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Skies Over Alola by BLARGEN69 Skies Over Alola by BLARGEN69
My final two large prints for EPCON, and two pieces I've been planning for quite a long time now!!

It's been quite a long time now since the release of Sun & Moon and somehow I'm still playing them, most Pokemon games never make it this far in the postgame play period, in fact, the only ones I can think of really that lasted long at all are Pearl and Platinum. At this point I think it's safe to say the honeymoon period's well past over when it comes to Sun & Moon and yet I find myself feeling they're some of my new favorite games in the series. Though not my favorite, I think they might come after Platinum and Emerald, now.

Pokemon has changed a lot since those times though, initially I was very wary over the more theatrical story-focused approach that Sun & Moon took compared to previous iterations and worried that over time my feelings and good graces toward the game would start to waver as I realized that, but if anything it's been the opposite. And it's because Sun & Moon told such good stories. I still cannot believe honestly, how many characters I fell in love with in this game, they're way into the double digits and even minor characters leave such huge impressions on you and are brimming with personality, Alola feels so lived in, and the main story tackled some dark themes I'd never expected in a Pokemon game let-alone this one. And that's really what makes the story so refreshing really is just how surprising it all was.

Sun & Moon could have been nothing but a very safe attempt at a 20th anniversary pair of games, and I frankly was worried it would be. Instead we got some wack story about ancient aliens that leads to an exploration of familial desruction and child abuse and themes of neglect and cultural advancement and so much more, the games are just packed with so much to love that I'd never expected in these titles. And if this is what our 20th anniversary games are like I can't imagine what the future has in store for us with this new approach!!!! I'm so excited for the future of Pokemon more than ever before and that says a lot considering Pokemon is LITERALLY my entire life!!!!!!

No element of the story hit me as well as Lillie and Nebby did, though. I got so attached to both of them and seeing them grow alongside and with the help of one another was so sweet. Lillie is such an amazing character, and dealt with such a human story in a game series about monsters and two titles specifically dealing with an alien invasion of all things, it was just so unexpected and beautiful. I'm not ashamed to admit how much the Lillie elements of this game made me cry and cry a lot.
I still really miss Lillie, but I know we'll see her again one day and

I can't wait!!


Here's links to them separately for those who want them!!
Lillie Sun by BLARGEN69  Lillie Moon by BLARGEN69
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Watch the

SPEEDPAINTS

here!!!

Sun: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFl0m1…



Moon: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEugs5…


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VicLiang Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
CUTE
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azulila Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
LILLIE MY DAUGHTER
I was so excited for you to draw this! It ended up beautiful!! I like how they look like the postcards in the credits of the game, the scenery is beautiful and feels like you're part of it as well <3
When I finished the game, I legit had an obsession with her omg ;; I had her as my desktop and phone bg, she's just so pure and yet she had one of the best character developments of the whole franchise! She's definetly one of the best characters!
And omggg even though Solgaleo and Lunala look so grand, they look adorable and feel as soft as Nebby! It's like they've grown too along with Lillie, I also hope we get to see her again! She's so amazing and she looks as amazing in your art style!! ^q^
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dalittlewagh Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017
I can't get over how awesome your style is! I have not found one piece of your art that I have major critique with, not to say you haven't improved since you went to digital, but you get the idea, nice work blargen.
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017   General Artist
You are seriously the master of compliments dude!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!
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dalittlewagh Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017
Thank you very much! And its not a problem. hey as long as I have you I'd like to ask how did you come up with astronatical?(pardon my spelling.)
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017   General Artist
Thank you so much for asking!!

Astronautical was very different when it first started, can you believe, it didn't even have aliens in it once haha! It had the same main characters though but they were a hodgepodge of weird things and instead of dealing with aliens dealt with ghosts, cryptids, government conspiracies and all sorts of paranormal stuff. Astronautical at it's core originates from my love of that type of stuff, I listen to talk shows and radio shows about those almost daily and have over half my life so it really shaped me! But the most important thing in my life is my love for biology and animals, I spent most of my life wanting to be a marine biologist!!! So that is where the concept of a universe where all the alien races are based off of sea creatures came from!! And it just kept growing and growing from there haha!
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dalittlewagh Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017
Nice, thanks for responding i'm sure you get that question a lot. I hope you can achieve your dream sometime, sorry for the delay in respond btw
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Twinke-and-Zone-Co Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! <3 *hugz Lunala and doesn't share with anyone* >:c

*ok, so shares her with BLARGEN* <3
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017   General Artist
Is it that obvious that it's the one I like more and that I got Moon! XD
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Twinke-and-Zone-Co Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017
<:3c
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Thunder-the-Coyote Featured By Owner Edited Apr 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
In my honest opinion, these games made me love Pokémon again. (Didn't like X/Y personally)
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017   General Artist
I really enjoyed X & Y from a gameplay perspective but so much of it is just beyond bland and boring, they really do feel like glorified tech demos for Sun & Moon. ORAS were one of the most boring games in the series to me as well, astounding cause RSE are some of my favorite games ever made. Sixth gen just didn't seem to have much heart or effort in it. I've seen so many people share the same opinion as you with Sun & Moon though in regards to X&Y so dang did they really do a good job haha! I can't wait to see what's next!!!!!!
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hooksnfangs Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet work on both of these images. I really like the day and night contrast between the two.
Man if Pokemon didn't require so much time/investment, I'd grab myself a copy of SUN. 
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017   General Artist
Thanks a bunch dude!!! I really love doing things like that, and the theme of Sun & Moon gives me the most perfect excuse ever haha!

I feel you there, I get so little time to play games these days that frankly the annual Pokemon games are kinda the only things I buy these days!!
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