Welcome to a blast to the past! On today's Pokemon One a Day illustration, we have Omastar done in a style like that of a textbook illustration or museum index. I explore Omastar as a concept if the Pokemon world did not have the ability to revive fossils.
Thanks to Twitch Plays Pokemon, gamers have given significance to the creature whom I have illustrated to resemble a Nautilus. I had to decide between creating a work that would build upon the legacy of "Lord Helix" or depict the creature as it were before it gained fame and notoriety. I went with the latter, so as to keep the series free of "gimmicks", which is a tricky sort of thing to seperate considering there are so many styles that I have used to illustrate these many creatures.
TPP is certainly a benchmark of gaming in many ways. However, I felt that doing a piece that highlighting "Lord Helix" would only be relevant at this time and this time only. It's symbolism and meaning might be lost in the future, and it was that thought that had me focusing on the creature for what it is outside of the sensation that is TPP. As a prehistoric creature, I thought it might be fun to do a realistic piece in where it doesn't actually highlight Omastar exactly as it was, but depicted by educated guesstimation by artists and scientist.
This was inspired by the many dinosaur books I owned and loved to rent at the libraries. Adding text allows me the chance to sort of break the image down in a way to create a sort of textbook vibe that is a flourish in it's own way. Also, although I didn't focus on the Lord Helix side of things for an illustration, I obviously had to throw in a nod and little easter egg to the reference.
As for the creature itself, I used an image of a Nautilus and heavily referenced it for this piece. I made a few adjustments, such as the style of the shell having an actual spiral (which isn't very realistic haha) and adding the spikes at the top, as well as the mouth beind a bit hidden by the flurry of tentacles.
What do you think? Would our history books and museum visits be fun if Pokemon had roamed the world years ago? I mean, in a way, dinosaurs and the like are extraordinary like the creatures we love to tame and raise in our video games! Thanks for viewing guys, hope you enjoyed this piece! 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.