The Flower Pokemon
Bellsprout isn't really the typical sort of plant we consider when it comes to the word flower. We would associate petals with such form of life, and so for this piece I decided to treat it as such regardless. I imagine people in the Pokemon world might have attempt to raise a Bellsprout as a side project, rather than a main one, like gardening is a hobby for many of us. Not everyone would be keen on battling, but raising a Pokemon as a partner, pet, and friend is something everyone might be interested in.
Also, we associate Pokemon births through eggs, but not in the case of Bellsprout. I imagine they are born like real world plants, grown from seeds. So, a gardener or any one random person may plant the Pokemon in a small pot and leave a Bellsprout to be born and raised on a window sill. Slowly, they rise up, building up from their stems and forming roots until they are strong enough to be molded into feet. At that point, they can uproot themselves and either stay or leave, depending on how their owner took care of them.
For the direction of this piece, I wanted to portray an image in a very warm and homely setting. The piece visually holds painterly strokes that show-case the brushwork of the artist who painted this work to be hung in a house. To create this effect, I used a simple texture brush to define everything down as far as I could polish it, and then created a duplicate layer that would be put under a canvas effects filter.
Actually, I originally intended the work to look like a little child drew the picture for their mother at day care or school. The work, as I continued to define it, began to look a bit too advanced for such a child. Trying to find a way to effectively communicate the intentions of creating a piece created by a child and pass it on to you all as a viable piece of art for this project is quite difficult.
Oh, and as for that little baby Bellsprout coming up, this would be a case where two seeds were planted by accident. As you could see, one Bellsprout absorbed most of nutrients and water in such a small space (much like how you can't have too many fish in an aquarium, as they have to each have enough oxygen split between them all), having the other wither and die. Its a bit grim for an otherwise intimate looking moment, but there is still hope for the little one! If this big Bellsprout can complete its feet at the end of its growth cycle, it can uproot itself and give its old home in the pot to the baby Bellsprout!
That wraps up today's art as well as for the week! Hope you enjoy the art and as always, thanks for looking. You all be sure to have yourself an excellent weekend! See you on Monday!
+ 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.
Oh! And today we gotta bunch of gifs, to show off how bad-ass Bellsprout can be. I remember watching this as it aired for the first time, afraid of Ash's destiny after getting so far and being beaten by this thing:
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