I don't see why some have to compare the way Sonic looks in this comic to the way he was drawn by other, even lesser artists in the past. Are we supposed to be grateful or something? A great artist drawing the comic is to be expected, isn't it?
Okay, first check this shit out. I understand how some people add angles to their designs, it's one way of stylizing things. But this is ridiculous. There's pointy angles even on his eyebrows
and the socks of his shoes. If you add too many angles, then the design becomes unbalanced. There should be smooth angles and pointy angles, which is what Yardley does, so that way the features of the character are readable. Not that it would help, since the way Sonic has his arms raised like one of those gorillas scratching their armpits. Look at Sonic's left elbow next to all of those quills. It's hard to read that pose. If the artist lowered both his arms just a little bit, or only had Sonic's right arm akimbo, it would have helped. Also, from the angle we're seeing his face at, the iris wouldn't be that thick. It's true, look at real people.
Clutter clutter clutter! In the attempt to not be accused of being lazy I guess, a shitload of details sprawling out in all sorts of directions. And the way the panels were arranged on this page briefly fooled me into think that details that were on one panel were going into another panel. LOOK AT THAT HAND, it's jumping out at me in 3-D
Remember that drawing of Sonic where he's covered in penises and one's pulling his mouth open so you can see these gruesome fangs? Yeah same thing here. Also, I tried replicating that pose of Robotnik in a full body mirror. Now my wrists hurt. It's not natural and, even for a cartoony purpose, the pose doesn't read well. What I would have done is making one of his hands just going off the panel and putting emphasis on the hand that would best accentuate the dialogue.
More clutter. Plus this weird effect where Sonic's head melts into his past memories as his head touches the borders of the composition within the panel. Almost never should an object touch the edges of the border of a space. It kills the depth. Plus, Sonic's are changing sizes
in each panel.
I don't know if this can be called a style as much as it can a summary of weaknesses or inconsistencies. I know this was for Free Comic Book Day, but can't there be some kind of planning in advance? I don't know.
inb4 Ross hates everything