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The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

When there’s a thriller to be solved, certain, you may go to the police. Or you may go to the one electrical mouse who’s assured to show over each stone, irrespective of the associated fee. (Presuming, in fact, you’ve given him espresso.)

This week, we’ve challenged the members of Polygon’s employees to attract Detective Pikachu, from reminiscence, in all his yellow glory. That means nobody was in a position to lookup reference photos of the sparky marvel and his iconic deerstalker cap. How did all of it end up? We’ll allow you to be the decide.

All of the artists are listed under, together with statements on what impressed them to create such masterworks.

Susana Polo

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“Lady Detective Pikachu is a strong independent woman and a responsible steward of the law.”

Simone de Rochefort

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“I’ve been practicing My Art a lot so I felt pretty empowered when I drew Detective Pikachu this week. My confidence was not misplaced! Compared to my previous efforts, this is frankly incredible work here. I ran into a problem when I gave Detective Pikachu enormous disgusting rabbit feet. Fortunately I was able to hide these by breaking out a Sharpie and putting him in a cardboard box which is entirely too tall for him.”

Ryan Gilliam

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“I set out to build something I’ve seen thousands of times in games, anime, a feature film. I’ve used Pikachu as my Electric type since I was a child. I wanted to do justice to my Pikachu: fat Pikachu. The ears, tail, cheek-electricity things needed to be perfect. So I put pen to paper, and threw everything I knew out the window.

Forgive me Pikachu. You gave up your life to protect the streets, and all you got in return are these Akira Toriyama eyes.

But I don’t regret putting him in this super creepy duster; a shocking new look for everyone’s favorite electric mouse.”

Russ Frushtick

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“One of these days I’m going to stop drawing these on my phone using my finger. And then you’ll all be sorry. But that day is not today.”

Petrana Radulovic

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“I apparently remember lots of details about Detective Pikachu — including his love of coffee! — except for how Pika-feet work, so I gave him a fashionable jacket and called it a day.”

Matt Patches

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“I drew this while on the phone with the screenwriter of Braveheart.”

Nicole Carpenter

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“This is definitely more Detective Pikachu cat toy than movie character, but the key features are definitely there.”

Patrick Gill

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“I just wanted to draw a very tired Pikachu.”

Karen Han

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“I was thinking of going by the book and drawing a normal Detective Pikachu, but decided that would be boring. I pivoted to trying to go a more noir-movie-poster-ish direction, hence the face, the gun, and the title card.”

Emily Heller

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“Detective Pikachu loves you.”

Chelsea Stark

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“I wanted to use charcoals for a gritty, noir theme. Really set the mood as Detective Pikachu goes deep into crime’s seedy underbelly. But then I realized that charcoals are impossible to erase if you can’t decide whether to draw your subject facing forward or in profile. Alas.”

Charlie Hall

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“Last time I lucked out with Cloud Strife, which allowed me to just draw a big sharp sword instead of a human form. An adorable critter like this is way over my head, so I called in a secret weapon — my six-year-old daughter. Our styles blend very well together, I think.”

Brian Gilbert

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“Did I switch to a digital medium just so I could use a stock image to flesh out the background? I’ll never tell.”

Cass Marshall

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“I never saw Detective Pikachu but I basically assume this is the movie. Personally, I would not trust a Pikachu to lead a murder investigation.”

Maddy Myers

The Polygon staff tries to draw Detective Pikachu from memory

“This was my first Polygon Draws. Did you know, reader, that there is a 15-minute time limit for submissions? For me, that was more than enough time to try to draw Detective Pikachu from memory. In fact, it was enough time to draw him three times. This was my third attempt. I thought that if I kept trying, I would improve. The previous two attempts look almost identical to this one. I think this shows something about the nature of truth, and also, my unshakable conception of what Detective Pikachu looks like.”

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