Chun-Li prepares to kick ass and take names in a stunning piece of Street Fighter fan art.
A new piece of stunning fan art brings Street Fighter‘s first playable female character, Chun-Li, to life in striking detail.
The image, which was uploaded on Instagram by artist denglei_art, features a somber aesthetic and sees the expert martial artist and Interpol officer preparing for battle. Known for her educated feet, Chun-Li is seen putting on her white boots. While she is in her classic blue and gold outfit and has her spiked bracelet, her hair is notably down, as opposed to up in her iconic buns.
Chun-Li first appeared in 1991’s Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. Since then, she has become one of the franchise’s most popular and recognizable characters, featuring prominently in tie-in media like the anime series, comic book productions and the two live-action feature films. In Steven E. de Souza’s 1994 movie, Chun-Li was played by Ming-Na Wen and in 2009’s Street Fighter: The Legende of Chun-Li, she was played by Kristin Kreuk (Smallville, Chuck).
Since her introduction, Chun-Li has received a wealth of positive reception from both fans and critics, and she is largely considered a trailblazing female character in the gaming industry alongside other icons like Lara Croft and Samus Aran. She has inspired the creation of many other characters in fighting games like Sonya Blade, Kitana and Mileena from Mortal Kombat, Lei Fang from Dead or Alive, Ling Xiaoyu from Tekken, Liu Feilin from Fighter’s History, Pai Chan from Virtua Fighter and Sekka from Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls.
denglei_art’s picture isn’t the only recent example of impressive fanmade content for Street Fighter. Cosplayer Kevinhy created an almost perfect version of Street Fighter‘s Spanish Ninja. The outfit includes many aspects of Vega’s in-game design like his claw, golden bracelets, bright blonde hair, expressionless mask, red sash, white matador leggings and brown loafers, with the only missing detail being his purple snake tattoo. According to Kevinhy, “I haven’t been able to draw it on myself very well, and I didn’t have anyone to help me with it.”
Street Fighter fans have more to be excited about than just stunning works of fan-made content. Late last year, Street Fighter V released its 45th and final playable character, Luke Sullivan. He is a mixed-martial artist that specializes in traditional striking attacks and energy blasts, and he has a complicated history Guile. Reportedly, the character teases the future of Capcom’s classic fighting game, even though Street Fighter VI has yet to be formally announced.
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