Pokémon Wallpaper: A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed

Nintendo, Pokémon, Mew, Pikachu, Riolu Wallpaper
Nintendo Studio Pokémon Series,Game Mew Character Pikachu Character Riolu Character

2560x1600 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

Yes! It's done!

Tales of The Tape:
Concept: Pokemon parody of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's "A Friend In Need"
Medium: Photoshop CS4
Tools: My Macbook Pro and her trusty trackpad (no mice abused, no tablets broken)
Hours: Maybe 70+ hours (cumulative within a span of 1 1/2 months)
Special Mention: Sora183's "Pikachu Where Have You Been?" wall is seen as the "painting" at the back wall of this wall. Used with permission
This http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/6337/afriendinneed.th.jpg -> http://img830.imageshack.us/img830/9876/processforpoker.th.jpg

Wow. It's been a year already and I've learned so much that I'd like to celebrate. I was totally making a different wall then I came across this painting by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. His painting is a quintessential blue collar art. The purpose of his work was for an ad for a tobacco company. When I saw his work, it hit me. Pokemon can be the parody for this wall. I searched blogs containing the top ten cutest Pokemon. After that, I searched high and low for the scans to match the ideal positions of the characters.

I wanted to portray mischief and playfulness in a game which demands seriousness and craft. Here, the Pokemon are "playing" Texas Hold'em. Pikachu (AP scan download) is the pivotal character, handing that ace of spade to Marill (AP scan download), indeed, helping out a friend in need. Teddiursa (far left, googled image) smells something fishy, and curiously looks at two miscreants. Mew (anime screenshot), uses his / her psychic powers to play, while Psyduck (anime screenshot) doesn't have a clue that he has the best hand in the game, a royal flush. Riolu (far right, googled image) seriously contemplates his next move. And at the center is Meowth (anime screenshot), obviously exasperated by the mayhem that's beset this table.

Please see the process pic for full details on the conceptualization of this wall. Most of the wall was made by vector mas painting. I wanted to put it in a dark environment so the sole source of light is the lamp. Made a lot of manipulations in the foreground to make Pikachu and Marill cheating. The grandfather clock was remade and vectored. Cards were googled and then distorted to make it appear as it is now. Anyway, check that small long link for details.

Thanks to Sora183 for letting me use his wall as a piece of this work, to Nysha and Chanelqueen for their inputs.


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  1. mbeckley Oct 11, 2010

    Very cute and creative. Pokemon brings back memories~
    Thnx for sharing. :3

  2. Hooyaah Oct 11, 2010

    Yet another brilliant take on a classic work of art by PaoPorsche.

  3. ShadowCrew Oct 11, 2010

    very awesome! xD
    thanks for sharing!

  4. Angi Retired Moderator Oct 11, 2010

    a friend who'll tease is better....
    awesome wall, can't say anything else

  5. tsuyutsuki Oct 11, 2010

    I can't find a better way to describe this than THANK YOU~! x3

  6. BlackBishop86 Oct 12, 2010

    Awesome! +1fav/+1dl thanks for sharing! :D

  7. Alfredigital Oct 12, 2010

    these new generations of pokemon kinds suck.

  8. weissdarkangel Oct 12, 2010

    pikachu is cheating! I see that card!

  9. odelya Oct 12, 2010

    Love the awesome details in this wall. It being Pokemon is even more epic! The only thing that kinda bothers me is the blue pokemon to the right of Pikachu...the cards it's holding looks far too flat for a curved card...other than that though, very excellent!

  10. ngakyuklim Oct 12, 2010

    wow cool. niceeeeee! thats a cute wall! i miss pokeman!

  11. TiffYG2133 Oct 12, 2010

    Pokepoker! LOL this is a great wallpaper! So funny and cute (^_^) Thanks for sharing & keep up the good work!

  12. Nubes Oct 12, 2010

    waaaaaaaaaaaaah! This is so cuteeee! Hahahhaha! SO pretty! This wall is so surreal! Good job!

  13. shirayu Oct 13, 2010

    very funny artwork!^^
    i really like it!^^
    good work!^^

  14. MapleRose Retired Moderator Oct 13, 2010

    haha I never pictured Pikachu as a cheater XD I like Psyduck the best, holding his cards up and not knowing what to do with them. Interesting take on a classic painting once again :D

  15. GreenRebel Oct 13, 2010

    Mew is soo cute! tnx for the wall hehe

  16. aIshiRoi Oct 14, 2010

    haha! this is a brilliant idea! way to go!
    instant +fav!

  17. areizero Oct 14, 2010

    me encanta esta imagen muchas gracias ombe =D

  18. Yoline Oct 14, 2010

    Very creative! I Really enjoy it!
    great job!

  19. Kipetu-Akora Oct 15, 2010

    I'm not sure if you got the title from this song or not, but I was wondering so I shall ask in a comment xD is it from the song "pure morning" by placebo? anywho, great wallpaper! this picture is hilarious ^^

  20. pureblood98 Oct 15, 2010

    hahaha.. this wall made me laugh and it really shows the diff characteristics of each pokemon...

  21. ArtificialRaindrop Oct 15, 2010

    I absolutely LOVE this wallpaper, and there's a good chance it might be going on my desktop <3 I'm not sure which I love more, Mew using his/her psychic powers to look at the cards in the air, or poor Psyduck. You've done an excellent job of recreating the original image with Pokemon, while capturing their individual personalities. The wallpaper also has a lot of depth to it; the only thing that stick out to me is that the overhead lamp seems flat compared to the rest of the piece, but that's really a minor thing. Anyways, awesome work!

    ....Now I want a Pokemon game again D:

  22. Jovic Oct 15, 2010

    I find that its wallpaper he was one of most creative than already vi here in TM, if not it more +
    You thought about the minimum details this you called me the attention, its illumination you are excellent.
    Neither will comment on the funny side of the characters.

  23. Daitosama Oct 16, 2010

    A Pokemonized classic work...

  24. tai1ga2 Oct 16, 2010

    wow cool. niceeeeee! thats a cute wall! i miss pokeman!

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