Five Star Pokemon
After the exhausting sessions spent painting Noctowl, I needed to really chill and get laidback with Ledyba. I used to tape episodes of Pokemon and I remember a whole tape dedicated to Johto. Ledyba was featured in one episode so I guess this creature stands out in my brain. A cute little Pokemon gets a cute little illustration today on One a Day!
Because the iconic features of a ladybug are its spots (and its candy red coloring I suppose), I immediately got the idea to go round...everything. The work originally was a lot more abstract, with circles creating the subject as everything about the creature could be curated in the round. Round head, round eyes, round hands, round back, the spots on its back...The only thing I had to translate to become circular were its antennae, and they look perfect for this cartoony take.
Eventually, I pushed away from the abstract to make something tight and compact. Again, circles, dots, they were all on the mind. Thus, when it came to coloring, I thought of using half-tones as a means of filling in the subject. I used reds, oranges, and a pale yellow to create a warm body, and then used light cool blues to fill in the hands to bounce off of the body.
The color palette is very subdued and the halftones are also quite subtle. If you're looking far away, you might not think much of the scheme. When you peek your head in closer, you can see a whole world of dots! I continued the dots at the last second to create a sort of flight pattern that replaces the "1" in the number in the corner. I did this because I wanted to space out the composition in a fun way relevant to ladybugs. Most doodles of ladybugs feature a sort of dotted flight path to indicate its dainty and soft nature, and that comes in play for a piece that doesn't feature the focus in the center.
So, what do you guys think? Something quaint after something gritty! Please leave any comments or critiques below, as well as your timely response to...
The Question of the Day!
How do you think ladybugs got their name? Make up a fun, crazy reason! No using the real reasoning!
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.