Scanned in using the CamScanner phone app, I was conceptualizing a regional variant of the Pokémon Greninja, but as a Grass type with a sword. I was thinking more of a tree frog vibe, but I wasn’t sure about the rest of its theming until partway through. I started theming it around a musketeer, so future renditions would probably feature a rapier, a better hat, and a tunic instead of a cape.
I decided to clean up an old sketch of two of my favorite Marvel characters, Viv Vision and Riri Williams (Ironheart). Though Vivheart has a hold on my brainstuffs, I just hope Viv gets a win next week for “Love Unlimited”, however that turns out.
I’m not sure why or how I got attached to Volbeat and Cherrim, of all Pokémon, but here we are. I made Volbeat a dapper little guy, but Cherrim turned out to be very difficult to draw, for how simple it is.
There are definitely things I need to revise here: the tail, scruff, and head… poof on Hisuian Zorua; move Unovan Zorua further up to simulate being behind its counterpart and maybe some ground and shadows to shore up the composition ; and Unovan Zorua’s whole mouth deal and the angle of the head-to-body suchlike. But it’s pretty good for a first run through.
Here’s an idea that’s been percolating in my brain ever since regional variants were introduced: a Grass-type variant of the Mareep line, inspired by the Common Mullein plant that I frequently see around Colorado. This Mega Ampharos, to contrast the Dragon/Electric-type standard, is a Fairy/Grass-type.
I’m not particularly enthused by the Mareep and Flaaffy concepts, but the main genesis of this idea was replacing Ampharos’ tail with the Mullein; I threw its pre-evolutions together more as a service to that idea than anything else.
And you can watch the timelapse of me drawing this here: