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Saikyo Blog details the creation of Elena's Ultra Street Fighter 4 artwork in a step-by-step process, images inside

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • August 16, 2013 at 9:15 a.m. PDT
Over at the Saikyo Blog, Street Fighter 4 series producer Tomoaki Ayano has released images of a step-by-step process for creating Elena's Ultra Street Fighter 4 artwork.

In his explanation, he says that they started off with 3 sketches, from which to decide Elena's pose for the artwork. These three sketches are labeled A, B and C, and can all be found below.

Hit the jump to check out the background progress after they decided which background to use.


Click images for larger versions

While it does feel like the detail got added awfully quickly there at the end, it's always interesting to see the process behind choices like this. With Elena's artwork detailed for us, is there another character you'd like to see get similar treatment next? I vote Rolento.

Comments

Akua said on August 16, 2013 at 9:17 a.m.

I liked C pose the best

#1
zUkUu said on August 16, 2013 at 9:20 a.m.

@1
Agreed

#2
Topaz said on August 16, 2013 at 9:20 a.m.

B would've been better. More authentic capoeira style, less fanservice buttshot.

#3
DevilMaySpy said on August 16, 2013 at 9:24 a.m.

Step 1: Open SF X T.TXT
Step 2: CTRL+F Elena
Step 3: CTRL+A then CTRL+C her data
Step 4: CTRL+V into SF4.TXT
Step 5: Wait for someone to take this post seriously.

#4
ShinAkiraDesu said on August 16, 2013 at 9:32 a.m.

i like letter c as well

#5
Foot_Foot_Dive said on August 16, 2013 at 9:38 a.m.

(This user was banned.)

#6
MALDA_IS_BACK said on August 16, 2013 at 9:43 a.m.

A is the best

#7
Akua said on August 16, 2013 at 9:44 a.m.

@6 Everytime I see her do that pose she falls down... so clumsy..

#8
IareBeStayDrunk said on August 16, 2013 at 9:47 a.m.

i like none of them. I just dont like her tbh

#9
wBENDERw said on August 16, 2013 at 9:48 a.m.

@4 nah

#10
oghaggard said on August 16, 2013 at 9:50 a.m.

@9 No accounting for taste, I suppose.

#11
Oohwakamuu said on August 16, 2013 at 9:51 a.m.

@1

Ditto.

#12
Gurpwnder said on August 16, 2013 at 10:02 a.m.

I prefer B - most neutral

#13
Obanye said on August 16, 2013 at 10:04 a.m.

A fits her personality the best. She likes to show off, usually resulting in her falling over and posing sexily on the ground as she tries to play it off. Hella funny.

#14
Dygengar said on August 16, 2013 at 10:05 a.m.

A is more akin to her art and character I like that the best

#15
General_Bison said on August 16, 2013 at 10:07 a.m.

Step 6: Wait for DevilMaySpy to be funny MVGame

#16
Jaxon76 said on August 16, 2013 at 10:10 a.m.

Character looks fine, the background ruins it.

#17
Necreon said on August 16, 2013 at 10:20 a.m.

Please some DeviantArt maestro make a good quality out of C :(.

#18
Baby_Astaroth said on August 16, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.

@8
She only falls if you press a button in 3's.

#19
Onimaru86 said on August 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

Agreeing with #3

#20
Burnt said on August 16, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.

1 really does suit her best...they chose well

#21
Burnt said on August 16, 2013 at 10:38 a.m.

Hugos poster really looks like crap to me, wish they would have chosen differently there - Id like to see his alts next

#22
Valiantheart said on August 16, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.

@4
Hit the nail on the head there buddy.

#23
RedRapperSux said on August 16, 2013 at 10:47 a.m.

@3

Yeah maybe if she had a bowling ball in her hand.

#24
PowerBeard said on August 16, 2013 at 10:49 a.m.

Her and Dee Jay gonna get it in to a musical beat

#25
Xykes said on August 16, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.

I would have preferred B or C...the one's they DIDN'T choose, lol.

Oh well, I love Elena, so any pose is fine by me...Just as long as we see her more often!

#26
tortastic said on August 16, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.

(This user was banned.)

#27
rakuko said on August 16, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.

C is cool, but most of the poses they pic for SF4 involve movement, since they're using the paintbrush effect to accentuate force and movement.

#28
Jordouche said on August 16, 2013 at 11:19 a.m.

The only original thing for USF4

#29
CptMunta said on August 16, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.

Fun fact, the man behind the A B and C by Mr Twelve who was a regular in the SRK Fan Art Gallery. :)

#30
YourFathersBelt said on August 16, 2013 at 12:11 p.m.

Sketches look nice, but then turns to shat.

#31
Kenshiro said on August 16, 2013 at 12:19 p.m.

I only became a fan of hers when she showed up in SFxT. And it has nothing to do with how she's rendered on paper.

#32
Aluppoj said on August 16, 2013 at 12:23 p.m.

@29

The entire game is original. They created all of it.

What original works have you created jorDOUCHE?

I'll wait.

#33
TheMAMBA said on August 16, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

@4 you don't know what you're talking about. you cannot simply copy and paste a character from one game to another. everything has to be taken into account for proper balance and mechanics. SFxT is a completely different game than SF4. frames, animations, mechanics, moves, etc all have to be worked to fit the style of SF4

#34
xShonuffx said on August 16, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.

@34 Psst, Please read the sign.

http://www.elainabuzzell.com/wp-conte...

#35
VileEighty said on August 16, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

@34
baited

#36
roknin said on August 16, 2013 at 1:34 p.m.

Eh, couple things.

A has the stronger silhouette, and probably allows for more interesting composition/lighting/etc while also showing a bit more personality. Also:

@28 - "C is cool, but most of the poses they pic for SF4 involve movement, since they're using the paintbrush effect to accentuate force and movement."

^^ this as well, if I were to take a guess.

#37
HyperGadoken said on August 16, 2013 at 1:34 p.m.

I hope Ex Mallet Smash can link into Brave Dance. There's a lot more to do than simply copy/past like everyone says. They have to bring back her old color schemes. Give here 2 ultras and 1 super. I can't wait to hear her remixed theme.

#38
Paradonyx said on August 16, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.

@33 Fell for the bait, as always.

#39
RandomSelectMaster said on August 16, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.

I prefer A cause well, a handstand is hard to do enough with two hands and as another mention, the background was not needed.

#40
Bob said on August 16, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.

If they stylized the sketches more, and use them as sprites. Man oh man SF4, would have been perfect. Even the alpha build of SF4, looked better.

#41
Kijui said on August 16, 2013 at 4 p.m.

B is my favorite! Although A catches the personal motif that the official SSF4 pastels seem to capture and C is more Alpha-like, I think B will more than likely be her versus portrait. It also has a SFxT feel to it, and I love the action poses in their official watercolors artwork!

#42
manboy said on August 16, 2013 at 4:22 p.m.

I'm more curious to see the new characters' select screen portraits

#43
rosy said on August 16, 2013 at 6:07 p.m.

just a glance, I choose A cause it matches her personality, the capoera. I think that's why they choose A.
B and C are good too but didn't tell she is a girl with capoera. that's my opinion

#44
sergio_reyes_ said on August 16, 2013 at 11 p.m.

i like the photo b

#45
Farram said on August 17, 2013 at 4:37 a.m.

DevilMaySpy said on August 16, 2013 at 9:24 a.m.

Step 1: Open SF X T.TXT
Step 2: CTRL+F Elena
Step 3: CTRL+A then CTRL+C her data
Step 4: CTRL+V into SF4.TXT
Step 5: Wait for someone to take this post seriously.

its the true !

#46
Blackhoel said on August 17, 2013 at 8:23 a.m.

They're all good sketches, but A says Jambo! more han he others.

#47
learis1 said on August 17, 2013 at 11:24 a.m.

She should be captured in pose during her lynx tail.

#48
cweathe2 said on August 17, 2013 at 11:26 p.m.

African girl with white hair and blue eyes...why?

#49
SladeHokan said on August 18, 2013 at 1:10 p.m.

C although A is close.

#50
Sol_Stitium said on August 18, 2013 at 5:51 p.m.

Elena's design is just bad objectively. It's not elegantly simple, it's boring and uninspired. It's not interesting or unique, it's just a diaper and top with some bangles thrown on because they realized her silhouette was snooze inducing.

Her sprite was one of the worst in 3, and the only reason she wasn't dumped like Twelve, Oro, and others is because (like Ibuki and Makoto) she's a girl character and thus someone's waifu. Mostly the vocal crowd demanding her, because otherwise she has very little to no redeeming qualities from gameplay to design.

#51
goukijones said on August 18, 2013 at 11:39 p.m.

They spent more time on these pics than porting the character.

#52
mrkareemruiz said on September 2, 2013 at 8:50 a.m.

A is the best, also hope they don't make Elena suck. She sucks in SxT please don't make Elena suck in usf4 too!!!

#53


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