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If Only Pokémon Were Real...

Words:

Edd Norval

Photos:

Joshua Dunlop
November 2, 2018

Pokémon were a huge party of so many of the world's childhoods. Whether it was playing with the cards or watching the shows. It wasn't uncommon to be able to regurgitate their names in perfect order, from 1 to the original 150.

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Part of being young was imagining things. It was that aspect of our lives, our imagination, that set us apart from adults. We saw things that they could never see.


It's no surprise then that someone has combined the childlike imagination with skills acquired as an adult. The plethora of accessories available for Pokémon fans was enough to offer us an immersive experience. We had the balls, the plush toys and the Gameboy game. One thing we nevre had, yet always seemed to long for, was our own Pikachu (or other favourite).


As part of the Pokémon Zoology series by concept artist Joshua Dunlop, we now have a better idea of how they'd look if they were to exist in nature. He's not only brought them to life, but given them some of the personality traits that we'd associate with them. Pikachu is, as ever, a cute little creature that has a wise aura - it understands its place in this alternative reality where fantastical creatures are lifelong companions and, if trained, can do battle with each other.

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The artist has his own Patreon page where he will release a new addition each month. As mentioned, it isn't just a three-dimensinoal imagining, but rather an insight into the creature. He considers their habitat, diet and mannerisms. In this way he brings them to life in a way we would have only dreamed as children.


Some are very true to their original, whereas others are subject to interpretation. Dunlop adds to their story and mythology by interacting with them in such a way. By working his way through the series, another inevitability will occuer - his own improvement.


It's not only new additions we have to look forward to, but a constant move towards refining his own artistic approach. What started out as a test for Dunlop has become somewhat of a challenge. The series is a welcome throwback to our own childhood and can prove to be an immersive experience if he is able to continue to expand the world and delve deeper into the creates psychology.


Will we see an Ash, Brock or Misty in the future? We can only hope.

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