Pokiyo-E, Pokemon Drawn in a Japanese Ukiyo-e Style

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The ukiyo-e genre of art flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica. The term ukiyo-e translates as “picture(s) of the floating world”.

Pokiyo-E is a pokemon project inspired by this style. What started as a daily exercise in 2016 for B.D. Judkins, turned into a full blown series, where B.D. is now releasing a new image every day for the entire year. On may 31 the first generation of Pokemon was completed and he immediately started working on the second generation.

Below a selection with my favorites. Be sure to check them all out at ukiyopop.com!

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Houke de Kwant is a 27 year old communication & multimedia design graduate from the Netherlands and the creator of TheArtHunters (former Daily Inspiration, which was started as part of his study). He is currently working as a front-end developer at Ivaldi, an internet agency in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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