A talented Pokemon fan and artist has created illustrations from all starters to Gen 5, giving the characters a crochet animation makeover.
A skilled artist and Pokemon fan worked to give all of the Starter characters a digital crochet makeover, and the adorable results show the design style would be perfect for the future Pokemon Games. Several franchises have turned real-world crafts into game designs over the years, including games like the paper mario series, the knitted world of little big planetand Yoshi’s craft world.
You don’t have to go far on the internet to find Pokémon-inspired fan art. A quick search of any content creation site like YouTube, DeviantArt, or Reddit will reveal hundreds, if not thousands, of fan art dedicated to the decades-old franchise. Images, sculptures, animations and t-shirts are just some of the creations made by these passionate fans. Even the materials vary, from clay, to LEGO, to pancakes, and even yarn. There have been several Pokemon fans who have turned characters from the series into crocheted creatures, with one even going so far as to recreate 500 crocheted Pokemon.
Redditor Kooale325 took crochet Pokemon one step further, turning Starters into digital animated art that wouldn’t look out of place in the future Pokemon Game. Kooale325’s latest creation is the Generation 5 Tepig, but they’ve already covered other Starters, including Bulbasaur. The attention to detail and proportions is phenomenal, but what elevates these crochet creations is the incredibly realistic animation. Everything from the natural shadows to the highlights in their button eyes give these crochet puppets a hypnotic sense of realism. As of now, Koolale325 has made starter sets of all but three of Pokemonnamed regions, with Kalos, Alola and Galar to come.
Smooth and realistic animations show that a crochet art style could be an interesting new direction for future titles in the Pokemon series. As mentioned, Nintendo already has first-party titles with a wireframe visual aesthetic: the 2010s Kirby’s Epic Yarn for Nintendo Wii, which received a 3DS port in 2018 titled Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarnand 2015 Yoshi’s woolly world for the Nintendo Wii U. Outside of Nintendo, the gaming industry has also adapted a few experiments, with Electronic Art’s Detangle and, of course, Sony little big planet series. Since the yarn aesthetic seems to have already proven its novelty, it wouldn’t be so far-fetched to see a crocheted Farfetch in the game one day.
While it’s fun to imagine new directions for a series like Pokemon, such a decision would ultimately be up to Nintendo. One thing is certain, fans will continue to show their love for the franchise in any way they can. Just like the Pokemon games that inspire art, the work will always be enjoyed and appreciated by members of the community. And if a style happens to inspire a new entry into the Pokemon series, so much the better.
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Source: Kooale325/Reddit (1, 2)
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