Thursday, January 27, 2011

"Get in the Damn Ball Already" Progress Pictures!

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...

1.1.11 Sketchbook Page

1.14.11 - "Get in The Damn Ball Already!" sketches

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


Feederwatch Thursday!

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!

1 comment:

Albertonykus said...

Battling the strong trainers (such as the Elite Four) might make a better candidate for "epic" battles, in contrast to the grueling ones often "fought" against legendaries.