Day 4

Fire Mouse Pokemon

Team Grass bows out and it's the Fire Squad up to bat as Cyndaquil walks up to the plate! Or...rather, he's fallen asleep and missed the game completely. Let's take a closer look at the little fella who'll one day become a walking volcano!

When I approached the Charmander line for Series 1 of Pokemon One a Day, my design philosophy was to present the Char family's iconic flame tails in different ways. I decided I'd do the same with the flames emitted by the Cyndaquil line. Because we're looking at the baby form, I wanted to give a soft touch to the creature all throughout. It started with a small fan of flames for a chubby little hedgehog thing before I went with tiny bubbles sputtering like a little engine as the young fella is napping.

I picture when da wittle baby inhales, the flames get ready to poof out of his back and come out in little cinders when he exhales. ADORBZ ☆*・゜゚・*\(^O^)/*・゜゚・*☆

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As I continued to flesh out the creature, I felt that the style didn't bring anything new to the table. I tried to think of a way to make the creature and the moment feel "softer", and what I came up with was to feature the edges of the subject to look wispy and chalky which I'd never tried stylistically if I recall. The thought was that when we think of kid activities, some of them include coloring with crayon or chalk. That association with the visual style helps portray Cyndaquil to appear even more adorable and prepubescent than usual.

So that wraps it up! Hope you guys enjoyed today's artwork and write up, and be sure to leave remarks or critiques in the comments below, in addition to your answer to...

The Question of the Day!

Who's your favorite fire starter and what percentage increase of you eating smores on a daily basis be?

-Bonny

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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.

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!