Also, here’s how the assets and the two illustrations look when put together!
This is the only duo of the mini series with a set with images that lock together. The background being white was too plain after I set everything up so I looked for an artsy fartsy way to add some spice, and I used Google to pull up a nice scenic background that was fitting and edited it to look a bit pixely like a video game background. So to make it clear, I did not paint the background.   
And that about it does it for today! Thanks for tuning into day 2! What do you think about the artwork? Who do you think will win? No bias via type match ups, OK?!
Get ready…Fight!

Also, here’s how the assets and the two illustrations look when put together!

This is the only duo of the mini series with a set with images that lock together. The background being white was too plain after I set everything up so I looked for an artsy fartsy way to add some spice, and I used Google to pull up a nice scenic background that was fitting and edited it to look a bit pixely like a video game background. So to make it clear, I did not paint the background.   

And that about it does it for today! Thanks for tuning into day 2! What do you think about the artwork? Who do you think will win? No bias via type match ups, OK?!

Get ready…Fight!

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Here’s the second illustration for the Street Fighter x Pokemon series!
Ken x Blaziken
When Gouken issued the challenge for Ryu and Ken to adopt a Pokemon disciple, the two fighters and their competitive spirits kicked into high gear. It took quite some time for Ryu to build a relationship with Riolu before he could call him his partner, and it was his understanding that Ken, born into wealth, had purchased his Pokemon rather lazily.
It would be quite some time before Ryu actually learned the truth of how Ken and Blaziken would come to meet and how coin was involved….

Ken could barely contain his excitement to search for a Pokemon partner when Gouken called for the next level of their training. He set out into a nearby village to purchase Pokeballs for the occasion. He soon made acquaintance with a traveling merchant who stopped at the village to peddle a variety of wares, including Pokemon. 
They creatures on his creaky old cart looked withered and defeated, all caged in poor condition…All but for one Torchic, who was jumping around in it’s tiny confinement. It looked like it was trying to escape but barely had any energy to even spew the tiniest of embers. Ken thought to say something, but wondered if it was his place to do so. He wrapped his hands around the metal bars, looking at the creatures whose heads hung low and then caught the eye of the Torchic.”I’ll buy the whole lot of these,” said Ken adamantly.
The merchant looked at the American and complimented his Japanese before challenging his wallet.
"I doubt you could afford them, foreigner"
Ken emptied a sack of an impressive amount of coin into his one palm. The whole conversation turned into a scene where a few of the townsfolk began to watch in anxiousness.
The merchant’s eyes lit up counting the coins and mumbling to himself, adding up the sum in his head.
"Hmm…There’s a lot here…But I’m sure I’d fetch a lot more than this so either you can double it or piss off,"
The merchant swatted away Ken’s hand, scattering the money all over the road.
Ken began heating up, with literal flames beginning to produce around his fist.
"What’ll happen to these creatures?" asked Ken with a somber tone.
"That’s up to the man with the most coin," replied the merchant with a creepy grin.
I know a few of these creatures might make good workers and a fine din-“
A light began to shine from one of the cages – one of the Pokemon began to evolve in sight of Ken’s intentions to save them. Bursting out of the cages quite literally was a newly evolved Combusken. The merchant fell over, holding onto the cart before losing grip and tumbling to the ground. In this motion, the cart tipped over, sending the crates of wood crashing to the floor. Combusken freed the others while Ken looked over the merchant, trapping him underneath his dirty foot.
"Don’t look now, but there goes all your stock," 
Combusken now stood over the merchant, readying up flames in it’s mouth. 
"Hey hey," warned Ken. "That’s not how we do things here. Come with me, and I’ll train you to be as strong as me one day."
A large toothy smile took up Ken’s face as Combusken gave a nod that began the birth of their unbreakable bond.  The two walked away, paying no mind to all the money that lay on the floor. 
And that was how Ken “paid” for his partner.


Blaziken and Ken both love to showboat. Just like how Ryu’s personality and attitude influenced Lucario, Ken created a near clone of himself in his partner. Blaziken has grown up to admire Ken’s brash and aggressive fighting style, and incorporates a lot of flair into his technique. Similarly, Ken learned to channel ki and turn it into flame watching Blaziken, adding it to his now iconic fierce Shoryuken. Because the two are nearly the same height, they are able to lightly spar, unlike Ryu and Lucario. Blaziken’s greatest fear is disappointing Ken.
On paper, Blaziken has the upper hand against Lucario every time. As far as type match up, Blaziken should win every battle between him and his rival. However, this is not the case. The first mistake Blaziken made was to hold back from his fire based martial arts skilled. This greatly upset Lucario who declared such a handicap was an insult. Lucario has learned to withstand the fire based specials and combats it with his own aura techniques as a buffer.
Lucario considers himself to be the better fighter, but greatly respects Blaziken and Ken. Blaziken of course thinks otherwise and will always go out, type advantage and all in anticipation of a great battle. The two are great friends but because of their night and day personalities, Lucario enjoys to train mostly on his own. Part of Lucario would love to learn how to get flashy while the same goes for Blaziken who wishes he had the same level of diligence towards training as Lucario.
—-And there you have it!  Second illustration is complete.  Who might the third duo be!?  Wait and see!  
-Bonny

Here’s the second illustration for the Street Fighter x Pokemon series!

Ken x Blaziken

When Gouken issued the challenge for Ryu and Ken to adopt a Pokemon disciple, the two fighters and their competitive spirits kicked into high gear. It took quite some time for Ryu to build a relationship with Riolu before he could call him his partner, and it was his understanding that Ken, born into wealth, had purchased his Pokemon rather lazily.

It would be quite some time before Ryu actually learned the truth of how Ken and Blaziken would come to meet and how coin was involved….

Ken could barely contain his excitement to search for a Pokemon partner when Gouken called for the next level of their training. He set out into a nearby village to purchase Pokeballs for the occasion. He soon made acquaintance with a traveling merchant who stopped at the village to peddle a variety of wares, including Pokemon. 

They creatures on his creaky old cart looked withered and defeated, all caged in poor condition…All but for one Torchic, who was jumping around in it’s tiny confinement. It looked like it was trying to escape but barely had any energy to even spew the tiniest of embers. Ken thought to say something, but wondered if it was his place to do so. He wrapped his hands around the metal bars, looking at the creatures whose heads hung low and then caught the eye of the Torchic.”I’ll buy the whole lot of these,” said Ken adamantly.

The merchant looked at the American and complimented his Japanese before challenging his wallet.

"I doubt you could afford them, foreigner"

Ken emptied a sack of an impressive amount of coin into his one palm. The whole conversation turned into a scene where a few of the townsfolk began to watch in anxiousness.

The merchant’s eyes lit up counting the coins and mumbling to himself, adding up the sum in his head.

"Hmm…There’s a lot here…But I’m sure I’d fetch a lot more than this so either you can double it or piss off,"

The merchant swatted away Ken’s hand, scattering the money all over the road.

Ken began heating up, with literal flames beginning to produce around his fist.

"What’ll happen to these creatures?" asked Ken with a somber tone.

"That’s up to the man with the most coin," replied the merchant with a creepy grin.

I know a few of these creatures might make good workers and a fine din-“

A light began to shine from one of the cages – one of the Pokemon began to evolve in sight of Ken’s intentions to save them. Bursting out of the cages quite literally was a newly evolved Combusken. The merchant fell over, holding onto the cart before losing grip and tumbling to the ground. In this motion, the cart tipped over, sending the crates of wood crashing to the floor. Combusken freed the others while Ken looked over the merchant, trapping him underneath his dirty foot.

"Don’t look now, but there goes all your stock," 

Combusken now stood over the merchant, readying up flames in it’s mouth. 

"Hey hey," warned Ken. "That’s not how we do things here. Come with me, and I’ll train you to be as strong as me one day."

A large toothy smile took up Ken’s face as Combusken gave a nod that began the birth of their unbreakable bond.  The two walked away, paying no mind to all the money that lay on the floor. 

And that was how Ken “paid” for his partner.

SF x PKMN Day 2! Ken x __________ !

Blaziken and Ken both love to showboat. Just like how Ryu’s personality and attitude influenced Lucario, Ken created a near clone of himself in his partner. Blaziken has grown up to admire Ken’s brash and aggressive fighting style, and incorporates a lot of flair into his technique. Similarly, Ken learned to channel ki and turn it into flame watching Blaziken, adding it to his now iconic fierce Shoryuken. Because the two are nearly the same height, they are able to lightly spar, unlike Ryu and Lucario. Blaziken’s greatest fear is disappointing Ken.

On paper, Blaziken has the upper hand against Lucario every time. As far as type match up, Blaziken should win every battle between him and his rival. However, this is not the case. The first mistake Blaziken made was to hold back from his fire based martial arts skilled. This greatly upset Lucario who declared such a handicap was an insult. Lucario has learned to withstand the fire based specials and combats it with his own aura techniques as a buffer.

Lucario considers himself to be the better fighter, but greatly respects Blaziken and Ken. Blaziken of course thinks otherwise and will always go out, type advantage and all in anticipation of a great battle. The two are great friends but because of their night and day personalities, Lucario enjoys to train mostly on his own. Part of Lucario would love to learn how to get flashy while the same goes for Blaziken who wishes he had the same level of diligence towards training as Lucario.

—-

And there you have it!  Second illustration is complete.  Who might the third duo be!?  Wait and see!  

-Bonny

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Apparently it’s National Dog Day today?!  Well not only do you get new art tonight, but you get to see what I look like if you haven’t  already…Plus my adorable-ass dog Koda who should actually be the focus here!!!  I’m not a selfie kind of person, but I was thinking a lot of you don’t know who or what Bonny John could be, but now you know!  When I start working on those (crudely drawn) comics to help me churn out funny ideas in my head, you can see how far two main characters of Koda and I devolved into such horrible lines.    This was taken a while back, and now we live in a climate opposite of the photo seen in the background.  You’ll have to excuse the gardening gloves that were used in lieu of winter gloves…My cousin thought that was a giant potato chip…ha.  

Apparently it’s National Dog Day today?!  Well not only do you get new art tonight, but you get to see what I look like if you haven’t  already…Plus my adorable-ass dog Koda who should actually be the focus here!!!  I’m not a selfie kind of person, but I was thinking a lot of you don’t know who or what Bonny John could be, but now you know!  When I start working on those (crudely drawn) comics to help me churn out funny ideas in my head, you can see how far two main characters of Koda and I devolved into such horrible lines.    

This was taken a while back, and now we live in a climate opposite of the photo seen in the background.  You’ll have to excuse the gardening gloves that were used in lieu of winter gloves…My cousin thought that was a giant potato chip…ha.  

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The first of this mini series…Ryu x Lucario in a make believe crossover game!

But first…Do you know what day is today?  

It’s the one year anniversary of the day I submitted Bulbasaur to the internet in regards to that one project that I started called Pokemon One a Day! 

Before I give you my (usual, crazy long) write up for the art, I wanted to say thanks to all those who were with me during that journey…Can’t believe it’s over and that it turned out to be as successful as it was.  Insane!  Almost makes me want to do a season 2…

Ahem.  Back to this series!  By the way, this was started last year, before One a Day was a thing.  I sort of fell off of it and I decided to come back to it because I couldn’t just let the art sort of waste away…And with the announcement of Pokken Tournament today (the timing is insane and hilarious) it seems like the best time ever to start it up and share with you guys!

Intro

Lucario has been Ryu’s partner for a long time. The two have bonded to the highest possible level, and to this day follow the same routine in training. Lucario has picked up Ryu’s traits and personality down to the wire except at times he can be overly stern and serious. Other than that, he is calm, reserved and works tirelessly to keep up to his master’s level.

Ryu, Lucario, Ken and his partner have grown greatly since their initial challenge was issued and met. The four constantly spar, in doubles, of course. Ryu and Ken’s intense but friendly rivalry carry onto Lucario and his friend, although Lucario takes even light practice and sparring too seriously. Lucario’s only problem with Ryu is that he doesn’t understand why Ryu doesn’t go all out in the sparring matches with Ken.

Design and Concept

Lucario was the best possible choice for Ryu, in my opinion. I mean, I think it’s an understatement really. Lucario is a Steel/Fighting type, the two very types that embody Ryu to the fullest extent. The fighting type is sort of self-explanatory, but steel represents Ryu’s iron will and and never faltering nature.

Then you’ve got the fact that Lucario uses aura to fight and shoot projectiles…Kinda sounds like Hado and Hadouken, right? And what’s more is they both fire blue energy balls. Cray-cray!

When it came to giving a pose to the two, I had gotten Lucario’s right off the bat and was so very excited to implement it. In case you can’t tell, Lucario is mimicking Ryu’s iconic victory pose where he looks down, eyes closed, arms folded with his bandana blowing in the wind. It was clutch that Lucario has a band across his face and ears that look like the trailing bandana of his master.

Ryu is given a pose that you might expect him to make before any fight – getting prepped and ready to go. The general direction for this mini series is that all the duo portraits are pre-battle positions, like when the announcer is getting you set for the battle…Go for broke…Fight!!!

There’s not much else to say about Ryu – I wanted to make sure he looked Japanese, both in stature and appearance. His brown hair is traded for black, and he’s tanned quite a bit for training outside all the time. I made him shorter than usual as his heritage doesn’t usually churn out tall giant fighters. Because I used SFV character models as reference throughout the series, I suppose you’ll see some influence in the muscle department…For better or for worse for some of you:P

Oh, and lastly, the grass! I originally left it very simple and boring with shadows, but then I thought of spicing it up by paying homage to the older Pokemon games that began to add elements of scenery into the battle. I think it works well here, and grounds the two nicely. I added an outline to further connect the two different franchises and went with something more cartoony I suppose, despite the level of detail in the wrinkles of Ryu’s gi. I think it meshes well – what do you think?

So that’s today’s illustration! Ryu and Lucario are ready to battle! But who could they face!? Gee, I wonder… >. >

Thanks guys for tuning in and reading!  Just note that this series will slowly trickle over time. I know you guys are used to a daily series but I’ve learned to slow down and avoid the stress, so 1-2 day max wait for each new piece, okay?!  Luckily for you and I, a lot of them are nearly done so it’s all about getting in the finishing touches and doing these write ups!

Until next time, peace!

-Bonny

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Forget that 30 day challenge I was thinking about doing before.  I began working on it but kinda got bored.  Maybe I’ll do it one day but I want to instead present to you a mini series that will build off of today’s teaser.It’s pretty obvious what’s to come, isn’t it?  ;PHey, don’t expect a game or anything crazy, okay?!  This is a very low key art series that builds off an idea concept that came to me last year before I did the One a Day series.  I decided I wanted to go back into it and finish it up before I do anything else.  So stay tuned guys!  I haven’t shared art with you guys in a while and I think this will be a fun way for me to get back into working in a schedule and having an audience like you guys will keep me in line.  Please look forward to the series and art tomorrow!  Love and peace!!!-Bonny

Forget that 30 day challenge I was thinking about doing before.  I began working on it but kinda got bored.  Maybe I’ll do it one day but I want to instead present to you a mini series that will build off of today’s teaser.

It’s pretty obvious what’s to come, isn’t it?  ;P

Hey, don’t expect a game or anything crazy, okay?!  This is a very low key art series that builds off an idea concept that came to me last year before I did the One a Day series.  I decided I wanted to go back into it and finish it up before I do anything else.  

So stay tuned guys!  I haven’t shared art with you guys in a while and I think this will be a fun way for me to get back into working in a schedule and having an audience like you guys will keep me in line.  

Please look forward to the series and art tomorrow!  

Love and peace!!!

-Bonny

And here’s the speed painting to show you how I got to that final piece!

As usual, a long ass write up of my thoughts:

Now let’s discuss the artwork!

You might remember that the last episode featured was that of Mew’s, the final Pokemon to be covered in the Pokemon One a Day project. Today, I want to explore artwork created in commemoration of the re-released hit title The Last of Us, which came out two weeks ago in the form of a “remastered” edition for the PS4.

The artwork is a tonally painted piece that sits right on top of a never ending black. I decided to keep the colors simple to create a certain mood for the viewer to feel when looked over. My intention originally was to paint in negatives, having black as a background and using the greens that were so prevalent in the game to act as light to illuminate the features of the characters Joel and Ellie in their portraits.

That direction sort of makes it through in this final piece, albeit not in the original intention. The black of the background seeps into the portraits and adds a sort of mysterious element to it all, filling in the spaces of the messy and gritty strokes. The markings could be categorized as distressed and rebellious, although they come together to do their duty and inform the viewer that there is in fact some order to the grit. Joel more than Ellie is more ravaged in appearance, which is not by accident.

Joel, older and more beaten by the world than Ellie, was painted more loosely and abstractly in the hopes of telling his tale of survival of the years. The wrinkles in his face, the furrowed brows, the silver whiskers between the rest of his beard all combine together to tell the viewer this person has nearly seen it all in the apocalypse. Ellie on the other hand, is painted a lot more “fuller”, with more attention to details and smoothed out planes of her face. I took liberty with her hair and made it more disheveled to fit the visual tone set by Joel.

SPOILERS*** (BUT SERIOUSLY YOU SHOULD HAVE PLAYED THIS BY NOW THO)

Ellie, who is a walking potential cure to the cordycep threat, is painted more in whole due to the fact that her body cannot be broken down by the population’s serial killer.

***END SPOILERS (I MEAN COME ON MAN THERE’S TWO VERSIONS ACROSS TWO PLATFORMS PLAY IT BRUH)

That visual connection ties into her backstory and I hope that comes across well. The challenge with Ellie’s portrayal was of course trying to get her age right. Early in the video, you can see how much time I spend struggling with getting Ellie’s features right to make her appear younger than how I was portraying her. Eventually, she began to look a bit too old, and even crossed the realm into Ellen Paige territory, which is definitely not right.

SeeBonnyDraw: Joel and Ellie of The Last of Us in Speed Painting Form!EXPAND

I finally hit the nail in the head playing with finding a good balance in roundness of her faces silhouette, and by enlarging the features of her face - a more round button nose and larger eyes helped greatly.

Joel on the other hand never gave me too much trouble. I find when I paint characters, I’m especially critical of making sure they don’t end up looking like other characters who may look similar due by my error until fixed. The references of Joel and Ellie come from promotional CGI art. These faces were also used for the limited edition box of the game, which is what I used as reference. Because the shadows were so heavy from those edits for the box, that was what prompted me to paint against black.

Because I decided to have Joel’s face fade into the nothingness, I got a vibe of Big Boss from MGS with the one eye being visible and the other missing, almost like the iconic eye patch of the soldier of fortune. I didn’t give it much thought and just went onwards, shaking off that coincidence and now I can say that certainly looks like the Joel we know and love in the final result.

SeeBonnyDraw: Joel and Ellie of The Last of Us in Speed Painting Form!EXPAND

As for the rest of the work, I decided to add in some lettering for the hell of composition’s sake. Instead of leaving it plain, I decided to have all manner of flora set in and tangled about. I then realized I could have the whole piece connect to one another with that train of though. I added a lot of stray marks that represented vines, leaves, flowers, and even spores to cut into the blackness of the work. I think it works well and keeps the piece from looking too vanilla.

In regards to the video, this is episode 26 in a long line of character featured speed paintings, and the second not to feature any commentary. I skipped commentary for 25, Mew, allowing the music to take over and sort of build into the ending that showcased all of the work I had done for the series. Not only am I able to put out videos faster without commentary and narration, but I’ve become sort of busy so rather than delay the series and episodes any further, I wanted to see how these do with the alteration.

Other than that, the video is shorter than normal since I have a tendency to talk a lot (and write, apparently) which sort of segues to the end of today’s write up. If you’ve made it this far, congrats and thanks for reading! I hope you could enjoy the video and artwork. I’ve got a few more characters up my sleeve for future episodes which can hopefully be a future thing like when I first started up SeeBonnyDraw.

Thanks guys for reading! :)

-Bonny

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Guys…it’s been forever!  Sorry for my lack of posts here.  I got back home from my vacation to NY a while ago, and have since been working on a whole bunch of stuff between my art projects, doctor visits, working out and dieting, and applying to jobs both career wise and to stay afloat.  I’m hoping I get a gig at this supermarket nearby so I can still work on my art and get some money to pay bills.  I have a lot to say and a lot to share, but I’ll do that in a later post.  For now I just want to put out there in the world again.  The latest episode of SeeBonnyDraw dropped a few weeks ago, featuring Joel and Ellie from The Last of Us.  I opted to skip narration and commentary so I could push it out sooner, and see how the audience reacted to the change.  What do you guys think?And sorry for the delay, again.  I have a special teaser image to drop later tonight that will begin a new project starting tomorrow…

Guys…it’s been forever!  

Sorry for my lack of posts here.  I got back home from my vacation to NY a while ago, and have since been working on a whole bunch of stuff between my art projects, doctor visits, working out and dieting, and applying to jobs both career wise and to stay afloat.  I’m hoping I get a gig at this supermarket nearby so I can still work on my art and get some money to pay bills.  

I have a lot to say and a lot to share, but I’ll do that in a later post.  For now I just want to put out there in the world again.  

The latest episode of SeeBonnyDraw dropped a few weeks ago, featuring Joel and Ellie from The Last of Us.  I opted to skip narration and commentary so I could push it out sooner, and see how the audience reacted to the change.  What do you guys think?

And sorry for the delay, again.  I have a special teaser image to drop later tonight that will begin a new project starting tomorrow…

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tiny-troublemaker asked:

Not really a question but I've been going through all your drawings and such and my mind has been BLOWN! *explosions everywhere* Yes, I feel quite inspired (I draw just for funsies) and I think I'll start dedicating more time to art! Mahalos for being awesome at what you do and inspiring others with your work! :)

visual artist bonny john Answer:

Ahhhh thank you so so much for saying that, tiny-troublemaker, (stay out of trouble and behave!  but if it is tiny trouble making to be hand then it might be cute but always clean up the messes you make! ahem)  I really appreciate your comment and will read it whenever I’m down.  I really appreciate the messages sent and they always cheer me up on this path I’m taking towards my dreamszzzzzzzzzzzzzz 

That said, I’m glad you could enjoy my work/art and am elated at hearing that you will start drawing more!  Remember to carry a sketchbook with you wherever you go and always have pens and pencils in your pockets at all times.  Draw from life and draw stuff from your head.  Write stuff in your book like ideas or lyrics or whatever else your brain is pushing out!  

You’ll even meet other artists and make conversation with people who might be interested in seeing what you do with your sketchbook.  Also, don’t rip out any of your pages and save your books when you finish them and buy a new book!

That’s all I have to say for now.  When you become a famous artist I shall hear of you and your gallery from the art section of the New York Times!  Stay up!

Hey all, still on the mend here.  I’ve been working on a few pieces, and here are WIPs for a few of the future episodes of SeeBonnyDraw.  If you haven’t seen any of them and are new to the blog, check some of them at my YouTube channel here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/streamingbonnyjohn

Turns out I have a cervical strain and will need PT for a few weeks.  Still have dental work to do, and I’ll be starting a new diet and exercise regimen.  All this will start after I return from a two week vacation that I’m starting tomorrow.  I’ll be flying back home and just try to relax and get to being my normal self again seeing friends and family.  

I promise I’ll return with more art but for now it’s gonna be about “me” time.  I’m excited!

Thanks for staying up and being cool people.  We’ve almost hit 1500 followers on this little blog.  You guys rule.  

See ya when I get back!  

Love and peace, 

Bonny John

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Oh, and here are some random sketches that I did in between character and world creation.  All of this helped in defining the near completed forms of the characters as I used visual stimulants such as referring to works by my favorite artists which would obviously help bring out my own ideas.

That said, there might be some nsfw stuff in there but not to any crazy degree haha.  In addition, you might find familiar faces scattered in between as well!  Obviously, the main goal was to be doodling and discover shape and form in an effort to translate all the ideas that were bumbling about in my head over the last few weeks.

Btw, I also updated the Tumblr theme/design.  What do you think of it?  I like it a lot except for one thing I noticed that I’m hoping is a bug/glitch on my system - posts that have multiple images presented cannot be zoomed into after the first click to bring up the image from the main page grid.  Does that happen for you guys too?

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Hey all, long time no see!  Please accept my sincere apologies for the lack of updates here.  

I think it’s safe to say that 30 day challenge has been put on hold - as much as I wanted to do it, I think I realized that adhering to a 151 day challenge with Pokemon One a Day was enough for the time being xD

I have been taking care of a lot of my own personal problems in the last month, as well as moving forward and continuing work with diligence on my original property as well as some other stuff in between. 

The silhouettes seen above are from the story and world I have been developing that I hope to one day pitch called Best Club is Best! 

Best Club is Best! has been in the works in this form for the last few months, while the story and precursor projects that evolved into this has been incubating for several years.  

I’m still working on finalizing the visual character designs.  If you remember the Redesigning Super Mario Bros. series, then you’ll recall it was my first foray into anything cartoony in a unified manner.  It taught me a lot and I’ve since done a lot of research and study, as well as practice to help define my own visual taste and energy into the characters and concept.  

One thing I’ve learned is the power of a silhouette - and how we can gauge and develop intrigue through the outline of form.  Thus, I have decided to share with you the first batch of characters I’ve meticulously crafted before they go into one more final round of fine tuning.  

What do you think of just these silhouettes?  Hopefully they look decent enough for you all to feel even slighting interested in this project that has taken over my mind day and night.  

Once again, sorry for the lack of updates!  I’ll be updating here soon with more stuff from Best Club is Best, and also really simple and silly comics from time to time.  

Hope you’re all doing well!

-Bonny

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friednonsense asked:

Being that you're an industry expert, I was hoping if there were any tips or advice you can give to an aspiring Animation Series creator. Any lessons you've learned from working in the industry from so many years. What advice would you give yourself if you were starting out trying to get you're animation picked up by a major network?

visual artist bonny john Answer:

ianjq:

Yeah I have a big piece of advice! Stop “aspiring”!!!!! Your aspirations end now!!!!

YES YOU! DON’T WAIT! START NOW! (passionate rambling incoming…)

The freaking coolest thing about living in the year 20XX is that you don’t have to have anyone’s permission to be an Animated Series creator. Grab a trial copy of Flash, or make flipbooks, or your own GIFs, or make some stop motion with your phone. Just start making whatever you want! Don’t save your good ideas for some big-wig executives or networks. Just do them right now! Don’t be precious with your ideas, just put them out there. 

Content that’s on TV or in movies is not “more official” than stuff you make in your home on your spare time to share with friends on the internet. It’s all the same!!!!! As long as you enjoy it, who cares!! And if other people happen to like it also, then BONUS!! 

The experience you get from trying to make something good on your own is so much more important than any future dream of being a big shot. Upload what you do to the internet and get feedback, show it to as many people as you can and listen to critiques. Learn to do stuff all by yourself, and only for your own pleasure.

From what I’ve seen, the people who end up creating a good animated series are the same people who have been creating their own stories, cartoons, comics and music on their own just for fun long before they ever got the shot at the big-time. Read about how your favorite cartoons are made, and try to do the process on your own. You’ll learn what your strengths are and what you’re interested in exploring.

(If you don’t have the facilities to create animation on your own, make something smaller scale- like a script, a comic, or a storyboard!)

OK THEN HERE’S STEP TWO: once you’ve learned to love your work on your own and figured out what you like to draw and what you’re passionate about, you may get a chance to pitch an idea. And thanks to the work you’ve done, you’ll be READY! Instead of some half-finished ideas, you’ll be able to point to all the amazing stuff you’ve created on your own and say “look, I already know what I like, AND I already know how to do it!” —-that’s WAY more impressive than an undeveloped idea with nothing to show for it. PLUS, the bonus of doing good work on your own is that you’ll attract attention and opportunity! I know so many people working in this industry who were discovered from their own silly personal work that was just randomly found online. 

GET TO IT! DON’T WAIT FOR ANYONE’S PERMISSION TO BE THE CREATOR YOU WANT TO BE! START NOW! YOU HAVE TO START NOW! DON’T YOU MAKE ME COME OVER THERE AND FORCE YOU TO DO IT! YOUR “ASPIRATION DAYS” ARE OVER!

ridiculous-what asked:

Ok, so i just saw one of your redesigning Mario masterpieces and on google images and i just fell in love with your work and take on the mushroom kingdom characters! Keep up the good work and you are an amazing artist! instant follow :D

visual artist bonny john Answer:

Masterpieces!?  You speak too highly of me and my work! xD

It was my first real attempt at redesigning something and trying out a unified cartoon style.  Maybe one day I can revisit and tune it up, but in the mean time…thanks so so much for saying that, and giving me a follow!  

Be sure to check out the rest of my work, you hear!? :D

Hey guys!  Sorry I’m a bit late with updates.  One a Day had me so tightly wound about deadlines and once it came to a halt, I’ve been just so lax with things here.  

Truthfully, it’s because I played the everliving FI*@#$ out of Persona 4 Golden, which I beat this morning.  80 hours.  So freakin good.  I am at that point in which I wonder why I should live anymore since there is no more P4G to ingest.  Such is the nature of an entertaining book, tv series, or in this case, game.  

Anyway, the winner of the two possible short projects is…

THE GENERAL 30 DAY challenge!  Yay!  You guys seemed to want to see something new from me and also give me a break from Pokemon  - how thoughtful! <3

I’m not sure when I’m going to start it, though. I had planned to Monday but I am currently trying to figure out whether or not I’ll be going back to NY at the end of the week.  My bro and sis who I have not seen in half a year has come back to visit, with sis staying and bro leaving, with whom I’d travel back to my place of origin, and visit family and friends and just get refresh my life for a bit.  If I do head out, I’ll delay the start of the 30 Day challenge.  If not…we’ll see when’s the earliest day I’ll put it out.

I attached the 30 day challenge card to this post, btw.  I forgot where I got this, but it was somewhere from Tumblr that I saved.  I might change a few things, such as the last one, which I think is lame. 

That said, I also shared with you here some “life” doodles/sketches/drawings. Most of them range from 30 seconds to 2-3 minutes.  I should label the times like I used to do in my art classes.  

I think I’m going to take 1 hour out of the day from here on out, with 30 min for figure and then 30 min for specifics like hands and feet for practice.  Surely I’ll get better the more I do this, and it’s a nice break to have between working on other stuff.  

I say “life” in quotation marks because I use references from awesome websites that actually change and hold images for seconds and minutes like a lesson.  One such site can be found here:

 http://artists.pixelovely.com/

Check it out!  They seemed to give me more female models so I hope tomorrow I get some male models to draw.  Btw, is this something you guys would like to see every now and then?  

Alright guys, until next time, have a great night!

-Bonny