Let's be frank; Charmander has got to be the most popular starter of all time. Clearly he has been chosen to embark on a journey with more Pokemon trainers than any other starter throughout all the generations. Yet here I am about to tell you that I've only ever selected Bulbasaur and Squirtle during my runs in Pokemon Blue those years back!
That said, I got nothing against the little guy. He was totes adorbsz in the Pokemon animated series. When it came to representing the lizard pokemon, my original rendition had a silhouette made of blocky shapes similar in the style of my Bulbasaur. I decided quickly that he should have his own look and style in an effort to keep with the theme of this project; coming up with new, interesting, and unique styles to represent pokemon through their backgrounds. I could have easily attempted to draw Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle all in the same style and theme, and it would have been nice to share a uniformity due to their relations as starters, but as stated it would go against the nature of my experiment.
All that said, for future illustrations, I might attempt to recreate past styles seen in the designs. This to see how they might have evolved (no pun intended...maybe) over time through experience and exploration. As for Charmander, the design I went for was very basic, as it should be for the young critter. Where I sought to add some personality was in the representation of the flame on his tail. There are other animals with flamey tails and the like but the Char family did it first. There's not much else to say for this illustration, except that I hope you find him as cute as I do in this representation.
Hope you enjoyed today's art! See You tomorrow!
+ Pokemon One a Day is a series illustrated and curated by Bonny John in an effort to represent the entire catalogue 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 is completed. This project is an exploration of fine art styles for learning and leisurely purposes.
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