I walk these old familiar streets….

So, I generally don’t make New Year’s resolutions because I generally don’t keep them anyhow. But the turning of the year does have a way of reminding me how long it’s been since I’ve drawn anything, so my unofficial resolution is to either finish up or discard some of the half-finished work I have piling up in my home and on my computer. It ranges to good ideas that got too difficult to design ideas that stopped being timely to non-profitable little doodles that were always just slightly less important than some other thing I had to do.

Naturally, I’m starting with the doodles.

First in the backlog is today’s post, a set of three sketches inspired by playing through different Pokemon games. The first one is for XY, so … yeah, it’s been a while. But I probably won’t get any more Pokemon games for the 3DS, so this seems like as good a time as any to reminisce.

Whenever I dedicate the time (usually Thanksgiving break, due to the timing of releases) to finishing them in one go, I listen to a lot of music while I play, and I inevitably end up associating a certain song with that particular game. I listened to those as I composed the sketches to let me get back in the feel of each version. I also choose one or two “themes” from the beginning to make it more of a challenge, and these influenced both the songs I chose and the pictures I ended up with. In each sketch I include my starter and my “support” Pokemon, the one monster on my team who doesn’t match my theme type but takes care of their weaknesses.

 

XY

“Ladybird, have you heard, we’ve set our house on fire” — “Ladybird,” The Rigs

Kalos was my kind of region, with a fox starter, a route (15) in perpetual autumn, and all the black-and-red plaid and dapper feathered hats you could ask for. My theme was fast fire types, which was quite easy with X’s crop of Pokemon, led by Bradbury the Delphox and supported by Kit the Zoroark (who’s displaying his two most useful qualities here: the Illusion ability and a mean Grass Knot).

SunMoon

“We’re gonna rattle this ghost town” — “Anna Sun,” WALK THE MOON

I’ll admit, Moon took some getting used to, with its molasses-slow Pokemon, gaudy tropical outfits, and relative lack of Fire types early on. However, somewhere between the Ghost starter and the possessed Pokedex full of macabre entries, I quickly came to realize that these islands are suuuuper haunted, and made Ghost my theme with little difficulty. Here we’re taking a B-button dash through one of Alola’s many picturesque graveyards with Ollie the Decidueye and Taser the Charjabug (because let’s face it, you’re not getting a Vikavolt for a while). I liked the Bone Keeper tee from this game so much I made myself a real one. What’s most impressive, though, is that it was only after writing out that caption just now that I realized the words “Sun” and “Moon” are in the song title and artist name.

 

UltraSunMoon

“Bang bang, here we go, everything’s about to blow” — “Spark,” Fitz and the Tantrums

When Ultra Sun rolled around I decided to get over my dislike of Litten’s final evolution and un-Fire-like speed stat, because Fire/Dark is just my type, and the new influx of previous generations’ Pokemon meant I’d finally be able to get some of my old-school faves back together. This time I did a “Fire and/or Dark” theme so I could include everyone I’d been pining for through the last game. I also finally bothered with the Z-moves, which is why Khatun the Incineroar is doing the “rawr” part of the Dark Z-move (honestly it’s the only Z-pose that looks kind of fun, aside from those species-specific ones like chucking Pikachu across the room), while Haku the Gyarados does the best he can without arms.

Well, there you have it. I’m not going to say what I’ll finish up next, because I’m probably going to change my mind halfway anyhow, but I’ll definitely try to get at least one more thing done before classes start up again (for the last time!). Happy new year, and may your 2018 be better in every way than 2017!

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Inktober 30-31: Happy Halloween!

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“Supermassive Black Hole,” Muse

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“These Are Our Children,” I Monster

With the skua for In Cold Blood, and the leopard seal for Supermassive Black Hole, you’d think I really have a thing for (or a grudge against) penguins, but honestly they’re easy to draw and there are a lot of “cold” metaphors in my spooky playlist. Also the “black hole,” in this case, made me think of a seal’s breathing hole in the ice. Finally, I need to stop drawing half-tilted heads, because I can NOT line up the eyes and nostrils properly when I’m in a hurry.

Happy spookytimes everyone, thanks for stopping by!

Inktober 27-29

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“Bad Moon Rising,” Mourning Ritual + Peter Dreimanis

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“You’re Dead,” Norma Tanega

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“Devils,” Say Hi

I allowed myself one do-over this time, because “Devils” is waaaay shorter than I thought it was, and I didn’t draw fast enough. On a somewhat related note, I’m digging the Spotify skin for the Stranger Things playlist.

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I got a bit distracted actually listening to “Cold Cold Cold,” which resulted in more of a rush job than usual, but no takesies-backsies and no do-overs!

The ominous knife-wielder accidentally wound up being a leftie, but we’ll just say that’s because I wanted to make the picture more … sinister. [ba-dum-tish]

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“Run,” AWOLNATION

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“Cold Cold Cold,” Cage the Elephant

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“Trouble,” Adam Agin

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Last week’s zooarchaeology assignment involved sorting out deer bones, which may account for the subject matter of that last picture. (I did try to make it look like the former “king” may have succumbed from a hoof to the skull, though.)

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“Lullaby,” Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes

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“Cask of Amontillado,” Alan Parsons Project

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“A Little Wicked,” Valerie Broussard

Inktober 16-18

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“Locked in the Basement,” Fredrik

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“White Flag,” The Romanovs

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“Enter Sandman,” SHEL

That last song was inconsiderate enough to be less than 3 minutes long, I didn’t even have time for slapdash shading like in “White Flag.” By contrast, “Locked in the Basement” was six minutes long and got the full scribble treatment.

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Aaaand the final five, catching us up to the present day. It’s a pity I don’t really know how to draw a skua (at least, not in 3 minutes and 26 seconds), because that’s where I was going with today’s for In Cold Blood.

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“Sad Lisa,” Cat Stevens

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“House By the Sea,” Iron & Wine

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“Nothing’s Funny,” The Dillinger Escape Plan

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“Hellfire,” Barns Courtney

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“In Cold Blood,” alt-J