Day 25

Happiness Pokemon

Today, Togepi evolves into the fairy/flying entity that is Togetic. I know my rendition of the creature steps into an unfamiliar territory and I hope you can enjoy whatever emotions it might bring upon viewing. This is a push towards exploring the new fairy typing it has received and thus centers around a focus of awe and wonder. My two keywords for today's inspiration was unsettling beauty.

I wanted to go and create something eerie but powerful in vision. The piece was originally going towards more "crazy" and building upon the avian roots of yesterday's Togetic and I really wish that worked:

Super creepy, right? Part of my inspiration were those Oocca from Twilight Princess. That, and I think it all came down to this desire of creating some sort of imposing face after seeing how plain Togetic's face and design is. The true goal was to design a porcelain mask/face and that carried over from the avian design towards the final piece:

I decided to go towards something ambiguously humanoid, kinda like Togetic itself - except then quickly I decided to go as angelic/majestic as possible. Yeah, I know, my focus kept changing but such is the nature of inspiration. Due to Togetic's color scheme, I decided to rotate around blue and yellow to help create a feeling of royalty and decadence.

As I kept creating the form, I cut it down to be really simple and warp Togetic's original features to something more in line for what I had planned. I kept the long neck which I feel carries a great elegance, translated the wings to something more "mechanical" and translated the arms to the cloak that houses light and eternity for the body. I studied Yoshitaka Amano for how he handled angelic creatures and how he used gold for his work. I wanted to incorporate his style but it didn't fit here...Makes me want to use the style for another illustration though...



All of a sudden, we went from Twilight Princess to Skyward Sword as I realized very late in my creative process that there were a lot of similarities to Fi, which was incredibly unintentional but probably subconsciously driving me behind the scenes.

Oh- and how I created the wings were as follows - I thought about architecture and decided to use victorian and neo-victorian buildings and design staples to help create the more detailed parts of the piece - the "necklace" and wings are all edited out of spires and columns/halls of buildings. Cool, huh? I wish I used more splicing but then I realize it might get too busy. Here in this end result we have a nice balance.

To keep elements of Togepi alive, I'm relying on the face, the colors, and most importantly the triangles of red and blue that decorate the original's body. That all comes together for a Togepi I believe is stunningly fierce and mysterious.

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So there you go! Togetic delivered to complete another week and keep the streak alive at 25 straight. Thank you all for checking in! I'd love to hear what you guys thought of the artwork in the comments below and I'd also like to hear your responses to the...

Question of the Day!

My version of Togetic approaches you on your journey through a lost city. It is the keeper of time and knowledge. As the Happiness Pokemon, it finds you are lacking happiness and is in a sorry state. However, instead of trying to make you happy, it kills you, because you in da wrong hood and you flying the wrong colors.

Sry u ded (like rly ded) and have a happy and enjoyable weekend! :)

-Bonny

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.

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Learn more about the artist, Bonny John, at www.bonnyjohn.com ! There you'll find links to his YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, and DeviantART accounts, in addition to his other bodies of work!