There's no doubt that this shady character with the Cheshire cat grin is an iconic member of the Poke-verse. When all's said and done, though, it's really just a spiky purple blob. Anybody could draw that...right?
Well, maybe it depends on the card. Here's every single unique Gengar, ranked by level of artistic effort.
No offense to the artist, but this reminds me of creepy little kid artwork. (Some of you know what I'm talking about.) This Shadow Pokemon is easily re-rendered in purple paint.
Same 'mon, different backgrounds. Flat shapes and fairly simple lines? Easy peasy.
Simple elements — yellow circle, black spikes, and a creepy little face. Not much of a challenge.
Two scribbly circles and a spooky monster behind. We can get this done with time to spare.
Gotta love a card with a traceable black outline like this. Easy.
I hate the look on Gengar's face, but I'm thankful that it's just another flat-looking image. No sweat.
No whizzing through the galaxy or staring out from the card with hungry eyes — the portly purple Pokemon is just kind of standing around. Not our biggest challenge by a long shot.
Is it weird that I'm getting Kool Aid man vibes from this big purple stompy guy?
Gene Simmons called, he wants Gengar to stop copying him. Good news: anyone can draw this without much trouble. That said, I'm not sure who really wants to.
This Gengar seems simple enough to recreate, although the twinkly, multicolored sky might take a little work.
The most difficult part of this artwork is the shading. Without it, this is just a purple circle with Bart Simpson hair.
The artist decided to add some texture to this Gengar's skin (do shadow monsters have skin?), which definitely amps up the artistic difficulty.
I have a feeling that the late, great Bob Ross would like this Gengar. Look at all those happy little plants! With some practice (and maybe a tutorial or two), we can probably recreate this.
Some poor Pokemon is getting cornered in a back alley by this terrifying Gengar. Let's draw it quick and get it over with.
Holo or not, we've got a very limited color palette, and the brownish background with vague greenery seems very forgiving.
This Sabrina's Gengar brings a little more complexity to the table with a sparkly background, but it still seems fairly doable.
We're looking down at Gengar from a bit of a wonky angle here — it's all about the shading. I predict a tough time.
This Gengar is wreathed in what looks like some kind of glowing smoke. Anything with translucent swirls equals a tougher art project — I don't see a novice artist pulling this off.
Our violet-colored friend takes up most of the space within the card frames here, so these don't quite top the difficulty list.
A close-up THAT close leaves little room for error. Luckily, if you get the eyes and tongue right, I guarantee people won't pay much attention to the rest.
I'm absolutely loving the graffiti influence here, but this graphic, cartoony style might take some talent (and maybe some spray paint) to reproduce.
Watch out, we've got 3D energy here. This looming monster leaps off the page (well, card) with strong highlights and shadows, along with a dark galactic background. This rendition takes some skill.
This gremlin-looking Gengar practically screams evil — and it takes talent to convey that through a little purple pocket monster. Talent that most of us probably lack.
Every single element of this card's art gets its own glowing highlights — that's some high-level artistry. That fiery yellow glare somehow manages to make Gengar look even more menacing.
Jeez, there's a lot going on here. A third eye, flying rainbow gemstones (or possibly jellybeans), and that gigantic void of a mouth. If all that isn't horrifying enough, Mega Gengar uses its opponents' own abilities to attack them. All three versions of this nightmare fuel get my vote for hardest to draw.