Day 6

Volcano Pokemon

The brash and confident Quilava has finally reached level 36, and returns as the terrifying loose cannon, Typhlosion! Erupting with rage, the living volcano stands tall and is ready to defend its pride, trainer, and secret stash of donuts. Through the fire and flames we carry on!

So, having conversations with you guys throughout the series, I found that a lot of you, almost all of you really love Typhlosion. No talk about Meganium or Feraligatr...It all came down to fondness for the honey badger/wolverines/stoat/weasel. Thus, I felt a sot of expectation level to meet which influenced how I would present the beast. As I had been teasing before, the evolution in art styles dictates around the way I present the flames, as all the fire starters have unique fiery details to their design and Typhlosion is no different.

I sorta see Typhlosion as a bit too plain in its original form - I like how the orifices from which fire bursts were split on Quilava. For Typhlosion, it returns as a sort of cape/reverse mane, which is sorta cool but a bit lacking in my opinion. This could be rectified with a mega evolution, but that's a discussion for later. So as I said, fire was the crux for this line of creatures and we've gone from little fire bubbles, to ribbony flames, and now to an erupting fan of fireworks. The color is saturated and explodes throughout the pieces in frantic yet tidy disarray...An oxymoron of sorts.

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As the volcano Pokemon, I picture Typhlosion erupting like a volcano, fanning out its flames as far as it can to intimidate enemies or attract a partner. In this case, we're seeing one just before it does battle, with the creature doing its best "COME AT ME BRUH" pose. To me, it's more like he just went super saiyan, flexing his arms out to expel all the flames and get down to ass kicking business.

The overall visual direction pursues the display of fire - destructive and full of energy and vigor. The strokes are hurried and consistently rush about the surface of the subject - it mimics fur while creating movement in this blazing display. I treated the pillars of fire as fireworks - exploding out almost more like electricity with bolts of color discharging at rapid pace.

With all that said, I think you get the point and we can wrap things up here! Thanks guys for tuning in to the start of week 2! Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend and will provide to me any remarks or critiques for the work in the comments below, along with your response to...

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The Question of the Day!

What animal should the next fire starter be based off of and why? Give as much detail as you like - have fun!

-Bonny

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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