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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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gigan1000 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Student Filmographer
you and arvalis. HOW!?!?!?!?!?

i know, i know, practice....
Dragongirl236 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

pokemon gif Charizard pokemon gif Charizard pokemon gif Charizard pokemon gif shiny Charizard 
Trish889 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist
It's perfect :love: Body shape, muscles, colour. I especially like the way you drew the fire tail tip and the veins in the wings.
Your-new-friend Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
OuO Proud to be a charizard
FoxDemonKurama Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool, it looks great.
If they ever make a live action Pokemon movie, :I Charizard HAS to look like this 8D

I do however have a few questions :3

1: In your mind, how tall would this Charizard be?  By look of him, I'd say at the very LEAST 7 feet tall :I

My other question would be: Will you do Mega X and Y? :3

As you'd said earlier Y would be thinner I'd imagine while X would have a thicker build (why it has skinny, tiny arms in the canon, I'll never know).

:D Fantastic work once again.
Aeskhari Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 Really nice work! I definitely like how much more detailed and impressive he looks! I definitely don't see many people define the wings like homolous structures which is a shame because I like to look and think it makes sense. I also like that you kept his eyes blue. :)
Phoenix-Fether Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
This realistic charizard is by far my favorite. Thank the gods someone got rid of that immense belly and gave him wings fit to fly with. I could never figure how charizard or dragonite could ever fly with tiny wings and a beer gut.
Dragon-owl Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
That´s so good Clap 
The colours are so beautiful!
yust awesome!I am a dummy! 
Inemiset Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone wants to be a critic, eh?

Good job, I like your interpretation ;)
Volt-The-Nightfury Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Writer
Oh dayum O.O 

Sweet mother of realism 0.o
Lukhanus Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great job! :-)
LordOfDragons Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
For beeing supposed to be "realistic" there's just too much wrong on that anatomy it simply hurts. If you insinst on teaching "wing anatomy" then do it at last right. That wing doesn't work one inch and the wing-shoulder/arm-shoulder part is so non-functional it hurts just looking at it. The neck is also quite fail. Did he swallow a pillow or what's going on there? Head is okay but overloaded in general (what's the deal anyways with people thinking lizard heads are "misshaped" :/ ). Belly is nice in the lower part but fail in the upper (again what's people's deal with humanoid chests on lizards). The tail is a nice idea... most probably the only thing on this one which is interesting. In your defense though I've not seen a single "realistic charizard" yet which doesn't suck. Most probably because certain designs simply can not be made "realistic" without totally ruining them.
ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Using the term 'fail' is a really terrible term when trying to structure your argument; if you insist on giving 'constructive criticism,' then at least do it right. The neck is based on Monitor lizards; since this Charizard has it's head pulled back into an 'S' shape and the loose skin (as is found on Monitors) is bunching up at the front, as an example here (which I used for reference). Head isn't overloaded at all; it pertains typical dragon horns and scales and compared to many real-life animals, these horns are small and simple in comparison. You're probably right about the wing joints on Charizard's torso. However, vertebrate hexapods don't work in the slightest given the necessary ligaments and muscle attachments that would be needed to sustain flight (you don't see hexapod vertebrates in nature, do you?). Of course I'd have to take some liberties to at least make the anatomy there somewhat plausible in a realistic setting. Also, I didn't base the chest on humanoids at all, I actually based it on monitor and dragon lizards once again (as they very often rear up on their hind legs) and also mixed it with theropods to accentuate the strong flight muscles that would be needed to fly (hence the large pectoral muscles that are connected to the wings, and not the arms).

Apparently for 'The Lord of Dragons' and your so called anatomical expertise, your gallery evidently tells me the opposite. As a studying biologist and someone who knows how to reference my animals, your somewhat rude, blatant critique isn't of much help to me.
Iza-nagi Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so much win.
Awesmoe work btw :) 
you know your art! :D
Sky-Lily Featured By Owner Edited Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

JaidusFlame Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  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  Professional 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  Professional 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!
MoodDragon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Super cool! I love all the little details in the wings and head. :D
ProfessorTesla Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
This is amazing. I really like that it's as "realistic" as possible while still staying true to the original design. The only issue I have is that the snout seems a bit too narrow, but even that's a minor point.
Zanctinian958 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! Instant Fav!!! Incredible attention to detail, in all aspects. In particular, I like the way you did the fire at the end of the tail. . . very clever. Masterful design on the wings, as well. Most people don't think about the "wings are essentially arms" concept, which you pulled off incredibly well. Cant wait to see more like this one. . .
Hehayo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student General Artist
EKMDahl Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
I love all of you realistic Pokemons! :happybounce: 
I tried drawing some of them realistic, but it didnt end well.. Sad dummy 
SilverTop Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an amazing series... I love them all!
The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014   General Artist
Very realistic, it's amazing!!
passiondesloups Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Oh, I want it !!!  Great design! =D
draenei-friend Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconiloveitplz: One of the best designs of charizard I've ever seen! This is a personal favorite!
5hadowTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE your rendition of charizard. one of the best I've seen so far because it still looks like the original pokemon but looks a lot more epic XD

I think you should do a dark type next. Like weavile or something. I haven't seen many of those.
Moochki Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student General Artist
It's amazing! His eyes look menacing, the scales are very realistic (I specially love the wrinkles (?) in his neck, belly and wings). Another clever touch you added were the bones on the scales, it's amazing how you noted that it would be weird-looking if the flames were just there...

You're taking commissions? I always loved the steel types. Maybe Metagross will prove a challenge to you?
ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I don't take commissions but I'm doing Metagross anyway. It won't be much of a challenge because I won't be making it an animal as some poor excuse to be real. In fact, 'bio-mechanical' seems to be a speciality of mine ;)
Moochki Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I'll be looking forward to that one!
anivalo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Even though this concept of charizard was done to death, this one somehow feels like the one that started all the 'realistic' Pokemon pictures. It just fits so well.
AesirMaster Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Charizard!
Swifttalon1304 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Its so MAJESTICAL! The tears and holes in the wings make it seem old and experienced :D I love dragons but Charizard kinda only has three fingers?
ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
It does but monitor lizards and bearded dragons don't, so I gave it an extra too for some lizard-like realism that the Charizard line is meant to have.
Swifttalon1304 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Seems legit :D
jonothesequal Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Very cool
Noellestick Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Fairy 8U

I love this this is beautiful and amazing <3
plushiemon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WOW! This is amazing!!!
I'm in complete awe of here…

Oh, I know! Could you do Anorith and/or Armaldo? They're two of my favorites!
ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I will be doing Armaldo in the future :)
night-howl Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice interpretation! I agree with your decision of not making him so full bodied or fat as you called it xD It's always nice to add a little biology to support your art. It reminded me of my Physical Anthropology class! Charizard looks as ferocious as ever! 
herofan135 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would be so awesome to see a water pokémon, like a fish. That could make for quite some interesting designs and you get to play around with colours alot.
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