Seeking the wild Seaking! Err...He doesn't look too wild here, does he? I had no idea what to do with this Pokemon, as this is the first of many fish type Pokemon to appear in the dex...And fish are fantastic creatures that come in all shapes and sizes. I guess because of that thought, I decided to play around with Seaking's form all around.
I'm not particularly fond of Seaking, as I find him to be rather bland. His design consists of too many elements that are fighting one another - billowing fins, a horn, fangs by his lips, tiger stripes, spots, it's just a mess! I really dislike it being the evolution of Goldeen, who should have and could have evolved into something more graceful. Perhaps male and female of the species could have had their own lines - Seaking and Seaqueen...But that'd be a bit much, huh?
As I've said before I'm sure many a time during these write ups, when I'm having trouble with coming up with a style or design for the Pokemon for the day, I go to square one and that's identify the shapes that make up the Pokemon. This advice can be applied to anyone working on any sort of artwork - break down the object into basic shapes and see how it's structured.
From there, start messing around with the shape. Shapes all have different meaning to them, so by altering the size or even the shape itself into another one, you can create whole new definitions for the original object. By playing around with Seaking in its simplest form, I began to assign new roles to the shape for my work. Finding the right combination then creates the new identity - after all was said and done, I had a very cartoony Seaking with its own brand new persona.
From there, it was all about coloring the work. Evolving yesterday's take on Goldeen with colors, I brought back the orange and blue and married them to one another. Seated towards one another, the piece is more vibrant as is the level of saturation between the gradation of colors of the lips, body, and fins/details.
A few hours later, the happy go lucky Seaking was complete! What do you think of tonight's work? As always, I would hope you found the work to be visually pleasing and this write up to bring you knowledge and insight about my thought and work process. As another week comes to a close, I can look forward to relax the next 48 hours to deliver a superstar when we return. Have a good night, have a great weekend, and have an amazing next week when we return on Monday!
+ 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.