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Sizin' Up Scyther! Pokemon One a Day!

Pokemon One a Day: Scyther

Mantis Pokemon

Bug/Flying Pokemon

If you were a 10 year old boy watching Pokemon in it's early beginnings and saw Scyther, then you found your favorite Pokemon. Scythes on a bug dinosaur thing that can fly around at high speed to slice up his enemies? Wrap it up and put a bow on it. Scyther is every young boy's favorite Pokemon. This is a universal fact accepted by all the leading scholars on the matter.


That 10 year old kid was me, who unwrapped the first ever booster pack of Pokemon cards he was gifted as a treat for helping his mother and received in it his first rare card - Scyther. The booster pack I selected had a drawing of Scyther on it too; I chose that pack because he looked cool. Plain and simple.

Thus, I feel it's safe to say that that was the inspiration of coming up with today's work - a piece that's simply "cool" on face value. I can say Scyther is one of my favorites but let's be honest, he's many people's favorite for the same damn reasons. Thus, today's piece had a lot riding on it! Scyther is drawn in a very tight manner - I've meticulously combed over the draft to get a nice bad-ass pose of a deadly Pokemon calling out for his foe.


Scyther was one of the Pokemon who, early on in the series, was someone I couldn't wait to get to. The first idea I had for him those months ago was to do a gijinka styled piece - to paint him as a samurai with insect motifs dual wielding two katana. I should still probably do this as a separate piece of work, but that's besides the point - I would have no idea that the first idea would somehow segue into this one.

Today's illustration style is simply focused around painting a creatuer in a pose to deliver a sense of awe through nostalgia. I modified Scyther a bit here and there for detail's sake, and yes, the wings aren't fanned in a traditional sense but I think it looks better this way for the pose. Also, it's sort of a nod to the signature attack "x-scissor".


Like how it doesn't take much to tell one why Scyther is our favorite, I feel like I don't have to say anymore! I hope you enjoyed today's work, a piece I hope I did justice for the sake of a character who I'm sure many of you have been looking forward to. Thanks for looking and reading, seeing 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.


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