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An idea I had some weeks ago when playing Pokémon SoulSilver. As in HeartGold and SoulSilver you can interact with your Pokémon and watch them perform the most variate and sometimes random actions, one of the things they can do is hug you. Depending on their gender, that is.
It seems only female Pokémon will hug you (if you have chosen the boy character). EDIT:
Interacting with my egg-hatched Seviper this morning (02/13/13, Wednesday), I have found out that it's not only female Pokémon that hug your character if you chose the male character. This Seviper of mine is male and at one point he too gave me a hug!
Previously I've had a few of my Pokémons doing that but it wasn't until my Seviper did it and then my Arbok that I had the idea to draw what it could be like if that was a real situation. I mean, really, a huge snake giving you a hug certainly must be awkward, to say the least! So I pictured a possible reaction I would express myself if the Pokémon universe were real. To be honest, the original idea was to draw Seviper hugging Gold (the male character in these games) but since Arbok is easier to draw and also gave me a hug in the game, I decided I should draw Arbok, instead. Besides, I like Arbok and find it kinda cute! In the anime, at least. "Shawok!"
. That's how I hear and understand Arbok's voice in the anime, in case you might be wondering. Forgive me if that is incorrect but unlike most Pokémons, Arbok doesn't pronounce its name perfectly and clearly like Pikachu does, for example. Same goes to Charizard, which sounds quite dragon-ish, with grunts, growls, etc. (Quite awesome, if you ask me).
I am happy that I could Arbok look so adorable (at least I think I made this Pokémon look adorable here) and mostly for getting his anatomy mostly correct. And it's just the very first time I draw this Pokémon. In fact... this is the very first time I draw any Pokémon other than Lugia, actually! I don't know what I tried to do about the effects and shading, though. I wasn't trying to do anything new or cutesy or whatever, but turns out I ended up on actually doing something mostly different from my usual shading and effects style! Just don't ask me what is it. I have no idea what I've done.
I'm also happy that I got to draw a human nicely for once. Well... partially...
You see... there are times that for the most you try to get things right, sometimes things are just meant to be wrong, it seems. It was the case of Gold here, I believe. I drew the scrap, I drew the sketch, I did corrections, drew the linearts, colored... when everything was mostly ready and shading almost complete BAM! HIS FREAKING NAPE IS BLOATED AS IF HE HAD A TUMOR AND I DIDN'T NOTICE UNTIL IT WAS WAY TOO LATE TO FIX!!
*sigh* Always when it is too late to fix things I find certain mistakes. It's so frustrating! Gold looks ok despite of that, but that one mistake is bothering me greatly.
The in-game text box is not actually from the game. I did used a screenshot of it for reference but the one I used in the picture was fully done by me with vectors on Corel, just using the original relative dimensions of the text box from the game and the colors and the text is a font I have.
I might or might not draw more interaction moments like this. It will all depend on time, mood and inspiration but mostly, my to-do list. I have a lot of works waiting to be concluded and some even started and I just keep on delaying and delaying them. So yeah, maybe, maybe not, I do more of these. Ideas for more I have.
Oh yeah! Before I forget... In this pic Gold addresses Arbok as "dude", even though that Arbok's supposed to be female. I tried but I couldn't find any other term/word that could fit better in a way that would keep the sound of the phrase funny. Well, I mean... I couldn't get anything else that could sound better than "Dude" in that context and facial expression.Next in the series:
Pokémon Arbok is copyright to and Game Freak
Art is copyright to myself. Steal and you die.Tools: MSPaint, CorelDraw X5 and Photoshop CS2
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