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Hajime, Heracross! Pokemon One a Day, Series 2!

Day 63

Single Horn Pokemon

Today I get the pleasure of illustrating another one of my personal favorites; Heracross! It was definitely the anime that sold me on the creature as Ash’s was both comic relief and also a pretty reliable fighter as I recall. The style for today isn’t based on anything in particular...All I knew was that I wanted to do a Sumo with gangster tats for this fighting bug Pokemon!


As far as crossovers/parodies, I made a few connections that I could have taken but nothing felt too strong to push through. So outside of the obvious beetle connections, I chose to look at the nature of beetles and Heracross’ actual typing. Beetles be fighting eachother and flipping dudes with their horns and doing great battle...All of a sudden, I envisioned two beetles, heavyset dudes gripping at eachother and trying to toss the other in a ring, SUMO STYLE!!!

By the way, that’s totally going to become a story/characters I’m going to write/create/draw soon haha. I think sumo is the perfect style of fighting for Heracross, and so I gave him a pose of waiting that I referenced from a photo. From there, I thought it was too plain so I went the Yakuza route and tatted him up with a whole bunch of detail on one side.

I opened up Heracross’ wings as I envision they could use them to hover from being flipped and what not. Seriously, I’m really going to write up a short story and create beetle characters as sumos lmao. Style wise, I just did my thing and kept building up the character and used a textured brush to give some wear and tear to the warrior which gives it some nice oomph. I wanted to make it visually different from all the other works as usual so I used lines to detail the inside, and only the inside, leaving the outside open. This let’s the tattoo linework look even more detailed and cartoony which really works in my opinion.


So there you have it! Another illustration as we cross hump day. Gotta say, this week’s been really fun and I’ll be sure to use this momentum to finish up strong. Tomorrow’s work is going to be really awesome, and will feature a crossover of a character that many of us love...So stay tuned. Thank’s y’all and 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.


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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