In a recent fan creation, one artist created a pixel-art version of Gengar on top of a cookie. Gengar was introduced in the first generation of Pokemon and even made an appearance in the original television show. This time-lapse video brings that Pokemon to life but through an interesting medium.
Pixel art is a form of art where larger images are created out of individual pixels. In non-digital artworks in this style, artists use individual squares as the building blocks. Gengar, the focus of this post, is a dual-type Ghost and Poison Pokemon best known for its purple coloration.
This fan art comes from u/doughnutsprinks_1 and it shows a short timelapse of the artist creating one of the spookier Pokemon in the franchise. To start, they lay out a grid system on top of a cookie with white icing. This creates dozens of squares that form the pixels this artist is about to fill. From here, u/doughnutsprinks_1 traces out the outline of Gengar with black icing. With the shape laid out, they start to fill in some of the interior with a light purple icing before adding in more black lines. These lines form the limbs of the Pokemon and help the artist add depth to the image. In total, three different shades of purple are used to complete the Pokemon’s look. The finishing touches consist of red icing for the eyes as well as a mix of white and gray for the creature’s smile.
The key to a creation such as this is a mix of patience and precision. While the time-lapse video proves to be quite satisfying to watch, it doesn’t show just how important the original grid system is. Laying out icing to form squares that the artist then fills is likely the only way to match this creation. Those looking to complete the look are going to need to invest in a similar color-scheme of icing, as well.
While Gengar is a powerful Pokemon from the first generation, getting it was always a challenge. This Pokemon falls into the relatively uncommon category of requiring its prior evolution to be traded in order to evolve. For those players who couldn’t find others to trade with, Gengar remained out of reach in some games.
Then again, varying how Pokemon evolve helps keep that mechanic interesting. Requiring trading also helps encourage players to work together in a game that can be quite solitary. Either way, this cookie serves as an impressive version of one of the Pokemon first generation’s more memorable creatures.