I've been wanting to do an illustration that looked to be created by a little child - I've mentioned it a few times, specifically within the Bellsprout piece some time ago. Diversity is the king of this collection that is Pokemon One a Day and by all standards of the vision I set, a piece drawn in imitation of a youngling is as good a style as any.
Omanyte's an Omantyke (ba-dum tissss) and a cutie pie - he's simple and easy to draw and thus the perfect subject for the intended style. I was originally gonna go for shock value and leave the crudely drawn pocket monster right in the center of the frame with nothing more.
I thought about how I would draw as a kid and a flood of memories would soon hit me. I would color with marker and crayon on the walls of our apartments, and to this day we we have the photos to prove it, and from multiple addresses. I'm blessed to have a mom who would let me do something so absurd and fend of my dad in the effort to let me express myself (which is sooo ridiculous in hindsight but damn, I'm appreciative of it now) because it was a pain for him that in every time we moved, he had to buy paint out of his wallet and get rid of my sketches and drawings moving to the next place.
When I wasn't drawing on the walls, I would draw on looseleaf paper, which is why I went to that here. Typing paper was too expensive and we didn't have the need for it until we would get our first computer some years later. Actually, we did have some typing paper at a time,I would one day exhaust the supply we had. I remember getting into a lot of trouble for "wasting" all the paper...What did I use it for?
To draw out the original 151 Pokemon one page at a time by referencing a strategy guide my friend lent to me.
Anyway...back to the typing paper. That's all we usually had and I'd draw on it. It also helps that the piece itself creates a nice rift against the canvas. My mom was the one who got me into the habit of writing my name and date on all of my work and I translated that here. I opted to leave my name and the date out of it for this piece for a few reasons - Pokemon wasn't around when I was 6 (it'd drop onto our shores 4 years after) and I never really wrote my age on the work, just the age. Thus, I decided to change it to our iconic hero Red and let him write his age which I've seen other kids mark their work as such.
I think having a little hindsight into the childhood of our hero (hell, he's still a kid when he leaves his home to embark on this ridiculously dangerous journey) with this piece is a fun way to fill in the blank of the upbringing of a character we controlled and grew up with - I think people will come to appreciate this sentiment as such.
To wrap things up, I was happy to finally get this style down before the series came to an end, which is very soon. I hope you found this work unexpected and endearing! Next week we continue the back to the past theme with the rest of the gen 1 prehistoric Pokemon, so stay tuned. Have an awesome weekend and see you Monday!
P.S. Why did Red draw this? Why, he was on a museum field trip and it was the class activitiy, obviously. Little did he know it was his destiny by wishes of the Lord Helix...DUN DUN DUN.
+ 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.