The Psi Pokemon
Yeah, weak header today. There are no "k" words that work well in introducing this guy. Kicks in the door? Kisses from Kadabra? I figure he goes through spoons as he's practicing his psychic abilities, so killer of spoons will have to do! :P
So yeah, welcome!
As user ElSalvador has put it, Kadabra is living out his wild teenage years...Putting on some weight, got some tattoos, and let his hair grow out. Today, we look at the powerful psi pokemon in training, and uncover how I decided to illustrate him in today's Pokemon one a day.
To me, Kadabra looks like he could be a final stage Pokemon. He looks like Alakazam with the face and the mustache, and he's even got a random star on his head and three stripes on his abdomen that could be a marking of his mastery, but nope, he's just the middle stage of the three in his line. Alakazam, as you'll see on Monday, is all about the mantra "less is more," but that's for another day. To differentiate the two, I made Kadabra's facial features shorter, including the lengths of all the protrusions on the face as well as his mustache.
With Abra, I sought to convey energy and motion. Today, I wanted to continue the trend in a different way - with the painting style and not the subject matter. I used small varied strokes to paint in hyper energetic colors that bounce off of his body, dancing around the surfaces of the armor and skin. For some reason, I connected "psychic" with "tie-dye" and imagined colors dripping off of his body to represent a telekinetic aura.
For this piece, it was a matter of building and building lines and markings to convey energy- in this case, I suppose you could even throw in the word "kinetic". I'm a fan of the paint splatter aesthetic and although it's not very splotchy, I feigned the style of dripping paint using all but one brush to get this piece down. I used black lines to define areas that got too muddled, and I think the result creates nice contrast in holding in all of the movement found on the surface of this character.
So there you go! A Kadabra showcasing his mind-bending, er, spoon-bending power! I hope you enjoyed today's illustration and also hope you'll enjoy your weekend! I'll see you on Monday when the series returns with the final act of this magic show! Good night!
+ 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.