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Mick-LuciferPosted: 07/08/2016 02:17 AMStatus ::
MK Co-Creator John Tobias Draws Raiden

You know him as one of the founding fathers of Mortal Kombat and the creator of the series' most enduring icons. John Tobias has revisited one of his famous creations, sharing an all new drawing of a klassic Raiden!

Raiden first donned his trademark blue in Mortal Kombat II (1993), where Carlos Pesina appeared as the actor digitized for sprites. This remained the iconic look for the character for many years, appearing animated for the 1996 cartoon, and rendered in three-dimensional polygons for the first time in Mortal Kombat 4 (1997). It continues to inspire even his most recent designs.

MK4 was the last game completed before Tobias departed Midway Games. He recently shared a hand painted character sheet from Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm that showed the cartoon versions of Raiden and the other characters [full story].

The Raiden digital drawing, shared via Twitter, is a "semi-recent" piece made using Cintiq: HD Wacom graphic tablet that allows artists to draw directly to the pad with vivid detail.

Need more John Tobias in your diet? You can read his own words in a 2-part interview published in the MK Online Interview Archive! You can also follow @therealsaibot & @MK_Online for more updates!

Got your own art to share? Register to submit your work for feature alongside thousands in the Fan Submission forum and archive! You can also revel in all things retro MK in the 2D Kombat Klassics & 3D Kombat Klassics forums!

blacksaibotPosted: 07/08/2016 04:44 AMStatus ::


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RE: MK Co-Creator John Tobias Draws Raiden

Is this his desperate attempt and cry to get noticed again; as if NRS is going to scoop him up and let him run things?

Maybe he should have drawn this instead and said "D'Vorah who?"


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Mick-LuciferPosted: 07/08/2016 05:48 AMStatus ::


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RE: MK Co-Creator John Tobias Draws Raiden

blacksaibot Wrote:
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Sometimes interesting people who've created interesting things revisit them - even after a long break, and while playing around with new technology. It's unusual for Tobias to do so, so lets just try enjoy it for its charm, and not be bugnuts.

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MacyG88Posted: 07/08/2016 08:18 AMStatus ::


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RE: MK Co-Creator John Tobias Draws Raiden

I got 90's chills looking at this sketch. I always liked Tobias' style.

blacksaibotPosted: 07/08/2016 05:49 PMStatus ::


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RE: MK Co-Creator John Tobias Draws Raiden

That warrants a skull around here? Geez... no wonder the number of visitors has dropped exponentially.

Spider-2099Posted: 07/08/2016 08:12 PMStatus ::


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RE: MK Co-Creator John Tobias Draws Raiden

NOICE! I've always preferred Tobias over Ed personally.

JahLisPosted: 07/09/2016 08:36 AMStatus ::


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RE: MK Co-Creator John Tobias Draws Raiden

now THAT is the Raiden I've been a fan of since childhood, my favourite MK character. not the "god of useless" that they made him in MK9 and MKX. this brings that childish thought again, "oh, what could have been if Tobias hadn't left, the lore could've been so much deeper and more coherent... and just more awesome in general". gonna play some MK2 now:)

MalicePosted: 07/09/2016 11:42 AMStatus ::


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RE: MK Co-Creator John Tobias Draws Raiden

The memory of seeing his design for the first time in MKII is still fresh. Every damn thing about that game was so epic at the time.

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MrMephistophelesPosted: 07/10/2016 01:48 AMStatus ::


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RE: MK Co-Creator John Tobias Draws Raiden

That's pretty awesome! I'd love to see Tobias doing something MK again!

MacyG88Posted: 07/10/2016 07:15 AMStatus ::


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MrMephistopheles Wrote:
That's pretty awesome! I'd love to see Tobias doing something MK again!

Perhaps official character art for the next game?

redmanPosted: 07/10/2016 10:47 AMStatus ::


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That looks fantastic. Like others have said, I would love for Tobias to be back on the team some day, even if he is just a character designer/artist.

FROST4584Posted: 07/13/2016 05:56 PMStatus ::


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redman Wrote:
That looks fantastic. Like others have said, I would love for Tobias to be back on the team some day, even if he is just a character designer/artist.


Amazing work. I miss him as not just as artist, but also the primary storyteller of the series.

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