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I remember my childhood so fondly, those were the days of the “pokemon phenomenon” as it was called back then in the 90s. I wanted to depict a nostalgic shot of a kid in his room surrounded by his digital pokemon friends. I’ve filled this image with nods to classic Pokemon, see if you can recognise them all!

I’ve been meaning for a long time to do a body of work based on designing characters in their rooms, I find it an interesting way to tell a viewer all about that person just by looking around their room. Our rooms are filled with things we love, our achievements, family photos, snaps of where you’ve been, etc, so their a great way to show what kind of person someone is.

A shout out to everyone who watched me do the lineart on livestream! 8D www.livestream.com/mmishee

EDIT 12.09.12 :::
OH MY GOSH!! Thank you so much for the Daily Deviation! Thank you to :iconalexandrasalas: for suggesting it!! :hug:

Pokemon © Gamefreak, Nintendo
Artwork by Michelle Whitehead
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Given 2012-09-12
:icontobuji:
I never really liked pokemon in any form: the animation, toys, games, etc. and this piece makes me feel bad about it.
The artist captures the spirit of the childlike wonder many people feel when they fall in love with the series, and brings it to life with ease. the clear metaphor with the picture is how real the pokemon can be in the eyes of a child. The pokemon in the art been outlined with a florescent blue, giving them an aura of surrealism and imagination. looking at the various tchotchkes, knick-knacks, and posters, it's easy to see that pokemon is apart of the child's life, not just as a pastime, but a passion. he's fallen in love with the lore and customs of the pokemon universe, and it feels as real to him as anything else. it shows how the imaginative minds of a child can become so engrossed in their interests, that they dedicate themselves to it. in the context of the picture, the boy has the same cap Ash had in the animation, he has cards scattered on his desk, next to a belt adorned with pokeballs, there are pokeballs stashed in his backpack, and his wall is covered with posters featuring box-art from the games, the back of the trading card, even a picture of the mural from the animation, of the original 4 legendary pokemon. the boy in the art has a deep love for the series, and it makes me jealous that I've never had that kind of experience when i was a child.
seeing this piece makes me want to pick up a pokemon game, hoping that i'll be immediately drawn into it, and have the sort of experience as the child pictures
admittedly, i am biased towards the artist, but for good reason. she was one of the first artists to make me frequent DA, and one of the primary reasons i even made an account. I've loved her art, and seen her go from simple comics about sonic the hedgehog, to beautiful works of art like the one you're viewing now. i pity anyone who isn't aware of the sheer talent the artist possesses, and i pray that she gains the recognition she truly deserves.
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:iconarwingpilot114:
My oh my does this bring back memories! :) I love the nostalgia depicted above. The way you gave the Pokemon the glitchy details makes me smile. You know they don't exist, but deep down, you don't care about that! You just want to enjoy playing your Red version pretending that if they were real, this is what they would do as you played through the game. :) LOVE IT!

Also, I really love all the little trinkets scattered about the picture depicting the different Pokemon games and items everyone may (or may not know). I love how you added the "Pikablu" poster and the Togepi Surfboard. :) The trophies on top really made me smile too (as they were from Pokemon Stadium) and I remember how hard one had to work in order to get all 4 trophy types for the different cups in Stadium mode. ^_^

I really love the way you shaded the room - the high contrast appeal really makes me remember how even on the greatest and most beautiful of summer days when I could be outside playing football or going fishing... I spent inside playing Pokemon. Really, the "Pokemon Phenomenon" was probably one of the greatest events a kid could ever experience, and you my friend, did a magnificent job of portraying it. :) :clap:
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:iconcezaryy:
Cezaryy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
True story.
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:iconthedanimon:
thedanimon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
the details are amazing!!!
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlucario-stl:
Lucario-Stl Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Well, naming will be Easy, # 001: Bulbasaur, # 026: Raichu, # 038: Ninetales, # 093: Haunter, # 104: Cubone, and # 134: Vaporeon. I don't call myself a Retired Pokemon Ranger For nothing ;)
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:iconzarfentaku:
zarfentaku Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
when I used to be able to afford all the new nintendo systems...
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:iconbananapistol:
BananaPistol Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
"Believe in pikablu." 
I love the little details in this piece, really great job.
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsaria4:
Saria4 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
this....is....my....childhood! 
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:iconginko-333:
Ginko-333 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love pokemon! I used to play it all the time.
Gangar ( I think I've misspelled that...)
Raichu
Vaporeon
Bulbasaur
Ninetails
Cubone
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:iconwolfhowlthewolf:
WolfhowlTheWolf Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! Just bought it at VictoryDeluxe. Glad I checked deviantArt today... this has been one of my favorite art pieces for awhile, so I'm really excited :) Beautiful piece of artwork!
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for buying! : D
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:iconwolfhowlthewolf:
WolfhowlTheWolf Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm... it still hasn't come yet so I'm getting worried about it :( I hope it didn't get lost in shipping...
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sometimes shipping can take a few weeks, I'm sure it's on it's way : )
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:iconwolfhowlthewolf:
WolfhowlTheWolf Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I emailed the handler of VictoryDeluxe and he said there were a lot of orders lately (I bet they're all coming to look at your art, right?) so it should be coming sometime within the next few weeks. It's all good :)
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah great : D Shouldn't be long now! Yeah apparently the sites getting really popular!
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:iconwolfhowlthewolf:
WolfhowlTheWolf Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IT CAME!!
[link] see?
it's already framed and on my wall :)
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhh awesome! : D It looks great! Thanks again for buying it!
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:iconmoonkisseddreamer:
MoonKissedDreamer Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Aw, memories~ Vaporeon, Cubone, Bulbasaur, Raichu, Ninetails, and...I don't know the creeper in the wall
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:iconpizzapotatonbacon:
PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student General Artist
I think it's Gengar.
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:iconmoonkisseddreamer:
MoonKissedDreamer Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Hmm...yeah, now I see it. I was never that good with dark-type Pokémon. =P
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:iconeverytoon101:
everytoon101 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student General Artist
i still think that :3
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:iconmissmidgetmonster:
MissMidgetMonster Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist
Yes!!AMAZING!!!
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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:iconthehappydayz:
TheHappyDayz Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Wonderful work! <3
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you : )
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:iconvictoriavaporeon:
victoriavaporeon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
so nostalgic
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:iconshulky:
Shulky Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amazing concept you have here! Love it!
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconjuniko:
juniko Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
This is just great. Seriously this couldn't explain better those emotions back in the days :')
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you 8)
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:iconmachaphasesix:
Machaphasesix Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember Pikablu, and Anthrax, and Mewthree, and whatever the "Evolved Form of Dragonite" was called.
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I only remember pikablu and mewthree. XD
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:iconsognodrago:
sognodrago Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
such a warm feeling...is especially nice how you done the digitalized pokemons, and as the light illuminates from the window, nostalgia is smell in the air...
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks 8)
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:iconelectric-raichu:
Electric-Raichu Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
makes me feel like crying... my kids were so into Pokemon and this pic's left me with nostalgia of enjoying it with them. Pokemon brought me so close with my kids... Glad you enjoyed it too.
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh my god wow thats amazing! I bet your kids loved enjoying the game with you, I know I would have with my parents 8) Thats so sweet, thank you for the story!
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:iconlavaroar:
lavaroar Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Bulbasuar, Ninetails, Cubone, Vaporeon, Raichu and Gengar !
Im a pokemon fan and i know the entire pokedex!
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:iconbubblesishot46853:
bubblesishot46853 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
SO CUTE!!!!!!! *hugs Raichu, Vaporeon, and Ninetales*
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks X3
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:iconbubblesishot46853:
bubblesishot46853 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
No problem!
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:iconkellyjm96:
KellyJM96 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is so perfect, I can't even...
Bravo.
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
aww :) thank you
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:iconcaptaingenius:
CaptainGenius Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Freaking awesome

Love the Vaporeon.
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconluckylucky1love:
luckylucky1love Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
awwwww this so takes me back :heart: xxx
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:iconkiwipikachu:
KiwiPikachu Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is awesome and you can totally have feelings of love for this picture if you well grew up with Pokemon. XD I remember when it first aired like it was yesterday it was awesome I loved absolutely loved Ash and Pikachu as a kid and to this point and day I still do no matter how anyone else feels about them they will always be my favorite characters of the show! :3 I also like how the Pokemon you put in the picture look like there digital and that there also all classic Pokemon and none of the new one's that was a nice touch! :3
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:iconmmishee:
mmishee Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
he he thanks 8) Everyone has a favourite memory.
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:iconkiwipikachu:
KiwiPikachu Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yep they sure do! Pokemon has after all been around for 20 years. So there should be a lot of memories. XD Well that is if you grew up with it.
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:iconjustbehappydammit:
justbehappydammit Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
My childhood, condensed into a single piece of art.
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:iconmiflore:
miflore Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is so true ;w;
I'm born in the Pokemon generation and it was really all my childhood <33

I love the mix between reality and those pxels we loved so much...
A really touching job here ;w;
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