Since the beginning of last year, the God of War art director, Raf Grassetti, has been drawing incredibly realistic drawings of iconic video game characters. He started out with the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighters and eventually moved onto Battletoads and Cuphead character designs.
To celebrate the new year, he's now decided to focus on Star Fox. It's one of the series that apparently changed "everything" for him, and he has fond memories of playing Star Fox 64 on the Nintendo 64 and being completely mesmerised by only a few polygons. The first character he's decided to recreate realistically is the Star Fox leader, Fox McCloud.
Grassetti goes onto explain how he'll be posting the "breakdowns of the hair and sculpting" over on his Instagram page and wants to know which Star Fox crew member fans would like to see next. He also mentions how Wolf will be the last one.
This isn't the first news we've had this week related to a God of War team member at Santa Monica studio. Earlier on Tuesday, the game director Cory Barlog said his body was ready for a new Golden Sun game. The last Golden Sun title we saw was Dark Dawn for the Nintendo DS in 2010.
What do you think of the GoW art director's latest Nintendo character design? Who do you want to see next? Comment below.
Too bad Nintendo doesn't want to bring Star Fox to the next level. It could easily be Nintendo's answer to Sony's Ratchet and Clank.
I feel like this guy would love to work for Ninty... And I'm sure we'd love having him on board!
The Star Fox crew are supposed to look like puppets, right? Like the Thunderbirds?
His eyes look a little small, otherwise he looks pretty spot-on. The texture work is eye-candy. Can't wait to see the rest of the crew.
Muzzle's too short. It's more Shiba-Inu than fox. Also, dangit, it'd be nice to see Krystal get this type of respect but unfortunately there's such a weird stigma about her, and while her Adventures costume was really nicely designed, her subsequent appearances had such a crappy awkward look that did not mesh with the vibe from the original game. I mean, at least Fay and Miyu were given uniform jackets....
Nice but the original SNES Starfox artwork was the best, the puppet characters
I actually do think that this artstyle would really work for Starfox, I like it a lot.
theres movie opportunity there nintendo after your Mario movie, either cgi characters or puppets. you could also do a starfox / metroid crossover movie.
When seeing these images i want some great quality CGI movies from Nintendo games.
Or at least some new Manga style movies for Zelda, Kid icarus. And CGI for Starfox, Mario or just Smashbros series/movies.
Thats why i hoped for a subspace like adventure mode for Ultimate. Lots of cutscenes.
Your “related games” is missing a couple of entries...
I don't really like all the God of War art director's takes on Nintendo characters, honestly. They are impressively well-made and I repsect his creativity, but there is a reason these Nintendo characters look cartoony, and why making them realistic is unappealing.
Like any artist, he is just making those pictures for fun. It is not like he wants to force Nintendo in turning those illustrations into new modern designs.
I think he knows how iconic those characters and their designs are for Nintendo. After all, Nintendo doesn't want to get into the same mess as Sega did with their iconic character Sonic, by constantly changing his design to be relevant and hip.
I really want a new Star Fox Adventures.
It is my favourite Star Fox game and one of my favourite Game Cube games.
This may be a minority opinion, but this artwork makes me want it so bad!
That's a handsome Fox!
Yes mr barlog I’d like a new golden sun too! Just another of Nintendo’s forgotten franchises!
It looks nice, just seems a bit off somehow.
Now I want a Star Fox game with Fox looking like this.
This is great, I really hope Nintendo aren't done with this series.
@Kienda It's my brother's favourite Star Fox too. Even a remaster for Switch would be great, just increase the resolution and preferably insert a boss fight against General Scales
I like it! I'd love to see this art style incorporated into a new Star Fox game.
Somebody needs to do something with star fox such a wasted franchise
@TobiasAmaranth I hope he'll do Krystal as well.
I think the backlash to her is more or less because she is quite beautiful as a furry character, and society at large tends to look down on the furry fandom as deviants and perverts (one only has to look at that one CSI episode to see what society incorrectly assumes about furries).
But it's also because Star Fox Adventures did not play like 64 did, and people did not like that, and because she just happened to be in the game, she became a scapegoat. And JonTron's review of the game didn't help things, either. For this point, I would say that nostalgia for what came before blinded them to the point where they refused to try something new.
Now if there was 1 art director at Nintendo that did not use cartoon or cell shading graphics this generation - we be in business.
Hoping Metroid Prime breaks the trend on Switch. At east 1 game out of Nintendo can use different graphics.
better looking than the real ugly fox smile
Crying shame this franchise isn't given more respect by Nintendo. If I recall Star Fox 64 has been essentially remade twice. Once for the 3DS and then Zero was basically the same game again with poor controls. Why they feel the franchise isn't worth a true sequel is confusing as a really deep Star Fox game with some kick ass online modes that are along the lines of what Crimson Skies online were would be really fun.
@SpacedDuck Miyamoto. I'm not entirely sure with his involvement with Adventures, Assault and Command, but I think he was all over the 3DS remake and Zero was his baby.
When the previous 3 came out, a lot of man-babies were crying how they just wanted a plain on-rail shooter. Well. They got it.
I wanna see Samus Aran.
I was gonna say Samus, but then I found out he already did pictures of her. Now I'd like to see some of her without her armor.
Looking sharp there, soldier!
Looks like a stocky fellow with a halloween mask
@Strumpan For some reason people are giving this comment downvotes. I find that baffling because you’re exactly right. And the puppet version looks significantly better than this generic render, in my opinion.
Nintendo throw this guy a bone and let him make an exclusive game.
Here we go again.
God of War is one of the best looking games there is.
This would be an awesome rebirth of Star Fox in my opinion.
Krystal, Falco, Slippy, Peppy, Katt, Miyu, Fay, Lucy, Andross and then Wolf.
Nintendo should make an ambitious, open world Star Fox game set in space where you can visit different planets and sytems.
He did a fantastic job.
Let me guess, a wild guess; a new Starfox in the making for Switch Pro. I'm saying right now...
Shame they couldn't come up with a good way to end the Adventures/Assault series (still my two favorite Star Fox games) and instead decided to give it like 50 different half-baked endings wrapped up in an incredibly boring by-the-numbers game.
Lemme get a look them ankles.
This is very nice. But honestly this isn't really significantly or even at all better than fan art I have seen over the years. He's hardly unique in drawing realistic versions of game characters. But he gets special features and treatment like this because his name is attached to God of War.
"Nobody" artists who haven't worked on AAA projects like that never get that same free advertising and publicity, even when they have entire portfolios and galleries full of amazing artwork.
I really wish Nintendo Life would do like a "Fanart of the week" or monthly or something like that and give some love to the countless amazingly talented artists out there who haven't had the big break that Raf Grassetti already had!
Yeah, nah overly realistic designs don't really work for these types of characters.
And I agree with @heavyarms55 this is only getting attention because of the name of the artist.
Fanartists produce art that's equally good if not better.
If Nintendo were ever to make a StarFox animated series or film, because money, this would be a sweet style to use
@Dethmunk I just wish the StarLink controls felt more like flying and had some physical feel to it, but it definitely would have been better if Nintendo got to them earlier and made the whole thing a StarFox adventure with their characters (as the other characters were pretty generic feeling)... but also, the flight feeling has nothing on StarFox Zero, for instance.
Very nice artwork.
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