Pokémon has been hugely popular since the ’90s, and fan art based on the series is nothing new… as the over 3.6 million DeviantArt search results can attest to. Still, it’s rare to find drawings based on the classic games that are as visually engaging as those of Mexican artist Mona Robles, whose series of “Pokemayans” depicts Pokémon in a style that emulates ancient Mayan art.
Above is Blaziken, and the drawing is a perfect example of what makes Robles’ works so great: It feels distinctly Mayan with its profile views, flat colors, and bold-yet-intricate outlines, but it also doesn’t lose sight of its source material, as its still easy to tell which Pokémon is being depicted.
Here are the Generation 1 starters:
This Gyarados and Magikarp look amazing:
And there are a ton more fascinating visuals on Robles’ tumblr.
“I’m from Chiapas, Mexico, so I’m very familiar with the Maya culture, I find it really appealing and aesthetically interesting, and I love learning new things about it,” Robles said in 2014. “When I first started doing the Pokemayans I had been wondering why no one seemed to draw inspiration from this culture, around that time plenty of artists I know were drawing their versions of Pokémon so I decided to give it a go with this new idea.”
Robles has a Patreon as well, so those wanting to play patron to her future artistic endeavors, which would hopefully include more of these wonderful drawings, can do so here.
Images: Mona Robles/Tumblr