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A Message to the Pokemon Comic/Art Community

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 21, 2016, 12:13 PM
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C9f0c5dc39a64ef98060dc802799800e by NekoYugito

I figured it was a matter of time before someone would complain about how I drew Naya in the story. It’s not the first time I’ve seen comments like this- but it is the first I’ve seen directed specifically at PRS, so I suppose it’s time I finally step up and say something on the subject. Let this be an open message to all fan-artists of any fandom.

Do not ever allow people to tell you how to draw your characters. Deviating from the official designs is not a bad thing, nor should it ever be considered so. Draw them how you want to- if that means adding some different traits or changing things up a bit- by all means, do so!

Going away from the original designs can be fun and give your Pokemon characters unique personality and make them more recognizable. I personally change up the traits of each of the PRS characters a bit so that they would be easily distinguishable from others of the same species. How would people know the difference between two characters of the same species across ANY series if we all stuck true to their original designs?

Even in nature we have variations of the same species. Look at cats for a great example- they are a single species yet they have so much variation. Different eye colors, different fur markings, different fur types- these traits are important in telling one cat apart from another. Why should our Pokemon characters be any different? By adding variations in traits of our characters we mark them out as individuals instead of just another Flareon or another Pikachu.

There is no ‘proper’ way to draw Pokemon. There never will be and never should be as it would only stifle imagination. So to all you Pokemon artists- especially you awesome comic makers- draw your characters however you want. Do not bend to the small-mindedness of those like the poster above. Their approval is not worth compromising your artistic choices and styles.

And no- I won’t ever change Naya’s design. I like drawing her that way. Flareons in the PRS world have a wide variation in how their mane looks depending on where they’re from and whether or not they get it styled. Deal with it.

- Neko

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I would appreciate this if people spread this message around. I feel it's important that people see this. It's an issue I've seen come up from time to time and honestly- I should have spoken up much sooner than I have. Please share this around and make it clear that this attitude is stupid and detrimental to artists.



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Evildraws Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU.

I've had quite a few comments (though one was joking and I didn't process that at the time) about my own PMD comic - since I tend to draw my main Vulpix's eye showing through her hair tuft, or the way I draw an Oshawott is pretty different from the canon design, and I guess that makes a lot of people upset?? ? ?

I am 100% okay with people who do prefer to stick to the original designs for pokemon; sometimes it can give a comic a bit of uniqueness in itself, since there are so many who deviate from original designs. But pushing other people to do so is just really rude to the artists? I just...I don't understand why people nitpick at artist's styles and whatnot :/

I draw in a way that's comfortable to me, and I'm not about to change that to satisfy somebody who demands I do it the 'correct way.'
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NekoYugito Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
You're welcome.

Seriously- it's angers me to see people think they can tell artists how to draw and design their characters. Your designs aren't even that far off compared to some of mine and others I've seen. I quite like how you draw your characters! Your style has its own charm to it! It's also common for TV shows (particularly anime) to show eyes behind hair- this is a stylistic choice to better help portray character emotions. It's not 'wrong' - there is no such thing as a 'correct' way in art. That notion was dispelled ages ago. That's why modern art exists- because people got sick of being told 'this' was the way to do things and said 'screw that- we're doing weird things cause we can!' It may not be for everyone- but it is by no means 'incorrect'

And heck, I've got respect for people who draw Pokemon to the original/official designs. It takes a certain amount of skill for people to get things spot on without their own styles blending in too much. I personally prefer drawing with my own style in there because it feels more natural and hence takes me less time to draw. Anyway, I've got repeats of some Pokemon species in the comic and I do want them to be easily distinguishable- even the background characters in the latest flashback so people don't think they're present characters.

I draw the way that's most comfortable for me too- with a little experimenting from time to time. It's what -feels- right to me as an artist. If that means I draw my characters a certain way over others, then so be it. I'd only be hurting myself as an artist trying to conform to some non-existent 'correct' way of drawing.
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UmiKit Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That comment is an insult to character creation.
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NekoYugito Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
Agreed. xD
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inviseon25 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
whats wrong with designing a pokemons appearance differently I personally think it gives them a certain uniqueness about themselves and there character even I got a pokemon oc which is a mawile who I designed to have her left ear green and I made her eyes orange instead of their ruby red eyes they normally have and I got a few more ocs as well which are equally as different but I rather not rant on like this so i'm gonna follow in james path and spread this as well
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NekoYugito Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
Thanks for that! I'm tired of people telling other artists how to draw Pokemon. I always keep my character designs realistic enough- nothing weird like blue Growlithe or purple Charmander. Variations in colors, different fur styles, markings, etc. They're still recognizable as their species- and distinguishable from other characters of the same type. That's the point!
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inviseon25 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
I agree although I do have one oc which is an eevee that has dark grey fur but that's about it for fully odd colored fur
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NekoYugito Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
I'd consider darker grey fair game for Eevee. It'd be a variation of Shiny Eevee if we're talking PRS rules. Very rare, but not unrealistic/impossible.
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inviseon25 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
really? well ok then :D guess my eevee fur color is fine then XD
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James-the-Typhlosion Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly, people arent so open to 'change' in design, so they think that shoving their opinion will get them to change.

So in Potatoes sense, that would mean wasting all that time and effort Neko put into the designs. Which I say is just dumb of that comment to exist. In short, no change, no loss, all great for Neko~ love her work.


also *POUNCE* WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!?!?!??!?!?!?!??!
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inviseon25 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
I got caught up in the pokemon go hype X3 team mystic hehe and I has all eevee evolutions :D and sorry o~o
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James-the-Typhlosion Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
COME BACK ON SKYPE I MISS YOU QWQ

also, yaay Team Mystiiiic
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inviseon25 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
ok ok I will come back to skype XD
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James-the-Typhlosion Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because of this, I have done something I have not dine in a while/at all. *spreads message*

That comment really gets to me as well. That was really un-needed for them to say that at all.
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NekoYugito Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
Thanks for that!

And no worries- the comment doesn't bother me. I expected that a lot sooner, really. xD I just want to make it very clear where I stand on this.
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James-the-Typhlosion Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
anytime Neko~ :hug:
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:iconlkwayvern:
LKWayvern Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
If humans were like Pokemon in the anime, I would have an even worse time remembering faces, and everyone would hate me for this. 
I try to give all my Pokemon different traits. I mean, every single species of animal has minor differences from others. Also sometimes I change up the design to make the Pokemon easier to draw in my style, or just more visually interesting. 
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NekoYugito Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
The main reason for Naya being drawn the way she is: It suits my style better than the official design. That's a reason for most of my changes- but aside from that I always try to vary the character designs so you can tell them apart. Even the twins have slight variations so I know which is which. xD
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LKWayvern Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've noticed the differences between the twins and I still can't tell them apart. 
Mainly because I never really figured out which name was aimed at which twin in the first place. 
But yeah. I especially try to make my protagonists look a lot different than others of their species. For example, in PMDRR Rue looks a LOT different from normal Poochyena, Finn and Delight have different hair and eye color from others in the Ralts line, but it's similar to each other so you can tell they're siblings. Other differences are more subtle. 
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NekoYugito Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
xD Well, they ARE twins- meant to be hard to tell apart.

One easy way is their paws- both have one paw that is darker in color. Which paw depends on which twin. ARden's right paw is dark, Aden's is left. Arden has an 'R' in his name- so Right. Also, you'll notice that when they're next to each other, they're ALWAYS in the same order. Aden is always to the right of Arden. The exception to this is in the double team- the illusions are not in the right order- that's how you can tell which are the real twins when they use double team! =D

I figure the most important thing is that the Pokemon are still recognizable as the species they are- so long as that's consistent, it doesn't matter what details you change. Of course, I don't draw blue growlithe cause it doesn't make sense in the PRS world. But you'll notice with the Houndour/Houndoom so far that they vary from mid-tone greys, to near-black, and sometimes with varying shades of blue. Though, the ones with tones of blue are not necessarily 'shiny' - it would take a pure blue Houndoom to count as shiny- which is very rare. But almost every shade between that and grey is fair game for Houndoom in PRS.
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LKWayvern Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Arden's on the right? Huh, never noticed. That's useful to know now... Thanks. ^^ 
And in Victory Fire too, in the scene with the Gengar twins, all the Gengars there have slightly different shades of fur, and other marks. Also when the Houndoom pack is still around all the Houndoom have small distinguishing marks, like the leader(most obvious differences), the pink-nosed one, the one with the circle between its eyes... 
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NekoYugito Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
See- variation! Nothing wrong there. I mean really- the twins aren't the only growlithe in the story. If I drew the flashback Growlithes the same way- would you think they are the twins? Yes. And that would hurt the story because the readers would be trying to piece false information together.
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:iconlkwayvern:
LKWayvern Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It would certainly be extremely confusing. 
And even harder to tell them apart. 
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Kilian1992 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
I also add some extras to my comics main-characters. And changing something like that in the middle of a story feels not right. Individuality is something important, and as long as you can still recognize a Pokémon, I think it's perfectly OK to make some changes. So go on as you please. You're the artist of your comic and you can decide what your characters look like, even if you decide to make them look like stick figures. 
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NekoYugito Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
This exactly. Naya is still recognizable as a Flareon. All of my characters are recognizable as what they are meant to be. So what's the problem? I've got several Kabutops characters that will appear throughout the story- and I want to ensure people can tell them apart. You've got Entei-killer in the beginning- closest to the original/official design. Edge with a shortened head and different scythe shapes. Stella with lighter colors and different eyes- and there's one more who appears in the background who is extra spikey- which I believe reasonable for the species.

It's absurd that people think that all Pokemon must be drawn exactly to their original designs. How the hell do we tell characters apart then?
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PikaMewFR Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
... Is this PotatoChips' comment a troll? This guy can't be serious!
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NekoYugito Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
He probably is a troll. Not the first troll to drop by PRS- it HAS been a while though. I wish I could say I'm surprised at idiots like this, but I'm not. -shakes head sadly- I'm gonna draw Naya however the heck I want to. Don't like it? Don't read the comic. Problem solved.
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PikaMewFR Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
PS: Just wanted to inform you, I shared the link of your journal entry on Twitter (twitter.com/PikaMewFR/status/7…).
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NekoYugito Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
Thanks! I appreciate that! I feel every artist needs to hear this. Working on comics can be a thankless job at times- the last thing some artists need are people hating on their work for stylistic choices.
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PikaMewFR Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
And you are totally right to want to do so!
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