Since when did Ash's Pokedex become this diesel DS like contraption and where do I get one?
Ima bout to slap yo dumbass whatchu mean you aint know what a koffing is
Ahem. Sorry. Let's get started!
The Poison Gas Pokemon
Wait...It's not November...What's Koffing doing celebrating Dia de los Muertos!? Let's find out!
With the number of Pokemon dwindling left to illustrate, so are the available styles that are in my repertoire. Granted, I don't have an actual number of so called styles to call upon in the first place but finding things to pull out of the ol' brain seems to be tougher and tougher with less wiggle room. However, with the power of the internet, we are subject to works of art coming our way with intent or accident. As a follower of many art blogs on Tumblr and an account on DeviantART, I'm fortunate to find beautiful works of art that gets me inspired.
So, a few weeks ago, I came across some face paintings done in the Mexican originated holiday known as the "Day of the Dead". I looked for some Pokemon who I thought might and Koffing was one of them. With Koffing comes built in skull and crossbones (a little too convenient and obvious, GameFreak designers) and so I sought to exaggerate the skulls and dress it up into what we have here.
I may have gone...overboard. The work when inspected features a few trademark symbols and markings seen in traditional art, but some stretches too. I associate Koffing to be a Pokemon for punk rockers and general beatnik kinda trainers...I threw in a sort of grunge feel in a very clean package as part of inspiration to some art and make up I saw during my time of reference and researching for the work.
The end result is very clean and features perfect symmetry, except for the rose in the center. The last Pokemon I've created in the manner of completing one side at a time was Cloyster, and I doubt Koffing will be the last. I really enjoy symmetry and having that articulate and precise form, kinda like Death the Kid from Soul Eater :P
Anyway, I had a ton of fun with this one and enjoyed playing with the colors and creating an intricate piece of work that I'm hoping you all didn't expect. I'm wondering who else might have benefited with such a style but I guess it's too late to even think about that. With the weekend among us, it means break time from posting but starting time to do research and start planning for the week ahead...This challenge is really starting to heat up now as we gear up towards the finish line.
Thanks as always for viewing and enjoy your weekend! See you Monday!
+ 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.