Day 34

Imitation Pokemon

Sudowoodo, everyone's favorite dancing tree but not really a tree arrives to One a Day! Today's illustration wiggles around a style that carries a cartoon heavy direction with some pseudo-realistic elements to plant details into the mix, loosely inspired by everyone's favorite alien tree thingmabob, GROOOOOT!

I originally thought of doing something more realistic in my mind before the pen hit the paper. Groot was my first thought but when the drawing began, I had Sudowoodo's simple but cute face in the way and I thought maybe I could go more cartoony. Still, I wanted to create the element of living wood.

Except then I remembered that Sudowoodo is a rock type.


So then I applied a more "realistic" filter in my brain to approach the work. I would combine wood and rock to help build up the notion that Sudowood imitates trees for defensive purposes. I decveloped a body that had rock armor with wood splinters and then followed through with Sudowoodo's key features like his crest, his three pronged foliage, and body markings.

I settled on using lucious green textured "blobs" to create the leaves, after creating several different approaches in one of the wips to see what I liked best. I then ushered in moss and greens all over the body to give some more character to seal the deal.


So there you have it! Thanks for tuning in TAYfolk! Hope you guys liked this Sudowoodo illustration and can leave comment or critique below, in addition to your response to...

The Question of the Day!

Create a new Pokemon that might appear to have a logical type due to it's visual design and then reveal it's true typing and why/how it came to be!



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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