Day 64

Sharp Claw Pokemon

LIVE AND LEARN HANGING ON THE EDGE OF TOMORROW

I love Sonic the Hedgehog and my favorite game in the series is Sonic Adventure 2 Battle...I had kept in the back of my mind that it would be awesome to illustrate a creature in this now iconic style and when I saw Sneasel coming up...I knew he was the perfect candidate. I mean seriously, it fits him so damn well and this is the proof!

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Sneasel has all the attitude to be a Sonic character. In my mind, I found trouble placing him on Team Hero or Dark specifically. He could really go either way depending on how you wrote him. In the end, this helped me settle on a pose and expression to keep him sorta neutral. He’s an aggressive creature so he’s got his claw raised as if to say “Come on” but is standing poised with bent arm.

Besides having the attitude, Sneasel’s body shape was absolutely perfect to modify toward’s the Sonic Adventure style. The right shape for a head, big expressive eyes, lanky arms with some thin legs...Just prime all around! I left one hand ungloved which is the “attack” arm and the other because...well, Sonic characters all be wearing gloves! I also gave him some kicks (call em Ironman SB DUNKS) to fit into the universe and everything else was easy peasy lemon squeasy.

As a kid, I drew Sonic Adventure art and dreamt of getting a Dreamcast to enter the next gen of Sonic. Never got a Dreamcast but thankfully, SA2B was ported over to the GCN which let me explore that universe and it’s just stupid how much time I sank into that game...Plus, I had the most diesel Chaos and a whole bunch of us dedicated our time to GameFAQs to freakin raise these cute things...Incredible hahah!

As I prepped for the work, I looked for those pieces of artwork as I’ve saved many of my childhood memoribilia between artwork and even my kindergarten notebook that showcases how I straight massacred the ABCs. The artwork is dated from 2001!!! Ther are more but here are some of the main characters:

So there you go! Man, this one was a fun piece to do and a real nostalgia trip. Hope you guys liked Sneasel and the style of the day! I’ll see you guys tomorrow to wrap up the week. For the Question of the Day...Give me your choice of another Pokemon that’d fit in the Sonic universe (think visual adaptation + personality) and whether or not they’d be Team Hero or Team Dark and why!

-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!

ROLLING AROUND AT THE SPEED OF SOUND ight peace yo