A little under 24 hours ago, the internet buckled under the pressure of excitement, confusion, disgust, wonder, and more, all experienced by Pokémon fans who had seen the new Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie trailer. The realistic CGI left many seriously impressed - often after an initial dose of shock - as we've never really seen those beloved pocket monsters in quite the same way in an official capacity.
As it turns out, artist RJ Palmer (who actually works for Ubisoft SF but is also known for designing "realistic" Pokémon), was scouted by the film's production designer to work on the movie. Speaking to Kotaku, Palmer has revealed that this chance of a lifetime came about when the production designer Googled "realistic Pokémon", finding his work and getting him on board to design concept art for the monsters on screen.
Over seven months spanning across 2016 and 2017, Palmer contributed multiple designs which no doubt paved the way for the creations seen in the trailer. Taking a closer look, some of the less-furry designs in the trailer such as Charizard do resemble Palmer's work. If you're interested, you can see some of Palmer's earlier Pokémon work on his DeviantArt page or a wider variety of pieces here (we've included just a couple of examples down below).
The moral of the story here is to make sure your art, music, or whichever creative hobby you follow is shared for all to see. You might just land yourself the job of a lifetime!