The Dopey Pokemon
Water / Psychic Type
Slowpoke? Really Nintendo and Gamefreak? That's as bad as Geodude, and it only get's worse when you find out that this poor creature is dubbed the "Dopey" Pokemon. Ouch! For today's illustration, I bring you a side to Slowpoke that you may have not seen before.
This would be the third straight illustration I used a photo reference of a real world animal to help guide the direction I wanted to take. Although yesterday's Rapidash built off of realistic anatomy, it got a lot more abstract than Ponyta the day before. Today's Slowpoke is built off of a baby hippo, a creature one may not necessary equate to with Slowpoke. This then begs the question...What exactly is Slowpoke based off of?
Slowpoke is one of those designs that gets ambiguous enough to become its own creature in the world of Pokemon. I've looked up thoughts and ideas that suggest it might be based off giant salamanders, hippos, and even otters. My Slowpoke is based heavily off of a hippo with a dash of manatee. Adding rolls of fat and widening the snout and including the "delicacy" that is known as a Slowpoke's tail, I use a salmon pink with beige and peach to fuse the original design into my realistic portrayal.
How I tackled this was very simple, and didn't take me long - I want to think that this is a milestone for me in that it came natural to me, so all this drawing and illustrating as practice is definitely paying off! I used a form of stippling to fill in highlights and lighting to help create the surface of the Pokemon. This allowed me to map down the anatomy and concise points to how light and shadow would touch the form. This work played with darker colors and slowly built up to be brighter, which I think really helped me find my success opposed to working against lighter colors and going darker.
As I continued to paint, I began to smooth things out but missed the speckly aspect of the painting style - I compromised by delivering both smooth and speckled markings to make sure the piece ended up looking realistic but stylized. Keeping in trend with my challenge, I've approached realistic Pokemon but not in this way. Slowpoke should still be recognizable with his pink coat, apathetic/bored look (compared to his creepy vacant stare) that a lazy and sloth-like fellow like him would rock.
I'm very proud and happy with how this turned out and hope you like it too! Thanks all for reading and viewing, and enjoy your weekend. See you on Monday when Pokemon One a Day continues!
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