The Herb Pokemon
Today, we take a look at Meganium, the first fully realized starter of the Johto region! Meganium's design is quite a let down to me. Rather than try to redesign it for today's illustration, I found a unique way to depict the creature maintaining it's original concept but in the form of a greenhouse of sorts.
Just like how the grass typing helped influenced Bayleef's depiction, Meganium was given the same treatment but on some Super Saiyan type levels. I tried for a short time to make use of Meganium's actual design and realize it a bit further but I wasn't going anywhere with it.
Eventually, I broke down Meganium and began to look at it more objectively.
I remember my Meganium had a move called Synthesize. It was a new move added to gen 2 that could heal based on sunlight or something. Immediately I thought of a greenhouse, and imagined Meganium basking it's petals out to catch the rays. I then visualized an ecosystem within the green house and even a balcony for the flowers to rest and some hours later, we have the Meganium that we have now.
Originally, this Meganium was built up with outlines and lines like an actual greenhouse - it looked convincing but sort of silly at the same time. I tried to picture it was some sort of botanical garden sculpture/actual greenhouse building in the Pokemon world, but it was too much. When I removed the outline, I felt the piece really blossomed, if you will.
I kept the blue background to block in the silhouette of the body, and then I painted in a gigantic tree running throughout the entirety of the creature; it's "skeleton". Then, it was time to fill in the green of the flora to really make Meganium shine. I added vines for it's antennae, and colorful flowers for the eyes. For Meganium's flower petals, I created a sort of separate garden floor, and sprinkled in pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, white, and peach brush dabs which I think sits so well with the green and blue as a separating element midway down the creature. I kept the white "building" elements just to give some structure rather than the dark green outlines I originally had as it appears more subtly in the work.
So that about covers it! I'm very pleased with how this work turned out - I wasn't sure what to do with Meganium when I thought about the "big three" and would have never thought I'd come up with a green house Pokemon. The power of association came through in the clutch!
Hope you enjoyed today's artwork and as usual, be sure to leave remarks or critiques in the comments below, in addition to your answer to...
The Question of the Day!
Which of the fully evolved grass starters would you like to see get a mega evolution, and why? What type would they be? What would they look like?
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.