Marker Art #29: Pokémon Blue/Red

Pokémon Blue & Red came out in the US in 1998, and I received the Blue version for Christmas from my Aunt and Uncle a few years after that. I was surprised to get a gift from them, and truthfully, Pokémon wasn’t really on my radar at the time. Nonetheless, I dove head first into the game and soon was trying my very best to catch them all.

I have fond memories of attempting to bike all the way home from school using no hands so I could play Pokémon on the go. I made it all the way to Champion’s Road but never ended up finishing the game. To this day, I haven’t played a Pokémon game since, but I still appreciate the series. And, I love seeing all the unique characters that have been created after all this time.

Below is my pixel art of what I think is one of the most iconic moments in the game: meeting Professor Oak alongside your rival and choosing your first Pokémon!

My graph paper is 42×32 squares so I use an editing app to crop my template to match those dimensions exactly.
My black marker was key in this project to outline all the shapes. Then, I could just fill in the gray around it.
I didn’t have exactly the right shades of gray to match the template perfectly, so I used a photo filter to lighten it up. The actual version still looks pretty cool, though! Above is the final outcome with my slight edits – just like on the Game Boy Micro!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my art! Which version of Pokémon is your favorite? Did you play this one? Who did you choose as a starter? Let me know about it in a reply below. Also, be sure to FOLLOW or subscribe to my blog via e-mail to have content delivered directly to your inbox!

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Published by erichagmann

Arranger / Pianist / Vocalist / Educator / Gamer

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