Pokemon One a Day: Lickitung
So after all these Pokemon, I was finally stumped! Well, I guess not fully, because we do have an illustration before us...But regardless, Lickitung was a tough one to produce! Right outta the gates, I kept fumbling in producing a draft that I could really get behind. Nothing I was trying seemed to fit. Lickitung in itself isn't the most exciting of Pokemon but he is very unique in his own right...what was the problem then?
I continued to draft up concepts, coming up with various ways to present the tongue, the prize feature of the Pokemon...So what could I do with the one with 6 foot long tongue? I would try some creepypasta stuff, cutesy stuff...and then I decided to move from forming new styles onto making connections with real world creatures to the Pokemon. It was at that point the draft for a chameleon inspired Lickitung was born. Lickitung as a creature is rather ambiguous in origin. I like Pokemon like that because it feels more "unique" to itself and the world it comes from.
I stylized a "Nightmare before Christmas-ish" tongue which eventually got soften and extended to the tongue seen in the illustration. Going round and plump would be the best fit, and I slowly filled out the creature. The work otherwise is pretty straight forward - it's painted with soft colors and uses some light outlines to define a few areas. In contrast, some darker outlines edge out the form with some speckled marks to add even more character to the colors.
I would only hope that the few changes I made to Lickitung, specifically the way it's tongue is depicted and the head into that of a Chameleon (with a tail that echoes the tail as a visual connection) makes for an interesting illustration for today! Thanks for looking and see you tomorrow a new piece!
+ 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.