Pokemon One a Day: Shellder
Shellder isn't the strongest Pokemon out there...nor is he that cool...or cute...He's just kinda there. Granted, he is a stage one Pokemon but I like Clamperl better in terms of the whole pearl inside a clam thing. Either way, Shellder just doesn't have a lot of potential to be drawn in interesting poses or angles. I had to settle for something basic, so today almost feels like a throwaway.
Except, I can't ever treat any of these illustrations as such. It would be a sign of defeat, and I hate losing...especially at my own challenge. Thus I tried to illustrate Shellder out to a very clean and polished look, almost as if it were a cel from a high quality anime feature. I changed up the design of the shell to keep it simple and have nice, curved edges. Once everything was established and blocked in with color, I used highlight tools to really posterize the edges so they would disappear into the surrounding light source.
I used burn tools to darken the underside, and duplicated the Shellder to create a separate copy that was dipped in noise particles to texturize the shell. I added lines on the shells to give it a weathered feel, and it almost makes it look like wood for better or worse. I really like how that aspect came out. As for the other details, it was all very straight forward. I wasn't sure if I should give the eyes any highlights due to the light source and the shell casting a shadow, but I went for it anyway.
So there you go! Not much else to say for a very plan and simple Pokemon design, so I'll take my leave now. Thanks for viewing; hope you had a great weekend and please look forward to this week's Pokemon. Starting from Grimer 2 days before this one and following through to the next few critters, the color purple will be on full display! Fans of the color should be in for a treat.
+ 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.