Last weekend, I worked hard on a piece for a contest held at the Pokemon Daily group in DeviantArt. The rules were simply, "have your team of six Pokemon battle a Legendary in it's lair."
Now, I briefly considered making a Big Damn Painting of a Big Damn Epic Battle. Then I remembered that I tend to stink at battle scenes, especially if they involve more than two characters/figures (one-on-one fights are more dramatically interesting anyway).
But more importantly, I remembered what actual in-game encounters with Legendaries are really like...
So I whipped up the sketches you see here. With an end-of-the-month deadline, a big painting was out of the question, but I didn't really want to do yet another digital painting either. Watercolor felt right. I just didn't want this piece to look "too neat", it wouldn't fit the tone I was going for.
Here's the sketch, in blue pencil (enhanced; it was much lighter in real life):
Starting to ink Azelf, the little brat:
Further inking. If there is any real triumph in this piece, it's the expression on Tyler the Empoleon:
The final inks:
Starting on the cave background. I don't think there's a "right" way to point in watercolors, but for some reason I like to work back-to-front:
Painting the figures in the background:
And the finished watercolors:
Here's a detail on my screaming metal penguin:
And here's the final piece at DA. Wish me luck!
Get In The Damn Ball Already by ~babbletrish on deviantART
Downy Woodpecker 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
European Starling 16
Northern Cardinal 1
House Sparrow 15
And speaking of Nuthatches, I added these cards to the Zazzle store just in time for Valentine's Day!