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Spyro Baddies: Year of the Dragon by squeedgemonster Spyro Baddies: Year of the Dragon by squeedgemonster
I've started a fun little side project where I'm "reimagining" my favorite enemies from the PS1 Spyro games. Part homage, part character design practice, lots of fun.

Here's the first batch, all from the third game, Spyro: Year of the Dragon.

Going clockwise, we have the mammoth from Frozen Alters, crystal bear from Crystal Islands, Gator from Spooky Swamp, flying monster from Enchanted Towers, Buzz from Buzz's Dungeon, and the t-rex cowboy from Dino Mines.

You can check out the individual drawings compared to their polygonal predecessors here at my art blog under tagged under #Spyro Baddies.

(Pleaaaase no requests/asking what I'm going to do next. I already have a set list of what I'll be drawing, and I like keeping the posts a surprise.)

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Drawn in Paint Tool SAI
Textures & editing done with CS6
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:icondbkit:
dbkit Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The little mammoth was so cute.

And I remember joking with friends about the dino cowboys. They have such tiny arms, how can they even gun sling?
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Combo89 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I can remember all of their enemies! I miss Spyro! ;A;
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meowshenanigans Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are beautiful!! Loving the color scheme. 
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MarxArtCo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nostalgia level: VERY HIGH.

I remember playing this on my PS1 without a memory card as a kid. Now that I have a memory card, I can finally beat the game (I haven't yet. :P) Since I still have it, maybe I should go back and finish the game already...
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Sparkru-chan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm totally in love with your style, and I'm totally in love with Spyro! Heart Heart Heart 

I remember so well all these guys, absolutely cool! 
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KMLupine Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Freakin' LOVE these!!! :iconretardiloveitplz:
The nostalgia!! XD Your art style suits these character so well!!!!
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Wifunu Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Haha! I love all of them! These look really well done! And also, I simply love your works, I can't wait to see more! ; u ;
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:iconlarayadracomshu:
LarayaDracomshu Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
can you do the other bosses?
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CeruleanBlueLlama Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Zomg thsews are awesome! i love the flying ones in enchanted towers :D
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:iconzalaria:
Zalaria Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Seeing that T-rex just reminds me of the horror of that one Agent 9 mission at Dino Mines... *shudders*
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ArterialBlack716 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Buzz... is just a darker version of the Enchanted Towers creatures. D:

i just realized this now.
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:icongambear1er:
Gambear1er Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
so cool
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:iconwoolfkrazee:
WoolfKrazee Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I want a flying monster from Enchanted Towers as a pet
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:iconxxamemetic-enginebxx:
xXAMemetic-EngineBXx Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student General Artist
My favorite is the dinosaur ones. :3
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:iconmetalbellion:
Metalbellion Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
The Dinosaurs with guns were my favorite, and surprisingly they are still a decently hard enemy for me even today.
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:iconmanlexi:
Manlexi Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
my fav game!
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:iconom-nom-nomnivore:
Om-nom-nomnivore Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
the ones on the bottom are my favorites :)
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:iconperfectlydisastrous:
PerfectlyDisastrous Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely amazing! This game is still one of my all time favourites to this day. So much fun. And your style really captures the fun atmosphere of the games well. :love:
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FrostyVixen92252 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i love that game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<3
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:iconfebcupcake:
Febcupcake Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha :lol:, I remember ALL of these Guys! :XD: I :heart: the Bright Colors in this Bro, :+fav:
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:iconskoryx:
Skoryx Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So much nostalgia. :iconcryforeverplz: Beautiful style
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:iconcordath:
Cordath Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh this is cool!! It makes me want to play the 3rd game again. To bad I destroyed it out of desperation...
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:iconantilogist:
Antilogist Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice! As a child I never saw these guys as the crude polgonal figures that they were, I'd say this is more like how I saw them... These are such lovely renditions...
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CareDuck Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the classic Spyro villains, they were frightening but colorful.
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Clojo-733 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
Aww! I remember all of them!!! You drew them amazingly, too. Well done! :la:
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BasiliskComics Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome designs! I particularly like your take on Buzz and the flying monster-thing from Enchanted Towers.
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:icontheartslave:
theartslave Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh my gosh these guys. XD I love this game!!! Great job with the designs :)
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SpyroGirl101 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Love the cowboy dinos. ^^
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:iconatomiccatz:
atomiccatz Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I always loved how cute, quirky, and hilarious all the monster designs were in Spyro games. I especially liked the giant, flying, big-mouthed, dragons. I had such a riot with them when i would hit them and they would spiral backwards in an impossible pose. XD
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renard-fangirl Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AW I REMEMBER THESE DUDES!
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:iconladuma:
Laduma Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
insanely rad...recognized these guys instantly XD
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:iconklarkkentthe3rd:
KlarkKentThe3rd Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Nais.
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:iconpinctraeth:
pinctraeth Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I can remember them all.
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:iconarbitrarythinker:
Arbitrarythinker Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, I remember these maniacs...

Very well done Sir!
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Darklephise Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Awesome! Nice Job :3!
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:icondakemae:
dakemae Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
This is awesome. Spyro was my first playstation game, and I still have my originals to this day.
I'm so gonna play them now when I get home.
Looking forward to more of these
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Darkbullfrog Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww you included ALL my faves in this pic~! Love the style as well.
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:icongreenpandaz52:
GreenpandaZ52 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
DAT COWBOY! :nod:
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:iconthebloodink:
TheBloodInk Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the style you did them in!
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:iconso--l:
So--l Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
genius. brings back so many memories, especially the scary dinosaur cowboys xD
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Rosewolf67 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
This was one of my favorite games to play as a kid. I kind of wish I could, even if it's just for a moment, relive that awesome time in my youth, but unfortunately I tried it on our old Playstation and it won't even let me get past the title screen. Anyways, aside from that I think this is a wonderful piece. :D
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Reygerz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i miss the old spyro, my playstation is packed up and I cant find the game itself ;n;
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:iconbandicooty:
Bandicooty Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
You are brave, dragon
Much braver than I by far
Here, take this darn egg
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:iconpossumthecat:
PossumTheCat Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I love you. You're my favorite.
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Onatu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh man I love this restyling of old enemies, it makes me think of what they should look like if these games were ever remade to modern standards.

Buzz looks great, you even kept his little beard going there. The Dino Cowboy really wins me over, as that was perhaps one of my most loved levels of the game. Fantastic job overall!
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:iconangelsock:
AngelSock Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember this game. ;u;

Lovely drawings~
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:iconblackyspyro:
BlackySpyro Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! I love the style :D Nice thing to put those sketches in the back ;)
Now I really want to play Year of the Dragon again ;P
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TheQueenMox Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god I remember Buzz, awesome rendition of him! He has to be one of my favourite Spyro bosses. :3
And that croc is love. ;w;
Can't wait to see more!! :D
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:iconbeezah:
beeZah Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is that...

GATOR?!

I feel so old now.
:iconlazycryplz:
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Mirror-Kat Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhhh my god you just smacked me in the face with one of the largest cases of nostalgia i have ever had
i think i need to do some spyro fanart D;

hehehe the frozen mammoth is so cute
i really liked getting them with the magnifying glass laser <3 they made such cute funny noises and then popped and just- it killed me with laughter every time
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