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Apr 23, 2014 / 24 notes

Pokemon One a Day: Kabutops

Shellfish Pokemon

Rock/Water Type

Talk about a growth spurt.  The once tiny creepy crawly Kabuto emerges into the deadly Kabutops, who we see is not very…umm, how do you say…Kabutops-y, in today’s Pokemon One a Day illustrationillustration!  

Kabuto’s name in Japanese is the word for helmet, as in samurai style gear, which is what we see today.  I was considering the concept for yesterday, but I didn’t see a proper way to get in a nice maedate, or the front crest that is the focal point of the kabuto.  Instead, there was a perfect fit for Kabutops, who’s sickles were made into a stylized maedate.  The design for the helmet was inspired by many different kabutos I mixed and matched through researched.  

I used one image in particular for a reference which I used as a base to add in and take out details I liked.  The color scheme is obviously reminiscent of Kabuto and Kabutops, and the armored plating of the Pokemon translate perfectly for creating a piece of wear that is protective in nature.  This piece is purely decorative and was very fun to create.  

I actually started with a dynamic piece of Kabutops lunging, a pose I was considering for Scyther.  The two, with sickle arms must be related genetically, and I thought for my dex portfolio of illustration, one Pokemon with sickle arms was fine - having the other, and in this case Kabutops, appear in a non Pokemon form can keep the scythes unique to the designs of the creatures that wield them.  

So anyway, I think that wraps it up today!  I don’t have much to say, as the piece is very straight forward and explains everything well.  I think I just needed to give you guys details and insight as to how this Pokemon could be related to samurai helmets and with that said, I’ll leave you to looking at the work.  By the way, it only just dawned on me - you guys are zooming into the works I post, right?  Please tell me you have been, because obviously it’s intended to be seen at full scale and not the compressed forms that are usually presented.  

Thanks guys!  See you tomorrow with a fresh illustration of a piece I’m excited to share…Personally one of my favorites with the way it’s shaping up.  

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!

Pokemon One a Day: Kabuto
Shellfish Pokemon
Rock/Water Type
Today, we look at a Pokemon who is looking like a former shell of itself…See what I did there?  Enter Kabuto, on Pokemon One a Day!
With the dome and helix fossils, players were given a chance to peak into the world of yesteryear in their Red and Blue universes.  With the ability to take the fossils, one could ressurect the creature and have living history in their midst.  When it came to illustration the family of prehistoric Pokemon, I wrestled with the idea of presenting one of them to appear in the fashion seen here for Kabuto. 

I try and take a number of liberties in presenting my work that I think would best fit the Pokemon.  Sometimes, they’re completely out of left field, and other times, it’s expected but not overly so.  The reason why I didn’t want to showcase Kabuto as a fossilized entity (or in this case, just an impression of one against the earth) was because it was probably expected.  

Not that there’s anything wrong with you guys “calling” the illustration before it’s released, but when I have a unique creature I can have fun in interpreting, I’d rather do something that could surprise.  Yet here we are, with an illustrated fossil that you probably might have expected…But there is an “x factor” here I can say with confidence you might not have expected.  

Kabuto, in the Unown caligraphic alphabet is spelt out in this slab, as if the ancient man who lived besides the creatures might have kept their own records or zoos!  I think adding this element helps expand the nature of this work and presentation, as well as the overall scope of what details I might add to get the work to shine by standards I try to set.  

The rest of the work was very basic.  I formed out a slab with crude drafts and looked at trilobite impressions and fossils to help cement the work.  I took liberty with Kabuto’s underside by making it more detailed so the piece might not look too plain since the creature is very simple in concept.  I had originally worked on a fleshed out version of it but couldn’t do anything with it, which is why I went the fossil route.

So there you have it!  What do you think of today’s work?  Both something you expected and then unexpected, right?  Thanks guys for reading and looking!  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!
Apr 22, 2014 / 11 notes

Pokemon One a Day: Kabuto

Shellfish Pokemon

Rock/Water Type

Today, we look at a Pokemon who is looking like a former shell of itself…See what I did there?  Enter Kabuto, on Pokemon One a Day!

With the dome and helix fossils, players were given a chance to peak into the world of yesteryear in their Red and Blue universes.  With the ability to take the fossils, one could ressurect the creature and have living history in their midst.  When it came to illustration the family of prehistoric Pokemon, I wrestled with the idea of presenting one of them to appear in the fashion seen here for Kabuto. 

I try and take a number of liberties in presenting my work that I think would best fit the Pokemon.  Sometimes, they’re completely out of left field, and other times, it’s expected but not overly so.  The reason why I didn’t want to showcase Kabuto as a fossilized entity (or in this case, just an impression of one against the earth) was because it was probably expected.  

Not that there’s anything wrong with you guys “calling” the illustration before it’s released, but when I have a unique creature I can have fun in interpreting, I’d rather do something that could surprise.  Yet here we are, with an illustrated fossil that you probably might have expected…But there is an “x factor” here I can say with confidence you might not have expected.  

Kabuto, in the Unown caligraphic alphabet is spelt out in this slab, as if the ancient man who lived besides the creatures might have kept their own records or zoos!  I think adding this element helps expand the nature of this work and presentation, as well as the overall scope of what details I might add to get the work to shine by standards I try to set.  

The rest of the work was very basic.  I formed out a slab with crude drafts and looked at trilobite impressions and fossils to help cement the work.  I took liberty with Kabuto’s underside by making it more detailed so the piece might not look too plain since the creature is very simple in concept.  I had originally worked on a fleshed out version of it but couldn’t do anything with it, which is why I went the fossil route.

So there you have it!  What do you think of today’s work?  Both something you expected and then unexpected, right?  Thanks guys for reading and looking!  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!

Apr 22, 2014 / 8 notes
Pokemon One a Day: Omastar
Spiral Pokemon
Rock/Water Type
Welcome to a blast to the past!  On today’s Pokemon One a Day illustration, we have Omastar done in a style like that of a textbook illustration or museum index.  I explore Omastar as a concept if the Pokemon world did not have the ability to revive fossils.

Thanks to Twitch Plays Pokemon, gamers have given significance to the creature whom I have illustrated to resemble a Nautilus.  I had to decide between creating a work that would build upon the legacy of “Lord Helix” or depict the creature as it were before it gained fame and notoriety.  I went with the latter, so as to keep the series free of “gimmicks”, which is a tricky sort of thing to seperate considering there are so many styles that I have used to illustrate these many creatures.  

TPP is certainly a benchmark of gaming in many ways.  However, I felt that doing a piece that highlighting “Lord Helix”  would only be relevant at this time and this time only.  It’s symbolism and meaning might be lost in the future, and it was that thought that had me focusing on the creature for what it is outside of the sensation that is TPP.  As a prehistoric creature, I thought it might be fun to do a realistic piece in where it doesn’t actually highlight Omastar exactly as it was, but depicted by educated guesstimation by artists and scientist.
This was inspired by the many dinosaur books I owned and loved to rent at the libraries.  Adding text allows me the chance to sort of break the image down in a way to create a sort of textbook vibe that is a flourish in it’s own way.  Also, although I didn’t focus on the Lord Helix side of things for an illustration, I obviously had to throw in a nod and little easter egg to the reference.  

As for the creature itself, I used an image of a Nautilus and heavily referenced it for this piece.  I made a few adjustments, such as the style of the shell having an actual spiral (which isn’t very realistic haha) and adding the spikes at the top, as well as the mouth beind a bit hidden by the flurry of tentacles.  

What do you think?  Would our history books and museum visits be fun if Pokemon had roamed the world years ago?  I mean, in a way, dinosaurs and the like are extraordinary like the creatures we love to tame and raise in our video games!  Thanks for viewing guys, hope you enjoyed this piece!  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!
Apr 21, 2014 / 12 notes

Pokemon One a Day: Omastar

Spiral Pokemon

Rock/Water Type

Welcome to a blast to the past!  On today’s Pokemon One a Day illustration, we have Omastar done in a style like that of a textbook illustration or museum index.  I explore Omastar as a concept if the Pokemon world did not have the ability to revive fossils.

Thanks to Twitch Plays Pokemon, gamers have given significance to the creature whom I have illustrated to resemble a Nautilus.  I had to decide between creating a work that would build upon the legacy of “Lord Helix” or depict the creature as it were before it gained fame and notoriety.  I went with the latter, so as to keep the series free of “gimmicks”, which is a tricky sort of thing to seperate considering there are so many styles that I have used to illustrate these many creatures.  

TPP is certainly a benchmark of gaming in many ways.  However, I felt that doing a piece that highlighting “Lord Helix”  would only be relevant at this time and this time only.  It’s symbolism and meaning might be lost in the future, and it was that thought that had me focusing on the creature for what it is outside of the sensation that is TPP.  As a prehistoric creature, I thought it might be fun to do a realistic piece in where it doesn’t actually highlight Omastar exactly as it was, but depicted by educated guesstimation by artists and scientist.

This was inspired by the many dinosaur books I owned and loved to rent at the libraries.  Adding text allows me the chance to sort of break the image down in a way to create a sort of textbook vibe that is a flourish in it’s own way.  Also, although I didn’t focus on the Lord Helix side of things for an illustration, I obviously had to throw in a nod and little easter egg to the reference.  

As for the creature itself, I used an image of a Nautilus and heavily referenced it for this piece.  I made a few adjustments, such as the style of the shell having an actual spiral (which isn’t very realistic haha) and adding the spikes at the top, as well as the mouth beind a bit hidden by the flurry of tentacles.  

What do you think?  Would our history books and museum visits be fun if Pokemon had roamed the world years ago?  I mean, in a way, dinosaurs and the like are extraordinary like the creatures we love to tame and raise in our video games!  Thanks for viewing guys, hope you enjoyed this piece!  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!

Pokemon One a Day: Omanyte
Spiral Pokemon
Rock/Water Type
I’ve been wanting to do an illustration that looked to be created by a little child - I’ve mentioned it a few times, specifically within the Bellsprout piece some time ago.  Diversity is the king of this collection that is Pokemon One a Day and by all standards of the vision I set, a piece drawn in imitation of a youngling is as good a style as any.
Omanyte’s an Omantyke (ba-dum tissss) and a cutie pie - he’s simple and easy to draw and thus the perfect subject for the intended style. I was originally gonna go for shock value and leave the crudely drawn pocket monster right in the center of the frame with nothing more.  
I still kinda wish I did, but I decided not after discussing the idea with a friend.  Yes, I do bounce ideas off of people to get their feedback to create the best possible work I can!
I thought about how I would draw as a kid and a flood of memories would soon hit me.  I would color with marker and crayon on the walls of our apartments, and to this day we we have the photos to prove it, and from multiple addresses.  I’m blessed to have a mom who would let me do something so absurd and fend of my dad in the effort to let me express myself (which is sooo ridiculous in hindsight but damn, I’m appreciative of it now) because it was a pain for him that in every time we moved, he had to buy paint out of his wallet and get rid of my sketches and drawings moving to the next place.  
When I wasn’t drawing on the walls, I would draw on looseleaf paper, which is why I went to that here.  Typing paper was too expensive and we didn’t have the need for it until we would get our first computer some years later.  Actually, we did have some typing paper at a time,I would one day exhaust the supply we had.  I remember getting into a lot of trouble for “wasting” all the paper…What did I use it for?  
To draw out the original 151 Pokemon one page at a time by referencing a strategy guide my friend lent to me. 
Anyway…back to the typing paper.   That’s all we usually had and I’d draw on it.  It also helps that the piece itself creates a nice rift against the canvas.  My mom was the one who got me into the habit of writing my name and date on all of my work and I translated that here.  I opted to leave my name and the date out of it for this piece for a few reasons - Pokemon wasn’t around when I was 6 (it’d drop onto our shores 4 years after) and I never really wrote my age on the work, just the age.  Thus, I decided to change it to our iconic hero Red and let him write his age which I’ve seen other kids mark their work as such.  
I think having a little hindsight into the childhood of our hero (hell, he’s still a kid when he leaves his home to embark on this ridiculously dangerous journey) and so I think people will come to appreciate this sentiment.   
To wrap things up, I was happy to finally get this style down before the series came to an end, which is very soon.  I hope you found this work unexpected and endearing!  Next week we continue the back to the past theme with the rest of the gen 1 prehistoric Pokemon, so stay tuned.  Have an awesome weekend and see you Monday!

Yours,
Bonny

P.S. Why did Red draw this?  Why, he was on a museum field trip and it was the class activitiy, obviously.  Little did he know it was his destiny by wishes of the Lord Helix…DUN DUN DUN.
+ 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!
Apr 18, 2014 / 14 notes

Pokemon One a Day: Omanyte

Spiral Pokemon

Rock/Water Type

I’ve been wanting to do an illustration that looked to be created by a little child - I’ve mentioned it a few times, specifically within the Bellsprout piece some time ago.  Diversity is the king of this collection that is Pokemon One a Day and by all standards of the vision I set, a piece drawn in imitation of a youngling is as good a style as any.

Omanyte’s an Omantyke (ba-dum tissss) and a cutie pie - he’s simple and easy to draw and thus the perfect subject for the intended style. I was originally gonna go for shock value and leave the crudely drawn pocket monster right in the center of the frame with nothing more.  

I still kinda wish I did, but I decided not after discussing the idea with a friend.  Yes, I do bounce ideas off of people to get their feedback to create the best possible work I can!

I thought about how I would draw as a kid and a flood of memories would soon hit me.  I would color with marker and crayon on the walls of our apartments, and to this day we we have the photos to prove it, and from multiple addresses.  I’m blessed to have a mom who would let me do something so absurd and fend of my dad in the effort to let me express myself (which is sooo ridiculous in hindsight but damn, I’m appreciative of it now) because it was a pain for him that in every time we moved, he had to buy paint out of his wallet and get rid of my sketches and drawings moving to the next place.  

When I wasn’t drawing on the walls, I would draw on looseleaf paper, which is why I went to that here.  Typing paper was too expensive and we didn’t have the need for it until we would get our first computer some years later.  Actually, we did have some typing paper at a time,I would one day exhaust the supply we had.  I remember getting into a lot of trouble for “wasting” all the paper…What did I use it for?  

To draw out the original 151 Pokemon one page at a time by referencing a strategy guide my friend lent to me. 

Anyway…back to the typing paper.   That’s all we usually had and I’d draw on it.  It also helps that the piece itself creates a nice rift against the canvas.  My mom was the one who got me into the habit of writing my name and date on all of my work and I translated that here.  I opted to leave my name and the date out of it for this piece for a few reasons - Pokemon wasn’t around when I was 6 (it’d drop onto our shores 4 years after) and I never really wrote my age on the work, just the age.  Thus, I decided to change it to our iconic hero Red and let him write his age which I’ve seen other kids mark their work as such.  

I think having a little hindsight into the childhood of our hero (hell, he’s still a kid when he leaves his home to embark on this ridiculously dangerous journey) and so I think people will come to appreciate this sentiment.   

To wrap things up, I was happy to finally get this style down before the series came to an end, which is very soon.  I hope you found this work unexpected and endearing!  Next week we continue the back to the past theme with the rest of the gen 1 prehistoric Pokemon, so stay tuned.  Have an awesome weekend and see you Monday!

Yours,

Bonny

P.S. Why did Red draw this?  Why, he was on a museum field trip and it was the class activitiy, obviously.  Little did he know it was his destiny by wishes of the Lord Helix…DUN DUN DUN.

+ 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!

Apr 17, 2014 / 24 notes

Pokemon One a Day: Porygon

Virtual Pokemon

Normal Type

This virtual pocket monster is the best of both worlds!  Although, one of those worlds might be dial up modem connecting through AOL…It’s that old!  In today’s Pokemon One a Day, we look at my take on a Pokemon who was manufactured but not along the same lines as Mewtwo.  Enter Porygon!

This piece might not look too flashy (not a reference to the seizure inducing episode featuring Pokemon, which btw, Pikachu was responsible for, not our polygonal ducky!) but the element that makes this difference from the others is how it combines the use of my good pal Photoshop Elements I’ve been using all this time…alongside…msPAINT!?  Yes!

This piece showcases the transition of how I imagine Porygon moves from our world to the digital world, where he helps out Digimon in his spare time.  Utilizing the powerhouse that is Photoshop to create the more fleshed out section of Porygon, I create the illusion of a creature pushing out of another realm that is depicted in the opposite light of Photoshop - scratchy and outdated marks as found in MsPaint.

Yep, that very paint program that you used to create those masterpieces as a kid.  I dabbled with the spray paints and paint buckets and all that other horrid extension of tools as a kid and I had the thought to use that to help create this work as a good way to separate this piece from all the others in this series.  I had this thought also because in comparison to Porygon 2 and Z, Porygon the first is so outdated in the line.   Thus, this piece is a reflection of showcasing msPaint and Photoshop in their line of evolution.

The cyberspace depiction as seen in the back of Porygon is to be seen as the building block.  What I created here is very hallmark of how sci-fi entities treated such grounds back in the day, with Tron as a good starting point.  Then, the MsPaint adventure continues to a more fleshed out Porygon.  The next layer is seen as circuitry flashes over the plane of the creature.  Finally, Photoshop comes as clean up and smooths out the surfaces, giving us a glimpse at what the creature will look like in the real world.

Everything else around the piece just helps it along.  Some references to its creator, the funding company, loading time, etc. are flourishes I believe will help the piece stand stronger than without.  And like that, Porygon is complete!  So what do you think of this creation of Paint and Photoshop?  Thanks for taking a look at today’s illustration and see you tomorrow!  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!

Pokemon One a Day: Flareon
Flame Pokemon
Fire Type
Some of you know this fellow as the weakest of the Eeveelutions.  Some of you know him as the Dark Prophet, but this firey Pomeranian prefers Flareon!  Welcome to Pokemon One a Day!
Flareon is by far the most simplistic of the three evolutions in visual design - it could look to be the most closely related to its normal type beginnings.  I’d prefer if the design replaced fur with flames, but that’d almost me too easy, right? 
So why does my interpretation look to have flames dancing about its body?  
This piece created a lot of tension and stress for me.  I would eventually get the dog/cat/fox/rabbit critter in an angle that features an expression that seems almost michevious, with a focus on poofing up the three elements of fur found on the body.  The pose and angle wasn’t so much the problem as it was coming up with a way that I could showcase the hair tuft, mane, and tail.  
I would eventually settle on pushing the representation of fur to a more flame like state.  I mean, that’s what’s inferred by the original design, isn’t it? 
Before finding success with this piece, I tried a whole bunch of ideas: trying to actually mimic flames and replace the fur all around, showcase stylized strands of fur in various ways by use of wet and or dry brushes of various sizes to fluff up Flareon, and block in large areas of fur like cottonballs to make the Pokemon feel softer than normal.  
This was definitely a tough piece to figure out in that regard of fur and fire because the former two were able to encapsulate their typing in extreme ways.  Flareon in the first place I felt was the weakest of the designs, so trying to depict it in the way as the ultimate adaptation of heat and fire for Eevee felt tough.  

So like I always have thus far, I pulled through despite all the hardship by working through the ruts, giving up after not finding success, waiting it out, and then tackling it once more.  I began to use a wet brush to start throwing in loose and repeated sweeping curve brush strokes of yellows and oranges.  It was looking like fire, but the multiple strands could also imititate fur.  The best of both worlds! 

That wraps up Flareon and the Eeveelutions.  I hope you enjoyed Eevee and company!  They were a blast to do and proved to be quite a challenge.  However, another set of elemental creatures come soon, and are even more well known than this trio…They will prove a greater challenge but we’ve got a museum load of Pokemon to go through before…And not to forget, one of the most calculating critters of ‘em all.  Stay tuned! 
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!
Apr 16, 2014 / 9 notes

Pokemon One a Day: Flareon

Flame Pokemon

Fire Type

Some of you know this fellow as the weakest of the Eeveelutions.  Some of you know him as the Dark Prophet, but this firey Pomeranian prefers Flareon!  Welcome to Pokemon One a Day!

Flareon is by far the most simplistic of the three evolutions in visual design - it could look to be the most closely related to its normal type beginnings.  I’d prefer if the design replaced fur with flames, but that’d almost me too easy, right? 

So why does my interpretation look to have flames dancing about its body?  

This piece created a lot of tension and stress for me.  I would eventually get the dog/cat/fox/rabbit critter in an angle that features an expression that seems almost michevious, with a focus on poofing up the three elements of fur found on the body.  The pose and angle wasn’t so much the problem as it was coming up with a way that I could showcase the hair tuft, mane, and tail.  

I would eventually settle on pushing the representation of fur to a more flame like state.  I mean, that’s what’s inferred by the original design, isn’t it? 

Before finding success with this piece, I tried a whole bunch of ideas: trying to actually mimic flames and replace the fur all around, showcase stylized strands of fur in various ways by use of wet and or dry brushes of various sizes to fluff up Flareon, and block in large areas of fur like cottonballs to make the Pokemon feel softer than normal.  

This was definitely a tough piece to figure out in that regard of fur and fire because the former two were able to encapsulate their typing in extreme ways.  Flareon in the first place I felt was the weakest of the designs, so trying to depict it in the way as the ultimate adaptation of heat and fire for Eevee felt tough.  

So like I always have thus far, I pulled through despite all the hardship by working through the ruts, giving up after not finding success, waiting it out, and then tackling it once more.  I began to use a wet brush to start throwing in loose and repeated sweeping curve brush strokes of yellows and oranges.  It was looking like fire, but the multiple strands could also imititate fur.  The best of both worlds! 

That wraps up Flareon and the Eeveelutions.  I hope you enjoyed Eevee and company!  They were a blast to do and proved to be quite a challenge.  However, another set of elemental creatures come soon, and are even more well known than this trio…They will prove a greater challenge but we’ve got a museum load of Pokemon to go through before…And not to forget, one of the most calculating critters of ‘em all.  Stay tuned! 

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!

Pokemon One a Day: Jolteon
Lightning Pokemon
Electric TypeJOLT.  That is what that says above there ^___^
Graffiti meets Pokemon One a Day!  Jolteon, the middle of the first gen eeveelutions was the first choice for this style of typography.  Back in high school, you could never catch me without less than 10-15 sharpies on me.  I tagged everything…That belonged to me.  I never liked defacing a clean area to break it in…It felt wrong haha.  To others, that’s the whole point!
So what I am giving that history for?  To tell you how long it’s been since I dabbled with anything remotely close to grafitti.  In terms of typography for illustration purposes for this series, it’s been a while since I attempted anything like this - there was Metapod and then Ekans.  Since then, I haven’t dabbled in anything like it until today.  
Throughout my drafts for this piece, my lettering style was being born, reacting to all the new knowledge I’ve gained about my craft over the course of this series.  I looked up a lot of other text oriented grafitti work.  The ones that stood out to me were the pieces that looked illegible, like an alien language or something - those pieces concentrated on the form than anything else. 
Mine is a little but of a mixture.  As much as I was trying to create ambiguous lettering, it wouldn’t really work for the overall vision I had - which was to incorporate text to create the body of Jolteon.  The J and L facing both directions could make for the lightning Pokemon to be in a sort of running or leaping pose.  I angled the “o” to follow in form, and let the t explode in a barrage of spikes to mimic the tail.  The spikey mane and head were a sort of “crown” to the whole of the piece.  
This was an extremely fun piece to work on, especially in the early beginning and late phases of the work.  The middle was both frustrating and enlightening, as I fought through lines and marks to get closer to what I had in mind.  What do you think of the work?  Can you see this sprawled on the side of a building?  Thanks as always for tuning in, ladies and gents!  I’ll see you tomorrow with the last of the trio.  Night!
Yours,
Bonny
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Apr 15, 2014 / 22 notes

Pokemon One a Day: Jolteon

Lightning Pokemon

Electric Type

JOLT.  That is what that says above there ^___^

Graffiti meets Pokemon One a Day!  Jolteon, the middle of the first gen eeveelutions was the first choice for this style of typography.  Back in high school, you could never catch me without less than 10-15 sharpies on me.  I tagged everything…That belonged to me.  I never liked defacing a clean area to break it in…It felt wrong haha.  To others, that’s the whole point!

So what I am giving that history for?  To tell you how long it’s been since I dabbled with anything remotely close to grafitti.  In terms of typography for illustration purposes for this series, it’s been a while since I attempted anything like this - there was Metapod and then Ekans.  Since then, I haven’t dabbled in anything like it until today.  

Throughout my drafts for this piece, my lettering style was being born, reacting to all the new knowledge I’ve gained about my craft over the course of this series.  I looked up a lot of other text oriented grafitti work.  The ones that stood out to me were the pieces that looked illegible, like an alien language or something - those pieces concentrated on the form than anything else. 

Mine is a little but of a mixture.  As much as I was trying to create ambiguous lettering, it wouldn’t really work for the overall vision I had - which was to incorporate text to create the body of Jolteon.  The J and L facing both directions could make for the lightning Pokemon to be in a sort of running or leaping pose.  I angled the “o” to follow in form, and let the t explode in a barrage of spikes to mimic the tail.  The spikey mane and head were a sort of “crown” to the whole of the piece.  

This was an extremely fun piece to work on, especially in the early beginning and late phases of the work.  The middle was both frustrating and enlightening, as I fought through lines and marks to get closer to what I had in mind.  What do you think of the work?  Can you see this sprawled on the side of a building?  Thanks as always for tuning in, ladies and gents!  I’ll see you tomorrow with the last of the trio.  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!

Pokemon One a Day: Vaporeon
Bubble Jet Pokemon
Water Type
The aquatic Vaporeon makes its arrival on today’s Pokemon One a Day! 
Last I tried watercolour, it was unintentional and even still I wouldn’t consider it a watercoulour piece.  I wanted today’s work to be a proper piece in that direction but this attempt too fails in creating that.  Watercolour for a water type Pokemon, you know?  It would of worked…But today’s rendition works as well!
With a sweeping stroke in the shape of an arc, I filled in a Vaporeon to create a dynamic pose that ends up being abstract yet representational due to a silhouette emerging.  The piece was originally planned to be a lot looser and free, but its me who’s holding the brush…I’ve found that a lot of times when I plan something out, it’ll be unlike what I see in my mind for better or for worse.  Here…It’s a mix of both considering I really wanted what I had in mind to shine through.
Of course, I’m still content with what I have here.  It’s simple and still illustrates the Bubble Jet Pokemon and coincidentally depicts a certain ability it has- which is to reorganize its molecular structure to allow it to transform into water and back at will.  There is a movement here that looks like water and waves jumping that adds to this detail and I think people will enjoy that about its piece - seeing that unique trait but also the brush of a watercolour stroke that had met Photoshop.  I would overlay that with streams of lighting hitting through to make it look like water was now filling the work, and that’s where I said I had to stop adding details when at first I wanted none at all.
So there you!  A straight forward piece that once again, took on its own shape from what was originally intended.  The Eeveelutions are beloved and for good reason, so I hope that you enjoy Vaporeon and the following two!  Stay tuned, mmkay?!  Hope you had a fun weekend.
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.  
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Apr 14, 2014 / 37 notes

Pokemon One a Day: Vaporeon

Bubble Jet Pokemon

Water Type

The aquatic Vaporeon makes its arrival on today’s Pokemon One a Day!

Last I tried watercolour, it was unintentional and even still I wouldn’t consider it a watercoulour piece.  I wanted today’s work to be a proper piece in that direction but this attempt too fails in creating that.  Watercolour for a water type Pokemon, you know?  It would of worked…But today’s rendition works as well!

With a sweeping stroke in the shape of an arc, I filled in a Vaporeon to create a dynamic pose that ends up being abstract yet representational due to a silhouette emerging.  The piece was originally planned to be a lot looser and free, but its me who’s holding the brush…I’ve found that a lot of times when I plan something out, it’ll be unlike what I see in my mind for better or for worse.  Here…It’s a mix of both considering I really wanted what I had in mind to shine through.

Of course, I’m still content with what I have here.  It’s simple and still illustrates the Bubble Jet Pokemon and coincidentally depicts a certain ability it has- which is to reorganize its molecular structure to allow it to transform into water and back at will.  There is a movement here that looks like water and waves jumping that adds to this detail and I think people will enjoy that about its piece - seeing that unique trait but also the brush of a watercolour stroke that had met Photoshop.  I would overlay that with streams of lighting hitting through to make it look like water was now filling the work, and that’s where I said I had to stop adding details when at first I wanted none at all.

So there you!  A straight forward piece that once again, took on its own shape from what was originally intended.  The Eeveelutions are beloved and for good reason, so I hope that you enjoy Vaporeon and the following two!  Stay tuned, mmkay?!  Hope you had a fun weekend.

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!

Pokemon One a Day: Eevee
Evolution Pokemon
Normal Type
I know yesterday’s Ditto illustration was unexpected…But today’s take on Eevee is on a whole new level of “out of left field”!  It’s seemingly random, isn’t it?  However, it was carefully set up in this manner and as always, I’m here to explain how!   
Celadon City is the fixed point in all of this.  You get an Eevee in Celadon.  The (Rocket) Game Corner with slot machines for 10 year old protagonists to engage with is in Celadon.  You can buy the evolutionary stones in Celadon.  When I was having trouble coming up with an illustration for Eevee (for similar reasons as Ditto) I kept thinking about ways to introduce the next three creatures of the Dex as part of the work.  Eevee is an important Pokemon to highlight because he is the penultimate creature who represents evolution in its basic sense: adaptation.
Eevee evolves by several methods but each method results in a new form that is the pinnacle of adapation to the exposure of elements in the environment.  How it will look and the extent of its abilities all make each creature so unique.  Thus, when we think of Eevee, we generally think of what kind of evolved form we want from it.  My take on Eevee let’s me put him in the spotlight, but also foreshadows the very big decision we had to make those years ago when we got one.  
This illustration is straightforward in terms of visuals, but conceptually, it probably looks to like it doesn’t care to follow any sort of reasoning as to why its presented as such.  As I touched upon earlier, I found that creating a sort of slot machine game was a great way to harken many of our person experiences in getting Eevee in Celadon, specifically connecting the facets seen here in one shot.  Regardless of making and understanding the connection, visually, I think it has quite a punch.  
This is a work that follows suit of illustrations like Hitmonchan, where I try and involve more of the world into the work, and I am so pleased with this result.  I’ve been wracking my brain for weeks trying to come up with Eevee, and I would never have imagined it would become this.  The end result is one of my strongest works visually, and paying attention to all the details was key.  One of my favorite details is just the shadows of the slots to give it depth - something simple but helps in a major way.  I referenced a number of slot machines to get the look and feel I liked here.
The rest of the assets were born over time.  The Eevee at the top was a draft I made of it early on.  I incorporated as part of the design for the header to involve the creature more in its own illustration, and also helps with “selling” the slot machine’s design.  I also had a blast creating the evolutionary stones.  At first, they were going to be circular designs with their symbols center. I  soon elongated them to the style seen in the Origins animation, but then ended up coming up with my own take on them, giving them a shape to the element they represented.  
The rest of the symbols were the usual suspects and nods to the game - the cherry, the pokeball, the 7, and I added “BAR” since it’s a staple to these kinds of things.  
And that I think covers this work. I started the draft last night and worked on this throughout the day, hoping to finish in time and continue the streak and fortunately, it’s still alive.  I really enjoyed working on this piece and am most pleased with this end result.  I’m sort of curious and nervous to see how you guys will react to it, but I don’t think I’ll mind if it doesn’t make sense with you all.  I think because, most importantly, it makes me feel like I accomplished my goal of getting to present Eevee in a fun way with a nod to its extremely unique disposition and future.  
Thanks for reading and checking out the work tonight, as always!  What did you think I was going to do with Eevee?  Have a nice evening and an even better weekend - see you Monday!  
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!
Apr 11, 2014 / 33 notes

Pokemon One a Day: Eevee

Evolution Pokemon

Normal Type

I know yesterday’s Ditto illustration was unexpected…But today’s take on Eevee is on a whole new level of “out of left field”!  It’s seemingly random, isn’t it?  However, it was carefully set up in this manner and as always, I’m here to explain how!   

Celadon City is the fixed point in all of this.  You get an Eevee in Celadon.  The (Rocket) Game Corner with slot machines for 10 year old protagonists to engage with is in Celadon.  You can buy the evolutionary stones in Celadon.  When I was having trouble coming up with an illustration for Eevee (for similar reasons as Ditto) I kept thinking about ways to introduce the next three creatures of the Dex as part of the work.  Eevee is an important Pokemon to highlight because he is the penultimate creature who represents evolution in its basic sense: adaptation.

Eevee evolves by several methods but each method results in a new form that is the pinnacle of adapation to the exposure of elements in the environment.  How it will look and the extent of its abilities all make each creature so unique.  Thus, when we think of Eevee, we generally think of what kind of evolved form we want from it.  My take on Eevee let’s me put him in the spotlight, but also foreshadows the very big decision we had to make those years ago when we got one.  

This illustration is straightforward in terms of visuals, but conceptually, it probably looks to like it doesn’t care to follow any sort of reasoning as to why its presented as such.  As I touched upon earlier, I found that creating a sort of slot machine game was a great way to harken many of our person experiences in getting Eevee in Celadon, specifically connecting the facets seen here in one shot.  Regardless of making and understanding the connection, visually, I think it has quite a punch.  

This is a work that follows suit of illustrations like Hitmonchan, where I try and involve more of the world into the work, and I am so pleased with this result.  I’ve been wracking my brain for weeks trying to come up with Eevee, and I would never have imagined it would become this.  The end result is one of my strongest works visually, and paying attention to all the details was key.  One of my favorite details is just the shadows of the slots to give it depth - something simple but helps in a major way.  I referenced a number of slot machines to get the look and feel I liked here.

The rest of the assets were born over time.  The Eevee at the top was a draft I made of it early on.  I incorporated as part of the design for the header to involve the creature more in its own illustration, and also helps with “selling” the slot machine’s design.  I also had a blast creating the evolutionary stones.  At first, they were going to be circular designs with their symbols center. I  soon elongated them to the style seen in the Origins animation, but then ended up coming up with my own take on them, giving them a shape to the element they represented.  

The rest of the symbols were the usual suspects and nods to the game - the cherry, the pokeball, the 7, and I added “BAR” since it’s a staple to these kinds of things.  

And that I think covers this work. I started the draft last night and worked on this throughout the day, hoping to finish in time and continue the streak and fortunately, it’s still alive.  I really enjoyed working on this piece and am most pleased with this end result.  I’m sort of curious and nervous to see how you guys will react to it, but I don’t think I’ll mind if it doesn’t make sense with you all.  I think because, most importantly, it makes me feel like I accomplished my goal of getting to present Eevee in a fun way with a nod to its extremely unique disposition and future.  

Thanks for reading and checking out the work tonight, as always!  What did you think I was going to do with Eevee?  Have a nice evening and an even better weekend - see you Monday!  

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!

Apr 10, 2014 / 18 notes

Pokemon One a Day: Ditto

Transform Pokemon

Normal (More like Freak, Am I Right?) Type

A Rocket scientist barges into the office that never receives such interruptions.  Giovanni looks up at the intruder, ready to have his Persian strike when the words hit him.

"Sir, there has been an unexpected turn of events in the cloning project!" 

Giovanni understands the need for his employee to come into his sacred space with urgency, but is still greatly annoyed at the lack of respect.  On any other occasion, his Persian might have already mauled the uninvited guest. 

"Get to the point," says Giovanni in monotone, hiding the mix of emotions between intrigue and anger.  

"A batch of imperfect clones…have gained sentience,"

Giovanni’s eyes widen and stare into the eyes of the grunt at his door, causing the hesitant researcher to flinch and look away.  A guttural “WHAT!?!” escapes the Rocket boss’s mouth.  

Down at the lab,Giovanni stands in front of one of many glass cases that houses a strange gelatinous being. The Rocket boss puts his hand on the barrier, when immediately he sees himself from within the cage now looking back at him.  The mirroring Giovanni places his hand against the divider.

FIN

That as a whole tells of the concept I had in mind for Ditto.  The style I was going for was “comic book page”.  I had it planned for a long time but finally decided against it as the actual size limitation of my frame would pose a problem in allowing me to really expand the idea when it deserves so much more.  

The concept that Ditto are failed clones of Mew seem to have some ground but more importantly for me, makes for a great chance to tell a story for a possible unique interpretation for the illustration of the day.  The final work you see before you has nothing to do with that, and is the culmination of the second idea I had following the plan for a comic page.  

Ditto is a being that has limitless potential.  This translates into the sense of expectation being higher than ever by you guys, my audience, for an illustration.  What could I do that could tell viewers his unique powers and how do I do it in a fun and unique way?  The answer would be to get “meta”.  

Interestingly enough, Ditto’s Japanese name is “Metamon (metamorph+monster) but the chance to get a living Pokemon to represent another aspect of Pokemon in another reality was a fun little twist to explore.  As a kid, I believed that Ditto had to be the best Pokemon card.  Not knowing the rules of the game (who did?  I thought we all collected them for the pretty pictures) I figured I could just have a team of Dittos and copy the opponents and beat them with their own team.  

How I handled Ditto was not to present a picture of him within the traditional frame of the card, but to simply have himself look like he was fitting into the card, when all the while he was the card.  Still with me?  It’s more of an idea to have fun with on the aesthetic sense rather than to really think about it.  I had been thinking about ways about incorporating Pokemon into or with Pokemon cards, since they were such an instrumental part about expanding the hype and phenonomenon that was Pokemania in its prime, and Ditto seemed to be the best choice to incorporate.  

I felt a lot of pressure because as I said, Ditto is limitless in a few ways so I felt that had to translate into the illustration for the day.  I thought of ways about featuring him transforming into Pokemon…but who would it be?  I thought about him transforming with multiple features from Pokemon, but again, who  would he take features from?   And if I did feature the others, would the spotlight not really be on Ditto?   There were so many questions and nothing felt right other than expanding what I had here.

So all that said, I really hope you enjoyed this Dittoception!  The card that’s seen here is the first Ditto card to be found in the TCG.  The card was painted over and manipulated as needed to get this result.  Thanks for reading this longer than normal write up and I hope you enjoyed today’s work!  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!

Pokemon One a Day: Lapras
Transport Pokemon
Water/IceType
Poor Lapras…It was never designed by nature to be a ferry until them darn humans thought they could sit on its spiky saddle and travel the seas!  I mean, calling it the “transport Pokemon” makes it less of a creature to honor and adore when it looks like a canoe to most people!  

I mean seriously, every shot and depiction of Lapras usually features it transporting people on its back.  So long as it doesn’t mind, I suppose!  But who cares, let’s get to the art - You simply accept that side to the creature and one of the most familiar visual callbacks to the Pokemon in the anime and even the opening to Crystal is this profile view of the creature swimming gently across waves.  I decided to make a diorama in a similar style seen in Weepinbell and Weedle.

Layer by layer, you can make out the pieces that create this work.  It doesn’t feature textures in the same way Weepinbell did, and doesn’t have a consistent texture like Weedle.  Instead, it’s limited and more about presenting the scene then focusing on the materials or the subject.  I think it’s a simple little scene that can bring joy to the future.  The icy waves depicted by the lighter and cool blues are in homage to the half ice typing, showcasing how it can withstand the temperatures.  

What else do I really have to say?  I think this piece speaks for itself!  What do you think about this Lapras in diorama?  Hope you enjoyed it and its serene nature; quite a contrast from the Gyarados from yesterday in a few ways!  Thanks for looking, ladies and gents, and see you tomorrow!  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!
Apr 9, 2014 / 15 notes

Pokemon One a Day: Lapras

Transport Pokemon

Water/IceType

Poor Lapras…It was never designed by nature to be a ferry until them darn humans thought they could sit on its spiky saddle and travel the seas!  I mean, calling it the “transport Pokemon” makes it less of a creature to honor and adore when it looks like a canoe to most people!  

I mean seriously, every shot and depiction of Lapras usually features it transporting people on its back.  So long as it doesn’t mind, I suppose!  But who cares, let’s get to the art - You simply accept that side to the creature and one of the most familiar visual callbacks to the Pokemon in the anime and even the opening to Crystal is this profile view of the creature swimming gently across waves.  I decided to make a diorama in a similar style seen in Weepinbell and Weedle.

Layer by layer, you can make out the pieces that create this work.  It doesn’t feature textures in the same way Weepinbell did, and doesn’t have a consistent texture like Weedle.  Instead, it’s limited and more about presenting the scene then focusing on the materials or the subject.  I think it’s a simple little scene that can bring joy to the future.  The icy waves depicted by the lighter and cool blues are in homage to the half ice typing, showcasing how it can withstand the temperatures.  

What else do I really have to say?  I think this piece speaks for itself!  What do you think about this Lapras in diorama?  Hope you enjoyed it and its serene nature; quite a contrast from the Gyarados from yesterday in a few ways!  Thanks for looking, ladies and gents, and see you tomorrow!  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!

Pokemon One a Day: Gyarados
Atrocious Pokemon
Water/Flying Type

This is our fault.  If only we treated Magikarp, we might make it out of this sea alive…Welcome to Gyarados on Pokemon One a Day!
Magikarp, your splashing would not go in vain!  The glorious sea serpent Gyarados contains the rage that Magikarp could never share with its opponents - in this new form, the atrocious Pokemon seeks revenge by bringing destruction to all in its path.  For my illustration, I went with using negative space of the canvas to create the illusion of depth and play up the size of Gyarados.  
The inspiration of this illustration and depiction goes back years and years ago, when I drew a series of mytholigical beasts that faced against one tiny little soldier.  They were really bad pieces but I loved them at the time because I had just gotten my tablet and felt like I was making strides towards getting better at it.  One of the pieces was a sea serpent, and I depicted it to be hundreds of miles long by playing with hiding the body under the water and letting portions of it appear over the surface.  
This continues that idea, in a more basic way and conveys the length of the creature while also adding a sort of visual flair by concept alone.  The take is sorta realistic, with a few changes made to Gyarados’ appearance to make him look less derpy.  I’ve always hated his pig nose and ugly looking big mouth.  I’ve altered it in a slight way to make it look a bit more fierce - the shape fo the head is more aerodynamic than before, but still holds the brick wall of a face at the end of it.  The fins are treated a bit more realistically as well.  
They’re torn, and the body contains soem scratches and scars.  The beast has seen battle, with humans and Pokemon it seems.  I wanted to showcase its nature and passion for rage, always locked in warfare and has the stories to tell the tales.  The dripping water is also a fun way to add to the piece, and again helps to play against the white of the canvas that is treated as the invisible sea to show case the drops of water hitting the surface.   
Eventually, I just kind of made the beast wartorn and desaturated the colors while darkening the tones to add a gritty feel to the piece.  And then we get to this end result!  So what do you think?  Gyarados, pictures as the gigantic beast of the seas in a sort of elegant fashion!  Thanks guys for stopping by to check out the work!  See you tomorrow with another sea creature, albeit on the other spectrum of things!
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!
Apr 8, 2014 / 21 notes

Pokemon One a Day: Gyarados

Atrocious Pokemon

Water/Flying Type

This is our fault.  If only we treated Magikarp, we might make it out of this sea alive…Welcome to Gyarados on Pokemon One a Day!

Magikarp, your splashing would not go in vain!  The glorious sea serpent Gyarados contains the rage that Magikarp could never share with its opponents - in this new form, the atrocious Pokemon seeks revenge by bringing destruction to all in its path.  For my illustration, I went with using negative space of the canvas to create the illusion of depth and play up the size of Gyarados.  

The inspiration of this illustration and depiction goes back years and years ago, when I drew a series of mytholigical beasts that faced against one tiny little soldier.  They were really bad pieces but I loved them at the time because I had just gotten my tablet and felt like I was making strides towards getting better at it.  One of the pieces was a sea serpent, and I depicted it to be hundreds of miles long by playing with hiding the body under the water and letting portions of it appear over the surface.  

This continues that idea, in a more basic way and conveys the length of the creature while also adding a sort of visual flair by concept alone.  The take is sorta realistic, with a few changes made to Gyarados’ appearance to make him look less derpy.  I’ve always hated his pig nose and ugly looking big mouth.  I’ve altered it in a slight way to make it look a bit more fierce - the shape fo the head is more aerodynamic than before, but still holds the brick wall of a face at the end of it.  The fins are treated a bit more realistically as well.  

They’re torn, and the body contains soem scratches and scars.  The beast has seen battle, with humans and Pokemon it seems.  I wanted to showcase its nature and passion for rage, always locked in warfare and has the stories to tell the tales.  The dripping water is also a fun way to add to the piece, and again helps to play against the white of the canvas that is treated as the invisible sea to show case the drops of water hitting the surface.   

Eventually, I just kind of made the beast wartorn and desaturated the colors while darkening the tones to add a gritty feel to the piece.  And then we get to this end result!  So what do you think?  Gyarados, pictures as the gigantic beast of the seas in a sort of elegant fashion!  Thanks guys for stopping by to check out the work!  See you tomorrow with another sea creature, albeit on the other spectrum of things!

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.  

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Pokemon One a Day: Magikarp
Fish Pokemon
Water Type

Magikarp as a pinata.  
That is all.
Thanks guys for checking out today’s art and writ- 
What?  
This is too short for a post?  Come on now!  I draw an entirely new illustration for you each day - isn’t that enough!?  
Okay okay, fine.  
Today’s work features Magikarp, everyone’s favorite pipsqueak who promises the world that they shall face its wrath one day!  But only after it’s done splashing.
Splash.
Flail.
Splash.
How is this thing ever supposed to level up when it can’t damage a fly?! T.T
The poor thing is a punching bag!  And it’s that thought that we equate to the karp that dictates a pinata is the absolute best way to illustrate this guy.  Picture parties in the Pokeverse with little children attacking the most helpless of Pokemon - its one of those ideas that you feel like you should have thought of it sooner!  
Just don’t smack this pinata in front of Gyarados.  
The challenges I faced with this piece was getting the angle right, despite having one of the original artwork as a reference.  I tried to get an angular shape to make it look less organic - of course, the texture brush would help in making it covered in streamer-like decoration opposed to be scaly and lifelike.  Other than that, the piece was very straightforward, as was the concept.  I used several layers to get the tiers of the confetti to look nice and, well, layered.  
So there!  I don’t think anything has to be said other than leaving your condolences for ol’ Magikarp…Stay tuned for tomorrow to see if he gets redemption with the next illustration on Pokemon One a Day!  Thanks for looking 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!
Apr 7, 2014 / 18 notes

Pokemon One a Day: Magikarp

Fish Pokemon

Water Type

Magikarp as a pinata.  

That is all.

Thanks guys for checking out today’s art and writ- 

What?  

This is too short for a post?  Come on now!  I draw an entirely new illustration for you each day - isn’t that enough!?  

Okay okay, fine.  

Today’s work features Magikarp, everyone’s favorite pipsqueak who promises the world that they shall face its wrath one day!  But only after it’s done splashing.

Splash.

Flail.

Splash.

How is this thing ever supposed to level up when it can’t damage a fly?! T.T

The poor thing is a punching bag!  And it’s that thought that we equate to the karp that dictates a pinata is the absolute best way to illustrate this guy.  Picture parties in the Pokeverse with little children attacking the most helpless of Pokemon - its one of those ideas that you feel like you should have thought of it sooner!  

Just don’t smack this pinata in front of Gyarados.  

The challenges I faced with this piece was getting the angle right, despite having one of the original artwork as a reference.  I tried to get an angular shape to make it look less organic - of course, the texture brush would help in making it covered in streamer-like decoration opposed to be scaly and lifelike.  Other than that, the piece was very straightforward, as was the concept.  I used several layers to get the tiers of the confetti to look nice and, well, layered.  

So there!  I don’t think anything has to be said other than leaving your condolences for ol’ Magikarp…Stay tuned for tomorrow to see if he gets redemption with the next illustration on Pokemon One a Day!  Thanks for looking 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!