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Swinub Surplus! Pokemon One a Day, Series 2!

Day 69

Pig Pokemon

Today’s feature is this tiny little cretin that I can’t decide is really cute and should be snuggled to be a football I should punt across a stadium. It’s the “pig” Pokemon, Swinub! As the creature is rather defined in a way that limits how I could reinterpret it for a full illustration, I went in a route that got to fill up the composition with a minor redesign and explore evolution in ways that we haven’t seen in Pokemon yet!

Swinub is a literal “groundhog”. He’s a pig that’s almost magnetized to the earth with little to no signs of feet showing which make you wonder how it zips about. For my vision of multiple coloring patterns/markings to work, I need to define the creature to be less ambiguous and feature more elements of its animal of origin.


In this case, I not only looked to make it more pig like with small ears and tail, but in its shape and fur in homage of the original design by incorporating guinea pigs! Once I deemed it cute enough, it was a simple matter of deciding how I would split the markings. Oh, before I touch up on that, I wanted to say I went with a sleepy expression in homage of the official design having “sleepy eyes” which I didn’t want to bring into this interpretation.

So, the colors! Obviously, the first Swinub had to be the original colors. This is the base Swinub! The second Swinub is one that’s evolved to blend into it’s snowy habitat (although the first one also lives in such a place...heh) while the third is your run of the mill piggly wiggly version. The fourth was one I was excited to incorporate...This is the pre-ancestor to Mankey, another “pig” Pokemon! Hope you guys like that little nod. The 4th and 5th are forest bound and domesticated pigs that you can only raise AND NOT ENVISION AS BACON WITH YOUR EGGS IN DA MORN.


That wraps it up guys! I hope you enjoyed the piece - when I get to creatures like Swinub that have little to work with, I get nervous in how to present them because I feel its an uphill battle to make less popular creatures more interesting. Perhaps I over think it, but wat can du abt that?

QOTD: What Pokemon do you find to be a strange departure from its animal of origin?



Learn more about the artist, Bonny John, at www.bonnyjohn.com !

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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