COMPLETELY AWESOME!! Dang this looks great!! Catfish are such interesting creatures. I love watching the "Hillbilly Handfishing" show on Animal Planet! It is a show where people go fishing for catfish by using just thier bare hands! It is really fun to watch! Imagine if they pulled out a Whiscash while fishing! Woah man! That would be one heck of a catch!
Wow, the professor is lucky. In a cave for what? Three pages worth and not a single mention of a Zubat? That has to be a record. Zubat would be cool, but I am holding out for my fav as far as caves go someday: Joltik! Just a thought. Maybe as a "Oh, we all had a sudden itching problem and would ya look at what it was!" Doesn't matter though, what you are doing is great. Keep it up!
Wow, I just found these today and read them all, because they are just so amazing. I love how in-depth you go into how each pokemon works in a realistic sense. Plus the drawings are fabulous too! I love that they're realistic while still looking like the pokemon. I find that between the drawings and the detailed writing I'm very immersed, and I almost feel like I'm actually there with the professor studying the pokemon with him.
What are all the ways you get inspiration for the entries on the pokemon? I read that you look up information on their real life counterparts, but I was wondering how much pokedex information you take into consideration when writing and how much you just pull out of your own imagination.
Also in the comments a while back I saw that you were considering doing pages based off requests, so I would like to request a page for Onix, as it is my absolute favorite.
Thank you for taking the time to read all the entries! As for inspiration, I've played Pokemon for years. I've always wondered what it would be like if Nintendo took a more "realistic" view on the game. However, and for the most part I agree, taking a "realistic" view can sometimes be a disaster. So, I decided to try my hand at doing this myself. I figured I had the most control in what I actually envisioned the Pokemon to be.
So, Ill start sketching and drawing different Pokemon. Ill look through the Pokedex and see which grabs my attention at the time. Usually, Ill have a type in mind depending on where the Professor is on his journey. For example on the current page I am working. I knew I wanted the expedition to finally exit the cave system and move forward. They are still in a jungle/forested area and I haven't done any bug types yet. Thus, I am now doing a bug type. But, how should the page look? What features would I find interesting or that I think are always over-looked in terms of what we "know" of Pokemon? More importantly, what can I provide to the viewer they haven't already seen?
Once that's done, I start layout and story excerpts. This is all made up by me. I do use stock photo reference on animals to get anatomy or ideas of detail. However in terms of Pokedex information, I usually will pull type, height and weight information, name and color. Everything else is made up. I do deviate from this at times. A prime example would be Girafarig. You'll notice in the Pokedex he isn't over 5 feet tall. However, I've made him more "giraffe" like it height. Or another example is Crustle, they are neither male nor female. However I've added a bit of detail with claw differences. I think the changes are subtle, not necessarily over-board but more importantly believable.
So, in a long winded answer, I make up a lot of this. Obviously I try to make each page as real as I can without deviating from the classic "Pokemon Feel" but I do try to give each one my own touch. I like Onix too. Ill have to see what I can do. I hope I answered at least most of your questions.
1. I am a member of There, they listed a series of names that are "acceptable" to use via the reports they accept. So, since the names make sense and sound great, I use those. 2. Im not sure what you mean? The trainers bring along their Pokemon as any trainer would. In Pokeballs and as friends. (Think Ash Ketchum)
Yeah, whenever able, they would be out. However, a prime example would be the instance, in this entry.
Its a steep natural stairway. Having Magcargo or Camerupt out to traverse the steps would be unlikely. Not that they couldn't do it, but for safety reasons and to limit chances of accidents to occur, they would be placed in the Pokeballs. In the book Im writing they actually talk about things like that.
Looking good! I especially love the drawing of this one. But hmm... the grammar of one sentence seems a little off? Instead of 'would of ended her life' it should be 'would have ended her life'. Looking forward to the next page!