Something that has always bothered me a bit about Pokmon games is that, despite their immense power and status, the legendary Pokmon have always felt quite small. Sure, they are listed as quite large in the Pokdex, and the name of the game literally means pocket monsters – but I have often wondered how they would look like vast mythical creatures.
Fortunately, an artist has made my dreams come true: and the paintings she has produced are simply stunning.
Created by 23-year-old independent artist Devin Elle Kurtz (also known as TamberElla), digital paintings by Rayquaza, Giratina, Lugia, Palkia, Dialga, Kyogre and Groudon have been gaining considerable attention on the Internet in the past. A few days, and rightly so. The Pokmon are presented as massive creatures that emerge from the clouds, eclipse entire cities or disturb ships in a storm.
Just take a look at them in cropped form below:
What I like most about these pieces, apart from their dark and otherworldly humor, is how the legendary interact with the natural backgrounds. And, of course, the pure sense of scale. Take a closer look and you'll see details like a small Charizard in the foreground of the Groudon piece, or a small red plane circling beneath 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 have told me, having said consulted with the Eurogamer resident). art expert Christian Donlan).
The images are impressive enough on Instagram, but I would recommend seeing them in all their glory on the artist's DeviantArt page, where there is a black background and the paintings are not cropped.
Perhaps it is good, after all, that the legendary ones are not so great in the games. I think even a Master Ball would have a hard time containing them.