Pokemon, Detective Pikachu artist drew realistic Sword and Shield starters

The work of artist RJ Palmer has been a fan favorite on the Internet. The Ubisoft employee started his series of realistic Pokemon 6 years ago. His work became so well-renowned that it caught the eye of the Detective Pikachu production designer which landed Palmer a job on the film.

Now that Detective Pikachu is out, everyone can see old favorites like Pikachu, Eevee, and Charizard in live action. But what about Pokemon from the upcoming Sword and Shield titles? Don’t worry. RJ’s got you covered.

Above, RJ shared a time-lapse video working on Pokemon Sword and Shield starter Grookey. It’s quite an impressive process, especially if you have an artistic eye.

And as you can see below, he also showed some love to the other starter Pokemon Scorbunny and Sobble. Despite taking a realistic approach, it’s downright amazing how RJ still maintained each creature’s characteristics. Grookey is a cute, stick-wielding monkey. Scorbunny is dashing off somewhere. And Sobble… well, Sobble maintains its anxious stare that speaks volumes to us all.

Detective Pikachu artist draws realistic Pokemon Sword and Shield starters

Be sure to check out more of RJ Palmer’s work over at his official website. We can’t wait to see more!

If you need more Pokemon in your life (and who doesn’t?), be sure to check out these five features we’d like to see from Sword and Shield.

David Giltinan
David has been involved in games media since 2012 running his own blog, YouTube channel, being a founding member of RETRO Magazine, and now as host/producer of ARGcast - Another Retro Gaming Podcast. He also dabbles in voiceover and is occasionally a stunt double for Jude Law.

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