on a discord server i'm in, we were tasked with designing magical girls (this is very on-brand for the server in question) based on pokemon (less on-brand, this is only the second time in over a year), though how much we adhered to the magical girl aesthetic was entirely up to us. someone, when looking up regional variants (this following the decision to collaborate to design a magical girl based on every version of vivillon) found party wurmple from pokemon go,
and somebody else asked them if party wurmple had party evolutions (it doesn't) and i said that it didn't matter because dustox is always party dustox (i mean look at it) and so from there was destined to create this. at some point while i was working on this, or perhaps something less relevant to this post, someone on that same server suggested creating a beautifly magical girl design, which i was kind of hoping someone would do but no-one did, and now i've put it upon myself to do that. i did say in the description of my last art submission that i was going to cut back on major projects in illustrator but i don't consider these major so i'm only failing in spirit. anyway this'll be on the art portal when i finish the beautifly design, which will happen, at some point, can't tell you when, i'm not working on it yet.
for no particular reason i would like to mention that, contrary to what doing as much fan-art recently (by my standards) as i have would suggest, i am not actually that big of a pokemon fan, i just keep bumping into reasons to draw them