Welcome back to a new post! It has actually been quite a while since I posted something. More than 2 weeks ago! But oh well, here we are again with a new post! This time I drew yet another Pokémon. This time it was Piplup’s turn.
Piplup is a water type Pokémon. It looks like a cross between a penguin and a duck. Piplup is actually really cute. As you might know, in Pokémon stories, different trainers train Pokémon to let them battle. Piplup is one of these Pokémon. To hold up against other Pokémon, Piplup also has to fight. Piplup’s signature move is ‘Bubble Beam’. Which is, exactly as it says, a beam of bubbles. This is another reason why Piplup is so cute. Other Pokémon set each other on fire, or poison each other, while Piplup just shoots bubbles at the target.
But enough babbling about Pokémon, let’s get into drawing. As with any artwork, we start out by doing some sketching. Piplup’s figure seems kind of simple. However, since it’s simple, it’s much easier to spot mistakes. Because of this, it took me quite a while to get the curvature of his face right. In the end, however, I think I did a good job. The result can be seen below.
I actually finished this sketch about 2 weeks ago. I just never got around to finishing it, which is why it has been long without a post.
However, in these 2 weeks, I haven’t been completely idle. I actually finished another song! The song is called ‘Ship Has Sailed’ and will release on June 5th. On June 5th, I will, of course, make another post about the song. But, I would like to show my gratitude to my readers by already posting the intro of the song. The 16-second intro (just before the vocals start) can be heard below! Make sure to check out the release this Friday :).
But let’s get back to drawing. After sketching, I tidied up the linework with my fineliner and filled in Piplup’s eyes. The result can be seen below!
I was really happy with how Piplup looked so far, but now it was time to give him some colour. Piplup is mainly blue. The top of his head is dark blue, while his lower body is lighter blue (with a green-ish tone). I started the drawing on blending paper, so I, of course, used my markers. Sadly, I didn’t really have the right colours for this drawing. Because of this, I used the colours that were closest to the colours Piplup should be.
After finishing the blue colouring, I made his beak and his feet yellow-orange. As these were small area’s, it was done pretty quickly.
Then the hardest part; the shading. Normally, I don’t really encounter difficulties while shading. This time, however, I don’t really know why it didn’t go as I wanted it to go. I tried making the bottom of his head and body a bit darker to give it the feel of being in the shadow. It kind of worked, but not really perfectly. Also, I added some shadow on the tops of his feet (as the tops of his feet are in the shadow of his lower body). Finally, I added some shading below Piplup.
Now Piplup was kind of done, but it felt incomplete. There was so much white and blue on the page (and not much else). Because of this, I decided to create a kind of red diamond behind him. This should make Piplup pop out a bit more, as well as make the drawing less boring. I think it actually improved the drawing a lot. The final result can be seen below!
So there it is! Yet another drawing done. I really hope you enjoyed seeing the drawing and reading my post. Let me know what you think down below in the comments!
I also hoped you liked the sneak preview I gave you to my new song. Be sure to check out the track this Friday as well as my post about it!
See you later, stay safe!