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Serpentine Steelix! Pokemon One a Day, Series 2!

Day 57

Iron Snake Pokemon

Did you know that Steelix only grows 2 more feet upon evolution? I wish he had doubled from Onix cause he’s so cool and imposing and I love this design and want him to be more brolic than ever. Oh well! Anyway...welcome Twitch’s “Metal Gear” to One a Day!

Steelix has such a distinct face - the body understandably stays the same so I had to focus on the main element that changes from evolution. The piece itself evolved from a more basic portrayal into something utilizing perspective to play up it’s massive size. This is done with a coiled appearance as the iron snake moves from back to front using shading and details appropriately.


Another element that helps with the perspective is the rare use of popping out of the border. In the first series, only Mewtwo had elements of the full illustration approach to break out the border. Here, parts are selected strategically to play up the perspective. As the face is so close, it’s given a lot of detail and I used several texture brushes to give the face a brushed metal surface.

Speaking of brushed metal, I wanted to make this piece originally a remix to Onix on his appearance. I felt I was extremely successful with Onix and wanted a companion piece in Steelix so I sought to use various metallic textures to coat the faces of his segmented body like the rocky appearance for Onix. After some experimentation (WIP 4), it looked too abstract and wasn’t panning out. Originally, I meant Onix to be abstract as well but I ended up mapping rocky textures to give it a wholly realistic look that in the end looked plausible - Steelix probably wouldn’t work out in the realistic style if I managed to succeed anyway.


And there you have it! This is one of the more later submitted pieces in Series 2 and I apologize for the slight delay. This week is sorta hectic for me so I’m trying to get my work in throughout a whole bunch of jumping around hoops and such. Thanks for checking in gang. Hope you dig Steelix and see you next time!


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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