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Charmeleon - Pokemon One a Day!

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+I'm posting this a little earlier today because I have something else I want to share else with you all in the evening! *grin*

(And now back from the commercial break!)


Blech. Look who it is. It's Jerkmeleon. Also known as Charjerk, the jerky jerk pokemon. Man, I hated this guy thanks in part to the anime. Charmander was so nice and sweet to Ash, as he had been saved from the clutches of death thanks to the young trainer. Charmander soon evolved into his teenager self and was all angsty like a jerky mcjerkington and would remain one for quite some time as a Charizard too. Be it that Ash didn't have the badges to control a "traded" pokemon or maybe the abuse he suffered as a Charmander messed up his mental state, but Charmeleon, you were a douche for no reason sometimes!

I sought to recreate the emotions I felt as a kid towards Charmeleon as inspiration to create marks that would build up the form of the pokemon. I actually went through a number of designs before reaching the final one you see before. One design featured a "gijinka", a representation of the pokemon in human form. I drew Charmeleon as a teenager, with just a vest and ripped up, tight jeans. I also tried drawing Charemeleon as a velociraptor, in a more realistic style.

Illustration for article titled Charmeleon - Pokemon One a Day!

Eventually, I found myself in a state of agitation thanks to not being able to come up with anything. It was at this time I recalled my agitation for the actual character in the show and from there, this final design came naturally. I put a lot of energy in the strokes of the illustration to represent my personal distaste for the Pokemon as well as the general energy a Charmeleon itself is known for. It's a Pokemon who is in general very full of energy, angst, rebelliousness, and attitude. And jerkiness.


To wrap things up, I am very satisfied with this outcome.

And that's all folks! I hope you enjoyed today's art.

There is NO ART tomorrow (dunno why I capitalized that, I don't mean to yell! haha) or Sunday, weekends are off! To recharge and do things that Bonnyjohns do, you know, the usual.


See you Monday!


+ Pokemon One a Day is a series illustrated and curated by Bonny John in an effort to represent the entire catalogue 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 is completed. This project is an exploration of fine art styles for learning and leisurely purposes.


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