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Charmander - Pokemon One a Day!

By BonnyJohn
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Let's be frank; Charmander has got to be the most popular starter of all time. Clearly he has been chosen to embark on a journey with more Pokemon trainers than any other starter throughout all the generations. Yet here I am about to tell you that I've only ever selected Bulbasaur and Squirtle during my runs in Pokemon Blue those years back!
That said, I got nothing against the little guy. He was totes adorbsz in the Pokemon animated series. When it came to representing the lizard pokemon, my original rendition had a silhouette made of blocky shapes similar in the style of my Bulbasaur. I decided quickly that he should have his own look and style in an effort to keep with the theme of this project; coming up with new, interesting, and unique styles to represent pokemon through their backgrounds. I could have easily attempted to draw Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle all in the same style and theme, and it would have been nice to share a uniformity due to their relations as starters, but as stated it would go against the nature of my experiment.

All that said, for future illustrations, I might attempt to recreate past styles seen in the designs. This to see how they might have evolved (no pun intended...maybe) over time through experience and exploration.

As for Charmander, the design I went for was very basic, as it should be for the young critter. Where I sought to add some personality was in the representation of the flame on his tail. There are other animals with flamey tails and the like but the Char family did it first. There's not much else to say for this illustration, except that I hope you find him as cute as I do in this representation.

Hope you enjoyed today's art! See You tomorrow!


+ Pokemon One a Day is a series illustrated and curated by Bonny John in an effort to represent the entire catalogue 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 is completed. This project is an exploration of fine art styles for learning and leisurely purposes.

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ShadOBabeHobbyist General Artist
Heehee, aww, Charmander... Such memories.
I remember saving up for months to get a Gameboy Color and Pokemon Red.
I finally got it... and had a Charizard by the next day... X'D I've started with Fire types for EVERY generation of Pokemon except Gen 5 (liked Oshawott more than Tepig). Can't help it, Fire Types are my favorite types. That said, I agree that Charizard is over hyped. My favorite fully evolved Starter is actually Blaziken (he's also my 2nd favorite Pokemon ever).

But back on the art, I feel like I should address all your Kanto Starters here in one message, just so I don't needlessly cram up your inbox. I love the style you went with and I love how they all match with each other. They really look like they all belong to the same series. The way they're drawn, it kind of makes be think of like... hieroglyphics of the pokemon world. And I love the coloring so much. <3

And I'm not really a fan of tattoos, but I have to say, your Blastoise would make a pretty kickin' one.
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BonnyJohnStudent Digital Artist
Ah, thank you for compiling your thoughts in one snug little message!

You're a fire fan huh?  I'm a grass type boy, so I'll probably get burned by you!  I've gone green for all the games except 2, all of which because I found "spoilers" of the final evos and decided early on.  I went with Torchic in Gen 3 instead of Treecko (Blaziken's design really impressed me as Sceptile I recall at the time looked too bland) and I went with Froakie instead of Chespin for Gen 6.  I remember when the final evos were spotted and everyone threw a hissy fit haha.  While Chesnaught slowly grew on me (personally I still find his design can be improved and I hope a mega evolution rectifies that), Delphox was by far the most disappointing and Greninja by process of elimination was the best looking in my eyes.  Lo and behold he easily became the most popular of the gen with the crazy "protean" ability and even making the Smash 4 roster! 

I'll more than likely go with a grass starter with Pokemon Moon at the end of the year for betraying the grass starters for 2 gens of the 6!  

As for the notion of a Blasotise tattoo, crazy that you mention it because 2 people have actually asked for permission while someone else randomly messaged me showing that they got one!  Pretty insane that my art actually graces someone's body now!  
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La-Hyene-DeglingueeHobbyist Digital Artist
I love him!
I think is cuter than Bulbizarre!
And like you I think people are overrating Charizard
But it's maybe because I more a "water type" guy ;)
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BonnyJohnStudent Digital Artist
Yeah, I do like how this one came out - I think how I drew him makes him my favorite of the three starters of this series.  Of course, Bulbasaur is my favorite Kanto starter though!
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La-Hyene-DeglingueeHobbyist Digital Artist
Mine was... Feraligatr (I am from the second generation)
But I like more their final stage, even if I like cute thingI really moreappreciate their majestic form :)
But for the first gen, I do not really have a favorite one, Love them all!
Pokemon Gotta Love them... ok, I stop now ;))