Day 72

Jet Pokemon (More like RUN YA POCKETS Pokemon)

First it was a hand grenade in the form of Pineco...now Ninty/GameFreak passes a design based on a revolver fire arm!? Wow, never thought that would happen! Today, I transform Remoraid into an artsy decorative weapon that maybe Revolver Ocelot might fancy. I wasn’t sure about doing an actual gun but once I committed to the concept, it was about taking the shot and ignoring the recoil! Bad puns complete!

I don’t know why I was hesitant on pushing through with a gun for the main illustration - I guess it boils down to it feeling wrong when you think about Nintendo and what they push. If this was One a Day series 1, I definitely wouldn’t have done it. With Series 2 where I’m more lax, I think it’s a good direction to take for a Pokemon that’s so heavily relies on the feature of one.

I started with some strong linework and thought I was going to go cartoony to lower the weight of having a gun as the illustration. As I continued to chip away the design, it began to appear more and more fleshed out. I tried to incorporate Remoraid as much as I could while fitting to the “skeleton” of a revolver. It was a constant battle - sometimes Remoraid entered the piece too much which made it look less functional, and other times the Revolver would take over and it would look less representative of the subject.

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Eventually, I found a middle ground. I decided to not necessarily have the weapon appear truly functional, but treat it more like how I was drawing it, to be a sort of ornamental weapon that one might display. Perhaps a fishing village or something in their museum, you know?

One detail that I added near the end which I really enjoyed is the Octopus detailing on the handle. If it looks out place, it’s cause you don’t know the inspiration - which is the form that Remoraid will take when it transforms into an Octillery. How it evolves from a fish to a cephalopod is beyond me, but I thought it added to the piece in a very personal way.

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This is a piece where I could imagine people might have trouble seeing Remoraid or if they were more casual, have no idea how it might relate to the creature of the day at all. In that case, I sorta think its a success if and only if it inspires the person to look up the number and try to find out how and why the connection is there. With that said, it’s time to wrap things up here! Thank you for viewing, friends and robot aliens in disguise!

QOTD: What else might make for some weaponry inspired by Pokemon? Get creative!

Learn more about the artist, Bonny John, at www.bonnyjohn.com !

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.

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-Bonny