Day 48

Royal Pokemon

Today we look at yet another Pokemon whose roots came from Gen 1...The pointless evo brings about Slowking, in regal manner in his official portrait that hangs in his castle! He also asked that the portrait be put on the one hundred dollar pokebills. ~Ballin~

Slowking takes all we know about the dim witted line of Pokemon preceding him and flips it upside down. It's an interesting concept that I felt was rather pointless to explore but nonetheless, I must give it my all for the work. A king deserves a painting to commemorate his majesty, so that's what I went with for inspiration.

To give some oomph to the style and direction, I called in some outside elements courtesy of Google. The frame is a real frame, wildly fancy that fits a subject like a king, while the background is a painting by Samuel Scott of Ludlow Castle in London. The work is in the public domain so it's fair play and let it be known I did not draw it for this rendition, but used the original and fitted to be a background.

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The colors I went with are a bit more desaturated than my normal flair, to fit with the bg and the tone gold/bronze of the frame. I blinged up his normal crown and turned his frilled collar to something more appropriate. The paint strokes used in the piece are meant to be deliberate in favor of such portraits done of powerful men and women of the past.

Look how smug WIP 2 is. True bawss status.

All in all, I had fun working on this piece and "hung" the frame higher than usual rather than placing it in the middle because this composition depicts royalty in many aspects, and replicates how museums generally place paints of esteem a bit higher out of reach of patrons.

Thanks guys and gals for tuning in! Please leave any comments or critiques below, as well as your response to...Question of the Day!

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Who'd be the true ruler of all the 'mons out there? No including legendaries and especially no Arceus. Be creative!

-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!