“Jed Henry is an illustrator, lifelong gamer, Japanophile, and all-around nerd. He grew up copying art from game manuals, and years later, eventually got a degree in animation….” Jed’s reimagining of classic video game characters in a traditional Japanese artistic style is genius and his adaptations are spot on. Jed’s series of Ukiyoe Heroes can be purchased in his Ukiyoe Heroes website as Giclée Prints or as Woodblock Prints. Also check out hisFacebook and Tumblr pages to stay up to date.
RJ has a deviantART gallery is filled with amazing images from fantastic faraway realms. What’s perhaps the most clever of the works in RJ’s gallery however are the diagrammatic text book-esque images of various Pokemon. The images are not only realistic, they look like something straight out of a paleontology museum. Check this amazing artist out.
Inspiring Themes - Fakemon
[Art ideas to live by]
Since the debut of “Pokemon Red Version” and “Pokemon Blue Version” in September 1998, Pokemon has captured the hearts and inspired the imaginations of countless fan artists from across the world.
According to Know Your Meme, “Fakemon refers to non-canonical Pokemon character sprites and artworks created by fans of the popular Japanese franchise. Since the Pokemon character sprites are relatively small in size, modification of canonical Pokemon can be easily done through graphic-editing programs such as MS Paint or Photoshop. The techniques can range from simple re-colourings, ‘splicing’ new sprites by combining parts of older sprites, or creating new ones altogether from scratch.” and it’s origins are internet culture related.
“In the mid to late 90’s, a website called ‘Mewthree and Frogglet’s Pokémon Factory’ was launched to create an open forum for development and archival of fan-made Pokemon sprites. The site name was later simplified to ‘Pokémon Factory’”
Even to this day Fakemon continues to be an ongoing trend resembling the art of OC (original character) fan art. The above images are an amazing series of Fakemon cover art pieces for original pokemon game concepts designed by SevenSeaSaurus on deviantART.
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