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Realistic Pokemon Sketches: Fire Final Evolutions by ReneCampbellArt Realistic Pokemon Sketches: Fire Final Evolutions by ReneCampbellArt
Fire Pocketmanz.

Charizard: My favourite of all starters, because it's a dragon. However, I didn't want to go all out European dragon/dinosaur or too lizard like for this guy, and so I tried to fuse some of those aspects together to get something a little less generic but with all the aspects of a dragon badass that it is.

Typhlosion: Mix of the Honey Badger and Wolverine. Typhlosion is a quadruped, but is easily bipedal. However, it's so often depicted as a biped I thought it would be refreshing to put it down on all fours (although this version can easily walk on two legs). The flames on it's back are superheated quills.

Blaziken: The hardest but the most fun to redesign. Blaziken looks way too humanoid and Digimon-like in the canon (cough Birdramon cross Agunimon anyone?) and I needed to stray from an anthro looking creature. Based on a Shamo Cockfighting ChickenSecretary Bird and the Cochin Chicken for fluffy legs. Edited the leg anatomy too, from Plantigrade to Digitigrade, looks way more natural.

Infernape: Not an ape, it has a tail. So based it on Old World Monkeys such as Langurs and Macaques. In the wild they're naturally found with yellow swilrs on their bodies, but many trainers add traditional gold braces to protect them in martial arts. Looked cool that way.

Emboar: Tried making this guy bipedal with massive arms, looked stupid. So my version is on all fours. Based on a Wild Boar and the prehistoric Daedon (which was massive). Again, they're found with natural golden swirls on their fur, but usually have a metal belt attached, probably for fighting or tradition.

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REINDE-ER Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Student General Artist
    as a pokemon i really dislike blaziken, but you've made such a good job of it! these are all amazing though. i like how you've mixed together real animals instead of slapping generic lizard or pig anatomy for example onto a base. amazing work! <3
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Killerpopsicle Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
:O. You don't know how long I've been looking for someone like you!
Blaziken is my favorite. Do one one lucario. Please
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Moople123 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i prefer emboar on all fours, i bet it would look stupid bipedal : )
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Your-new-friend Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Blaziken's all fluffeh. I wanna cuddle with it!
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silverwolvesarecool Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Legit!
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Reapercaster Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Your designs look really cool. I can see how it may have been difficult to follow the bipedal design of the Emboar in a realistic interpretation, but your version looks good. I also like the Typhlosion being a quadruped that can be bipedal as well, kind of like a bear.  
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Turtledragon2001 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Real Emboars look rather stupid but a bipedal Emboar? FANTASTIC GIMME ONE NOW!
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NlKlTA Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Student Writer
Uh, that's kinda rude
but oh well lOL  
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:iconlightdragon777:
LightDragon777 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I would actually have a Emboar if it looked as cool as this! :D
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Tala2121 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Blaziken... just wow...
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:iconchica247:
Chica247 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome
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Exodrake Featured By Owner Edited Apr 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
These designs are all really great and the rendering is nice but there is one thing about the realism of charizard which bugs me. The wings are just fused to the forearm scapula with no keel or their own shoulderblades for proper flight musculature. They should be based behind the forearms and maybe charizard's "fat belly" could be made with a keel? it's just the whole "shoulder-wing" thingy which bugs me, since the shared connections would be problematic and i think a separate shoulderblade is much more likely. still i like the wings themselves, they actually have enough membrane to allow flight and are correctly jointed ^~^

another thing i want to nitpick is that primate taxonomy has nothing to do with the presence or absence of a tail since phylogenetics ignore currently expressed physical traits (unfortunately, wikipedia is far behind the primate taxonomy times since anyone can edit it and the mainstream definitions trump the correct ones). apes are actually a subset of old world monkeys www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW6R9R… so your infernape is modeled after cercopiths specifically, not just old world monkeys (catarrhini).
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the kind critique. These designs are incredibly old (and I have no idea why their popularity have spiked again in the last few days) and have already re-addressed my anatomical interpretations for them (especially Charizard).
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Exodrake Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ahh okie^^ i would love to see your redesigned interpretations. oh i forgot deviantart has some odd features like that. sorry i thought they were new and current!
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ArmswieldTheHero Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Blaziken is wayyyy to perfect! *c*
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KlarkKentThe3rd Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
This Blaiziken is better.
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Word-of-the-Warrior Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Emboar and Charizard are amazing looking! And Tepig looks so very sweet as a piglet! ^^
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SpookyDoge Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Broken-Chorus the Blaziken reminds me of a Krafayis tho
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Sweet-Trash Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Student Artist
(:
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BlazingDragonLord Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Gonna add Delphox to this?
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student General Artist
I have done Delphox already, check my gallery.
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BlazingDragonLord Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student General Artist
I saw, I just wondered if you would add Delphox to this deviation that's all
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Nah, this deviation is super old and Delphox would look out of place since I spent a lot more effort with it. I'm doing full renders of the starters one day in the future!
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Erikku8 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Way cool!
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MissMiracles Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ahhhh you're charizard is my favorite. <3 he's my favorite starter (favorite pokemon actually...) too! Sweet designs, I really love Infernape.
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HeroineMarielys Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
There's something about Blaziken's Chicken feet that get me all giggly XD. I love it. I Also love Typhlosion
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thecatsaid Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
whenever i look at blaziken, i see his chicken wings and legs being switched, so his "legs" are like a chickens wings, and his "arms" are the claws of the chicken, so, not to disaprove, but i dont think that blazikens legs should be all crooked like and have that backwards knee claw.
but you are a good artist! and im not in position to judge, its your concept, but i'm just saying
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Considering Blaziken is based on a Cockfighting chicken (and raptors), it's legs are not 'backwards' at all. Birds are digitigrades, so that 'backwards knee' is actually the ankle! The problem with Blaziken is that Blaziken has humanoid anatomy (plantigrade) in its limbs. Here's an example. Also, the legs and arms of a chicken being 'switched' doesn't make much sense really, given the anatomy. The last thing that I wanted to do was much Blaziken a humanoid chicken because that seems way too farfetched for me. I've seen some pretty cool realistic interpretations of Blaziken that do retain humanoid anatomy, but it still makes little sense given its pre-evolutions. 
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thecatsaid Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the picture for the ankle, i just really didnt know what to name it ^^
but if you think about it, my theory about the wings being legs and the legs being arms, because Blazikens arms are bare and , if you think about, do quite look like the legs of chickens. then the legs of Blaziken are feathered and... this expresion is most likely wrong and please correct me.... "floppy" (even i have to facepalm myself -_-) like a chickens wing. but, it is still your concept of realistic pokemon and i dont wish to discourage your work, cause you are a really good artist
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student General Artist
That's fine, I understand where you're coming from. Blaziken's arms and legs are still digitgrade though, regardless of whether they're feathered or not. To swap the anatomy around would mean to put feathered arms where the legs would be, and bare legs where the wings would be (which makes no sense really). Instead, I just made the legs really feathered (ever seen a bantom chicken?), and the arms more bare like a raptor's to kind of tackle that issue :) Everyone has different interpretations to how Pokémon look realistically, just thought I'd try and explain the design process behind mine!
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thecatsaid Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
well, when i look at pictures of blaziken from the anime and the game, if you ask me they dont look digitgraded at all. the elbows are out and so are the knees, but if you're just talking about chickens in general, i'm spot on.
if your not, and just talking about the anatomy of a blaziken, i beg to differ about blaziken being digitgrade. technically he's not a chicken at all, cause his pokedex classifies him as a "blaze pokemon", although he is based off of a cockfighting chicken and a pheonix. but i did look it up, and his legs do resemble a cochin chicken. 
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes, you're right. Blaziken is plantigrade in the game art, not digitigrade. But all birds in life are digitigrade (and many bird-like Pokémon are as well), and since this is a realistic interpretation of Blaziken, that's why I went for a more animal-like approach. 'Blaze Pokémon' means nothing to me, as do most Pokémon species names. For example, Blastoise is the 'Shellfish' Pokémon, but it's certainly not an Oyster (Shellfish) of any kind. See what I mean? I do rigorous studies looking at the Pokémon's design and what they are based on, and to me, Blaziken being humanoid whilst its pre-evolutions are clearly very chicken like doesn't make a lot of sense. So I take liberties for Pokémon that are clearly animals early on and then somehow evolve into human-anthros. An example includes my interpretations of the Kalos starters.

If you want your giant human chicken to have human legs and arms, then go ahead. It just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. 
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thecatsaid Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oh, ok, i see. yes, all right, i guess thats alright. ok, i see your logic in the sense of all things blaziken ^^ thats fine. well then keep up the good work! i'll like to see your interpretations of other pokemon. 
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DarkOmen94 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Blaziken should have been more like a raptor
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student General Artist
I based Blaziken on many raptor birds (especially the Secretary Bird) and also cockfighting chickens, so it technically is. Unless you mean prehistoric dinosaur raptors, then I disagree.
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DarkOmen94 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
Let's agree to disagree then?
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tsrafaella Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Awesome Charizard
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MichaelKlump Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Meh. They're alright.
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steampunktransbot Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
your renditions are cool
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Awesome :) overall the fire types are mostly my favorites^^
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living123 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014

i always love your art espessially the fire types

 

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Josefbajarias Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
BAWK BAWK BAWK! - gets killed by blast burn -
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drawertolife Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So Cyndaquil went from a anteater, to a weasel , to a ottor lookin thing
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gokusupercool Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
More like Hedgehog to Weasel to Wolverine .
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student General Artist
No. A shrew, a weasel to a badger/wolverine mix. What they're based on essentially.
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FaerieMayden Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Looks at this*
...
*Looks at my Typhlosion steadily following me*
o-o
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supahcomicbro Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
blaziken looks convincing...and so does infernape.
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BlueDragonDevious Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student General Artist
I just imagined my Typhlosion, Trailblaze, following behind me as we walk through the park and he looks just like in your picture. Thank you for the mental images. :thumbsup:
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AgentTasmania Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
The less anthropomorphic Blaziken looks a lot better.
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LoSt-LoTuS Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
I heart this picture. 
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