This weeks featured artist is Tony Schmeding. His love of the ‘Donkey Kong Country’ series has inspired him to create his own character ideas for various different types of Kongs. Each with their own personalities and characteristics. Below you can find just a handful of Tony’s many ideas. Each with info describing the character. If you have any questions or character suggestions for Tony, leave them in the comments section below, enjoy!
KD: Hi Tony, tell our readers a little bit about yourself and your love of Donkey Kong Country.
TS: My name is Tony Schmeding, and I’m an amateur artist. I live in Waterloo IL currently with my father. My DKC interest started in my childhood when my parents managed to buy me Donkey Kong Country 3 after Super Mario Kart for my Super NES as for how old I was, I don’t even know, it was ages ago. One day later my dad showed me a magazine that featured games and the other two of the trilogy were in it. He asked me if I wanted to get them and I said yes! Back then I was excited and probably got them on a whim, but when they arrived it didn’t take long for me to start on them. I had fun with them all back then (sadly I didn’t get to experience DK 64 until more modern times.). I still have them now and all of my SNES games along with the console itself still work. I enjoyed the original Rare trilogy so much that I got the GBA versions as well as the SNES virtual console versions on my Wii U.
KD: What inspired you to create your own DKC characters?
TS: I really have no idea what inspired me to make them. I guess it was because of the original Rare trilogy and the character cast themselves, the way they looked made me want to get started on my own. I know for sure that my characters started out within my mind through my original storyline I had which is being recreated now.
KD: What type of storyline are you planning to incorporate them in?
TS: It’s gonna be a big one with various sagas and some possible side stories as well as some romance and etc.
KD: How many characters in all have you created and which one is your favorite?
TS: So far there’s at least 109 characters known but there’s more to come as my storyline continues through development. I like all of my characters but the ones I like the most are Tony Kong and Laura Kong as they are the primary characters of the storyline I’m working on.
KD: Thanks so much Tony! Where can our readers follow you, or checkout more of your ideas if they’re interested?
TS: On Deviantart my account is in this link http://uploadingpictures-34.deviantart.com. that and facebook are also where I share my creations but on facebook, I’m cautious on those I add. https://www.facebook.com/tschmeding