Triple Bird Bird
Open your textbooks to page 394! Today's illustration was drawn to create something one might find in an encyclopaedia, before a Pokedex held information at the ready. Yes, technology has come a long way but Dodrio on Pokemon One a Day should mimic a sketch created by zoologist or whoever does such work.
If you remember the very first bird Pokemon I drew, Pidgey, I noted that I originally started the art to resemble a bird watcher scribbling in their notebook on a day out. Dodrio being the last bird Pokemon (I'm not counting the elemental trio as they be on dat next level shiz), I had to try and emulate that style before the series came to an end. I...failed! Nooooooooooooo!!! Well, it started off well. I found a reference to a real world bird that would serve as my base, the Somalian Ostrich, and began to sketch it out.
It kept going well, and I even create a paper texture for the ink layer to sit against but I continued to build up the world until it began to look...well, too refined. Such is my curse for not wanting to push out anything less, I suppose. I decided to take the offwhite page (with tears on the side to emulate that the sketch artists pulled it out of their notebook) and sit it against the default white. When I saw this, I found I could still release the work in a similar approach - rather than something in a personal sketchbook, the work could sit in a professional guidebook!
Thus, Dodrio has been left in black and white, the first time I've done that for any Pokemon since I began. I'm glad I was able to render out a Pokemon like this, as sketching and drawing in this way are among my strongest styles, thanks in part to my love and practice from life drawing classes. The way this piece looks should remind you of the days when explorers went to strange new worlds and could only bring back detailed sketches in various forms and angles, to report on their findings.
And that should do it! This graphite (or pen? I can't tell what these digital strokes resemble more) based work is now complete and sealed into the archive of my Pokemon One a Day illustrations. I'm very happy with this work, and I have something interesting to share for the following Pokemon illustrations. I've cheated and looked up ahead (more than I usually do) and have found that every single Pokemon left are among the most interesting, unique, and excitable designs from Gen 1. There have been some Pokemon I've had to cross through in the last few weeks but I have a strong feeling my works will be reaching new heights considering the hype I have for many of these creatures I really enjoy! So yeah, stay tuned! Hope you had a great weekend!
+ 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.