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Ivysaur by nicholaskole Ivysaur by nicholaskole
I figured what the heck- I love pokemon and this is a great excuse to experiment with this new style/technique- so I've applied to the Pokemonathon and I've started with the next few in the set! I'm having a lot of fun mixing ballpoint pen, watercolor, and digital :D

Hope you guys like him!
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Citron--Vert Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I feature your wonderful deviation here fav.me/d7a98z5
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks muchly!
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Kjesta Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student General Artist
This is lovely! I like the big, blean, simple shapes with the uncomplicated but effectful lighting. What kind of ballpoint pen are you using so it doesn't smudge?
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ha- I'm not sure if it's special exactly, but it's a bic soft-grip blue ballpoint. The kind that write with a softer mark, not the kind with the inky gel-pen line!
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cupcakemonkeytaco Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Artist
what media did you use for this?
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
watercolor and photoshop! Multimedia, ftw!
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okinalex Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
you are awesome!!!
Master and stuff
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enochfollowed Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i really like the lighting :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hehe- thank you :)
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Red-Great-Valoo-XIII Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
What exactly is watercolor and what exactly is PS on these? I'm still trying to figure it out o_O
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha- that's good, then :p
All the color is really added in photoshop...the watercolor is more of a 'drawing' phase, and I do it in a single color :p But the result is more the point than the method- at least to me :)
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AdamHunterPeck Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
SUNNY
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I WISH IT ACTUALLY WAS SO BAD
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Garama Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   Digital Artist
This looks fantastic! I love the colors and how you've stylized him :--)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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Sean-Devariant Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think you're really on to something with this combination of working-styles! Reminds me of a conversation I had with Tony Janello. Anyways, it's been a while- hope the new year is picking up, and we should def catch up soon!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, man! I never did have Janello. But yeah- we should touch base! I am occasionally on skype if you want to pop in sometime!
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hyamei Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
for some reason, ivysaur is my most fave in the bulbasaur evo line.. maybe it's because that of that cute little bud sprout.
lovee the colors and also expressions are awesome as usual!

good luck with Pokemonathon! hope you'll get far! :D can't wait to see squirtle and his evolutions! : D
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I forgot how much I like him until I started drawing him (which has been the case with most of the pokemon)
I've been having a blast with pokemonathon- but work has gotten in the way. I want to get back to it today!
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yzkethrag Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. :3
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
I wuv heem. You have such a great eye for light! There is some sunshine on this guy.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha- thanks :D
The watercolor always works best when I'm thinking about 'painting the light' instead of the character- it's always a weird experience- I feel out of control until it's done! :p
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the-Mad-Hatress Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student General Artist
YES YOU'RE IN THE POKÉMONATHON!!!!

I AM SO EXCITED.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha :D and I've loved it so far! I'm stalling out, though...work getting in the way :(
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RoguishBard Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed, this does remind me strongly of my first days playing Yellow, Red, and Blue...

Brownie points for both excellent artwork and nostalgic feels.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha- yay! I'm glad- I've been having all the feels since I started, too
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CeeMarcuS Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Dude this reminds me of the original Manual for Red and Yellow. Great just great, so are this cg? or completely real media watercolors?
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
(The description already says!) :)
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CeeMarcuS Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
And that's why you read the description before commenting xD
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ElementHaze Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
louvee
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Silnaur Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm looking forward to seeing them all drawn in this style ^_^
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
working on it! I kinda stalled out at Raichu :/
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lameboat Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
dat gradient
The style you've been using for these is absolutely gorgeous, your colour transitions are flawless!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks! I'm really excited about keeping up the experiment!
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Elledy92 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing! Really nice! The color is so smooth.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha- thank you!
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Honeybuun1018 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Artist
Cute
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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