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Kakuna by mjwills Kakuna by mjwills
Who's that Pokemon?
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This is really stunning. I have seen many people do "realistic" versions of pokemon, but they usually stick to the cute and furry ones. Your choice to tackle not only a bug-type, but Kakuna was really daring. And you did an excellent job. You weren't afraid to make changes from the simple design of the pokemon to enhance the realism. The way you can see the legs through the exterior shell gives this a creep-factor that really works in this piece. I never understood why people were afraid of bug pokemon in the series, but now I do!

You color choice of a greenish yellow rather than a straight yellow works in this piece, as does differentiating between the more armored pieces and the soft "wrappings". It breaks up the body in a way makes an otherwise monotone pokemon eally interesting. Your decision to make the eyes a pinkish-red makes them really pop in a way that keeping them black like in the show/game wouldn't have. The way you painted this really makes my eye move around the image. I can still see your "brush" strokes, and they lead me to all the different parts of the drawing. It also adds a great textural element to the piece that makes me feel as thought I know exactly how touching this pokemon would feel - which also ads to the gross factor (in a good way!)

The one thing I think you could work on is your light source. I have a hard time telling where the light is coming from in this piece. Areas of the pokemon that are lit contradict each other. For example, you have the left side of the tail wrappings lit, but not the left side of the tail tip that's poking out. And the right side of the armor plate on the middle of the pokemon is lit whereas the area just below it (the tail wrappings) and the head armor piece are lit from the left.

But to be honest, the lighting issue doesn't distract me too much, and this is still an amazing piece of artwork! You tackled making a more realistic version of a bug pokemon and really excelled. Great job!
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:iconanimator4life:
animator4life Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok thats scary but awesome!
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:bow:
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:iconcartoongore:
cartoongore Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you know with this design i think instead of evolving kakuna will hatch a hungry Face Hugger :iconfacehuggerplz:
Awesome work on this Alien..err Pokemahnz
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well he COULD use some new evolutions. Beedrills great and all, but hes no facehugger.
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:iconcartoongore:
cartoongore Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
true true :nod:
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:iconfrost512jv:
Frost512jv Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Beautiful! Definitely my favorite. This is one of the best ones you've done by a long shot. Smooth look, clean and elegant. The shadow is more accurate, also, although all of them still could use dynamic lighting.
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I like him too.
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:iconchaoticwaltz:
chaoticwaltz Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Is it weird that I think that this is absolutely adorable and I totally want one?
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Only maybe.
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:iconchaoticwaltz:
chaoticwaltz Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hehe.
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:iconportraitprints:
portraitprints Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I featured this in my journal! :)
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
D'aw! Thanks! :hug:
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:iconvalzilla2000:
valzilla2000 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
...used HARDEN!

Kakuna used TACKLE!

Kakuna used STRING SHOT!
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IT'S SUPER EFFECTIVE!
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I see what you did thar :iconfryplz:
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:iconvalzilla2000:
valzilla2000 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconkirbyseesplz::iconsaysplz: Yes...
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:icontannersimpsoniii:
TannerSimpsonIII Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconpurplerubyred:
purplerubyred Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
That's a really good rendition.
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icontheprotobabe:
TheProtobabe Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
D: OH GOD IT'S LOOKING AT ME
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconhamsterskull:
hamsterSKULL Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The details are incredible!
You made it look realistic without changing anything, this is awesome :D
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thankyou very much.
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:icontundra-sky:
Tundra-Sky Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks so alien... gives me the willies! Nice job though, it's really cool to see a pokemon drawn like this.
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:icondaphyre:
daPhyre Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is the most realistic bug-pokemon I have ever seen!!! Been waiting to see something like this for long.

Now my soul can rest in peace...
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
RIP.
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:icondaphyre:
daPhyre Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Yup! XP~
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:iconadb-fantasy:
ADB-Fantasy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
IT IS SO CLEATLY MILTANK
DUH
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I KNOW, RIGHT?
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:iconadb-fantasy:
ADB-Fantasy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
*clearly. also, i love hoew realistic this is, but i don't get how it's scary. for some reason people are scared. OH NO, A COCOON -_-
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Hemloque Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
First off, the colors work very well together, and the eyes and line art are nicely detailed. Your placement of shadows and highlights could use work, specifically in regard to where the light source is coming from. You flesh the piece out well, but the shadows on the crown of the head and the chrysalis silk look 'streaky' and severe when shown in contrast with the highlights. If you tapered the ends of the lines of shadow and possibly went with a warmer tone for highlighting the wraps, I think it would go a long way towards realism. Other than that, it's a nice piece.
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'll give it another go sometime.
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:iconzane-the-mudfish:
Zane-The-Mudfish Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's...
KAKUNA!

"Kakuna kuna!"
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:ohnoes:
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:iconsoclarke:
soclarke Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is very awesome, I love the texture and the way you have given him a more serious and dangerous look but still retained the cuteness :)
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:bow:
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:iconarofexdracona:
Arofexdracona Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
ITS PIKACHU ! jk Anyway this is totally awesome !
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
NO YOU ARE WRONG.

About the Pikachu part.
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:iconarofexdracona:
Arofexdracona Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
*snaps finger * Oh darn, I really thought I had it this time *weeps*
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe next episode.
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:iconjwiesner:
JWiesner Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional
Now this gives me a new view of Kakuna. I never thought it could be that creepy. Your realistic style really gives you the feeling that there's something big and dangerous growing inside. The whole image looks very convincing with the wrinkles and sharp edges you used. It's really nice!
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well thankyou.
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:iconnragemachine:
Nragemachine Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Whoa truly excellent!
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers yo.
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Scropion-Blood Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
That is awsome, what program did you use?
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Photoshop.
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Scropion-Blood Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
LOL^^
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twinleafs Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Awesome work!
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:iconmjwills:
mjwills Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thaaankyou.
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