151 Artists Create Pokemon Inspired Art for Charity
The Rare Candy gallery is auctioning off 151 unique pieces of Pokemon flavored art to help raise money for the Canines for Disabled Kids charity.
Do you like Pokemon? Do you like charity? How would you like to mix the two together and wind up with a morally justifiable excuse to spend a couple hundred dollars on a Pokemon art piece? Based at the Doodlebender website, the Rare Candy gallery is auctioning off original art pieces put together by 151 different artists, each doing their own version of one of the first generation Pokemon from the original Game Boy games. Proceeds from the auction, started by Peter Le and Amy Kim, will be donated to the Canines for Disabled Kids charity, which works to pair deaf and physically disabled children with trained service dogs.
Le and Kim put the gallery together with students and friends participating in the Animation/Illustration program at San Jose State University. The two "recruited 151 artists and randomly assigned each artist one of the 151 original Pokemon," said the gallery's Doodlebender page. "The artists had the freedom to interpret their Pokemon in any way they wished." The results of the project are diverse, featuring drawings, paintings, sculptures, and perhaps the oddest interpretation of Bulbasaur ever concocted. The bids so far look to be running the gamut. Some pieces look as they'll sell for only a few dollars while others have already made it into the hundreds.
There was a time in my life where I adored the original Pokemon Game Boy titles. There was just something about that first generation that felt special and now, looking at the art of the Rare Candy gallery, it's hard not to feel nostalgic about the hours I spent wandering through the brush, working to turn my useless Magikarp into an epic Gyarados. It almost makes me want to place a bid myself and purchase a constant reminder of those simpler days when "Gotta Catch Em All" ended with number 151.
Some of those pieces of art are absolute shit. I especially don't get the paper cutouts. Seriously, pick up a brush and paint the paper.
But there's a couple gems hidden in there. Like the Mew one. That's pretty good.
Some of those are pretty impressive, Ponyta, Rapidash, Articuno and Dragonair are ones I've picked out that look pretty damn impressive.
A fair number of those pieces aren't exactly high quality. Hell, my first thought was that this is fanart on Deviantart. But hey, if it sells and supports a charity, then I guess it can't be all that bad.
I liked the Rapidash, Growlithe, Weepinbell, Articuno, and Dragonair the best. And holy cow, Gyarados is current at $400!
Best is by far sandshrew. Vileplum is definitely second.
Damn. Wish I was getting paid soon because a couple of these are really good, sure some aren't but the ones that are good are really damn fine. CURSE YOU MONEY!
I agree with the posters above - and with the bids. Rapidash is SWEET. Another personal favourite was Arcanine. But the top of my list?
Articuno. The Night-Cold Phoenix.
Now I just need to win the lottery so I can start bidding... Might help if I actually bought lottery tickets...
I don't think the point is "high-quality" art, I think it is artists doing something with pokemon using their own art style.
Definitely a mixed bunch, and I'm surprised that the Pikachu one wasn't going for more (if only because it's Pikachu). However, some of them are absolutely fantastic pieces.
I love the Ivysaur one, great idea for it, and Dragonair is just mindblowingly awesome.
I'm actually a bit annoyed at how some of these drawings seem totally phoned in, but I think the prices of what people have been willing to pay for each of them speaks for itself.
Heck, I'd offer to redo some of the Pokemon for them to get more money for charity and even though I'm a crap drawer there's a few I could probably do a better job on.
Bravo to all the artists for the effort and time they put into just a charity project though.
Also no one mentioned Psyduck yet, I think it ties with Dragonair as my favourites. Check it out, it's frigging perfect.