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Puzzling Pupitar! Pokemon One a Day, Series 2!

Day 96

Hard Shell Pokemon

It begins...The final week of One a Day, Series 2! I cannot believe it! I’m going to do my best to finish this following set of illustrations with justice the Pokemon that inspire them. Starting off the final 5 is Pupitar, who is halfway to becoming the pseudo legendary terror known as Tyranitar! For his illustration, I wanted to play up a visual push that tells the story of all Pokemon who go through evolution.


Puzzle pieces! Yes, Pupitar is broken down into such a form in reference to it becoming a shell for the little Larvitar. In this sense, I envisioned Larvitar in the middle of the composition with pieces scattered about with the sense of gaining a new form once the pieces connect. Symbolically, evolution is all about putting the pieces of the puzzle as well - what did our ancestors have and go through to reach their form today?

Originally, I planned on doing something a lot more simple in nature and ultimately, in comparison, not as exciting. I’ve always despised Pupitar’s design, with it being a sort of more capable Metapod. Thus, I thought maybe I could redesign it as a creature truly halfway between Larvitar and Tyranitar:

I think I did a solid job fusing the two, and indicating how this form picks up where Larvitar left off, and gives a clue, a puzzle piece, to how it might look in the future. After completing it, I felt like it really didn’t stand on its own as it was rather simple and plain, and it didn’t really have a unique voice. As I was browsing through pictures for inspiration, I came upon the idea of a puzzle set that I thought would make a visually striking element and I pushed ahead with great fervor.


To finish things up, I threw in some Tyranitar puzzle pieces for foreshadowing, and that wraps it all together! Thank you to everyone who’s been a consistent viewer to this series...Only a week remains and I can’t wait to get through it! Hope you all had a lovely weekend and are ready to enjoy this E3 week!

Love and peace,


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.


Learn more about the artist, Bonny John, at www.bonnyjohn.com ! There you’ll find links to his YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, and DeviantART accounts, in addition to his other bodies of work!

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