The Pokemon Go Phenomenon: Pokemon Art and Adventure

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard about Pokemon Go by now. The new app has spread like wildfire and millions are playing. I’ve been running around playing myself and it has made me love Pokemon all over again. There’s something so exhilarating about tracking down an Eevee or an Abra and seeing it through the augmented reality then finally catching one! Once you hit level 5 in the game you can go to a gym and declare your loyalty to one of three teams, Instinct, Mystic or Valor.

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DeviantART artist, RJ Palmer, is a Pokemon fan as well and he’s taken a slightly different spin on their design. Pokemon Go lets us imagine the Pokemon in our world but RJ takes it to a new level with his realistic designs. The game would be so creepy if it looked like this snapshot of a realistic Mewtwo that RJ has imagined:


Running around the park hunting down Pokemon and having that stare back at you? I think I’d run screaming! Pokemon in the show were much cuter, and the Pokemon in Pokemon Go have that more classic styling. It is interesting to compare the designs with RJ’s realistic versions.RJ has done realistic Pokemon drawings for quite a few of the original Pokemon like the starters, Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur. He’s also done the very popular Eevee and its evolutions. He’s also worked on the second generation of the Pokemon, imagining another set of starters in realistic form, Cyndaquil, Totodile and Chikorita.

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I always enjoy seeing how people interpret characters and imagining realistic versions of cartoons is an interesting exercise. It’s a great way to push yourself artistically. You already have the basic design of the creature or person so you don’t have to come up with something totally from scratch, but you have to think of its appearance in a different way. RJ has a book showcasing his realistic Pokemon art. Make sure to check it out as well as the rest of his DeviantART gallery!

I can’t wait to see even more of the art that this game inspires. People are getting so creative and passionate.

Feeling inspired by the Pokemon Go excitement? For help creating your own monsters and creatures, check out Monster Factory by Ernie Harker and The Explorer’s Guide to Fantasy Creatures by Emily Fiegenschuh. Create your own Pokemon or draw your favorite Pokemon in exciting scenes!

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