Yesterday, my art professor told the class to find what inspires them. He directed us to find the specific things that inspire us to create, not just vaguely mention a website or something. When I think back, there has been one thing that stands out as inspiring me the most. Video games have always inspired me to create. Not just to draw, but to photograph and to write as well. The video game that has inspired me the most throughout the years is Pokemon. I decided to start a tribute drawing series to Pokemon and start drawing some of my favorite characters from the video game!
The first entry in the series is a character called Mimikyu. This is not fully finished at the moment–this is usually what it looks like before I start on the actual line work. In the future, I may include photos of the sketching process as well, and I will always post the completed works in a separate post. Keep reading below the picture for some facts about the Pokemon called Mimikyu.
Mimikyu is one of those Pokemon that fans of the games have a polarized opinion of. Meaning, they either love it, or they hate it. Either category you fall into, it has an interesting story, to say the least. Mimikyu is literally a “Disguise Pokemon” and because of this, no one knows what it really looks like under its guise. The database entry in Pokemon Sun, one of the games in which Mimikyu makes its debut, suggest that it is unwise to try to find out what it really looks like:
“Its actual appearance is unknown. A scholar who saw what was under its rag was overwhelmed by terror and died from the shock.” -Serebii.net
The database entry in Pokemon Moon, the other version of the game, makes once pity the poor beast. After all, he only disguises himself as the series’ mascot because he wants to be loved:
“A lonely Pokémon, it conceals its terrifying appearance beneath an old rag so it can get closer to people and other Pokémon.” -Serebii.net
I believe this is what makes Mimikyu so charming to some. There’s something about a helpless animal needing love that makes hearts melt. Or maybe it’s the fact that if you use it in battle, its disguise can break. Seriously! During the battle, it has the ability to sacrifice its rag in order to avoid taking damage. When this happens, the Pikachu head falls to the side and hangs down. The database entries for both games suggest that when its disguise is broken, Mimikyu feels sad. I think it knows that it won’t be able to make friends when it looks like a Pikachu with a broken neck. You can find all this information and more at Serebii.net.
That’s all for now! Stay tuned for the completed work!