority reasons. She's a SEGA character, so she has to have the first dibs on stuff like this. Otherwise, if he chose Sally over Amy, then things just wouldn't seem right in the story.

Plus, with the new reality, Ian might be getting rid of Elias and Alicia. So if he were restore Sally's memory of the old world, then she would remember them, and a whole new situation would arise.

I still hope Sally gets her memory back somehow. I don't want her to forget her old feelings for Sonic, especially since they JUST STARTED going out again!

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GES-who Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think I can honestly say that this painting is the most beautiful Sonic fanart I've ever seen.  I love the comics as well and I love that you used it for inspiration. Amazing job! This is flawless.
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sonamy-4eva Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loooooooooovvve the shading
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Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful and strong pic
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Cursed-form Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks really believable and emotional. :) The memories on the sky are out standing, different from each other and they are colored in an epic way and the trees and the mountains on the background look natural. Tails and sonic are a good detail too. In my opinion this would look better if Antoine and Bunnie wouldn't be set in the middle of the pic. 
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Hypershell Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
I guess it depends on if you're expecting the main emphasis to be on the memories themselves or on Bunnie's reaction to them?  Looking for the latter, I thought the placement was spot-on...
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Cursed-form Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But the main thing doesn't have to be in the middle of the pic to stand out....For example in using the golden ratio: boat-photography.jpg or the section guides: Golden_Mannequin_Grid.jpg
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Hypershell Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Never said it has to.  I just don't see how it detracts from it either, at least in this case.
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glitcher Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh, you're the second person to mention the awkward placement of Antoine and Bunnie. It didn't seem like a problem to me while I was painting it, although I probably would have shifted them further to the right with a wider canvas. The composition of the memories limited the image dimensions.
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Cursed-form Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I see. :) Setting is hard. 
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TWINKIEMUNCHR Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally thought he was licking her forehead cuz of the lock of hair :D I'm an idiot. But this is an awesome pic!
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Hypershell Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Amy (along with Cream) was pulled into Blaze's world after Worlds Collide, thus "dodging" the change in her own reality.  She just wrapped up an arc with Blaze in Sonic Universe.  Unless her memories get scrambled on the trip home, she already remembers another life, thus the last one to interact with Nicole ought to be Sally.

I still dislike the whole in-universe-reboot thing.  Most of the new designs aren't doing it for me and it really stinks to leave so many of the old plot points in the dust, ESPECIALLY missing out on such a climactic moment as reclaiming Mecha Sally.  The good guys were due for a win and we never got to see it.

I admit, though, Bunnie's scene WAS beautiful.  It communicated the strain of being hit all at once by a roller coaster of emotions from her "other" life, with Antoine there to help keep her "grounded" as she absorbed it all.  And, honestly, her old arc was probably the one I mind letting go of the least.  We knew for quite some time that she was headed for one of her darkest hours, and her hiatus to lead into it was honestly going on a little too long.
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Alter33 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This scene was hard just in the comics at the initial hit. Follow-up drives it home that much more ( especially as I actually missed a lot of those plot points up 'til before knowing Naugus put her back to normal ). Antoine and Bunnie's relationship has always been a great selling point to me, but, the strength of it really comes through in story and here. When times are darkest, that's when you know who loves you most.

Seriously, just... great job doing justice to this one.
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starnova63 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It will be tough decision for Sonic. On one hand, Sally's memories will returned to her. But at the same, she'll had to deal with so much hardship of her life. Especially when she was roboticized and became the most feared being in Mobius. For Amy, however, there was no telling if the restore memory will work on her. Anyone who read the last Sonic Universe issue, she and her friends help out Blaze and she got them help but they don't what happen to Mobius or their love ones. I just hope that if it was used on Amy and it didn't affect her, then that wasted Nicole's power and Sonic's effort will be for nothing. Kind raise alot of questions, isn't it?
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red-ysetgo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous and I ship it.
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DarkCatTheKhajjit Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:aww: This is a very sad picture.. :(
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