The Super Mario Alphabet!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a few weeks. Here’s the reason I’ve been away … introducing the Mario Alphabet!

A few weeks ago I was reminded that Lincoln isn’t very good with lower case letters yet … and the thought popped into my head “I wonder if you could find a Mario character for every letter in the alphabet? … because if so, would there be a cooler/more fun way to learn the alphabet?!“.  Sure enough after checking online, I found there were more than enough Mario characters to do it (you could actually do over 5 alphabets and never repeat a character!).  After confirming it was possible I of course could have simple gone to Google images or other places to round up existing artwork and just copied/pasted them all into Photoshop … but then the artwork styles would have been inconsistent and worse the image quality would have been very poor for some of the less famous characters who only have teeny tiny thumbnails on the internet. So I decided to draw them all by hand on my iPad (~2 letters a day, 2 characters per letter). It took way longer than I had planned but it was a blast to do!

Please Note: In case it’s not obvious – I did not freehand draw any of these guys! I only traced and (lovingly) painted each one using whatever images I could find from the net. So I take very little credit for this project. The true brilliance here of course comes from Nintendo. Over the past few decades they have created a staggeringly long list of wonderful characters (each one with a great personality/story).  So here’s to Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto and the cast of talented artists/character designers who have built such an entertaining/creative body of work over the years that has and will continue to entertain kids and adults for years to come.

may or may not do something w/the Zelda franchise once I recover from this – but this year’s Christmas card has to be my next project!

Want to print?

If you print this out you are super awesome. Take a photo of where/how you put it up and post a comment! 🙂

–> Horizontal Version (~80″ x 4.5″)

–> Square Version (~26″ x 19″)

Individual Cards Images

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Reference: Photo set on Flickr

Christmas 2010 Cards Printed!

Last night I finally committed to the card as “final” so my poor Deskjet printer has been printing cards and envelopes all day. I used up the brand new color and black ink cartridges around card print 30 – so I may have to buy more if I realize I don’t have enough (hopefully not!). Now the hardest part is to come… for me to use a pen and actually write words inside each one (oh the horror!). Which reminds me – I think I’ve mentioned in the past, please pardon me if the message in your card seems odd/awkward – after writing a certain # of card messages I start to get writers block (trying to say Merry Christmas differently to each person is quite tricky!).

As usual I will be posting the final image online soon… will post here when that is. That’s all for now.