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25 Years Of Dying by TheBourgyman 25 Years Of Dying by TheBourgyman
This deviation got featured on Kotaku, Reddit, GraphJam as well as a few other dozens websites! Thanks!

Because, admit it, "25 Years of Dying" is a lot catchier than just "Cause of Death" as a title. :D

Mario celebrated his 25th year among us sometime in late 2010 (more like "25 years of Independence" since he existed since the Donkey Kong arcade game, making him 29 by 2010). I wanted to do something big for the occasion, even though I technically missed the boat by a few months (not practicallysince Mario didn't turn 26 just yet). :D

So this poster-like illustration is my official tribute to him for the occasion. I didn't cover everything of course, but the most important is there. Just watch out, there's a BIT of blood here and there (hard to spot though since I painted it black). There's some seriously violent deaths in these games, when you think of it...

Sorry for the ugly watermark by the way. I've had people steal some of my artwork before, you would figure this one would be a perfect pick for unscrupulous people wanting to gain easy money in video game shops and Anime conventions. Ugh.

40+ hours in Paint Tool SAI, Adobe Photoshop CS4 + Wacom Cintiq 21UX.

Enjoy! All characters belong to Nintendo. Also check:

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25 Years Of Dying by =TheBourgyman

The suggester said: "A hilarious and yet tragic idea to commemorate the 25th birthday of our most beloved plumber hero. I just couldn't stop laughing at each square. The style of the artist is lovely, not only on this piece but his entire gallery. It's full of humor and a feast for everyone who loves games."

Remember when dying in video games always made you go into a rage and throw a fit? That would be me, and this reminded me of those times! Totally hilarious and a wonderful talent! I think Mario has a world record on the amount of Purple Heart awards received! ( Suggested by mukuro-sama and Featured by WildCharmander )
Well, well, well. What have we here? A clever and creative dedication to Mario's ongoing series of adventures, sports, and, perhaps most notably, unfortunate deaths.

What strikes me as most attractive about this piece is how creative each way of Mario dying is drawn. I also enjoy how you touch upon ways of getting killed in both present and past Mario games, such as in the "Barrel Roll", "Bullied", and "Pushed out of stage" squares.

The variations of Mario's expressions are always a laugh, and your cartoony style boasts them quite well in each box.

All in all, this is a delightful and humourus picture to celebrate both the 25th birthday of our beloved red plumber and have a laugh at all his unfortunate deaths we had to witness in the games throughout the years. I really cannot give this a score less than perfect! Wonderful, wonderful job, Bourgyman! :)
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A creative and innovative look at the many ways Mario has gotten screwed over in his epic game series. Brings back a lot of memories of game play. I've been in most of these far more than once. Super mario has always been an old favorite of mine. There isn't a more glorious Super Mario death that going down in a barrage of falling hammers and flame shots from the original World 8-4 of the first Super Mario series. Well done mate, well done! This is definitely going into my favorites folder. And with that this review is done. Yay.
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This is one of the best ones that you've done, man; I especially like the "Blown Up" reason and the "Cornered" reason.
Flare47892 2 days ago  Student General Artist
question, what does the "gassed" death come from?
TheBourgyman 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Super Mario 64. In one of the cave levels, there's a section where there's some gas at the floor level, and if you stay in it for too long, Mario will lose health. He even coughs once in a while in the idle animation when in the gas.
MrPiggyJelly 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Is that Luigi being eaten by Big Bertha?
Are you averse to anyone printing your artwork?
TheBourgyman Feb 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm averse to anyone printing my artwork and selling it in shops, conventions or other, without my permission.
The-Lost-Hope Jan 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Can someone tell me which game the kidnapped one is from?
TheBourgyman Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yoshi's Island.
The-Lost-Hope Jan 17, 2014  Student General Artist
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