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

Hey all, here’s the surprise I was referring to earlier!  This one goes out to all of you who have been following for me for the entirety of the project. 

Of course, you new followers get to reap this reward too!  I’ve detailed every single work I’ve put out (I hope you guys read those write ups! lol) but this time, you get to watch me work.  Mew took a little under 12 hours, not counting research of Pokemon lore and stained glass windows.  

Now, you get to see all of that come to life in 5 minutes.  Report back and lemme know what you think, or comment on the video!  

Enjoy guys!  Have a nice evening!

-Bonny

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Thank you x 1,000,000

Thank you guys, thank you thank you thank you so much!  

Hello to the 300+ followers I’ve seen join the ranks coming from I’d assume was the post made by the AVClub for which I am truly grateful!

Anyway, I know I haven’t made a farewell post to send off the Pokemon One a Day series (and I will tomorrow) but I wanted to simply say thank you to those who sent PMs and commented via reblogs and the like.  I have read through everything so please do not think I have not seen them; I have gone through your kind words and compliments and am invigorated by your good vibes.

Even after all these months Tumblr is a mystery to me and I wish there was an easier way to communicate with all of you who have taken the time to congratulate and enjoy my work.  

Your kind words are truly inspiration and gift enough from what was a long and arduous journey with its ups and downs.  I have a special gift for you guys that I’ll release later into the evening, as part of the send off for the series.  Those of you who follow me on YouTube might have already seen it, though!

Regardless, again, I don’t think I can say it enough times (and you’d better not get sick of me saying it) but thank you all so very much.  

-Bonny

P.S.  As part of the farewell post for the series tomorrow, I wanted to take this time to let you guys know that you can leave me questions you want answered about the series.  That way, I can answer everything in one big post and you can go through all the queries and get your enlightenment.  I will also answer questions that I’ve been repeatedly getting such as “Are there prints available” and “Are you a boy or a girl?”.  Stop asking Professor Oak, it’s annoying.  

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SERIES FINALE!  Pokemon One a Day : Mew

I have so much to say but there’s no time left in the day- I have to submit now and seal the deal - 

151 days, straight. 

THANK YOU.  Truly from the bottom of my heart.  

More tomorrow to properly send this series off.  

Good night!

With all my love,

Bonny
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New Species Pokemon

Psychic Type

So…where to begin?  With Mew, I knew I had to go out with a bang.  Mewtwo being one of my favorites and Mew as the series finale meant I went through hell of a weekend, and then some.   With Dragonite, Mewtwo, and Mew, all three heavy hitters and favorites waiting to be unleashed, I wasted no time and made sure I wouldn’t lose out my 152 streak of consecutive illustrations  due to over ambition.

Even still, releasing Mewtwo and Mew came down to the wire, both being posted within minutes to 12.  I couldn’t imagine of losing the streak after getting so far…I don’t think I could forgive myself if that happened - but my ambition was met by determination and now I stand atop the mountain and look back at everything I’ve created with pride.

For Mew, I had envisioned the concept of a stained glass window for longest time.  It felt fitting from the first conception of thought, and I I never budged from the concept nor did I ever  think of anything else to do as an illustration.  In the end, it was just the scope of the vision that had expanded.  As you may recall, Snorlax was given a lot of love and attention for a number of reasons.  He’s a personal favorite and it also gave me a chance to incorporate several other Pokemon from other generations into the mix.  I saw that I could do the same with the platform that is Mew, except round out the legendaries for one final hurrah.

Now, the first thing I must absolutely address is why so and so legendary didn’t make the final illustration.  Others barked their anger while more rational, civil people asked like normal human beings.  The reasoning as to who made the cut is simple - the story I am telling here revolves around Mew first and foremost, and the legendaries here fit the bigger picture.  The legendaries that didn’t make it would also not have fit literally, into the actual frame and vancas of the work.  I already took liberty with the size of the work by cutting into the border that frames every work of the series.  

So that said, let’s take a look at this mural of sorts.  Everything was created and placed in specific key locations with reasoning  to help tell the story but also simply be aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  You wouldn’t believe how long it took to simply get the placement of everything down - Of the 12 hours I spent on this piece, I’d assume that more than half of that went into organizing, and arranging, then re-arranging all the pieces over and over again.  I looked for ways to showcase the best level of symmetry as well as give the selected players appropriate amount of space to thrive.  

Of course, all of this had to be second to Mew.  Even you, Arceus!  

Back in the day, and obviously still to this day, painters use a lot of symbolism and arrangement of objects as well as depiction of entities with attention to their size on canvas to give importance to their subjects.  All of that can be seen here.  Mew as the focal point is dead center of the work.  .  Surrounding Mew is Arceus’ ring, whose round shape zeroes in on the Pokemon of the Day, as well as the spokes of the wheel.  Mew is flanked by the gods above, the deities to his sides, and is being supported by the mover of continents.  

One of the reasons why I waited a day to post this write up was to give you all a chance to interpret the work for yourselves.  With the means of expression of Mew being a stained glass window, did you feel there was a religious significance to the work?  What story do you see?  

Allow me to break down how I created this layout, one by one, starting with Mew:

Mew:

I tried a number of poses before settling on this one.  When we think of Mew, we may think of his bubble that he floats around in sort of like a vehicle.  Many have speculated that Mew, who is usually bundled around in the fetal position, resembles an actual fetus in ways.  In that way, I see the bubble as sort ofa womb, such as a belly that rounds out expands to house the life inside of it.  Mew’s tail can also be seen as sort of an umbilical cord which further solidifies that thought.   

Thus, Mew in the center of Arceus’ ring (womb) is the child born by the God of all Pokemon/Universe to be the life giving ancestor to future species and generations.   Mew’s designation in the Dex is the “New Species” pokemon but its ability to use any move and blood is indicative of it’s ancient origins.  Before we had Arceus, the closest thing we had to the “first” Pokemon is Mew, and this piece pays homage to that with nods to the modern/current lore of the games.

Arceus: 

 When it comes to stained glass windows, we think of religious artwork.  When Arceus was thrown into the mix, subconciously the whole concept of presenting the godliest of all legendaries was the focus.  Thus, maybe potential legendaries were thrown aside.  Arceus, the creator, begins this entire mural based on the theme of creation.  I should note that there isn’t some sort of religious connection to any real world beliefs.  There will be comparisons for sure, but that’s just how coincidences work.  As Arceus is the forerunner of the mural and the lore, he takes the highest spot of the mural, and is given a bubble larger than any others, almost like a halo of sorts.  The triangle behind him OBVIOUSLY connects him to the illuminati.  

I’m kidding.  The triangle connects the three together.  The pure black of the triangle symbolizes that Arceus came from nothing, when the world was empty and black.  

Dialga and Palkia:

Flanking him is the deities he created and designated to control time and space, Dialga and Palkia.  Notice their “bubble” is smaller than Arceus’s but bigger than anyone elses - again, the small details all come together and are important in telling this story and being true to the lore.  As created by Arceus, these two deities,are connected to Arceus’ spokes from the ring in the middle so the visual connection is made right there.  They share the same starry sky as their creator and of Mew to show their abilities to be godlike in comparison to anyone else in the mural.  Again, this is why legendaries like Ho-oh and Lugia, who were actually in earlier drafts, were cut.  

They are certainly awesome legendaries whom we adore and admire, but the level of legendary here is STUPID high, god-like levels.  

Giratina:

Designated the Renegade Pokemon, Giratina can be seen as the “devil” in the Pokemon world.  Again, this is coincidence (or maybe not…haha), but Giratina, one of the original trio created by Arceus was cast away to his own realm, the Distortion world, for being too “violent”.  This story is similar to that of Lucifer, one of God’s angels who was cast from heaven into his own realm, Hell.  And again, Giratina is the RENEGADE pokemon.  I depicted Giratina in his origin forme as the creature is residing in what I designated the Distortion world as seen by the blue-purple portal like surroundings of his space.  Connected to Giratina are literal chains, which can also be seen mimicking the tentacle like protrusions that come from his back.  In keeping with the symmetry and balance found in the work, Giratina is opposite of Arceus, and figuratively and literally at the bottom of the work, which depicts his less than favorable status.  

Lake Guardians/ Sacred Treasures:  Azelf, Uxie, Mespirit

These three spirit elves are born from Arceus himself and imbue the world’s creatures with knowledge, emotion, and willpower.  I immediately saw them to have a visual connection the Mew - they have large heads with small bodys and long flowy tails.  It’s not described in the games, but personally I believe there is a connection between the three and Mew.  They are all also Psychic types.  Thus, I see Mew as their originator which is why I had them circle the womb and fill in the space of the wheel.  Above Mespirit is a third wheel, with the 151 designation.  

Fans of the One a Day series know that the border that frames the work features the number prominently in the bottom right of the space.  I had to move it for obvious reasons and I thought that spot was the best fit, and also helps balance against the three circles occupied by the elves.

Regigigas:

Keeper of the Regi trio, Regigigas was depicted without his followers as they weren’t needed for this creation story in particular.  Regigigas was enough, and as you could imagine, was positioned in the way of Atlas holding the world up.  In this case, Regigigas, who shares the same visual design as Arceus with the yellow, black, and white, represents the mover of continents.  At his waist you see green, brown-red, and blue.  Green representing sky/wind/air, red/brown representing earth, and blue representing water.  This way, the earth that Regigas has shaped can be seen as part of his interpretation, in a very subtle way.

Reshiram and Zekrom:

Fortunately for the yin-yang duo, Resh and Zek survived the chopping block.  Like Hooh and Lugia, these two are closely related to their region more than the general world lore.  However, I soon realized they are keepers of a major worldly desire - harmonic balance.  Yin and yang - how two halves fit to make one whole.  This whole piece is formed in symmetry, and Reshiram and Zekrom bring it futher home.  I wanted to incorporate the yin and yang symbols but found it to be a bit difficult/impossible for their bubbles.  Thus, I resorted into filling in one bubble as the opposing dragon’s main color.  Bam!  Yin and Yang symbols Pokemon style!

Now, the heavy hitters:  

Mortality and Weather Trio

Simultaneously, Mew is flanked by two creationist trio of gods.  What?  You thought that it was Kyogre, Groudon and Rayquaza who were the only creationists?  Well, that’s partially true.  In my interpretation of the Mortality trio of Xerneas, Yveltal ,and Zygarde, they are creationists in their own right.  

One side features the physical manifestation of creation, and the other the metaphysical forces of creation.  

With Rayquaza, Groudon and Kyogre, you have creatures born of air, land, and sea, that help created the physical form of the world.

With X, Y, and Z, you have the creatures that releases life into the world, (birth), destruction (death of life), and Order (the circle of life).  This trio when awoken reintroduces to the world mega evolution.  In the basic sense, mega evolution can be seen as a “rebirth” for the Pokemon.  A new type of creation is seen in the self in that regard.

Thus, the two sides are equal in power in my eyes for their respective domain over the physical and metaphysical.  Something to note here is that the bubbles for all three are the same size.  I was extremely cautious and wary to have the three stacked like such because I didn’t want people to think I felt anyone Pokemon was stronger than the other in lore.  So, to combat the fact that one person will end up in the bottom, the bubbles were made the same size but more importantly, they all overlap one another, which means they all share the same space.  

The only acceptable case of power in hierarchy is Zygarde and Rayquaza, who sit atop the other two as the trio masters.  If you notice with their “disciples”, they have halos over their heads which further glorify their power in the lore.  

Speaking of which the color of the halos, and the bubbles in general are all yellow, in homage to the center Arceus ring.  Yellow also fits as the specific shade/hue is similar to gold, which we relate to royalty.  

"Tiny Legendaries"

Filling out the bottom two columns are what I like to call the teeny legendaries.  I would have placed these within the ring of Arceus but it would’ve gotten too crowded, the elves were already there, and that they didn’t have a connection to Arceus per se.  The inclusion of the Tiny Legendaries is simply paying homage where it is due.  Mew started a trend for every generation in that a smaller, cutesy type of legendary with a similar body type to it would be introduced.  The Pokemon seen below are those who follow in the footsteps.  With the exception of Manaphy, not only do they all have similar body types and cute nature/design, they are all part psychics, like Mew.  They are placed in the second to last bottom row as they are the least powerful set of legendaries in the mural.  Although Giratina is weaker, because the mural acts as a scale of sorts, putting the tiny legendaries on the same row would create too much of an open space underneath Kyogre and Xerneas, as well as haveing them in the same row as Giratina would depict a negative connotation that they do not carry.  

The work as a whole was treated with a lot of love and care, and plenty of detail that required a lot of patience and attention.  Everything came along nicely after the blueprint was set and the final act was to use a highlight tool to give the appearance of the windows shining light for the creatures involved.  Obviously, Mew was given the most light which helped in such an amazing dramatic fashion I felt I got lucky with.  

And that friends, was how this stained glass window mural was born, and how I locked up illustration number 152, sealing the deal on a combo consecutive streak on May 08, 2014.  

Wow, I thought Snorlax’s write up was long.  If you made it this far… you’re a trooper.  Thank you!  Wow, this is going to be the last time I get to say this…but I’ll do it with a smile.  Thank you ladies and gentlemen for tuning into Pokemon One a Day.  It has been my privelege and honor to illustrate this journey with you all.  Thank you for everything!  Good night!

Yours,

Bonny

P.S.  How does it feel not to receive a new illustration following Mew?  I feel like I forgot something haha…But its just relief at this point :)

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Pokemon One a Day: Mewtwo
Genetic Pokemon
Psychic Type
To me, Mewtwo is one of the most important Pokemon of the entire franchise, and one of my all time favorites.  Mewtwo and his status in the first games and animated media represents the darker side of the lore, and to me is one of the staples of the legendary tier.

Mewtwo always gave off an &#8220;Akira&#8221; vibe, right?  Tetsuo and company may have inspired his story and and backdrop.  I find Mewtwo to be so unique in that it is truly one of a kind - His story revolves around ethics and morality, and would be considered an abomination due to his ill conceived creation.  Mewtwo is so perfectly flawed.  

That, and he&#8217;s one of the strongest motherfrackers in the realm of the universe.  Mewtwo and the psychic type relinquish in the fact that they can defeat their foes without brawn or muscle, but with intelligence and their telekinetic gifts.  The awe inspiring power of Mewtwo is the visual I want to present with today&#8217;s illustration.  

With yesterday&#8217;s piece paying homage to the TV series, Mewtwo today is drawn with a nod to its creation as explored in the first film.  I knew I wanted to have a picture of Mewtwo in its &#8220;womb&#8221; as its such an integral part to his character - this is the moment where Mewtwo breaks the chains and curses humanity.  

In this piece, I have brought Mewtwo front and center and used the One a Day frame to my advantage to create a sort of 3D effect; glass and shrapnel are sent flying, and smaller bits like embers and smoke leave the canvas.  Originally, I was planning to have the frame &#8220;break&#8221; along the test tube glass.  This ended up looking a bit off and instead, I opted to focus on creating a detailed and frenzied piece.  

With all the crazy action around Mewtwo, the legendary Pokemon is seen front and center in a very poised manner - such is the nature of the Psychic type.  Mewtwo will exact revenge, just so long as he - wait, is that Giovanni attempting to use a Masterball to catch the genetic Pokemon?

The never fail capture device is split in two immediately.  I always found it silly that Mewtwo and other legendaries could be captured by such an instrument&#8230;I thought to add it in as a message that this Pokemon is simply too strong to be victim to it.  The unnattainable creature destroys the Masterball and will soon empty the facilities of the scientists that created it.  
The split Masterball is brought to the foreground and frames Mewtwo in the center.  The irony here is that Mewtwo is enclosed by it in this 2D visual plane in a way while the Masterball should have captured and contained the creature inside of it by way of traditional lore.  Not this time!  

Because the work has such a sci-fi feel to it, I decided to go with a sort of comic-booky type feel.  Black outlines are used sparingly to help flatten areas amidst detailed ones.  There&#8217;s a lot going on in this work visually and I hope the overwhelming nature of the action is enjoyable to you.   I had a blast working on this piece even if it provided a major headache in figuring things out visually and composition wise.  It&#8217;s largely due to the fact that I simply love this Pokemon and what it brings to the series.  

So there you have it!  Mewtwo is complete, and we have&#8230;dare I say it&#8230;ONLY ONE MORE POKEMON TO GO!  That is insane&#8230;And speaking of which, Mew, which I have been working on over the weekend with Dragonite and Mewtwo, has been driving me insane.  I hope to get it done in time.  In fact, I shall take my leave now to get cracking!  Thanks guys and gals for checking out the one and only Mewtwo.  Love and peace and good night!
Yours,
Bonny
+ Pokemon One a Day is a series illustrated and curated by Bonny John in an effort to represent the the first generation of characters from the world wide phenomenon that is known as Pokemon.  The idea is simple - to draw and share one new Pokemon a day (weekends off!) until every Pokemon from the set is completed.  This project is an exploration of fine art styles for learning and leisurely purposes.  
+Click here to visit my personal website!  It&#8217;ll direct you to my YouTube, FB, Twitter, DeviantART, and Tumblr pages!

Pokemon One a Day: Mewtwo

Genetic Pokemon

Psychic Type

To me, Mewtwo is one of the most important Pokemon of the entire franchise, and one of my all time favorites.  Mewtwo and his status in the first games and animated media represents the darker side of the lore, and to me is one of the staples of the legendary tier.

Mewtwo always gave off an “Akira” vibe, right?  Tetsuo and company may have inspired his story and and backdrop.  I find Mewtwo to be so unique in that it is truly one of a kind - His story revolves around ethics and morality, and would be considered an abomination due to his ill conceived creation.  Mewtwo is so perfectly flawed.  

That, and he’s one of the strongest motherfrackers in the realm of the universe.  Mewtwo and the psychic type relinquish in the fact that they can defeat their foes without brawn or muscle, but with intelligence and their telekinetic gifts.  The awe inspiring power of Mewtwo is the visual I want to present with today’s illustration.  

With yesterday’s piece paying homage to the TV series, Mewtwo today is drawn with a nod to its creation as explored in the first film.  I knew I wanted to have a picture of Mewtwo in its “womb” as its such an integral part to his character - this is the moment where Mewtwo breaks the chains and curses humanity.  

In this piece, I have brought Mewtwo front and center and used the One a Day frame to my advantage to create a sort of 3D effect; glass and shrapnel are sent flying, and smaller bits like embers and smoke leave the canvas.  Originally, I was planning to have the frame “break” along the test tube glass.  This ended up looking a bit off and instead, I opted to focus on creating a detailed and frenzied piece.  

With all the crazy action around Mewtwo, the legendary Pokemon is seen front and center in a very poised manner - such is the nature of the Psychic type.  Mewtwo will exact revenge, just so long as he - wait, is that Giovanni attempting to use a Masterball to catch the genetic Pokemon?

The never fail capture device is split in two immediately.  I always found it silly that Mewtwo and other legendaries could be captured by such an instrument…I thought to add it in as a message that this Pokemon is simply too strong to be victim to it.  The unnattainable creature destroys the Masterball and will soon empty the facilities of the scientists that created it.  

The split Masterball is brought to the foreground and frames Mewtwo in the center.  The irony here is that Mewtwo is enclosed by it in this 2D visual plane in a way while the Masterball should have captured and contained the creature inside of it by way of traditional lore.  Not this time!  

Because the work has such a sci-fi feel to it, I decided to go with a sort of comic-booky type feel.  Black outlines are used sparingly to help flatten areas amidst detailed ones.  There’s a lot going on in this work visually and I hope the overwhelming nature of the action is enjoyable to you.   I had a blast working on this piece even if it provided a major headache in figuring things out visually and composition wise.  It’s largely due to the fact that I simply love this Pokemon and what it brings to the series.  

So there you have it!  Mewtwo is complete, and we have…dare I say it…ONLY ONE MORE POKEMON TO GO!  That is insane…And speaking of which, Mew, which I have been working on over the weekend with Dragonite and Mewtwo, has been driving me insane.  I hope to get it done in time.  In fact, I shall take my leave now to get cracking!  Thanks guys and gals for checking out the one and only Mewtwo.  Love and peace and good night!

Yours,

Bonny

+ Pokemon One a Day is a series illustrated and curated by Bonny John in an effort to represent the the first generation of characters from the world wide phenomenon that is known as Pokemon.  The idea is simple - to draw and share one new Pokemon a day (weekends off!) until every Pokemon from the set is completed.  This project is an exploration of fine art styles for learning and leisurely purposes.  

+Click here to visit my personal website!  It’ll direct you to my YouTube, FB, Twitter, DeviantART, and Tumblr pages!

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Pokemon One a Day: Dragonite
Dragon Pokemon
Dragon Type
So this will officially close out the Kanto Dex of the last family of Pokemon beyond the legendary pairing before the series bows&#8230;Let&#8217;s put the spotlight on Dragonite, on Pokemon One a Day!
Spotlight or lighthouse?  Yes, this is the return of the ginormundous Dragonite from the anime that was never really explained.  Not only was that reveal of Dragonite on the show rather iconic, but it has an extremely special place in my memory - that episode my first foray into the world of Pokemon!  It wasn&#8217;t through cards or the game that would get my 10 year old mind wound up in the phenemonon that was Pokemon, but the show; it was easily the most accessible form to reach it.  
I had been hearing about Pokemon, and how it was all of a sudden this huge thing everyone needed to collect and play and watch and so on.  I remember finding the channel and the show was already playing.  Even in the minutes I watched with no idea of what was happening or who or what was on the screen, I was hooked.  Characters I could relate to, interesting creatures, and that Dragonite - it was huge!  It all blew my mind. 
The Dragonite seen here towers over the lighthouse, standing amidst the ocean from where it may have emerged&#8230;Or was it from the sky?    Is it benevolent?  Or a harbinger of destruction?  So many mysteries!
For the style, I decided to go with something painterly, and the loose strokes reminded me of many concept art I&#8217;ve seen are created for games and environments.  This scene, which I envision personally at night time, is not a fully crafted shot in that a background is missing.  I thought it might be fun to leave it out and instead have a light blue moon and the general coloring of the work tell the story.  I&#8217;m not sure if it worked - so be sure to let me know if it did!
Other than that, the piece was straight forward in execution.  From draft to painting, I kept a diagonal line to follow with the elements of the moon, Dragonite, and the lighthouse - background, middleground, and foreground.  I painted very loose and lax sort of way.  There are tight strokes here and there, such as the stairs going up the cliffside, as well as some of the waves in the ocean and highlights of the moonlight.
So there you have it!  What do you think?  Dragonite and family is closed out!  Two more illustrations to go - insane.  I&#8217;ve been working all weekend and today to get these 3 illustrations to the highest quality.  I hope you feel that today&#8217;s and the following 2 pieces of art are among my best yet.  Thanks guys and see you tomorrow!
Yours,
Bonny
+ Pokemon One a Day is a series illustrated and curated by Bonny John in an effort to represent the the first generation of characters from the world wide phenomenon that is known as Pokemon.  The idea is simple - to draw and share one new Pokemon a day (weekends off!) until every Pokemon from the set is completed.  This project is an exploration of fine art styles for learning and leisurely purposes.  
+Click here to visit my personal website!  It&#8217;ll direct you to my YouTube, FB, Twitter, DeviantART, and Tumblr pages!

Pokemon One a Day: Dragonite

Dragon Pokemon

Dragon Type

So this will officially close out the Kanto Dex of the last family of Pokemon beyond the legendary pairing before the series bows…Let’s put the spotlight on Dragonite, on Pokemon One a Day!

Spotlight or lighthouse?  Yes, this is the return of the ginormundous Dragonite from the anime that was never really explained.  Not only was that reveal of Dragonite on the show rather iconic, but it has an extremely special place in my memory - that episode my first foray into the world of Pokemon!  

It wasn’t through cards or the game that would get my 10 year old mind wound up in the phenemonon that was Pokemon, but the show; it was easily the most accessible form to reach it.  

I had been hearing about Pokemon, and how it was all of a sudden this huge thing everyone needed to collect and play and watch and so on.  I remember finding the channel and the show was already playing.  Even in the minutes I watched with no idea of what was happening or who or what was on the screen, I was hooked.  Characters I could relate to, interesting creatures, and that Dragonite - it was huge!  It all blew my mind. 

The Dragonite seen here towers over the lighthouse, standing amidst the ocean from where it may have emerged…Or was it from the sky?    Is it benevolent?  Or a harbinger of destruction?  So many mysteries!

For the style, I decided to go with something painterly, and the loose strokes reminded me of many concept art I’ve seen are created for games and environments.  This scene, which I envision personally at night time, is not a fully crafted shot in that a background is missing.  I thought it might be fun to leave it out and instead have a light blue moon and the general coloring of the work tell the story.  I’m not sure if it worked - so be sure to let me know if it did!

Other than that, the piece was straight forward in execution.  From draft to painting, I kept a diagonal line to follow with the elements of the moon, Dragonite, and the lighthouse - background, middleground, and foreground.  I painted very loose and lax sort of way.  There are tight strokes here and there, such as the stairs going up the cliffside, as well as some of the waves in the ocean and highlights of the moonlight.

So there you have it!  What do you think?  Dragonite and family is closed out!  Two more illustrations to go - insane.  I’ve been working all weekend and today to get these 3 illustrations to the highest quality.  I hope you feel that today’s and the following 2 pieces of art are among my best yet.  Thanks guys and see you tomorrow!

Yours,

Bonny

+ Pokemon One a Day is a series illustrated and curated by Bonny John in an effort to represent the the first generation of characters from the world wide phenomenon that is known as Pokemon.  The idea is simple - to draw and share one new Pokemon a day (weekends off!) until every Pokemon from the set is completed.  This project is an exploration of fine art styles for learning and leisurely purposes.  

+Click here to visit my personal website!  It’ll direct you to my YouTube, FB, Twitter, DeviantART, and Tumblr pages!

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Pokemon One a Day: Dragonair

Dragon Pokemon

Dragon Type

Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s short and sweet and all around silly presentation of Dratini!  Today on Pokemon day, I have concocted an illustration of the ever graceful Dragonair in most detailed fashion in high contrast to its predecessor!  In this interpretation, we have some sort of decorative trinket that we should waste no time investigating…Let’s begin!

Dragonair has always exuded beauty, charm, grace, and serenity. It is a creature that turns the baby fat of Dratini into something exuberant in a form that is slender and flowing.  It is also a dragon, a typing that is only explored at the end of the dex of this Kanto generation of Pokemon.  With these thoughts in mind, I planned for a way present Dragonair in a manner both elegant and powerful in its aesthetic appeal.  

One of my favorite go-to directions for this series has been creating works of art that seemingly exist and come out of the fictional Pokemon world and lore I am working from.  I take that route once more here for Dragonair - this work was created as if it were a trinket or relic of an older culture of the world that might be found in the museum or a family heirloom of sorts.  

It can be whatever you want in your mind - a chakram, jewelry, a ring, a bracelet, earrings, whatever!  I personally see it as some sort of disc weapon that is mounted on a wall.  Nothing large, perhaps the size of a dinner plate.  

With Dragonair being a creature closely related to the weather, could people of yesteryear pray or channel their wishes for rain to this decorative idol of sorts?  It was thoughts like this that had me excited on working on the piece.  The actual origin of this work can be traced to Ouroboros, (my FMA fanboys and fangirls may have an idea of what it is) and rather than making Dragonair eat its own tail, I decided to keep the circular appearance that depicts snakes or dragons be a base to extend the groundwork into something I could call my own.  

I treated the edges almost like a weapon, having them appear metallic and blade like, akin to Xena’s weapon in that TV show back in the day haha.  The blue body is long and slender like that of Dragonair, and the sharpness of it all is homage to its powerful dragon type lineage.  In between the circular shaping, which took quite a lot of revisions to get down, I found ways to incorporate the rest of the features of the pokemon - jewels in set for the orbs, the winged headpiece, and the horn.  All of it is treated stylistically to mesh into one whole continuous piece.  

I would have the head and the tail extend out evenly to create a balance to the spiraling shape, which I hope you will appreciate.

When things looked to simple, I ended up adding detailing the blue body that sort of pays homage to Tolkien’s the One Ring. I kept the markings simple and followed a basic pattern to keep the flow steady.  This work took a while but It was totally worth it.  It was fun and had a long gestation period - It felt like I was going nowhere for a while in the middle but I’d figure everything out soon enough and have come to enjoy this work as a finished product.

So that’ll wrap up today’s illustration!  Can you believe we’re nearly at the end of this run? This week was the last full week of illustrations!   I’m going to OD on the drafts for the work that’s due for next week over this weekend because I have something big planned to go out with a bang next Wednesday for Mew.  I usually rest up on the weekends but I need time on my side and I’ll have to start preparations as early as tomorrow morning.  I’m hyped to work on it so I don’t really mind…But Dragonite, Mewtwo, and Mew to close it off?  That’s an epic line up and a bit intimidating…But it makes it all the more exciting for me.  

Ladies and gents, thanks as always for your time!  I’ll see you Monday; have an awesome weekend, you hear?!  Love and peace!

Yours,

Bonny

+ Pokemon One a Day is a series illustrated and curated by Bonny John in an effort to represent the the first generation of characters from the world wide phenomenon that is known as Pokemon.  The idea is simple - to draw and share one new Pokemon a day (weekends off!) until every Pokemon from the set is completed.  This project is an exploration of fine art styles for learning and leisurely purposes.  

+Click here to visit my personal website!  It’ll direct you to my YouTube, FB, Twitter, DeviantART, and Tumblr pages!

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