ByJonathan J Moya, writer at Creators.co
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Jonathan J Moya

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.

This Gijinki Pikachu is good enough to be in her own Miyazaki film.
This Gijinki Pikachu is good enough to be in her own Miyazaki film.

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.

You can see more of Tamtamdi's art on his facebook, deviant art, and tumblr pages.

1. Bulbasaur

Bulbasaur
Bulbasaur

2. Ivysaur

Ivysaur
Ivysaur

3. Venusaur

Venusaur
Venusaur

4. Charmander

Charmander
Charmander

5. Charmeleon

Charmeleon
Charmeleon

6. Charizard

Charizard
Charizard

7. Squirtle

Squirtle
Squirtle

8. Wartortle

Wartortle
Wartortle

9. Blastoise

Blastoise
Blastoise

10. Caterpie

Caterpie
Caterpie

11. Butterfree

Butterfree
Butterfree

12. Weedle

Weedle
Weedle

13. Kakuna

Kakuna
Kakuna

14. Beedrill

Beedrill
Beedrill

15. Pidgey

Pidgey
Pidgey

16. Pidgeotto

Pidgeotto
Pidgeotto

17. Pidgeot

Pidgeot
Pidgeot

18. Rattata

Rattata
Rattata

19. Raticate

Raticate
Raticate

20. Spearow

Spearow
Spearow

21. Fearow

Fearow
Fearow

22. Ekans

Ekans
Ekans

23. Arbok

Arbok
Arbok

24. Pikachu

Pikachu
Pikachu

25. Raichu

Raichu
Raichu

26. Sandshrew

Sandshrew
Sandshrew

27. Sandslash

Sandslash
Sandslash

28. Nidoran (female version)

Nidoran (female version)
Nidoran (female version)

29. Nidorina

Nidorina
Nidorina

30. Nidoqueen

Nidoqueen
Nidoqueen

31. Nidoran (Male Version)

Nidoran (Male Version)
Nidoran (Male Version)

32. Nidorino

Nidorino
Nidorino

33. Nidoking

Nidoking
Nidoking

34. Clefairy

Clefairy
Clefairy

35. Clefable

Clefable
Clefable

36. Vulpix

Vulpix
Vulpix

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