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Squirtle by KokoKiero Squirtle by KokoKiero
Continuing with my old school colour palettes, here's Squirtle! 

I had some trouble with the positioning and pose on this one - for simple shapes, I found it really hard to place them correctly!! I re-drew the legs, tail, and shell several times. I find line art very tedious and difficult to do, probably because it is one of my least favourite things to do.

How do you guys choose poses for your characters? Do you think I did a good job with this one? What is one thing I could change about this image to make it better? And does anyone have any tips to make line art more enjoyable, or why do you personally like/dislike line art? Let me know in the comments!

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Others in this series:

Charmander

Bulbasaur

Pikachu

Tumblr: artofkokokiero.tumblr.com

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:iconalicejigsaw:
AliceJigsaw Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Student Artist
Excellent! I love! You used the retro design... It's wonderful!! :D
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:iconkokokiero:
KokoKiero Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018
I love some of the old designs and how they were more monster-ish rather than cute!
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:iconalicejigsaw:
AliceJigsaw Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Student Artist
Yep. ^^ They have a kind of charm. :) (even if I have an obvious preference for the current design... :D) I never played R/B/Y. Too bad.
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KristenJarvisART Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
I'm commenting on behalf of :iconprojectcomment:

I'm a huge fan of pokemon and grew up watching the show. I'm glad to see you drawing some of the original pokemon! 

What I think could use some work:
I don't really like that your outline isn't a consistent color. It changed from black, to light blue, to black. Maybe a nice navy color would be a good in the middle color to do the entire outline in, without making the breaks in it?
For being squirtle, I think the eyes are too close together. Most pokemon seem to have further set eyes.
I also feel like the tail is too small in proportion to the rest of him. It also could be done in a darker color to add depth to the drawing.
Highlight shimmers on the bubbles could help them be more dimensional and more bubble like! 

I do really like the chest plate on him! It's well shaped and the color transition adds the depth and curve to it. 

I hope these small critiques are helpful for any future works from you! 
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KokoKiero Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
Thank you for the feedback! I see what you mean about the eyes for sure, I need to start paying attention to more details as I work on stuff. I was trying to emulate the old Gameboy sprites for both the line colours and the bubbles... More refinement for both is needed I see! I'll try to work closer to the sprites next time. I was trying to hide the tail behind Squirtle because of the pose he's in, do you mean just the tail tip itself should be bigger? 
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KristenJarvisART Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
Charmander! Ooops
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KristenJarvisART Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
Yes. The tip of the tail should be slightly bigger, and a darker tone. (similar to how you did Charzards tail on the other piece.)
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KokoKiero Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
Thank you for the clarification! :)
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:iconerikservin:
ErikServin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Bubbles!
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:iconkokokiero:
KokoKiero Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016
Who knew bubbles could be dangerous?
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ErikServin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This one: Protective bubble run
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:iconready2create:
Ready2Create Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016   General Artist
Like the style on squirtle, very retro!
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:iconkokokiero:
KokoKiero Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016
Thank you, glad I got the effect down!
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:iconready2create:
Ready2Create Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016   General Artist
You're welcome!
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TheSkull31 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
Hello, Koko. My name is Kevin 'The Skull' Anderson from the DeviantArt group :iconprojectcomment:, and I would like to give you some constructive feedback that might help you become a better artist in the future. Please keep in mind that I have seen literally hundreds of thousands of deviations on this site, and they're all very unique in their own way -- and so is this one. With that said, let me tell you what I like most, what I like least, and what I think can be improved and how. Let's get started!

First of all, I like how you colored Squirtle, and I especially like the bubbles that come from his person. However, I don't really like the color choices as much because you could have used a wider color variety, and I don't like the use of a transparent background as much as I would a colored one. With that said, I think that if you continue to practice on drawing and creating custom backgrounds for the characters you draw in your pictures then your backgrounds will make the characters much more blended in with the rest of the pictures you draw. 

Other than that, I think you did a fine job on this, and that, my friend, is something to be proud of. I trust that you'll take this bit of constructive criticism with a grain of salt, and thank you for giving me the chance to observe this piece. :)
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KokoKiero Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
Thank you for the feedback! I used a limited colour palette because I was reproducing the original sprite colours from the old Gameboy games, which were severely limited in their colour schemes. This little series was just supposed to be about the sprites and re-drawing them so I didn't include backgrounds because... well, that's not why I wanted to draw them. However your points are still valid, thank you for taking the time to comment and I will keep those points in mind for other artwork. :) 
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:icontheskull31:
TheSkull31 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Professional General Artist
You're welcome, Koko. Anytime. :D
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JRayG Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Out of the starters, I love your squirtle the most, he's just got to be saying "don't mess with ME!!"
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:iconkokokiero:
KokoKiero Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
Glad to hear it, because he was the one who gave me the most trouble!! I think he does have the most angry expression on him though (well, maybe tied with Pikachu) - ready for battle!
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FireflyDances Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome job!
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KokoKiero Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
Thanks!
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:iconfireflydances:
FireflyDances Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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