It’s not everyday you see the original 151 Pokémon re-imagined by 151 different artistic visions, but that is just what is happening at an art gallery in California this month. Rare Candy: The Pokémon Gallery is a portrayal of unique artistic talent representing the first generation of Pokemon, and it’s all for charity.
The event, which is taking place at Umpqua Bank, San José, until May 17, is looking to raise money for charity by auctioning off 151 pieces of individual, hand-drawn art. Inspired by the first generation of Pokémon, Peter Le and Amy Kim decided to launch a fun art gallery dedicated to their childhood nostalgia. With the help of their friends and a University Animation and Illustration programme, they launched a bigger and better art gallery than they had previously imagined, and decided to send 100 per cent of the profits to their chosen charity, Canines for Disabled Kids – a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of deaf and physically disabled children by partnering them up with trained service dogs.
All 151 artists who took part in the event were randomly assigned one Pokémon, where they could draw, paint and envision it any way they wished. To see the art gallery, or to bid on an art piece, you can visit their website. For more information on the event, check out their Facebook page, or to find out more about their chosen charity, you can do so at www.caninesforkids.org.
Nathan Shields, an illustrator, math teacher and pancake artist, made Nintendo-themed pancakes. Shields yesterday posted the photo above onto his blog. The photo is of six Nintendo characters – Mario, Zelda, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Yoshi and Fox – in their pancake forms. To view more of Shields’ pancake art, head on over to his blog at Saipancakes.
The artwork above was crafted by Darksiders II developer Vigil Games. On its Facebook page, Vigil Games says it made the artwork as a tribute to one of its favorite video games, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Since its inception in 2005, the developer made two games – Darksiders and Darksiders II – both of which were inspired by The Legend of Zelda series. Although Vigil Games is defunct as of January 23rd, 2013, Platinum Games’ Atsushi Inaba expressed interest in purchasing the Darksiders franchise.
Super Mario Bros. U was just announced along with a new trailer for the game. The backgrounds shown in the trailer have so much detail and clearly take advantage of Wii U’s hardware. This particular background from Mario’s new game looks similar to Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic painting, “The Starry Night.” What do you think?
Journey developer and thatgamecompany co-founder Jenova Chen has told online publication Venture Beat that PlayStation 3 owners have a greater appreciation of art than both Wii and Xbox 360 owners. Chen then went on to elaborate his claim by stating that Sony has more artistic and adult-focussed taste.
“The player who owns a PlayStation 3 is more likely to be interested in artistic games compared to Wii and Xbox 360.”
“Sony has a more artistic and adult-focused taste. They care about how grown-ups feel toward their games.”
An intriguing artist over at Gamesblog has fused The Legend of Zelda series with Bethesda’s Fallout series to create what it calls The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of the Future. There’s plenty of images provided on the site, so why not take a look.
One hundred and fifty-one incredibly talented artists have risen to the challenge and have each drawn one of the 151 original Pokemon characters. The collection of stunning art has been posted on the Pokemon Battle Royale blog and really showcases each individuals talents. You can check out all the artwork here.
A whole host of never seen before artwork from the Metroid franchise has been uploaded by Retro Studios artist Danny Richardson. The incredible art work contains images of Omega Metroid and a very early take on Mecha/Metal Ridely. You can check out more of the Metroid artwork here.
Nintendo released a whole batch of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask concept art which is available to view in the Zelda encyclopaedia Hyrule Historia. Thankfully fan-based website Zeldac has uploaded what appears to be the vast majority of the concept images. I’ve uploaded a few, but there’s plenty more to be seen here.
Larry D Warren Jr, the artist responsible for the stunning The Legend of Zelda painting, has once again created another masterpiece. His latest piece of art is a tribute to Capcom and features a whole host of characters from the company’s much-loved franchises. The image features Mega Man, Dante and Phoenix Wright amongst others.