Give an artist a creative universe and he will draw a better one. At least that's what the fan artist, Tamtamdi, a South Korean native who now resides in California, has done with the creatures of the Pokemon Universe.
Tamtamdi has created a subset of humanity for the cartoon creatures that are the inhabitants of the Pokemon world. Japanese anime fans call these creations Gijinka — a humanization of the animal design.
There have been Gijinka Pokemon ever since their conception in 1955. The earliest fully transformed Gijinka into the big eyed, voluptuous creations with neutral Asian features that populate anime.
Tamtamdi tries to break through this tradition by giving his human creations soft flowing lines and watercolor strokes typical of classical Japanese art . His Gijinka have a high art sensibility that is still securely grounded in the Pokemon style.
His Gijinka are plausibly human, Asian and distinctly vulnerable. They are drawn mostly as petulant or fearless teens or mythological figures.
Tamtamdi's best drawn and fully realized creation is his Gijinka Pikachu (seen above), a character vibrant enough to have its own Hiyao Miyazaki film.
Tamtamdi has spent over a year drawing his over 258 Gijinka Pokemon. Each character can take up to an hour to create. Drawing a Gijinka Pokemon is his daily artistic exercise.
In an interview with Bored Panda, Tamtamdi notes, “The most important thing I care when I do the gijinki is capturing the first impression of the Pokémon, and then the silhouette and the gesture,” explained the artist.