Hey all, special announcement! First, I made it to 50 straight illustrations without missing a day! Yahoooooo!!!
Second...I'm taking a short hiatus regarding this project.
Now, its not what it looks like. It's not because something crazy has happened in my life that I have to tend to or that I'm lazy but...After 50 days, I've learned so much about myself as an artist and I want to take a week off to try something new.
Now, it won't be a week without any productivity...In fact, the hiatus will serve as a chance for me to take a breath of fresh air. Most of you probably refer to me as "the guy who draws pokemans urryday" but that is not who I am in the slightest. Taking a break from this series, I want to share a new project, something shorter to present in a similar format as Pokemon One a Day for the next week.
So starting this coming Monday, I'll be bringing some new art revolving around another favorite franchise.
Here's a hint as to what's to come this coming week:
Yeah, it's kinda easy to figure out but I hope you're all excited regardless! :D
And hopefully taking this break to showcase my new work doesn't count as me missing days for the marathon this One a Day project is..but taking a hiatus for the sake of the project is necessary so I don't go insane, flex the new muscles this series has helped me build, and keep you all entertained with something fresh.
Taking a breather and looking at my work from afar, reflecting, will give me insight as to how I should proceed further for this series. Thanks to all of you who type me kind comments, constructive criticisms, share your Pokemon memories and trivia, and even recommending the article/art.
50 down, a little over a hundred more to go!
Pokemon One a Day : Diglett
Diglett is yet another design in generation 1 that I'm not a big fan of. I know, I sound like a broken record. Yeah, its a cute little thing but that's about that...And do not get me started on Dugtrio...Oh just you wait and see when his art comes out...He's about to get butchered! But today is a day we examine Diglett, the mole Pokemon.
And right there thanks to the Pokedex I knew how I wanted to approach this illustration. I wouldn't call Diglett's design "iconic" but its very well known and as a Pokemon with just its head peeking out (we assume), it can't be represented in a lot of different ways. If anything, just the facial expression might change and that too is a stretch. You've got a nose and some eyes, and bam! That's Diglett for ya. I wanted to keep him in his traditional look and pose and just add some subtle details for big effect.
I'm talking about giving him a snout, like a mole, and having that pink nose of his sit at the tip. Part of the fun of designing is to re-brand and give direction to the source material. Diglett can use slash in the games...Anyone wanna tell me how? Well, with my illustration, we see has proper mole hands to actually do so. Texture is non-existent in the original, and I gave him some proper fur to give some value to his body. I thought to do course rough fur because he's underground and digging so it shouldn't be so clean and fine but for illustrative purposes and to bolster his usual form/silhouette, I illustrated it in a tidy manner.
Keeping the original eyes, nose, and shape of the body, I wanted to present how little changes cold really improve his design. His eyes are very close to one another, so I didn't realize that was what was bothering me about my take. His snout now jutting out, only last minute did I change the distance between the eyes and it really made quite an impact. I added some saturation to where the light was touching, which is rather subtle and then also made sure to add some shadow cast by the snout for some added depth.
I had a lot of fun coming up with another part of Diglett's design, which is not bodily but his habitat/environment. Diglett has some art featuring him burying through rocky, sandy, earthy areas. I decided to go the latter, and throw in some stones and grass to sit amongst all the brown and orange.
This was one of those pieces were I saw the end result before I even got started, and I'm happy with the direction I took and I too hope you enjoy the work. Ladies and gentlemen, it's been 50 illustrations since I started and I wanted to thank you all for the support, kind comments, sharing of the project, and whatever else little things you've done to help me out. Stay tuned for that announcement regarding this project!
Thanks for reading and viewing my work, and enjoy your weekend!
+ 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.