The Leaf Pokemon
Alright Chikorita, you went from cute to respectable! Surely Bayleef, your evolution will be so super awesome! Can't wait for you to not disappoint me in the slightest when you hit level 32 and evolve into the cool sounding "Meganium!"
When it came to prepping for a 100 new illustrations, I began to brainstorm and compile art styles that I hadn't used yet from the first series. Looking at the first 9 illustrations of series 1, the starting Pokemon families set a precedent for varying styles, and I wondered how Johto's starting families would fare in correlation. I thought it might be fun to remix styles, which I have ideas for down the line, but maybe it would be cool to pay homage to the originals that I did and this Bayleef was sorta the result of that.
If you may recall, Venusaur was done in a collage style, and I thought maybe I could do that for Meganium. I eventually decided it'd be best if I gave these starters their own voices so I ended up moving the collage concept to Bayleef here. I wasn't sure how to portray it, and when that happened in series 1, I would opt to find stylized depictions to help me think outside the box.
I originally simply planned to have shapes make up a very plain Bayleef, and then I noticed the segmented pieces colored in shades of green kinda looked like leaves. I then transplanted leaf textures into the work to give the final "oomph" that I needed to seal the deal. Fun fact: The actual "bay leaf" texture found amongst these various leaves are the leaves found around the neck of the Pokemon!
So, I think that about wraps it up for today's illustration and write up! Bayleef was definitely a fun illustration to do and it was very satisfying to reach this end result through collage. Lastly, I want to introduce the Question of the Day! Get you guys more involved and what not...Let's see...Who's your favorite grass starter throughout all the generations? Mine is that little bugger Snivy. He ain't even take lip from his mama.
Leave your answers and thoughts of the artwork (questions, comments, critiques) below!
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.