Pincer Pokemon

Water Type

Beware the crabhammer! Today, let's take a look at Kingler, on Pokemon One a Day!


Kingler is a favorite of mine solely because of the TV show. He was clutch and always reliable to Ash, winning key battles and also...winning my heart. Again, like the case with Krabby, his design isn't amazing but doesn't have to be - the fiddle crab pincer approach is unique to the creature and what I featured here. Of course, when you look at Kingler's one giant pincher and compare it to the future gen crustacean Clawitzer, it's not as impressive but that being the focus, I evolved the art style to fit around the feature.

I had trouble coming up with a design because of how I wanted to showcase the large claw. I came up with a few concepts when I decided to drop the focus of coming up with a "badass" design and instead went the complete opposite route - something soft, bubbly, and cute. I think as I go down the series and find these evolutionary stages, I feel I have to do the works "justice" by making them as cool as possible. Of course, there have been exceptions but Kingler is the latest and perhaps one of the most dramatic exceptions.

I was going to go with something very flat in coloring style, but it felt too safe. I render it out while keeping it flat with the outlines, but only on the outer of the form, unlike yesterday's work that had outlined the whole body and details within. Regardless, the main concept of the work was using very flowy lines that curve in and out that present Kingler in a very playful way. This allowed me to get creative in showcasing his pincer in an even more exaggerated light. The way certain areas of the illustration dance around rendering objects in 3D, specifically the large pincer and other areas remain flat bring a sort of chaos to the work that runs off of the line work.


To wrap up the work, I altered the colors a bit towards red, as I had been painting in orange for the most part. After a while, the piece continued to look flat, so I added some light and shadow that gave the appearance that this particular Krab was hanging out on the beach. I added some more pink and orangey hues and created a nice balance of colors, finalizing the work by adding some noise as an overlay for texture. The rough exterior is more fitting for Kingler than smooth.

And that would wrap today's segment up; nothing else really needs to be said other than the fact that I delivered a Kingler that both you and I never expected to see, I think. I think he looks cute, but you can tell he could still lay a proper crabhammer on you! Anyway, today is Pokemon number 99...Come Monday, we'll hit 100! If I can deliver Monday, that'd be 100 straight, with no (intentional days) missed for this project...I've surprised myself and hope to keep going strong. Enjoy your weekend, folks, and see you on Monday! Wish me luck!



+ 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.

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