How Niantic created the Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Triptych

All the artwork for all Pokémon GO Fest 2019 locations come together to form one big picture. Read on below to learn about how this came to be:


The Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Triptych took 120 hours to complete and ended up being 13,609 × 250 pixels large—that’s about three and a half 4K televisions! A lot of thought and work went into this huge piece, and for good reason. From Chicago to Dortmund to Yokohama—this global event required a key art piece of massive proportions that lived up to the event’s level of significance. Here’s what the process of creating this incredible piece of art was like.

  • Select a format that would encompass the significance of the event and present it effectively. The triptych format was chosen because it’s composed of three parts that exist on their own as individual pieces but really come to life when combined into a perfectly seamless scene with a story interwoven throughout. Since we were celebrating our first-ever series of three large-scale live events, we felt like a triptych was the perfect format for the occasion.
  • Review the concept and the Pokémon that will be featured with our partners at The Pokémon Company.
  • Source the background images and Pokémon models.
  • Begin compositing the first part: Chicago! This section, featuring Buckingham Fountain, set the tone for the rest of the piece. Everything from perspective to lighting had to be consistent, so it was crucial that the Chicago portion of the triptych could lay a solid foundation to build up the rest of the triptych.
  • Add in the Pokémon models and meticulously paint and edit them to fit the scene.
  • Repeat the previous steps while building out the Dortmund and Yokohama pieces.

And here’s the end result! Whether you attended a Pokémon GO Fest or took part in the Global Challenge, we hope you all had an amazing summer of Pokémon GO and enjoy viewing this wonderful piece!

Source: Official Pokémon GO newsletter

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