Day 55

Land Snake Pokemon

Poor little Dunsparce...I forgot this dude was even a thing until now due to how inconsequential it is to the big picture. I only question why Ninty even put him in to let him rot by the sands of time. It’s adorable and has tons of potential to become really awesome so get your act together GameFreak and give us an evo! Until then, we’re going to have to make do with today’s illustration.

In my research, I found that this creature is based on a Japanese mythical monster/yokai known as the Tsuchinoko. The description matches up to Dunsparce quite well, so it’s the clear inspiration...Yet why is my direction so different?


Well, further reading claims that there are some lesser connections including to a bee but also the description of a feather serpent from several Mesoamerican religions. That was more exciting to continue in terms of a visual style so I pushed through with that to create something blocky and graphic.

It took a lot of brainstorming before this realization as I really didn’t know what to do:

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I couldn’t think of anything to parody off of or if any art style in particular could play up its design/nature/origin. I just played with some random doodles and tried to flesh out some stuff but nothing stuck. That’s part of the process though! I had to explore and hit failure to dwindle down the appropriate direction.

Once I found a connection and a new style to present the work in, it was smooth sailing. The way I see this piece is sort of a remix to the Graveler piece I did for series 1. This one however, is more colorful and has a folky energy to it.

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So there you have it! Thanks guys for checking in today and for helping me wrap up the first week back for the second half of One a Day. Hopefully the remaining 45 will move just as swiftly and I will of course give it all my attention. Have a lovely weekend!

-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!

I feel your pain little one. Go fly off and return once you get a mega evo or something.