The best Tom Nook Animal Crossing fan art that we drew ourselves
You could be conscious that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is out at present.
Though lots of it’s possible you’ll already be exhausting at work in your digital island — perhaps the very best diversion proper now — the Polygon workers is pondering very exhausting about Tom Nook. Whereas his legacy could also be advanced, he’s at present ushering all of us off to abandoned island paradises, so it’s time to pay tribute.
Our thought of tribute: drawing Tom Nook from reminiscence. (In case you forgot, we did this to poor Sonic the Hedgehog final month.)
Who captured our raccoon journey tycoon’s essence the very best? Please tell us after thoughtfully contemplating every artist’s assertion as properly.
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Illustration: Cass Marshall/Polygon
“I felt like I had good readability over Tom Nook’s head and face. I might clearly see his silhouette in my thoughts; I additionally knew he had sort of a chubby, spherical physique. After I received to his legs and arms, I felt my imaginative and prescient fade. I panicked. Does Tom Nook put on footwear? Does he have particular person fingers? I’ve by no means thought-about these questions earlier than. After I consider Tom Nook, I think about his silhouette standing, watching me from a distance, like an cute scarecrow. It’s the form of Tom Nook I do know, not his particulars, due to the authority he holds over us all. Anyhow, that’s a Tim & Eric reference I threw in there.”
Illustration: Chelsea Stark/Polygon
“I assumed it was vital to indicate Tom carrying Tom — as in Tommy Bahama shirts, a favourite of dads in all places. I really feel like Tom is preparing for some excessive Island Time proper now, so I wished to ensure he was dressed for the event.”
Illustration: Nicole Carpenter/Polygon
“I noticed this factor on Twitter about visualizing an apple. This Tom Nook train helped me notice one thing: I can’t actually visualize the apple. Or Tom Nook. I can ‘see’ the shapes and colours, however not particulars. So, uh, that explains my picture of Tom Nook. Nonetheless form of upset that I couldn’t keep in mind it’s a sweater vest and never a sweater.”
Illustration: Matt Patches/Polygon
“Issues I’m assured about however can’t say with 100% authority: Tom Nook is a raccoon. Issues I’m assured about that I can say with 100% authority: The characters in Animal Crossing maintain Issues. Issues I’m not assured about and might’t say with any authority: Tom Nook holds an umbrella in some unspecified time in the future throughout New Horizons.”
Illustration: Chris Plante/Polygon
“Mr. Plante’s artwork might comprise political imagery,” stated one of many editor’s publicists when contacted for touch upon his Nixonian depiction of the Animal Crossing landlord, “however that doesn’t imply his artwork is political. We are able to affirm there’s nothing political about Mr. Plante’s drawing of Tom Nook.”
Illustration: Ross Miller/Polygon
“My authentic sketch had much more element, nevertheless it additionally had Tommy and Timmy pulling a sled with Tom Nook hugging piles of debt, like he was some form of anti-Santa, however once I regarded on the sketch I noticed it felt somewhat too risqué.”
Illustration: Simone de Rochefort/Polygon
So, the massive factor right here that’s going to hang-out me is that I forgot Tom Nook’s little face-mask. I used to be questioning the entire time I used to be drawing why his face regarded so bizarre. And that’s why. I get further factors for keep in mind his lil paws although. Cute.
Somebody instructed me he seems just like the mouse from CatDog.
Illustration: Susana Polo/Polygon
“I started by attempting to recollect the qualities of Tom Nook, as an individual who solely performed Pocket Camp for some time till it received boring. I got here up with these Nook Details: He’s a raccoon. He has a typical Animal Crossing Pillsbury Doughboy physique. He … wears … clothes? I drew the massive triangle of his snout earlier than I remembered that he was not one of many hedgehogs that promote you objects. However I received again on observe across the bitty ears. I really feel fairly assured within the physique silhouette right here, and that he’s no less than carrying common clothes. Then I accessorized and drew some crops as a result of crops are in Animal Crossing.”
Illustration: Patrick Gill/Polygon
“I’m a bit disenchanted i forgot Tom’s Iconic bandit masks. I additionally gave him a mouth, which was flawed of me. I’m sorry. I do really feel like I captured his essence, although. Tom Nook is completely a Two Telephones Man. I’m additionally fairly certain these two smaller Tom Nooks on the island are his children, which makes him a dad, ergo the sandals and socks.”
Illustration: Petrana Radulovic/Polygon
“I forgot how Tom Nook’s nostril labored. Additionally, keep inside.”
Illustration: Ryan Gilliam/Polygon
“Ever since I used to be a baby, I believed Tom Nook to be a villain — the embodiment of greed hidden behind cute eyes. However with New Horizons, I’ve come to understand that Tom Nook not villain, Tom Nook good friend. So what if he needs my cash? He constructed me a rattling home. Maybe it’s rising up and paying payments, or the present local weather of ‘yeah man, take that cash the place you will get it,’ and even the way in which Nook’s sweater suits round his portly body the way in which my sweaters do — however I sympathize with Tom Nook: a misunderstood, if not opportunistic, good friend and group chief. I hope I’ve captured that right here for all of you to see.”
Illustration: Brian Gilbert/Polygon
“I by chance made him too sharp. I’m at all times drawing folks too sharply. I promise I gained’t do it once more.”
Illustration: Julia Lee/Polyogn
“After I shut my eyes, my mind is stuffed with trauma of Tom Nook from the unique Animal Crossing placing me to work, and me attempting to scrape Bells collectively whereas I put on a cone hat I can’t take off.”
Illustration: Santorini Corridor/Polygon
“I anticipated Tom to indicate up at present, since it’s his world now and we’re all simply dwelling in it. I’ve by no means as soon as performed Animal Crossing, and concern it might truly be a cult. Irrespective of. By cultural osmosis, I’ve grasped that Mr. Nook has many spherical elements and is a raccoon. He’s additionally actually into vests, I feel. That, and there’s a telephone now. This pen is leaking in all places.”
Illustration: Karen Han/Polygon
“Everyone knows that Tom Nook, capitalist king, loves cash. And so, how higher to painting Tom Nook than within the footwear of one other cartoon capitalist king, Scrooge McDuck? Put him the place he belongs, put him among the many issues he loves! Cash, cash, cash!”
Illustration: Russ Frustick/Polygon
“Tom Nook loves cash greater than you. He’s additionally rocking a dope Santorini Brown print this time round.”