"You are already dead."
I've had a slight interest in drawing Peach for a fair while but never really had a specific idea to put it towards. It was mostly for the hair, for some reason, though it didn't actually come out as well as I had hoped.
I recently watched a let's play of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars though and it reminded me how much I loved that game back then. I lightly worked that into an idea here, with the Chain Chomp weapon and the Parasol weapon (which I turned into a hidden sword/scabbard). I was going to make the background Bowser's Keep (I even had several reference pictures saved), but SURPRISE! I got lazy and uninterested. All that I have is the sky colour.
I mostly know what I wanted to do with the picture right away (Peach cutting the Chain Chomp), but it took me a while to work out the overall angle and the exact pose for Peach. I originally wanted Peach jump kicking, but it didn't look believable combined with the sword slash. It would've looked awkward, picturing it as a combined motion someone would actually do.
I have to try making my poses make sense motion and scene-wise and not just look cool. So I modified it into more of a leap intending to land with her body weight rather than a controlled kick.
I'm happy overall with how Bowser turned out. I don't have any major complaints or things I wish turned out better.
I wanted to make the spikes on the collars bigger, but then it wouldn't make sense because they'd be jabbing into him.
I didn't originally intend to define his torso with muscle, but...I did it.
I only now noticed that I totally forgot his tail. It could be covered at this angle, but I will say I plain overlooked that he had a tail. I haven't played a Mario game since the SNES days.
I'm not too happy with some things about Peach.
I made her torso too short. She's supposed to be hunched over a bit from swinging the sword, but that doesn't really account for the whole issue and it should still be a little longer. In a lot of official art, I see that her torso is considerably shorter than her legs so mine could sort of work in that regard. But since that wasn't my intention, I'm still going to count it as a mistake.
Not entirely happy with her hair. I don't think it really matches the angle of the rest of her (taking into account her direction and wind).
Also not sure the skirt is moving appropriately with the wind from her jumping. This is the kind of stuff that torments me to no end as I try to make it make sense.
I stupidly drew the chain at a flat perspective even though it shouldn't be and didn't notice until it was too late (sounds about right for me). Not that I know how to draw it at a different perspective anyway, but the fact that I didn't even know earlier to try bugs me.
I also don't know if the shadow it's casting on Bowser makes any sense. I almost overlooked putting that in, then struggled for too long trying to figure out how it should look. I hate dealing with shadows.
...Whoops, wrong seven scars.