IF (Illustration Friday) 5/16/14, the topic was Retro. Initially I labored over what to do, and changed my mind several times for this particular topic (as you'll see here). As time was coming to a close, I decided to dust off an old idea that I started but never used to for the first topic of IF that I participated in, Search. Basically I did an illustration of everyone's favorite Italian Plumber Mario. The Initial ideas was that Mario in the original installment of the series (and subsequent sequels), was always looking for Princess Toadstool, but at the end of every level was always told that the "Princess was in another castle". I decided to utilize this scenario for my illustration, but interject a bit of realistic humor. I mean there were 8 levels in the original game, and honestly if I was Mario, Id be pretty irritated if I had fought my way to the end of each level only to realize that the Princess wasn't there (or at least not the one I was looking for). For this topic, I decided to finish the project, and since it is a throwback to the original Mario Brothers game, I figured that classified it as"Retro". The piece is entirely digital, done in Painter, with some manipulations done in Photoshop.