Day 24

Spike Ball Pokemon

Today we end the string of baby Pokemon with the oddball that is Togepi! My rendition of the creature hinges on the balance between cute and offbeat, in a concept that is not new to previous depictions of Togepi by other artists. The little chick cries for mama to feed it; I'll feed your INSATIABLE need to read up on the creative process! What's that? You're not the least bit curious?! T.T

I went through several concepts before reaching this point at the last second. At first, I thought it'd be cute to portray Togepi being spoonfed by its trainer and really get the infantile approach to be the driving force of the piece:

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When I realized I had a scene down but didn't have a creative style to illustrate it, I decided to move on. I still wanted to create a piece that highlighted it's 'baby factor'. After all, we saw Misty caring for the child like a baby and it was perhaps the first baby Pokemon we ever saw before we realized gen 2 was gonna come swinging with pre-evos.
Thus, I wanted to create a page out of a baby's ABC book. The T page, of course. You see the following WIPs? The middle one was what I was going to publish not less than 2 hours ago:

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However, I didn't feel satisfied with the work. It felt too easy. Sure, I put the time into it, and it met the requirement of approaching a new style for the day, but it didn't feel fulfilling. I thought maybe I could spruce it up and maybe make a wooden block that kids play with featuring the T, which is the last of the WIP line above. Instead, Togepi looks like it was straight up cast to the baby shadow realm >.> (whaddup Yugioh reference!)

I soon got worried. I didn't want to release a work that was done but that I didn't fully feel up to my standard. I thought again about the baby element. I instantly then thought about the feeding from before, and thought about how I was depicting Togepi. The last string of baby Pokemon have been true to their original appearances - I decided to get a bit funky with Togepi's design.

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As I said in the intro, this concept of making Togepi a chick is not new. It makes sense and the evos in it's line suggest its some sort of ambiguously avian creature, especially Togekiss. I made the association of chicks who when feeding, stick out their necks straight towards the sky and open wide to funnel food from mama. Thus, an image of a squat, round, cute Togepi waiting for food in a tight little nest was born.

I worked on the piece and hit all cylinders in an hour and half, which was an awesome feeling and truly the result having garnered experience and confidence with the original One a Day series. I am very happy and endorse today's illustration! *thumbs up*

Whew! So there you go gang! Thanks for tuning in and I hope you enjoy this different but adorable take on Togepi (I'm not sure how many of you guys will think this is cute, actually) and as always, would love to hear your feedback in the comments. That, and your response to...

The Question of the Day!

You find a Togepi egg and take care of it for some time until it hatches. The creature awakes to see you, it's new parent. You raise it for years until it leaves for college at 18. With tears in your eyes, it goes off to better itself. In the series of events, a new room opens up in your house. What do you turn the new room into!?

-Bonny

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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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omg these two gifs i have been slayed one a day is over because i am too dead to draw anything else