The Superpower Pokemon
Judo chop! Karate chop! Pork...chop? It's Machop, on Pokemon One a Day! This tiny fella packs a lot of punch, and I wanted to depict him with a realistic body mass in a very chibi form.
Machop has a simple and likable design, and trying to find a way to illustrate him in my unique voice came down to just letting my hand move on its own in the initial run. Hell, that's how most of all my illustrations for this series was born so far, and it's proven useful so far. For Machop, I wanted to give him an "accessory" because it'd be a pretty boring/standard illustration otherwise.
The accessory here is the stack of bricks, which was replaced about him daydreaming about breaking them. It worked better like this, and I was able to give him a fun facial expression to help amp up the chibi element. However, to at the same time oppose the cutesy nature of the work, I used angular lines to define his muscle and body. I also stuck with the same color family all throughout, to keep the piece looking tight and homely.
Anyway, I went about my routine, cleaning up and finishing my work till I got to the polish I deem "the end". This was one of those works that got the "aha!" moment only at the end. The result gets the job done, with the culmination of a Machop about to use brick break! What do you all think? As always, thanks for reading and viewing my artwork! See you tomorrow!
+ 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.
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