Wednesday 23 October 2019

This artist’s viral Pokemon designs are inspired by British life

Dan Martin’s designs include a bus-inspired Dekka that evolves into a Dubbeldekka.

(Dan Martin)
(Dan Martin)

By Edd Dracott and Alistair Mason, Press Association

An artist has captured the imagination of Pokemon fans with a series of very British designs based on life in the UK.

Webcomic artist Dan Martin was inspired by talk that the new Pokemon releases, Sword and Shield, will be set in a region which is based on Great Britain.

With that in mind, Martin designed a set of Pokemon based around some well-known British images, including Big Ben, the Queen and a double-decker bus.

“I was alerted by a friend that the new Pokemon game has a UK-themed region,” Dan told the Press Association.

“Not sure what happened but in the next 10 minutes I thought of all those UK Pokemon and drew them very quickly and very crappily and posted it.”

The Pokemon come complete with some ingenious evolutions, as bus-like Dekka becomes Dubbledekka, and the very regal Nidolizabeth evolves into Nidolizabeth II.

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(Dan Martin)

Meanwhile, Benbig evolves into Benmasiv and the policeman’s helmet-inspired Ello becomes Elloello and, of course, Elloelloello.

Dan said: “I was joking replying to my friend with silly UK Pokemon ideas but, after writing out Nidolizabeth, I figured, ‘oh shit, maybe I should draw these’.”

While Dan said he was “so conscious of how badly drawn they are” and had no plans to create any more, he did create a Scottish Pokemon on request.

It’s not the first time Dan has gone viral with his own self-designed Pokemon.

His “leaked” designs from back in 2016 were also a hit, but he says the new British designs are “by far the most popular thing I’ve ever tweeted”.

Dan, who creates webcomics under the name Deathbulge, is currently crowdfunding for his “lifelong dream project”.

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