Let’s start off the week with the beastly Donphan! A personal favorite of mine, Donphan was the first shiny Pokemon I ever encountered and caught in my Silver version many many years ago! Donphan also blew my mind appearing the movie as a creature I and many never seen...The chance to open up the Pokemon universe began with this dude! Today on One a Day, I summon my love for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and turn Donphan into a GANMEN!!!
I wasn’t sure what to do with this Pokemon as he’s sorta random...He’s an elephant, but they base him off a tire? How does Phanpy fit into the picture? That aside, I played up the fact that Donphan is practically a big face half the time and a spinning tire the other half. That mechanical nature of having a wheel made me think of the Ganmen and I was super hyped to work the illustration from there.
I imagine that all the bits and pieces inside this cutie pattootie mech (done specifically to distance the style from Shinkawa’s Scizor) can pull itself together to streamline itself into a wheel and go nuts. I stuck to the design principles of the mecha by looking up the designs of other Ganmen, and threw in a drillhand as a nod to the series. Everything else I designed based off of details of Donphan. Colorwise, I kept it to the cooler side, and played up some blocks of color to keep the palette a bit more interesting and not too monotone in greys.
Hope you guys enjoy my take on Donphan, a beloved Pokemon of mine. Hope you have a wonderful weekend into this Memorial Day!
Love and peace,
Exploring the creatures of Gold and Silver, Pokemon One a Day Series 2 can be seen as both a standalone project and expansion to the original marathon of artwork that sought to present one unique new illustration per day. This project builds upon the exploration of personal technical and philosophical concepts and visual styles under daily deadline to create quality works for personal and professional growth.