For months now Joshua Dunlop has continued on his creative quest to build a Pokémon Zoology website. From the very start, the incredibly vivid, true-to-life images of Pokémon characters has generated a loyal fan base eager to see more. Rolling out at least one a month, the London-based Concept Artist has changed our perception of what it would truly be like to step out of the front door to catch them all. Pack yourself a couscous salad and grab your Nintendo Switch, because we're going for a walk into the great outdoors.
This Was Not In The Brochure
The act of wandering in wide open spaces with the Nintendo's hybrid Switch console in hand would sound like an adventure of a lifetime. One to tell your friends over smashed avocados during the Sunday brunch ritual. Sounds good in theory, but what if that journey had you stumbling into real-world Pokémon?
Wait, Is That Blastoise In The Distance?
Joshua Dunlop knows how to transform our favourite Pokémon into realistic creatures of substance and spirit. Making your way down the mountain, the larger than life Blastoise could be there to greet you. The transition from 2D to right in-front of me would be a lively shock of exhilaration, no doubt.
From plant based characters such as Bellsprout to the majestic Vaporeon, the range and individuality of Joshua Dunlop's subjects tell an expressive story. To conceptualise Pokémon as real living creatures located in natural habitats is genuinely worth putting the Switch down for. Joshua described his drive for his ideas and work on ArtStation:
I have always had a passion for Film, Television, and Games and I’ve aspired to create unique and interesting artwork. With the current quality of today’s technology, I feel its potential is almost limitless, which is incredibly exciting and inspiring.
Maybe I Won't Catch Them All...
As you can see, his work can be light and cuddly or dark, obscure and Gastly. We all wish we could be the best and catch them all, but in reality, for most of us, staying inside to finish our couscous salads is the more likely scenario. Sure, that won't stop us fantasizing about our "if only" moments. Plus, going outside these days takes so much preparation. Will it rain, is it too sunny, did I pack enough high energy super foods etc.
For now, let's sit back safe and secure with our Switch and imagine anything is possible with Joshua Dunlop's ever growing Pokémon Zoology.
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