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SERIES FINALE!  Pokemon One a Day : Mew

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Bonny
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New Species Pokemon

Psychic Type

So...where to begin?  With Mew, I knew I had to go out with a bang.  Mewtwo being one of my favorites and Mew as the series finale meant I went through hell of a weekend, and then some.   With Dragonite, Mewtwo, and Mew, all three heavy hitters and favorites waiting to be unleashed, I wasted no time and made sure I wouldn't lose out my 152 streak of consecutive illustrations  due to over ambition.

Even still, releasing Mewtwo and Mew came down to the wire, both being posted within minutes to 12.  I couldn't imagine of losing the streak after getting so far...I don't think I could forgive myself if that happened - but my ambition was met by determination and now I stand atop the mountain and look back at everything I've created with pride.

For Mew, I had envisioned the concept of a stained glass window for longest time.  It felt fitting from the first conception of thought, and I I never budged from the concept nor did I ever  think of anything else to do as an illustration.  In the end, it was just the scope of the vision that had expanded.  As you may recall, Snorlax was given a lot of love and attention for a number of reasons.  He's a personal favorite and it also gave me a chance to incorporate several other Pokemon from other generations into the mix.  I saw that I could do the same with the platform that is Mew, except round out the legendaries for one final hurrah.

Now, the first thing I must absolutely address is why so and so legendary didn't make the final illustration.  Others barked their anger while more rational, civil people asked like normal human beings.  The reasoning as to who made the cut is simple - the story I am telling here revolves around Mew first and foremost, and the legendaries here fit the bigger picture.  The legendaries that didn't make it would also not have fit literally, into the actual frame and vancas of the work.  I already took liberty with the size of the work by cutting into the border that frames every work of the series.  

So that said, let's take a look at this mural of sorts.  Everything was created and placed in specific key locations with reasoning  to help tell the story but also simply be aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  You wouldn't believe how long it took to simply get the placement of everything down - Of the 12 hours I spent on this piece, I'd assume that more than half of that went into organizing, and arranging, then re-arranging all the pieces over and over again.  I looked for ways to showcase the best level of symmetry as well as give the selected players appropriate amount of space to thrive.  

Of course, all of this had to be second to Mew.  Even you, Arceus!  

Back in the day, and obviously still to this day, painters use a lot of symbolism and arrangement of objects as well as depiction of entities with attention to their size on canvas to give importance to their subjects.  All of that can be seen here.  Mew as the focal point is dead center of the work.  .  Surrounding Mew is Arceus' ring, whose round shape zeroes in on the Pokemon of the Day, as well as the spokes of the wheel.  Mew is flanked by the gods above, the deities to his sides, and is being supported by the mover of continents.  

One of the reasons why I waited a day to post this write up was to give you all a chance to interpret the work for yourselves.  With the means of expression of Mew being a stained glass window, did you feel there was a religious significance to the work?  What story do you see?  

Allow me to break down how I created this layout, one by one, starting with Mew:


Mew:

I tried a number of poses before settling on this one.  When we think of Mew, we may think of his bubble that he floats around in sort of like a vehicle.  Many have speculated that Mew, who is usually bundled around in the fetal position, resembles an actual fetus in ways.  In that way, I see the bubble as sort ofa womb, such as a belly that rounds out expands to house the life inside of it.  Mew's tail can also be seen as sort of an umbilical cord which further solidifies that thought.   

Thus, Mew in the center of Arceus' ring (womb) is the child born by the God of all Pokemon/Universe to be the life giving ancestor to future species and generations.   Mew's designation in the Dex is the "New Species" pokemon but its ability to use any move and blood is indicative of it's ancient origins.  Before we had Arceus, the closest thing we had to the "first" Pokemon is Mew, and this piece pays homage to that with nods to the modern/current lore of the games.

Arceus: 

 When it comes to stained glass windows, we think of religious artwork.  When Arceus was thrown into the mix, subconciously the whole concept of presenting the godliest of all legendaries was the focus.  Thus, maybe potential legendaries were thrown aside.  Arceus, the creator, begins this entire mural based on the theme of creation.  I should note that there isn't some sort of religious connection to any real world beliefs.  There will be comparisons for sure, but that's just how coincidences work.  As Arceus is the forerunner of the mural and the lore, he takes the highest spot of the mural, and is given a bubble larger than any others, almost like a halo of sorts.  The triangle behind him OBVIOUSLY connects him to the illuminati.  

I'm kidding.  The triangle connects the three together.  The pure black of the triangle symbolizes that Arceus came from nothing, when the world was empty and black.  


Dialga and Palkia:

Flanking him is the deities he created and designated to control time and space, Dialga and Palkia.  Notice their "bubble" is smaller than Arceus's but bigger than anyone elses - again, the small details all come together and are important in telling this story and being true to the lore.  As created by Arceus, these two deities,are connected to Arceus' spokes from the ring in the middle so the visual connection is made right there.  They share the same starry sky as their creator and of Mew to show their abilities to be godlike in comparison to anyone else in the mural.  Again, this is why legendaries like Ho-oh and Lugia, who were actually in earlier drafts, were cut.  

They are certainly awesome legendaries whom we adore and admire, but the level of legendary here is STUPID high, god-like levels.  


Giratina:

Designated the Renegade Pokemon, Giratina can be seen as the "devil" in the Pokemon world.  Again, this is coincidence (or maybe not...haha), but Giratina, one of the original trio created by Arceus was cast away to his own realm, the Distortion world, for being too "violent".  This story is similar to that of Lucifer, one of God's angels who was cast from heaven into his own realm, Hell.  And again, Giratina is the RENEGADE pokemon.  I depicted Giratina in his origin forme as the creature is residing in what I designated the Distortion world as seen by the blue-purple portal like surroundings of his space.  Connected to Giratina are literal chains, which can also be seen mimicking the tentacle like protrusions that come from his back.  In keeping with the symmetry and balance found in the work, Giratina is opposite of Arceus, and figuratively and literally at the bottom of the work, which depicts his less than favorable status.  

Lake Guardians/ Sacred Treasures:  Azelf, Uxie, Mespirit

These three spirit elves are born from Arceus himself and imbue the world's creatures with knowledge, emotion, and willpower.  I immediately saw them to have a visual connection the Mew - they have large heads with small bodys and long flowy tails.  It's not described in the games, but personally I believe there is a connection between the three and Mew.  They are all also Psychic types.  Thus, I see Mew as their originator which is why I had them circle the womb and fill in the space of the wheel.  Above Mespirit is a third wheel, with the 151 designation.  

Fans of the One a Day series know that the border that frames the work features the number prominently in the bottom right of the space.  I had to move it for obvious reasons and I thought that spot was the best fit, and also helps balance against the three circles occupied by the elves.


Regigigas:

Keeper of the Regi trio, Regigigas was depicted without his followers as they weren't needed for this creation story in particular.  Regigigas was enough, and as you could imagine, was positioned in the way of Atlas holding the world up.  In this case, Regigigas, who shares the same visual design as Arceus with the yellow, black, and white, represents the mover of continents.  At his waist you see green, brown-red, and blue.  Green representing sky/wind/air, red/brown representing earth, and blue representing water.  This way, the earth that Regigas has shaped can be seen as part of his interpretation, in a very subtle way.


Reshiram and Zekrom:

Fortunately for the yin-yang duo, Resh and Zek survived the chopping block.  Like Hooh and Lugia, these two are closely related to their region more than the general world lore.  However, I soon realized they are keepers of a major worldly desire - harmonic balance.  Yin and yang - how two halves fit to make one whole.  This whole piece is formed in symmetry, and Reshiram and Zekrom bring it futher home.  I wanted to incorporate the yin and yang symbols but found it to be a bit difficult/impossible for their bubbles.  Thus, I resorted into filling in one bubble as the opposing dragon's main color.  Bam!  Yin and Yang symbols Pokemon style!


Now, the heavy hitters:  

Mortality and Weather Trio

Simultaneously, Mew is flanked by two creationist trio of gods.  What?  You thought that it was Kyogre, Groudon and Rayquaza who were the only creationists?  Well, that's partially true.  In my interpretation of the Mortality trio of Xerneas, Yveltal ,and Zygarde, they are creationists in their own right.  

One side features the physical manifestation of creation, and the other the metaphysical forces of creation.  

With Rayquaza, Groudon and Kyogre, you have creatures born of air, land, and sea, that help created the physical form of the world.

With X, Y, and Z, you have the creatures that releases life into the world, (birth), destruction (death of life), and Order (the circle of life).  This trio when awoken reintroduces to the world mega evolution.  In the basic sense, mega evolution can be seen as a "rebirth" for the Pokemon.  A new type of creation is seen in the self in that regard.

Thus, the two sides are equal in power in my eyes for their respective domain over the physical and metaphysical.  Something to note here is that the bubbles for all three are the same size.  I was extremely cautious and wary to have the three stacked like such because I didn't want people to think I felt anyone Pokemon was stronger than the other in lore.  So, to combat the fact that one person will end up in the bottom, the bubbles were made the same size but more importantly, they all overlap one another, which means they all share the same space.  

The only acceptable case of power in hierarchy is Zygarde and Rayquaza, who sit atop the other two as the trio masters.  If you notice with their "disciples", they have halos over their heads which further glorify their power in the lore.  

Speaking of which the color of the halos, and the bubbles in general are all yellow, in homage to the center Arceus ring.  Yellow also fits as the specific shade/hue is similar to gold, which we relate to royalty.  


"Tiny Legendaries"

Filling out the bottom two columns are what I like to call the teeny legendaries.  I would have placed these within the ring of Arceus but it would've gotten too crowded, the elves were already there, and that they didn't have a connection to Arceus per se.  The inclusion of the Tiny Legendaries is simply paying homage where it is due.  Mew started a trend for every generation in that a smaller, cutesy type of legendary with a similar body type to it would be introduced.  The Pokemon seen below are those who follow in the footsteps.  With the exception of Manaphy, not only do they all have similar body types and cute nature/design, they are all part psychics, like Mew.  They are placed in the second to last bottom row as they are the least powerful set of legendaries in the mural.  Although Giratina is weaker, because the mural acts as a scale of sorts, putting the tiny legendaries on the same row would create too much of an open space underneath Kyogre and Xerneas, as well as haveing them in the same row as Giratina would depict a negative connotation that they do not carry.  


The work as a whole was treated with a lot of love and care, and plenty of detail that required a lot of patience and attention.  Everything came along nicely after the blueprint was set and the final act was to use a highlight tool to give the appearance of the windows shining light for the creatures involved.  Obviously, Mew was given the most light which helped in such an amazing dramatic fashion I felt I got lucky with.  


And that friends, was how this stained glass window mural was born, and how I locked up illustration number 152, sealing the deal on a combo consecutive streak.

Wow, I thought Snorlax's write up was long.  If you made it this far... you're a trooper.  Thank you!  Wow, this is going to be the last time I get to say this...but I'll do it with a smile.  Thank you ladies and gentlemen for tuning into Pokemon One a Day.  It has been my privilege and honor to illustrate this journey with you all.  Thank you for everything!  Good night!


Yours,

Bonny


+ Pokemon One a Day is a series illustrated and curated by Bonny John in an effort to represent the the first generation of characters from the world wide phenomenon that is known as Pokemon.  The idea is simple - to draw and share one new Pokemon a day (weekends off!) until every Pokemon from the set is completed.  This project is an exploration of fine art styles for learning and leisurely purposes.  

+Click here to visit my personal website!  It'll direct you to my YouTube, FB, Twitter, DeviantART, and Tumblr pages!

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:iconrioluanthro:
rioluanthro Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  New Deviant
... I see no ho-oh... or lugia (this still looks awesome!)
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!  If you read through the long write up, it'll discuss how I considered Lugia and Ho-oh and had to cut legendaries for the sake of the mural/story I wanted to tell in a limited composition/space under deadline, so that'll explain why those two are missing!
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rioluanthro Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  New Deviant
well, I just read it really good explanation! apparently I'm a trooper.
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
haha congrats!  
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:iconrioluanthro:
rioluanthro Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  New Deviant
what about articuno/moltres/zapdos trio?
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
what about them?  its the same deal - they dont fit into the mural/story i'm telling here.  they're not gonna cut it especially if lugia and ho oh doesn't.
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rioluanthro Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  New Deviant
I suppose... Do you think that there's a particularly large amount of legendaries that debuted in gen 4?
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, it was really overkill.  There were tons made that really didn't need to be made into legendaries but just regular Pokemon or below pseudo legendary...I dunno what possesed the team to go all out and just run the legendary feeling into the ground that gen.
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kingofpain0 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
kyurem is missing

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AskTheGreySkull Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist
What about deoxys, darkrai, meloetta, genesect and kyurem?
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
If you read through the lore/vision I have, this is more a mural for creationism in this universe, and so deoxys, darkrai, moeletta, genesect (and waaaaaaaaayy more pokemon you didnt mention) did not fit in with the story I was telling.  Kyurem might have possibly fit my vision, but visually, I didn't find a way to have him enter the piece but Zek and Resh were enough in its stead.
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AskTheGreySkull Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist
Ok then.
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verzenard Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
It's beautiful, I love this! I'm crying!
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
haha thank you!
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jexncr Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
I just want to say that I find all of your artwork INCREDIBLE! Amazing stuff. Thank you so much for sharing it all!
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much!  It was a very fun ride born of hard work and determination to see it through.  Be sure to share the art and series around :)
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cosmicscout Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
And now I shall fav this work of art! You have done great work for the Church of Arceus!
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
haha, cheers cosmicscout
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XxShadowWisperxX Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student General Artist
What about Darkia?
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
He didn't fit the lore I was building for this mural, not to mention I didn't have the actual space in the composition~
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XxShadowWisperxX Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Okay.
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LunaMoonstone97 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
I disagree with Giratina being the Pokemon devil. He9it0 was only banished for aggression.
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That's fine.  Still, for the sake of creating a mural and including him for his overall power, I placed him where he was in the composition because it does work visually.
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LunaMoonstone97 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Verry true. And as I said before, it is a beautiful piece of art. I was just stating my opinion of that part. As a whole, i love it. :)
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yep, and I'm glad you shared your thoughts with me.  Thanks again!
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:iconlunamoonstone97:
LunaMoonstone97 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
You are verry welcome. Thank you for listening! Clap :D (Big Grin) :) (Smile)
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
My pleasure!
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LunaMoonstone97 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
What happened to my "he"? anyway, I really love this. The artwork and style are beautiful. Kudos! :)
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the-Leander Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is seriously incredible, wow, I have no words to describe it adequately. You really pulled off the effect perfectly, it looks amazing, and I applaud how much thought was put into this. Instant fav for sure!
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for saying that!  So much effort went into this illustration, and the series as a whole and I'm glad people enjoy this finale as much as they've showed me over the second half of last year.  

If you're interested, I just started up Series 2 of Pokemon One a Day so you can check it out daily at my Tumblr (bonnyjohn.tumblr.com) or wait till Friday on DeviantART where I upload the 5 illustrations for the week...So in this case, tomorrow will be the first week's pieces debut here!
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Lord-of-the-flies Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Any chance of getting a print set up?
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:iconbonnyjohn:
BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Unfortunately, the entire series was done with digital only in mind, and prints would come out too small =/ 
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:iconlord-of-the-flies:
Lord-of-the-flies Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
Shame. I would have loved to have hung this on my wall.
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CheetaHamSloth Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Student General Artist
JUST EPICNESS
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drinkyourvegetable Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Wow, that's so cool o:
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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bazookatortise Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bonny Johny! 2 things!

Is this the last we'll see of Pokemon One A Day?

And do you take requests?
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello!  

The last of Pokemon One a Day...Hmm, maybe not! ;) 

Requests...Depends!  Anything in mind?
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bazookatortise Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shall I note you to share what I have in mind?
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sure!
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Zaylund Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the stainglass look you've achieved, it reminds me of the story windows in the Fable games - absolutely love it!
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I loved Fable!  Yeah, I could see the connection xD  

My inspiration was trying to go more for a religious connotation, without actually involving any sort of controversy by making it religious themed hehe

Thank you!
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rainbow-dahs88 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great world 

and where are latios and latias,meloetta,creselia,darkrai
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Stubbornkizer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
don't forget ho-oh and lugia
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:iconrainbow-dahs88:
rainbow-dahs88 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah im forget
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:iconstubbornkizer:
Stubbornkizer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cannot forget them
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:iconrainbow-dahs88:
rainbow-dahs88 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well wat ever
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megavoteclub Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
wait where are latios and latias?
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cody8808 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the whole stained-glass window look, very beautiful. Awesome work!
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Larynx13 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student
That looks sooooo amazing-fantastic O.O :333 
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