Something that has always bothered me a little in Pokmon games is that, despite their immense power and status, the legendary Pokmon have always felt quite small. Of course, they are listed as quite large in Pokdex – and the name of the game literally means pocket monsters – but I’ve often wondered what the great mythical creatures would have been like.
Fortunately, an artist managed to make my dreams come true: and the paintings she made are simply stunning.
Created by 23-year-old independent artist Devin Elle Kurtz (also known as TamberElla), the digital paintings of Rayquaza, Giratina, Lugia, Palkia, Dialga, Kyogre and Groudon have gained quite a bit of attention on the Internet in the past few days – and rightly. Pokmon are presented as huge creatures that emerge from the clouds, obscure entire cities or disturb ships in a storm.
Just take a look at them in the cropped form below:
What I particularly love about these pieces, apart from their dark and otherworldly mood, is the way the legendaries interact with natural backgrounds. And of course the pure sense of scale. Take a closer look and you will see the details like a small Charizard in the foreground on the piece of Groudon or a small red piano surrounding under Giratina.
In fact, I would say that my personal favorites are the paintings of Dialga and Giratina, in which the clouds and lighting resemble the techniques used by artists of the romantic era such as JMW Turner and John Constable (or so they told me, after having consulted the resident of Eurogamer art expert Christian Donlan).
The images are quite surprising on Instagram, but I would recommend seeing them in their greatest glory on the artist’s DeviantArt page, where there is a black background and the paintings are cut out.
Maybe it’s a good thing, after all, that legendaries aren’t that great in games. I think even a Master Ball would struggle to contain them.