August 13, 2017
As alluded to in a more recent update, I was looking to have the Bowser statue from Super Mario Run re-created by somebody with much better image editing skills than myself. After unlocking the 8-Bit Bowser statue in Super Mario Run, I remembered that the buildings will temporarily "bounce" and pop out towards the viewer when pressed. It's also possible to zoom in a little bit on the Mushroom Kingdom screen. This gave me the idea that I could theoretically get an even higher quality image of the tough-looking Bowser Statue I really liked from earlier.
The other dependency was having the statue clear of any pesky Toads that get in the way, which seems totally luck-based. After many attempts, I was able to get all these stars in alignment: a zoomed-in screen, a fully-bounced Bowser statue, and the area clear of Toads. It resulted in this screenshot, which should be the highest-quality source image of this statue to date that I know about.
With another chance to re-create this statue from a better image, I asked a friend of mine who's a graphics artist to try his hand at extracting Bowser from the background. My attempt was done manually, pixel-by-pixel, and although my end result wasn't terrible, it was a pretty sharp jagged edge. My friend did a great job at making the edges all smooth and anti-aliased, so the end result looks much more professional. I'm sure you will agree as well:
For those that actually somehow liked my older, noobier version, or wish to compare between old and new, I'll post the links to the old versions, which I'll still keep uploaded:
Bowser statue base, black background (old)
Bowser statue, black background (old)
Bowser statue base, white background (old)
Bowser statue, white background (old)
I still have not seen an official image of this statue anywhere else but in-game, nor have I seen a version of it show up on any Mario website yet. I guess that means that this statue is currently a Bowser Shrine exclusive! Enjoy!
• 2 updated renders added to the Bowser Renders section