This Artist Gave Pokémon The Mayan Makeover You Didn’t Know They Needed
Indie artist Mona Robot (Mona Robles) is giving the Pokémon you grew up loving that Latino flair you didn’t know they were missing. But don’t worry. She isn’t giving them mariachi outfits or showing them eating tamales. She is applying some stunning Mayan aesthetics to these Japanese monsters to create art that is truly jaw-dropping.
It all started three years ago, according to Mexican artist Mona Robots, who had just started experimenting with Mayan aesthetics.
“It all started because the Pokémonathon was going on, it’s a creative project were artists reimagined Pokémon in their own style. By then I had started experimenting a bit with this aesthetic, so I decided to go for it,” Mona Robots told mitú. “I’m from Chiapas, where there are several Mayan ruins I’ve visited, this is a mythology and aesthetic I love and am familiar with, I think it’s really interesting and has a lot of potential to adapt to modern ideas. ”
The artist credits the Pokémonathon project to helping her create some her first proper digital artworks: like this Bulbasaur evolution.
“I don’t intend to make Pokemayas exclusively or forever, but I’d love to set out to re-work some of my favs,” Mona Robot told mitú. “It would basically just be reworking the lines so they don’t look so dated, and perhaps include a few new ones I never got around to make.”
Not to mention her sick rendition of the Charmander evolution.
“I decided it would be neato to apply elements of the Maya aesthetic and cosmovision to Pokémon because there are so many creative works out there inspired in oriental mythologies, but you don’t see the same phenomenon happening with other cultures,” the artist told mitú.
The artist says she wasn’t a huge fan of the game when she was younger, but she knew enough to reimagine fan favorites like Squirtle.
“Pokémon was a huge phenomenon while I was growing up,” Mona Robots recalled to mitú. “Everything Pokémon was popular and exciting and new.”
Of course she included the three legendary birds: Articuno [Ice]…
…and Moltres [Fire].
“I love the concept of creatures with powers and skills based off the elements, and the idea that they evolve,” Mona Robots told mitú. “They are important because they’ve always been there, and it’s something familiar me and a ton of other people can connect with, even if we are not exactly the same age, that’s pretty dang cool.”
She has even given all the Eevee fans something to celebrate.
And yes, she even drew her favorite Pokémon, Nidoking.
If you want to support the artist, you can click here for her Patreon page.