How A ‘Pokémon’ Fan Artist Landed A Job Drawing For ‘Detective Pikachu’ Movie
By Mikelle Leow, 14 Nov 2018
Video screenshot via Warners Bro. Pictures
If there’s one thing Pokémon has taught aspiring trainers, it’s that you can accomplish just about anything if you keep pursuing your dream.
One living example is artist RJ Palmer, who began illustrating realistic versions of Pokémon and uploading his recreations on art-sharing platform Deviantart six years ago.
The drawings, which depict the creatures as dinosaurs, were done for fun, and little did he know they would one day land him a job reimagining ‘Pikachu’ and the like for the actual franchise.
According to video game-focused website Kotaku, the production designer of the live-action Detective Pikachu movie—which you had a first look at this week—had googled “realistic Pokemon” and discovered some articles that the artist was featured in.
“Imagine my surprise to get a phone call on a Tuesday and having to be at work on a real Pokémon movie on the following Monday because the production designer saw my art on a listicle,” Palmer tweeted.
He then spent seven fruitful months working on concept art for the film, which is slated to arrive in May 2019.
Palmer owes it to Deviantart for “literally [giving] me my career.” He now holds a career creating concept artworks for Ubisoft, where he has just begun working at.
Oh hey its the 22nd anniversary of Pokemon's first release in Japan. Here are a few of my favorites of the crazy amount of Pokemon I've drawn. Here's to another 22 years. #PokemonDay pic.twitter.com/gHJInPNwTN— RJ Palmer (@arvalis) February 27, 2018
Hey thanks guys. It wouldn’t have been possible without your site hosting my work. Deviantart literally gave me my career. https://t.co/VoBqHZnU0d— RJ Palmer (@arvalis) November 13, 2018
Imagine my surprise to get a phone call on a Tuesday and having to be at work on a real Pokemon movie on the following Monday because the production designer saw my art on a listicle.— RJ Palmer (@arvalis) November 13, 2018
My follower count jumped by almost 2k so far today. This is so overwhelming, I just wanted to thank you guys for making today very cool. Its been so fun getting to finally see what people think of the movie.— RJ Palmer (@arvalis) November 13, 2018
[via Kotaku, images via various sources]
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