Kakuna...the cocoon Pokemon whose Japanese name is...Cocoon.
I struggled with this guy quite a bit! My first rendition of him was to show him in the middle of evolution, but as I did some some google searches of him for reference, I saw that there was a Pokemon card done in a similar fashion. I then realized I had seen that card quite some time ago so my original idea was a dormant memory of that image.
Obviously I had to drop that direction and I come up with something new. I continued to struggle to find a way to represent him. I tried out a picasso style that ended up looking boring and too busy, which goes against the still nature of a cocoon. Eventually, I started playing with basic forms, which I think is the best route to go when brainstorming ideas. Everything is made up of forms that when simplified and can be represented as basic shapes. I found a rectangular prism shape and starting etching into it, like a sculptor. I kept the blocky feel but touched up with curves where appropriate as you see the shape of the head is represented with an arch.
And there you have it, Kakuna!
P.S. I changed up Weedle's design a bit. The difference isn't super noticeable but it makes me feel better haha. It's basically the same as yesterday but what you see now was my first first rendition of it before I added more detail to it.
Weedle so far has gotten the weakest response of the project, and I wondered if it was because the design/style was weak or because he's simply not a popular Pokemon. I took it as a combination of the two. But those days are bound to come, so its all good.
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