Joshua Dunlop, a freelance concept artist living in London, has created a new series titled ‘Pokémon Zoology’. It features amazing lifelike visuals of creatures from the animated series. His first three artworks are classics ‘Bulbasaur’, ‘Squirtle’ and ‘Charmander’.
“I originally sketched out some rough ideas in Photoshop, using real life animals as reference. Once I was happy, I used a 3D program called 3D-Coat to build and texture the model,” Dunlop explained in an email to Mashable.
“I then brought the model into a rendering program called KeyShot which allowed me to get realistic lighting and effects…Finally I brought everything into Photoshop and built the images using a combination of photo-manipulation and digital painting. It takes a while but it’s a lot of fun when you see the finished product.”
Dunlop’s adoration for Pokémon began when at a young age, when he first received Pokémon Red for Gameboy.
“After watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and seeing the fantastic creatures they had brought to life, I was inspired to try and do just that.”
Plans to expand on ‘Pokémon Zoology’ are underway, starting with its own dedicated website that looks at Pokémon “diets, habitats, breeding and training”, accompanied by Dunlop’s digital works.
“I think it would be a great project and would be happy to work with anyone willing to help (starting with a web designer).”