My favorite illustration from one of my new favorite game/art sites is this Vaporeon, via Pokemon From Memory, a new undertaking from artist Laura Bifano, who by her own admission “hasn’t seen a Pokemon since [she was] 12″, and otherwise only relies on the descriptions sent in by request — basically, and awesomely, a 21st century version of 18th-19th century zoological illustrations from far-flung explorers.
In this particular case, the request came from Toronto indie dev Damian Sommer (he of the previously-featured Comics Vs Games submission The Yawhg), who supplied only that a Vaporeon has “a body sort of like a dog, except for its mermaid-like tail. It also has a short face, big black eyes and a raised spine. Its head has three fins on it, and around its collar is what I guess would best be described as a frill?” I’d say she basically nailed it.
One of those duties they never really tell you about when you sign up to be a Pokemon trainer, an illustration by the previously-featured artist Rachel Morris of Scraggy, one of the game’s most mis-fitted monsters.
As usual, you can (& should) buy a number of Morris’s amazing pieces for the NYU Game Center via Society 6.
It seems everyone (apart from its developers) is of the mind that an MMO is the logical next step for Nintendo’s most inflexible franchise, but I am totally completely eye-to-eye with this concept fan-art by ‘zenmai‘ (just one of actually a few similarly alluring drawings), that posits an ideal future where Pokemon is meshed with Monster Hunter’s humanistic, drawn-out battle mechanics. [via exp.]
Lessons in Pokemon anatomy in the fantastic style of vintage kaiju illustration by artist Ryan ‘Rye-Bread‘ Mauskopf, currently employed by BustedTees, where — not coincidentally — you can find wearable versions of this + Charmander + Squirtle, plus a bonus Pikachu coming in the near future. [via Technabob]
Belly up to the bar to get an earful of the hard life of a Pokemon trainer whose glory days are now behind him, from Cartoon Network & DC illustrator and Warner Bros art director Dan ‘Mr Hipp‘ Hipp, who’s selling the original piece here, if you act fast.
A Poke-pun tribute to Rian Johnson’s latest by Paul Robertson, creator of ‘Pirate Baby’s Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006′ & ‘Kings of Power 4 Billion %’ as well as art-lead behind Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game & the recently-Kickstarted Mercenary Kings.
The poster’s posted here as a reminder to head to your local cinema this week, if you haven’t already, if you like being pleasantly surprised by subtle sci-fi that’s even smarter than you expect.
Available at your local back-alley card table, between the two dumpsters, covering the steam vent, from a leathery skinned man you’re pretty damn sure is not Professor Oak despite the stick-on name tag on his moth-eaten lab coat. By Kim ‘Draike‘ Kamowski, available for the weekend as a T-shirt from teextile. [via Blog Agog]
As usual, SomethingAwful’s latest Photoshop busywork — which asked readers to MSPaint-a-Pika — is equal parts forgettable, disturbing, surprising, and sublime.
News sprang up this morning that seemed custom-created for Offworld: a collaboration between Japanese hipster fashion legend Tomoaki “Nigo” Nagao’s A Bathing Ape label and The Pokemon Company for a line of Bape x Pokemon T-shirts (found via Pink Tentacle via Gus).
The images originate from a blog called World Famous Design Junkies, posted by a guy called Chris Burns, who said news of the project was sent to him via a blog called A Tiny City Printing Press, whose sole author seems to be, uh, a guy called Chris Burns.
Even more strangely: Burns says the images are “© 2009 A Tiny City Printing Press”, which is a bit odd, when you’d imagine they’d be © Bape or Nintendo, surely. So, without further clarification, I wouldn’t get your hopes up on spotting these in your local boutique any time soon, which honestly is no great loss when the designs don’t have anything on Polygraph’s previously / covered official own. Maybe I’m just fantastically under-informed.
Also spotted at Justin ‘jublin‘ White’s portfolio site via his ‘Game Over’ shirt: this series of ‘Busted Up Pokémon.’ Let’s face it, dress it however you’d like, but over the past decade our beloved pets have taken nothing short of a straight-up drubbing millions of times. White’s just showing the truth behind the mask. ‘Fainted’, indeed.