This was probably the most straightforward idea of the series, not so much a redesign, but a very realistic portrait of Bowser. I wanted to capture a sort of brutish and weathered look, with the idea that he's been around for a while and has the scars to prove it. I didn't want him to look like some kind of lizard or dinosaur, because Bowser's features almost look canine to me. I used that as inspiration as well as some pictures of Chinese dragons for a reference, as I wanted his face to look kind of like the cross between a tiger and a bulldog, with bits of iguana thrown in there.