SNK’s brilliant animation design shines through with Garou: Mark of the Wolves’s Rock Howard

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SNK has always provided lots of eye candy in its detailed art, though one rarely has the chance to slow down the action to really pay attention to the details. SugarPunch Design Works took the time to appreciate the fine details of the aesthetic that makes up Rock Howard, one of the most popular characters in the series.

Garou: Mark of the Wolves’s Rock, who is the son of the villainous Geese Howard and adopted son of Terry Bogard, has elements from both characters. But he largely succeeds in “carving his own lineage”, as SugarPunch points out. There’s genius simplicity in Rock’s color scheme, which has basically only three colors. His jacket is an important element; it’s finely outlined, and you can always see it moving responsively to whatever way Rock attacks. It’s that blowback, or follow-through, effect that adds to the power of SNK’s animations. There’s also a nice touch of personality in his attacks that not everyone might know about — after performing heavy attacks, Rock flips or fixes his hair.

Check out the video below to appreciate Rock’s old-school, and excellent, animation.

Source: SugarPunch Design Works

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