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Realistic Pokemon: Charizard by ReneCampbellArt Realistic Pokemon: Charizard by ReneCampbellArt

Phew, glad to have this one out the way. I spent a bit more time on this one compared to my others, about six hours in total. I decided to make Charizard less...fat, but still retaining that classic stockiness that it has. Also, before any of you ask why its wings are arms, here's a biology lesson for you. Wings and arms are homologous structures! They have the same form but a different function; they're not entirely different things (you'd be surprised how often I get this). Yep, same goes for anime Charizard even though its wings have been simplified a lot :) The projections at the end of the tail are filled with super-heated fluid that ignite when exposed. I thought it was cool to play around with that concept a bit. I also gave Charizard more lizard-like anatomy on its chest and arms, as it's arms are positioned in an oddly, human-like fashion.

Anyway, as usual here's  all my other realistic Pokémon sketches and interpretations. Which type should I do next? (I've done Dragon, Ghost and Fire type so far).

This was drawn with Photoshop CS5 and a Wacom Cintiq 24 HD tablet in about six hours.

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JaidusFlame Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous!
ShadowSTR12 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the absolute BEST versions of a Realistic Charizard I've ever seen!! Well done indeed :D 
Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now THAT's a dragon! :D
I'm still a sucker for the first generation.
Evilx3mpire Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Despite all the other criticism you've received - I think all your pokemon recreations are fantastic! ALL of them! <3 
michaelcrutcher Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Interface Designer
I remember this pokemon! :)
ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Well he is one of the most popular Pokémon character so he's not easy to forget :D
MichaelKlump Featured By Owner Edited Jul 24, 2014
Too bad Charizard is actually really small. It's only about the size of an adult woman, at the most. This one is *okay* but I like your other ones more. This makes it look like Charizard has four arms, and it's tail is too small and the flame on it looks weird, as well as weak. (Is this Charizard sick or ill?) It's belly isn't big like the real Pokemon and it's arms are too small for it to be realistic. There's no way it could Slash or Fire Punch with arms like that. It's wings need to be MUCH bigger in reality if it could Fly, as this Charizard's wings are way too small to support it's weight. Finally, it's neck is too short.
ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Firstly, Charizard does have six limbs; it's a hexopod. Please look up wings, they are homologous structures and are just modified arms to suit the function of flight, not entirely different physiological structures. 
It's odd how you say my Charizard doesn't have a larger belly like the anime version and that it's wings are too small still? Compare mine to the anime drawing, and you can see mine is a lot more streamlined with much larger wings in comparison. My version is a lot closer to sustaining flight than the original anime version, which shouldn't theoretically sustain flight at all. I can see about the size of Charizard (bear in mind that the sizing in the canon is way off, my real-life Charizard would be very large); but the original Charizard's wings are much too small in comparison to its abdomen to fly, so I've made Charizard's wings much larger and it's body smaller. Pair that with 'hollow' bones and maybe even the helium bladders that fire-breathing dragons were said to possess, and it could sustain flight. Again, it's about shifting anatomy slightly to make the organism more plausible in a real-life setting.
Charizard Y would be much more streamlined whilst Charizard X would have larger arms for physical damage. Many Pokémon in a realistic setting wouldn't be capable of using Slash or Fire Punch based on their anatomy anyway, I think that comes down to the 'magic' of the moves (as they don't abide well by physics).
Finally, a flame on the end of the tail looks boring and out of place. A biological solution would be projections from the tail that heat with flammable fluid and ignite. Based on Pokémon lore, a Charizard's tail only ignites powerfully when in battle. This one is at rest, and so it would take a lot of energy to retain a large, hot flame on its tail all the time :) Hope that clarifies!
superawesometacoman Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
I love this! I just imagine myself actually encountering this pokemon in real life. You did a perfect representation of my favorite pokemon. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS!!!!!!!!!!
MasterOfPixels Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist


This is a great rendition of Charizard. I love that the wings would actually support him in flight! Many of the "realistic" versions I've seen fail to give him reasonable wings, making them much less realistic. You've really done a nice job!
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