Last weekend, I was playing around with a new painting software over. I don’t often colour pictures digitally so this was quite challenging!
Perhaps you can tell that I’ve also been playing Pokémon Go 🙂
I’ve loved Pokémon ever since the Red and Blue Gameboy games and even more so after the animé series started airing on TV. So I was really looking forward to Pokémon Go.
Many articles I’ve read about Pokémon Go seem to be negative or make fun of players for having no common sense. There are also a lot of people who don’t understand the appeal of it. This is completely understandable (as with everything, it was never going to be universally liked!) but I feel some people are overstepping the line between “playfully poking fun” to “insulting”… and it makes me sad that some players are being made to feel bad about something they enjoy.
So I guess this drawing came about as a reaction to that – because Pokémon has been a love of mine for a long time. 🙂
The Pokémon featured in this picture are ones I’ve caught in my new favourite app. From the top:
- Gastly – one of my first non-normal type catches!
- Pidgeotto – who made me 10+ pokéballs by dodging/escaping them…
- Nidoran (female) – caught in a city centre shopping district (disclaimer: unlike what the news might suggest of players, I was very mindful of other people and didn’t get in the way + made sure I was fully aware of my surroundings at all times) 🙂
- Eevee – caught right at home.
- Squirtle – my “starter”… Squirtle was also my starter when I first began my Pokémon journey with Pokémon Blue!
- Raticate – my first evolved Pokémon in the game.
What I love most about the game is the joy it brings so many people. Seeing how excited people are when they find a Pokémon or the really sweet smiles/nods that they give each other – kind of like a Poké-salute – it’s really lovely seeing that kind of happiness.
The next best thing is navigating between Pokéstops (places where you can pick up extra items like pokéballs). It’s a great way to explore the local area, encourage you to get outdoors and maybe discover new places.
The game may not be perfect (but what in life is?) However, I think it’s a great idea.
Whether players are adults or children, just let us enjoy our Pokémon journey. For a lot of us, it has a special place in our hearts. For even more, it’s become a great way to spend time with family/friends and just have fun.
Now then. I recently acquired an egg from a Pokéstop which demands 10km of walking before it hatches… I’d better put my walking shoes on 🙂
P.S. Here’s an alternative sketch. It’s inspired by the many Pidgeys, Weedles and Rattatas which seem appear most often in Go. I’ve caught quite a lot of those so far. 😛