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The Many Forms of Ruby the Echidna by dawnbest The Many Forms of Ruby the Echidna by dawnbest
I got a bunch of my old Sonic comics out when I was at my parents' house over Christmas... Got me on a classic Sonic comic kick. I guess that's where this came from.

For those of you who live under a rock, Ruby is my best-known Sonic fan character. I know, I know, as a once and former Sonic "pro" my having a fan character is quite ridiculous. But I love her ever so much, so you can shove it.

On the far left, we have vanilla Rubes - all-out superbitch and pain in Knuckles' side. After that is Hyper Ruby - this is her "true" super form. Then Mecha Ruby - when she has a run-in with a roboticizer, this is what you get. Finally, Chaos Ruby, who would have made an appearance in my New Mettle comic if I'd ever finished it. The idea was to have Ruby use Chaos Emeralds from the "normal" Mobius, which would screw up her transformation, not being from "normal" Mobius and all. Since, in that canon, she can't get back to her dimension, this would probably be her standard super form.

Hey! If you like SONIC, you might just be a SYLVANNA fan - Check out the comic I'm doing with ARCHIE writer-extraordinaire, IAN FLYNN this year, here: [link]
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Krockomodo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You are working with Flynn huh? How did you swing that?
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I paid him. ;)

We've been buds for a hundred years, and long have wanted to do this particular project, actually. :)
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Krockomodo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, I never would have imagined Flynn or Yardley to be the kind of people who work on fan projects with others given that they are professionals employed by a large company. Even if they are paid I figured that they would stick to a contract.
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
...you know I'm a professional too, right? That I worked for Archie years before either of them? ;)

Also, Sylvanna is an original series I came up with about a hundred years ago when Ian and I were both still Sonic fans. He took interest then, and we wanted to work on it together for years. Finally got the chance I guess. :)

Also, when ya gots bills to pay, you do what you're good at to pay 'em. By definition, a professional is someone who makes money doing what they do. :D
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Krockomodo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah. Well that's different then. Sorry for the misconception. So what life in Archie like for you?
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Bolt-the-Wolf-Real Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
This has got to be the coolest echidna oc I've ever seen!
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awwh, why thank you :D
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Robians rule.
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A-hardie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Produced in good old photoshop huh?
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Good AND old :D
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A-hardie Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Me predicts fan arts for you!
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oooooooooo x 2
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A-hardie Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Must say it's nice to see SOMEONE remembers chaos forms
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HanakoFairhall Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
I remember this character of yours, saw her way back on Team Artail ^_^

It's great to see her again ^^
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dawnbest Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thanks, doll!
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HanakoFairhall Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
You're most welcome! ^___^ I'm glad I had the pleasure of seeing her in the early days! (Team Artail) ^^
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Alex-the-Teknian Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I have seen this character of yours Ruby and I have to say, its quite cool seeing her different forms in your actual style today, I have to say, your sonic Fan character is one of my favorites =)
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dawnbest Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you so much :D
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TheIronClown Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
damn i love me some Echidnas, these forms look fantastic
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I do too -- thanks!
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cvetdispersia Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gosh she's so cute. this is one of the best Sonic OCs i ever seen
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well thank you my dear that is quite a compliment :)
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Snowify Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Oh I just adore Ruby.. I have a severe urge to draw her after seeing this. :heart:
I adore all the detail you put into Mecha Ruby, and I love how graceful Hyper Ruby looks.
I love her chest markings too.. really unique. <3
I'm all for fancharacters, they're fun! It's a shame people have to take them so seriously!
But as always, your art has severely inspired me back into drawing. <3 Always adore your art Dawn, keep up the incredible work. :heart:
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awww, thanks so much hon! What a wonderful comment and a nice reminder of the good ol' days. More reminders to come... :3
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KissTheThunder Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I certainly support fancharacters and going story crazy with them in the name of good old fashioned fun ;) I wish I was so assertive as to say 'shove it' to people though v,v

I hope I can understand colors better one day. You seem to know what kind of ambiance to go for and how to apply it depending on what you're drawing >< AUGH I wish my brain would get this stuff faster.

I dig it <3
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaa, why thank you! I always go for drawing my backgrounds first to help me select the color palette of my characters, if that's of any help :)
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KissTheThunder Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow >< I've been doing the exact opposite for years
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehee, it's cool, so was I. The other big thing? Never use straight neutral colors. Always hint at blue or red (or orange!) :)
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pinknikki Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good ol' 1999 days. :3 I first saw her when I was 10, on Teamartail I believe -- or Tripod.com. I forget. ^_^ I remember thinking she was really in the comics and I had a few laying around, so I would try and look for Ruby. Teehee. Good to see some nostalgia. <3
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The good ol' days! Glad you remember her and that's pretty great that you went looking for her in the actual book! I'm very flattered!
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WolfDuelist99 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Cool. Love the art.
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks much!
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WolfDuelist99 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No problem!
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BloodyEye Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
love all her forms.
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you!
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Phoeline Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Always loved this character of yours :) My most favourite Sonic fancharacter ever I think .. since it has design, story and personality.
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well thank you hon. That totally means a lot :D
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talon-serena Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I got the Sonic Comic Encyclopedia for Christmas this year (my friends love to push my nostalgia buttons) and it just got me itching to do old fanart... when, lo, I stumble upon Ruby art. =D So many fond memories of surfing the old 56k internet for your art. Trip down memory lane = complete!
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yes! I need to get a copy of that myself. I remembered those good old days as I created this. Glad I could stir up some good memories for both of us :D
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KABren Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yay Ruby!! :D
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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jaguarcats Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
No words to describe how awesome your stuff is Dawn...cept for what I just said I guess o.o...I'll just click this favorite icon over here!
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well thank you so much!
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mistypine01 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent art, Dawn. Who could forget her? Ruby just looks sooo AWESOME!!!
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awww, thank you! :D
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mistypine01 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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Afgncaap5 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Those poses diniely put me in mind of some classic Knuckles storylines. Thanks! :-)
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Right on :D
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gammarallyson Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Oh this take me back!

Nice to see Ruby again. Hopes she get's to knock Knux upside his head again! ^^;
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dawnbest Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Or kick him in the crotch *nod* XD
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