Tiny Mouse Pokemon
Here we go...The first batch of baby Pokemon is here, Pichu! For today's illustration, I summon the art style of the master himself, Ken Sugimori! I wanted to use this direction style in series 1 but missed my chance. What better to use the staple design styling for the Pokemon that would eventually evolve into the legendary Pikachu!
Pichu doesn't know it, but he's going to become the face of a billion dollar franchise. As there is so much weight on his shoulders, I thought it would be perfect to throwback the style to where it came from. Sugimori's style has changed through the years, but to me, the most nostalgic and unique work obviously come from the early years between gen 1 and 2.
The style can be described as splotchy, watercolour-y, often saturated with blinding white that generally disregards lighting and shadow sources. For my approach, I actually desaturated the colours a bit, for a strategic take on the style. Why? Because often when I looked up sources, the work was scanned for view on PC. This meant that there was a quality in loss as the works were done traditionally.
Thus, my take, even with faint "scan lines" is meant to appear older than it should! I'm not sure if that comes across, but it was a fun way to shake things up. I used a lot of references to try and emulate teh style and have this to be passable to Mr. Sugimori. For a while I struggled missing...something, but I eventually realized the piece wasn't "washed out" enough. The final key was to throw in tons of white almost randomly. It helped in a major way.
And that wraps it up! What do you guys think of today's work? More than ever I'd like to hear your feedback, as trying to get this style done was daunting and tough to nail. It looked simple when I approached the idea, but boy I had to work for it.
Thank you all for tuning in! Leave your comments and critiques below as well as your response to...
The Question of the Day!
What was your first reaction when you found out that the legendary mascot Pikachu actually had a baby form?
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.