It can't be avoided, the Pokefever or whatever it's called is all-consuming. So I dropped my planned material 30 minutes before going live to work on this, because it speaks to me. Mostly as a clever way to keep Pokemon open on my phone while I work :D Actually most of Jon's courses are very close to my own design sensibilities, so this was a nice project.
I started out with a simple sketch. I knew I wanted to use Tentacruel (who doesn't love a giant squid), and I'm on team Valor. Not exactly a perfect pair in terms of lore, but whatever.
Here's the initial sketch:
Once I had a general concept I worked through making the overall shape and getting the idea solidified.
I live stream weekly for Adobe, and my homework for the project including the process and more, can be seen here: https://www.twitch.tv/adobe/v/78641833 (Begins around 30 minutes in after a quick 3d tutorial)
Enjoy and thanks for the class Jon!