Archivists are working to correct decades of ‘wrong’ Pokémon art
The Pokémon art we’ve been looking at from Pokémon Red and Blue and Pokémon Gold and Silver has been inaccurately presented for decades, according to a Pokémon archivist who goes by the name Lewtwo online.
Before game developers published press kits with digital artwork online, game art was more commonly presented to the public through print — manuals, strategy guides, advertisements. To get it online, artwork had to be scanned and digitized. This is how Pokémon designer and lead artist Ken Sugimori’s watercolor Pokémon paintings eventually made their way online, scanned in from places like Nintendo Power’s Pokémon Red and Blue Player’s Guide from 1998.
But it turns out these scans were actually not totally accurate. Lewtwo said the images from those guides had blown out color and artwork that was often stretched out or distorted. But it was what people had, and it existed online as the “official” Pokémon art on fan websites for decades. But that’s changing, thanks to Lewtwo’s effort and software developer Christopher Wells’ scans.
Lewtwo and others are working to upload high-quality scans for the original 251 Pokémon, preserving Sugimori’s artwork with as much accuracy as possible. Wells scanned in the images from a Japanese Pokémon guidebook for Pokémon Gold and Silver; the process took roughly 10 hours over a single weekend, he told Polygon. It’s not as simple as slapping the booklet down on a scanner. To get as little warping as possible, Wells unbound the guidebook, using a heat gun to melt the glue that held the book’s pages together — “a somewhat long process, requiring a good bit of patience to properly separate the pages without having the glue drip onto any pages,” Wells said. Then, he could scan in each of the flat pages, backed by a black piece of paper to keep the other side of the page from bleeding through onto the scanned image.
It’s easy to see the difference in the saturation of the newly scanned in images when compared to the older ones. Wells scanned in the images at 12000 dpi — it’s very high quality, and there are so many beautiful details conveyed in the scanned images that weren’t as noticeable before, details that remind us that an extraordinarily talented hand painted these images.
For the very first time, we’ve been sent accurate scans of the original 251 Ken Sugimori Pokemon artwork to archive in high quality.
the difference is insane. pic.twitter.com/KmNUIJQ2yv
— Lewtwo (@Lewchube) April 17, 2023
The original hi res Ken Sugimori scans surfacing is making me feel feral… The visible water splotches, the tiny mistakes, it makes me emotional pic.twitter.com/DuXO1xCS2I
— shan horan (@shanhorandraws) April 18, 2023
The Joltean and Vaporean images are a stunning example of it. There’s a variance in line weight you don’t often seen in digital media — something that may be considered an imperfection by some. You can see the blooms where paint meets water, the spots where Sugimori painted a little outside the lines. Lewtwo said he’s convinced this is the “closest we will ever get in being able to scan the original piece.”
“Sugimori’s watercolor art really stands out from a lot of official video game art these days, especially with the few official scans where you can see the small details and human imperfections which remind us that the art that we admire is all made by people and that we too can aspire to learn and make similarly impressive creative works,” Wells said. “It’s so impressive that even the altered versions of his art have inspired fans considerably.”
Lewtwo is taking over from here to add the newly scanned images to his Pokémon asset archive and helping to upload the images to wiki sites like Bulbapedia. The artwork already preserved there won’t be deleted, he stressed — it’s still accessible in a list of previous revisions. That’s important, because even those “incorrect” scans are a part of Pokémon history, and versions of the pocket monsters that have become beloved in the eyes and hearts of many fans. Over the next couple months, the images will be cut out of the scans in PokéDex order and uploaded to the archive.
Since this is a fairly large undertaking, the process will be as follows:
We’re going to be removing all low-quality Red, Blue, Gold & Silver Pokemon artwork from the Asset Archive, effective immediately.
Each Pokemon will then be meticulously cut out for transparency in… pic.twitter.com/dBB3xJEboX
— Lewtwo (@Lewchube) April 17, 2023
Preservation is important; Pokémon is a major cultural touchstone and like any other media — like a book — it’s important to understand its history. Artwork is integral to that, as is preserving it in both physical and digital forms. The problem with preserving things physically is that you’ve got to find and acquire those materials, then recreate that accuracy in a digital file. But even as media production continues to rely more on digital distribution and less on physicality, it doesn’t mean companies have a stake in preserving their own history. Lewtwo said there’s already promotional assets and trailers from Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet seemingly being removed from official sources; the preservation never stops, whether new content or old.
“Having stuff from nearly 20 years ago in what is essentially perfect quality for the first time is such a big deal, so we’re excited to make sure it’s being handled properly and meticulously for every single piece,” Lewtwo told Polygon.
Blend of science and art improving neurological health – PBS NewsHour
It’s a field it’s been growing in recent decades.
The new book pulls together research and practice. And Magsamen offered us a day’s tour of ongoing examples at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she directs the International Arts and Mind Lab.
Enter the Bee Gees or, rather, Dr. Alexander Pantelyat, a neurologist and himself a violinist who’s studying the potential for improving memory loss experienced by Alzheimer’s patients and others.
Dr. Alexander Pantelyat, Co-Founder and Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Music & Medicine: And we know that music impacts multiple networks in the brain simultaneously. Simply listening to a song can activate much of the brain at once.
And so therein lies the challenge of studying these different patterns of activation and trying to separate them. Therein also lies the promise of what music can do for people with different conditions and just for healthy aging more generally.
Florida art dealer gets 2 years, 3 months for selling counterfeit Warhol paintings
A South Florida art dealer was sentenced Tuesday to two years and three months in federal prison in connection with a scheme involving the sale of fake Andy Warhol paintings.
Daniel Elie Bouaziz, 69, was sentenced in Fort Pierce federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in February to a single count of money laundering, while prosecutors agreed to drop 16 other counts related to fraud and embezzlement. Bouaziz was fined $15,000, and a restitution hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16.
Prosecutors said Bouaziz, the owner of Danieli Fine Art and Galerie Danieli in Palm Beach County, sold counterfeit artworks to a customer in October 2021 including pieces purportedly by Warhol.
Bouaziz told the customer that the pieces, which he was selling for between $75,000 and $240,000, were authentic originals and that some were signed by the artist, investigators said.
Officials said the customer gave Bouaziz a $200,000 down payment that was deposited into Bouaziz’s account, and then the comingled funds were wired to other accounts.
Warhol was an American visual artist and filmmaker most associated with the pop art movement of the 1960s.
50 Satisfying Pics Of Intentional And Accidental Art, As Shared On “Lost Found Art”
Life would be so boring without art. Even mother nature occasionally likes to express herself by creating something odd and unusual, which catches our attention by being extraordinary. Artistic expression always finds a way to surprise us, and today we would like to introduce you to a very unique collection of art pics.
The Instagram account called lostfoundartny shares various antique finds or just the most unusual art-associated pics found on the internet. They might seem all random at first, but all of them share a common characteristic of uniqueness.
So without further ado, here is a list of the most interesting art pics you might have ever seen.
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