Pokemon One a Day: Porygon
This virtual pocket monster is the best of both worlds! Although, one of those worlds might be dial up modem connecting through AOL…It’s that old! In today’s Pokemon One a Day, we look at my take on a Pokemon who was manufactured but not along the same lines as Mewtwo. Enter Porygon!
This piece might not look too flashy (not a reference to the seizure inducing episode featuring Pokemon, which btw, Pikachu was responsible for, not our polygonal ducky!) but the element that makes this difference from the others is how it combines the use of my good pal Photoshop Elements I’ve been using all this time…alongside…msPAINT!? Yes!
This piece showcases the transition of how I imagine Porygon moves from our world to the digital world, where he helps out Digimon in his spare time. Utilizing the powerhouse that is Photoshop to create the more fleshed out section of Porygon, I create the illusion of a creature pushing out of another realm that is depicted in the opposite light of Photoshop - scratchy and outdated marks as found in MsPaint.
Yep, that very paint program that you used to create those masterpieces as a kid. I dabbled with the spray paints and paint buckets and all that other horrid extension of tools as a kid and I had the thought to use that to help create this work as a good way to separate this piece from all the others in this series. I had this thought also because in comparison to Porygon 2 and Z, Porygon the first is so outdated in the line. Thus, this piece is a reflection of showcasing msPaint and Photoshop in their line of evolution.
The cyberspace depiction as seen in the back of Porygon is to be seen as the building block. What I created here is very hallmark of how sci-fi entities treated such grounds back in the day, with Tron as a good starting point. Then, the MsPaint adventure continues to a more fleshed out Porygon. The next layer is seen as circuitry flashes over the plane of the creature. Finally, Photoshop comes as clean up and smooths out the surfaces, giving us a glimpse at what the creature will look like in the real world.
Everything else around the piece just helps it along. Some references to its creator, the funding company, loading time, etc. are flourishes I believe will help the piece stand stronger than without. And like that, Porygon is complete! So what do you think of this creation of Paint and Photoshop? Thanks for taking a look at today’s illustration and see you tomorrow! Good night!
+ 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.
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