Started this last Wednesday and have been slowly chipping away at / getting distracted from it, so I sat down and did the biggest chunk of it today, phew, haha. I know it's a little busy, but hopefully it's still nice to look at. I've always liked underwater scenes with Dratini, so there ya go!
Thanks for looking!
Drawn in PSE 7.
Please do NOT recreate, re-post or use my art in any way, thanks!
This is such a cute underwater scene!! It has a really peaceful, cheerful feel to it, with the different pokemon approaching to make friends! Corsola is one of my top favorite pokemon, and I love how you drew it so rounded and happy! They’re all adorable, though! I love the pastel colors, they’re so sweet and gentle; and I like how you can see the motion of the water in the algae and corals and plants, everything looks full of life. When I first saw this picture, I though it looked like a beautiful postcard from Coral Cove! It’s lovely! <3
I've been printing out my most recent poke-pics, and keeping them in a binder; they do sort of look like postcards! Thanks again for the lovely comment!
The way the colors are blended into each other seems to give the perfect impression of depth, with the darker blues brushed over the bases of the plants causing them to sink into the background behind Corsola, and the bright glow on the plants' tips making them look alive with sunlight! It has a very sunny feeling although I suppose in this case the glow is radiating from Dratini, who is drawing all the Pokémon to it to bask in the warmth (even Spiritomb sitting shyly as close as it dares). The squiggly lines and dots on the larger shapes in the background give the sense of everything being set on a bed of rocks and scalloped coral. I love the patterns and stripes adding variety to the leaves, and it's amazing to me how well the tiny white curly lines on the tube sponges convey the impression of a nubbly texture!
I really love how the way the Pokémon are arranged in the environment conveys depth, with their bodies sandwiched between plants and turned at angles so it looks like they're floating in space. They are all adorable in your style, I love how round and fat the Finneon look, and how thick and chunky the Corsola's antlers and stubby legs are, it would make anyone smile to see it floating there like a happy little water balloon! The yellow glow on the closer antler and blue shadow faded into the far one and the tail add depth to its body as well, like the sun is shining on its face.
And I'm so happy to see the Clamperl sleeping peacefully hidden away in the rocks, somehow it manages to look so fat and round too, while the Tynamo peeks through the reeds above it! I love how the Pokémon and plants all point your eye towards Dratini curled up in the open water, then follow the circles of healing light radiating out and washing through the rest of the scene. And the white circle outlines behind the air bubbles filled in white give the impression of more bubbles floating behind them in the water. What a warm, calming and happy environment that would make anyone smile to look at! :')
Ah, I actually hadn't even considered that the light was coming from Dratini! Mostly, I wanted to emphasize them as the focal point, pointing out their rarity, even among pokemon communities in the wild. (haha) The white swirly lines behind them was one of the last details I added, and I'm really happy with the subtle effect it has on drawing everything to that point.
Also, rounded shapes are just too fun to work with, so yeah, all my pokemon tend to look squishy! I hope they look a bit nostalgic, too, since the old school pokemon artwork is highly influential to me.
Thank you again! I'm happy to hear you got some really nice feelings from this piece~ <3
It's a pleasure to share some happy vibes through my artwork~
this illustration is so charming and sweet! I love the pokemon you included ^q^ omg i want to pet the little keystone ahahaha! it looks so comfy beside the seaweed!
I particularly love how you drew corsola! The coral horns look so round and cute! X3
Hahah, I can see what you mean. That reminds me of how much I love the patterns and designs used for baby clothes?? They always have the sweetest little animals, or pastel colors ; ;
Corsola is so fun to draw all rounded! Such a sweet Pokémon, I love her.
Oh and I love how there's an odd keystone in there, hehehe.
I really did love mapping the colors out, it was one of the first things I did for this one :') And yes, always a Keystone buddy!
I hope this brightened your day~
I've been so slow creating art lately >_< Hopefully more soon :')
I always want to color underwater scenes with that sort of bright, pastel look of 80's and 90's "girl" toys, haha. So much fun!
(Also great to see you posting more! Your Pokémon starships are so sleek and creative!!)
Dratini acts like a focal point and the entire image moves sorta of in a spiral in and out