Vaughn Pinpin Channels Tim Burton In Pokemon Art Project
I honestly don’t remember how I came across Hat Boy (Pinpin’s Tumblr), but I recently revisited his work and was reminded of how much I enjoy it. Vaughn is an aspiring artist at the UP College of Fine Arts and is probably best known for his Burton X PKMN Project. In this ongoing project, he’s attempting to draw each of the 151 original Pokemon in a completely new style, consciously inspired by Tim Burton.
So far he’s published 41 of the 151 Kanto Region Pokemon, which can be seen here. Here are a couple of my favorites.
As a fan of both Pokemon and Tim Burton, I love how he balances both sides of the crossover project evenly. There is no denying that the drawings are very Burton-y, but the Pokemon still have their original charm and personality (even if sometimes a little bit warped). I can’t wait to see more of the Burton X PKMN Project as the illustrations are published.
The Pokemon art was what I saw first, but is by no means a full representation of Vaughn’s work. With just a skimming of Hat Boy, it’s apparent that Mr. Pinpin is not a one trick pony. Vaughn has designed cool t-shirts, made funny comics, and has talent for all types and styles of art.
Let me know what you think about his art in the comment section below.