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When Gouki gave into the Satsui no Hado, the human element of his being grotesquely morphed into the raging demon he is known as today. With nowhere left to turn, the man transformed by The “Surge of Murderous Intent” found solace in a cavern atop a mountain surrounded by a forest. There, Gouki emerged as Akuma after training with his new found power, going on to master the Shun Goku Satsu …The Raging Demon.
When Akuma and Ryu crossed paths in the moonlit forest below his cave, a battle would take place that would introduce the denizen of hell to his disciple. Akuma, who longed to awaken the Satsui no Hado in Ryu, began his onslaught in hopes of defeating the prodigal son to near death and force a transformation. With Lucario’s help, Ryu’s Hado was maintained by the ability of his partner to keep away any imbalance in his good aura. Ryu soon turned the tide of battle and fought Akuma to near death when all of a sudden, the moon seemingly vanished from the sky . A never ending darkness blinded the warriors in the forest turned arena.
Was this Akuma’s Satsui no Hado reaching new heights? The fighters quickly realized this was beyond any of their control when a ghost like entity began to descend from the air before them. It was an illusion and the being before them was clearly Darkrai, a legendary Pokemon of great power that brought fear to the hearts of those who fell under its nightmare. Ryu and Lucario quickly used the cover of darkness to flee from battle knowing Akuma was injured, and that there was no use to fight any longer.
Akuma slowly stood up, his dangerous ki returning to minimal levels as the illusion of Darkrai faded in response. The demon slowly returned to his cave. As he climbed the mountain, he heard the sound of creatures running uphill, using the cover of night and the trees to conceal themselves. Eyes peered out at him as he entered the makeshift home, and Akuma found a nest of Zorua and Zoroark waiting for him. The creatures crowded around the wary warrior, who had barely any strength to fight them off…Although he soon learned it was unnecessary…
Today, Akuma travels with a devotee – a single Zoroark who views Akuma as a hero that protected his tribe. That night after Akuma’s loss, he was tended back to health over the course of a few weeks by the pack of dark type Pokemon. It turned out that Akuma’s training and unleashing the ki of the Satsui no Hado was a repellant to many predators and enemies to the Zoroark tribes of the forest and mountain. As dark type Pokemon, the Zoroarks became especially fond of the power, and sought to use it themselves.
Although Akuma dismisses the notion of having a partner of sorts, a single Zoroark follows his hero in hopes of acceptance. Akuma, indebted to the tribe for taking care him, allows the creature to follow him as thanks, although he would never admit it. Something else he’d never admit is that he thinks the Zorua are pretty damn cute.
In battle, Akuma’s murderous intent actually FORCES Zoroark’s ability to produce illusions to only create the form of Darkrai – the closest Pokemon that resembles the sheer terror and threatening nature of his aura. Zoroark, who’s strong will to prove himself to his master pries through the dark energy to insert a little bit of himself into the illusion – as seen by the hair of Darkrai. Zoroark would easily die for his master so long as it carried any sort of weight in impressing Akuma.
So there you have it guys! The last of the SF x PKMN series! I hope you guys enjoyed this little mini series!
Day 4 of the Street Fighter x Pokemon Mini-Series!
M. Bison x Mewtwo!
M. Bison, known otherwise as The Dictator, knew his body was failing him. The Psycho Power that ran through his blood granted him insane strength at the cost of his health. When Bison heard that Team Rocket was developing a creature from DNA of legendary origin, he knew he had to investigate…
The creation of a living weapon heralded to be the strongest being on the Earth intrigued the Mighty Bison. He could not only learn the secrets of the sciences being developed at Rocket Labs to combat his own health problems, but also enslave whatever this “Mewtwo” was and have it fight under his banner. Bison personally made his way to Team Rocket HQ, thanks to knowledge obtained from his limitless connections to meet with Giovanni, leader of the Rocket criminal syndicate.
Bison attempted to peacefully negotiate with Giovanni for control of the creature, to which – wait, what? Peaceful negotiations? Just kidding. Bison straight up murdered Giovanni, throwing his lifeless body to the side and made his way to the laboratory where the cloning project was underway. Mewtwo, sensing the impending danger began to break free of his constraints but was rendered immobile by intense psychic pressure.
This was Bison’s Psycho Power at display. Mewtwo, as strong as he was, could not escape the relentless control that crippled his mind and powers. He only felt seething hatred and darkness, and realized that even the disdain he possessed for humans was no where near the disregard Bison had for life. From then on, Mewtwo’s mind came under ownership of Bison, and a struggle for control would ensue throughout the rest of his days.
The dictator quickly established himself the new head of Team Rocket, and used it as yet another front and base of operations for Shadowloo. He immediately forced Rocket Labs to merge with S.I.N, and funded both new and old projects gained from test data that Mewtwo would gather with fights.
Mewtwo to this day fights to break free of the hold. Even when given the Psycho Power Bison employs amplifies his strength, he finds the task daunting and exhausting and ultimately fruitless. The cruel Bison uses his abilities to force Mewtwo from ever looking up at him, reminding him that the two are and will never be equal.
And there you have it! One more illustration down, and one more to go! What do you guys think? Who might be a viable duo to take down these guys? Of course, if you’ve got any critiques, be sure to send em my way. Thanks guys, and enjoy your weekend!
Day 3 of SF x PKMN!
Chun-Li x Dragonair
The day on which Chun Li’s father was murdered was the day that would spark the young martial artist’s transformation into “the strongest woman in the world”.
A decorated member of Interpol, Chun Li came from humble beginnings. Raised in a small fishing village, she studied martial arts under her father and Gen, a family friend. Having barely anything to take with her on her journey to find her father’s killer, she was stopped by her grandfather who had prepared for her a gift.
In his soft old hands sat a shiny Pokeball. She picked it up, and pushed the release button to find a blue serpentine creature looking up at her.
Today, Chun Li and Dragonair are a force to be reckoned with. The quick and agile Chun Li fights as gracefully as her partner appears. Rather than giving commands to her Pokemon, Chun Li and Dragonair fight as an extension of one another. Dragonair slithers and glides through Chun Li’s various forms and styles, and together they execute the Ultra Combo “Spinning Dragon Dance”. The attack is a multi hitting combo that chains many of Chun Li’s iconic specials with the reach and speed of Dragonair’s tail used as a whip and an additional limb to watch out for.
Besides battling, Dragonair is useful in capturing Chun Li’s suspects. With his speed, Dragonair can catch up to running suspects in no time, and in extreme cases, fly to reach them. When caught, Dragonair uses it’s long body to constrict the suspect in lieu of handcuffs.
Design and Concept
Where Ken and Blaziken shared colors and were separated to be positioned horizontally and vertically, I decided to have the double blue subjects sort of blend into one. This further demonstrates the friendship of the two as well as the fighting style of extending one another’s reach as well. Like Blaziken, Dragonair looks bigger than we normally see it but as I’ve done with the others before, I wanted to make sure the sizing ratio was right so I tried to get that length as accurate as possible.
As for the mini background, which was adapted from a photo, I decided to make her stage based at night time rather than the iconic day time scene in a small village. Ryu and Ken already got the nice grassy feel so it’s nice to have a change. This time around, Chun Li is busting baddies in a bustling city. The bit of ground they stand on in the illustration is a a street, as indicated by the road lines. Actually, I’m not sure what’s painted on the ground there….I sorta made it western. D’oh! I’ll have to look it up and fix it later.
So, I guess that about does it! What do you think about this pairing and who did you have Chun Li with paired with before this revelation? Of course, let me know what you think about the art and any critiques you may or may not have! I want to try and sort of accentuate Chun’s face to be more Chinese, as now after this is done I see she sorta looks like Kimberly from Power Rangers…haha.
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?!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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! :)
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…
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:
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,
Hey guys! I’ll have some new work to share with you guys in the coming weeks. Still taking care of personal and health issues/needs.
For now, enjoy this caricature of me if you’ve ever wondered what I look like haha. I hope this looks accurate enough!
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?