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I want to like Florges but can’t.  On the one hand I get what they’re going for with the flower thing, and the overall look is pretty neat.  On the other hand, it’s Gardevoir with a giant rainbow afro.  On the OTHER other hand, that’s hilarious.  I don’t like how the giant flower puff is supposed to be a neck ruff, but wraps around the whole head, but DOESN’T actually reach Florges’s scalp, so it looks like a balding afro.  Like a clown.  Also it’s got tits and sticks its ass out.
It feels like they were trying to pull this design in two different directions.

I want to like Florges but can’t.  On the one hand I get what they’re going for with the flower thing, and the overall look is pretty neat.  On the other hand, it’s Gardevoir with a giant rainbow afro.  On the OTHER other hand, that’s hilarious.  I don’t like how the giant flower puff is supposed to be a neck ruff, but wraps around the whole head, but DOESN’T actually reach Florges’s scalp, so it looks like a balding afro.  Like a clown.  Also it’s got tits and sticks its ass out.

It feels like they were trying to pull this design in two different directions.

Floette looks a heck of a lot better than Flabebe and I feel like this should’ve been the first stage in the line.  It’s got a good balance of detail and its flower isn’t overwhelmingly huge.  Not sure how those giant eyelash details are supposed to work though.  If they’re antennae, they’re awfully close to the eyes.

Floette looks a heck of a lot better than Flabebe and I feel like this should’ve been the first stage in the line.  It’s got a good balance of detail and its flower isn’t overwhelmingly huge.  Not sure how those giant eyelash details are supposed to work though.  If they’re antennae, they’re awfully close to the eyes.

Certain images don’t have .xcf files because I forgot to save them.  But anyways, those of you who want to look at sloppily shaded layers, go ahead.

Something about Flabebe doesn’t feel like a Pokemon to me.  Something about the style.  I feel like this one would work better as maybe a Dragon Quest monster or something?  Maybe Monster Rancher?  That doesn’t make it bad though.  Although it bugs me that its prop is larger than the living organism itself.  I know that’s part of the gimmick though.

Something about Flabebe doesn’t feel like a Pokemon to me.  Something about the style.  I feel like this one would work better as maybe a Dragon Quest monster or something?  Maybe Monster Rancher?  That doesn’t make it bad though.  Although it bugs me that its prop is larger than the living organism itself.  I know that’s part of the gimmick though.

A Useless Announcement

SUP if there’s anyone who is interested in .xcf files (that is GIMP’s file type) of the Quartz popkas say so now because I’m going to delete ‘em.  I saved files with all the layers of shading etc. on the premise that I MIGHT need them someday but I’m pretty sure I never will.  So if nobody asks for them by tomorrow I’m just getting rid of them.  I’m trimming the excess on my bloated My Pictures folder.

Pyroar is actually really well done.  The anatomy on these lions is great, and the fiery manes look good.  I still feel like this wasn’t ENOUGH though.  We need a little more gimmick.  I could believe a creature that looks like Pyroar could exist in the real world.  Pokemon should have a little something more to them, something fantastical.  Maybe if the manes were literal fire?  I guess that’s a bit of an overused idea though.  Some people were hoping for a manticore Pokemon, that could’ve been cool.

Pyroar is actually really well done.  The anatomy on these lions is great, and the fiery manes look good.  I still feel like this wasn’t ENOUGH though.  We need a little more gimmick.  I could believe a creature that looks like Pyroar could exist in the real world.  Pokemon should have a little something more to them, something fantastical.  Maybe if the manes were literal fire?  I guess that’s a bit of an overused idea though.  Some people were hoping for a manticore Pokemon, that could’ve been cool.

Litleo’s cute but super generic.  We all had high hopes that it would evolve into something cool to make up for its generic design.  I do however like the really blank look on its face.  It translated well into Popka style.

Litleo’s cute but super generic.  We all had high hopes that it would evolve into something cool to make up for its generic design.  I do however like the really blank look on its face.  It translated well into Popka style.

Okay so I really like Vivillon’s wings, I like the pixelly theme the whole line has and all the different regional colors are neato.  But there’s something about Vivillon’s eyes that just ruin the whole Pokemon for me.  I know they’re intended to look like segmented bug eyes, and that’s fine.  But Scatterbug and Spewpa had regular eyes with pupils and they were so expressive, it felt more personal.  Vivillon looks to me like it’s not focusing on anything in particular and it makes it less personable.  I dunno.

Okay so I really like Vivillon’s wings, I like the pixelly theme the whole line has and all the different regional colors are neato.  But there’s something about Vivillon’s eyes that just ruin the whole Pokemon for me.  I know they’re intended to look like segmented bug eyes, and that’s fine.  But Scatterbug and Spewpa had regular eyes with pupils and they were so expressive, it felt more personal.  Vivillon looks to me like it’s not focusing on anything in particular and it makes it less personable.  I dunno.

SPEWPA’S SO FUCKIN CUTE TOO I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE

SPEWPA’S SO FUCKIN CUTE TOO I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE

SCATTERBUG IS THE CUTEST FUCKIN THING OH MY GOD

SCATTERBUG IS THE CUTEST FUCKIN THING OH MY GOD