Poison Moth Pokemon
Dear TAYERs, have a Happy Halloween if you celebrate! I've had a bunch of rascals come by for the last few hours...Hopefully it stops! Just a while ago, the bell was going off like crazy, a la; DING DING DING DING DING DING DING. I thought it was a young child already high off the sugar but turns out they were stupid little teenage bafoons. My mummy forced me to give them candy but I actually wanted to give them a broom to the face! Aaaaand anyway...
And here we have...a moth...thing. Venomoth is largely forgettable, because of its bland color palette and just overall uninteresting design. Its...a moth. Its got a crest, I guess...But that's about it. Never mind the fact that I hate moths in real life, and as a kid I referred to them as KILLER BUTTERFLIES because of how scary they seemed to me...with how they flap their wings all crazy like and came out at night and how ugly they look. Browns on blacks with no wierd pattern that defines the variety of these things...Blech. Definitely killer butterflies.
So with yesterday's Venonat design, I tried to incorporate more of the moth palette and key features like the crest and wings to remove hints of Butterfree (whether or not it was intentional or not by the original designers that it was not the original evolution intended) and today it was a little bit of the opposite. Try as I may, I didn't like how I started coloring the work, and it was because Venomoth has so little to play with in regards to the original design.
First, I had to select what route to take this thing. I thought maybe I could incorporate the toxic dust the wings give off but ended up going rather static. Way back when, I planned to give Butterfree an illustration that played off of how Butterfly collectors keep dead critters and preserve them for science or their collections or whatever. That didn't pan out (for the better, Butterfree is one of my personal faves) and so I decided to apply that thought for Venomoth, since there are people who do the same for moths.
My first draft of Venomoth looked very butterfly like, or at least to what I thought looked like them, so I decided to make the piece wider and shorter. Because we're looking at the back of the moth and not the front, I had to make the back of the wings a sort of canvas to work on, since if we were looking at the piece straight forward, the face and the arms and what not would be enough to satisfy the description of Venomoth.
The thing about moths are that they're "furrier" than their counterparts so I added that bit at the base of the wings. I studied various moths and found various shapes to base my illustration off of. I ended up simply mixing and matching them for this piece. Color wise, I was going to play around with purples. Eventually, it got boring so I needed to spice it up. I ended up adding red "windows" on the bottom portion of the wings as a throw back to the translucent style wings Venomoth has. The top portion of the wings got that design as well although a bit more colored and blocked in.
Having the red window is a throwback to Venonat, and as you know, I like to showcase continuity between forms to show progression. Anyway, that about wraps it up for today's design. Its pretty straight forward but gets the job done. I wanted to play with colors for this piece but decided to keep it tonally dull as most moths are (with a few exceptions) so here's your poison moth pokemon, Venomoth. The end result is a color palette I normally never play with, but there is a haunting beauty to it if I do say so myself.
And there you go! Thanks to all of you for reading and viewing. And as always, thanks for sharing the project and spreading the word of Pokemon One a Day! 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.