Ship 1: ApprenticeShipping/HeroWorShipping/IdolShipping
AKA: Professor Oak/Tracey
Time: Uhhh, more than a few hours. I was experimenting, so I ended up derping around with layers and effects for a good chunk of the time. XD
Man I can't draw old people without making them super ugly or too young-looking. orz All of my fail...
This pairing is…odd, I guess. Odd in the sense that prior to this drawing, I wasn’t sure I fully understood why it was a thing. Now, I still feel like I don’t fully understand it, but I appreciate its shippers more than I did before. It’s pretty obvious from the beginning that Tracey has this ridiculous obsession with Professor Oak (hence the many disturbingly accurate names for this ship). He has no problems dropping everything in his life to go seek him out, fanboys like nobody’s business when he actually does find him, and then assumedly lives with him forevs because Pokemon logic.
As far as Pokemon canon is concerned, I love the relationship between Oak and Tracey, and always have. It’s just adorkable. Tracey probably reminds Oak of his olden days back when he was simply known as “Sammy”, and I’m pretty sure the 4Ever movie is one of the reasons I grew up to love their dynamic so much. From this standpoint, I can totally see why people ship them. They’re so similar they were practically made to live together.
The problem people most likely find with this ship is the age difference (and as a double whammy, they’re both men…well, an elderly man and a minor. Ahem.) While I’m a little weirded out by it, it doesn’t really bother me until people try and turn it sexual, and then I flee in my discomfort. I mean, I guess if that’s what they like, that’s what they like, I just happen to disagree unless it involves deus ex time traveling. *bricked*
So, in the end, I still don’t really ship it, at least not in the way ApprenticeShipping implies I should, since I feel that they’re more like super close bros than anything else. The only real difference this has made on me is that now whenever I see them in the same scene, I’m going to d’aww at them. And basically just d’aww through the entire fourth movie. Well, d'aww more than I usually do. ._.
Next ship: Aquarelle. Expect it eventually.