Today's gradient filled Starmie debuts on Pokemon One a Day to wrap up the family of star fish in the world of Pocket Monsters! Today's artwork stands as a stark contrast to yesterday's piece - the pointillist marks seen in the Seurat inspired Staryu are paved over in favor of smooth transitions of colors that fill in the shapes that create Starmie.
That said, can someone more familiar with digital work tell me if this piece falls under the "vector" style?
Starmie is a part psychic type, and the neon colors were used to add some mystic qualities to the Pokemon, as well as a nod to the "mysterious Pokemon" classification. There are stories that the creatures come from outer space, amidst other supernatural phenomenon, and so I channeled all of that to create something otherworldly in interpretation.
The piece is definitely abstract, but still holds quite enough form to feel otherwise. It is a straight forward work that required a lot of attention to get clean edges and angles which trying to do in Photoshop...These kinds of pieces make me wish I had and knew how to use Illustrator.
That aside, you guys know I'm a big fan of color so I incorporated a family of hues that I think bounce really well off of each other. The final piece has the right amount of purple in it for a Starmie illustration, as previous drafts and iterations were too red or too blue. The piece has a nice balance that I personally find pleasing to the eye, and sort of holds your gaze at the whole of the work before your eye starts to run around the illustration.
So I think I'll wrap this up right here - Starmie was by no means easy to complete but It's a work that speaks for itself and doesn't need my help. Thank you for checking in with the series today and look forward to tomorrow for a visit by what could be the missing link between Pokemon and humans! Good night!
+ 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.