Today on One a Day is lava come to life; Slugma. As a concept, I guess it works...It’s a bit random and it’s design isn’t anything to write home about so I went in for the illustration knowing it wasn’t about making a connection to anything but playing up the style of the day.
Style can revolve around presentation of line work, coloring, abstraction of ideas and themes, usage of materials, and creating comprehensive visual language that is followed throughout a number of body of works. Because I move onto a new illustration each day, I can never really push a style to perfection that I create on the spot and have to convince the viewer that the work and the style it’s presented in feels robust.
For Slugma, the style I pushed revolved around a cartoony level of surrealism, and playing up color to recreate the original design of the Pokemon. Slugma is an entity made of lava - in the show and games we seem him to be a solid creature but I envisioned the slug element being runny and moist. This create a very vivid and moving image in my head, and I sought to create that level of fluidity by creating layers.
To further emphasize movement, I made sure to have the creature appear like it was melting under its own heat - the droopy nature adds personality especially around the eye closest to us- some Dali action going on there! The color palette was settled on near the end of the work, as the piece felt really boring otherwise with safer anaglous warm color set. I’m glad I went this way and the piece really feels more like my own when I got to really mess around with some hot pink for a hot Pokemon.
Ok! That’s it y’all! Slugma is hot off the presses and ready to evolve for tomorrow’s piece. I suspect maybe something more abstract...? We shall see! Thanks for checking in with me, sexy peoples. See you tomorrow!
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.
QOTD - Name a Pokemon whose color palette you currently dislike, and recolor it!