Today, we look at a Pokemon who is looking like a former shell of itself...See what I did there? Enter Kabuto, on Pokemon One a Day!
With the dome and helix fossils, players were given a chance to peak into the world of yesteryear in their Red and Blue universes. With the ability to take the fossils, one could ressurect the creature and have living history in their midst. When it came to illustration the family of prehistoric Pokemon, I wrestled with the idea of presenting one of them to appear in the fashion seen here for Kabuto.
I try and take a number of liberties in presenting my work that I think would best fit the Pokemon. Sometimes, they're completely out of left field, and other times, it's expected but not overly so. The reason why I didn't want to showcase Kabuto as a fossilized entity (or in this case, just an impression of one against the earth) was because it was probably expected.
Not that there's anything wrong with you guys "calling" the illustration before it's released, but when I have a unique creature I can have fun in interpreting, I'd rather do something that could surprise. Yet here we are, with an illustrated fossil that you probably might have expected...But there is an "x factor" here I can say with confidence you might not have expected.
Kabuto, in the Unown caligraphic alphabet is spelt out in this slab, as if the ancient man who lived besides the creatures might have kept their own records or zoos! I think adding this element helps expand the nature of this work and presentation, as well as the overall scope of what details I might add to get the work to shine by standards I try to set.
The rest of the work was very basic. I formed out a slab with crude drafts and looked at trilobite impressions and fossils to help cement the work. I took liberty with Kabuto's underside by making it more detailed so the piece might not look too plain since the creature is very simple in concept. I had originally worked on a fleshed out version of it but couldn't do anything with it, which is why I went the fossil route.
So there you have it! What do you think of today's work? Both something you expected and then unexpected, right? Thanks guys for reading and looking! See you tomorrow!
+ Pokemon One a Day is a series illustrated and curated by Bonny John in an effort to represent the the first generation of characters from the world wide phenomenon that is known as Pokemon. The idea is simple - to draw and share one new Pokemon a day (weekends off!) until every Pokemon from the set is completed. This project is an exploration of fine art styles for learning and leisurely purposes.