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Lunar Ascension by technofortomcats Lunar Ascension by technofortomcats
Second in a series of Pokemon TCG themed commissions for :iconcallyfin:

You can find the first here:

This artwork is the cover for Cally's binder covering the Diamond/Pearl Advent series of Pokemon cards. A collection of her cards can be seen here. Collectorviper is :iconcallyfin:'s personal collection and news site.

One of the 'mechanics and themes' of this particular card deck is Arceus and eclipses. I chose a lunar background as I wanted to do a circular composition (circles circles and more circles!) One thing I wanted to do is really push the boundaries of a very colourful palette. Could I do it without it being a mess? I also wanted a detailed background to compliment the first image in the series.

I also wanted to incorporate the Arceus mechanic of the different elements. Now the trading card game uses a different set of elements to the video games. In the card game there is only nine elements instead of the 17 found in the games. That's why there is only nine orbs instead of 17. :) (for the record it's Colourless, Psychic, Grass, Water, Fire, Electric, Dark, Steel Fighting)

The background and mountains where heavily inspired by Boris Vallejo's crazy backgrounds while the elements were inspired in some ways by the video game Okami.

Technically this was complicated for me. One of the things i wanted to do was have all the elements of this piece on separate layers so it could be shifted and changed at a whim. I usually use one layer as I find multi-layers complicated and they don't blend as well in my eyes. There's a quite a few inaccuracies regarding lighting, but I'm striving for impact not realism in these pieces.

Re: watermark. Sorry folks, but sticky fingers taking and claiming artwork has forced my hand. I will upload a better edition once I get my redesigned logo in place.
EDIT: new watermark in place!

I also may offer a slightly edited version of this as a card game Playmat for purchase. If you are interested, please let me know!

This is a commission, so do not re-post or edit this artwork in anyway unless you are :iconcallyfin:

Artwork (c) Kimberley Petrie
Pokemon (c) Nintendo Inc, GAMEFreak

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MCsaurus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014

Awesome art of Arceus and all elemental powers you draw, I think I like it.
Silvazelover105 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Great job! That looks awesome!
KhoaDoTruong Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a bit odd, but very Creative!
madnezz344 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
awzome :D
UMSAuthorLava Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Praise be to Arceus!
chaoz-wulf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Weirda208 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay, I see that you are simply fascinated in Arceus. Isn't it? A lot of great works with cool ideas of this Pokemon are from you ^w^

Interesting idea, as always. I love how mountains came out, for me background is the best thing of this picture ^.^
ZeroSJager12 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
That is awesome. I like how you used the energy symbols from the card game nice touch
Atatakakunakatta Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you've drawn arceus so many times, and that is in no way a bad thing! awesome!
Ryivhnn Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember when there were only five elements back when they were following the Magic format more closely :)
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