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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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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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Dinosaur29 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing
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Rustyscout Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Blaziken and Charizard are my favorites :D
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megavoteclub Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
the fire pokemons always have been my favorites
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RekkaAtsuma Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Blaziken again is my favorite fire starter when seen with the others.

Though i like Emboar a lot more now!
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AvalarGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your Charizard and Infernape the best=D
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JamesMarshall2112 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Never thought that a Typhlosion would look so much like a bear.
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I actually based it off of honey badgers and wolverines with a hint of bear anatomy to allow it to stand on its hind legs :)
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9threaver Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
those are totally awesome. great work yet again :)
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Asurabella Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
charizard <3
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Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool
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blue-suigetsu Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
I walways picked fire starters and they're all super badass here ! :D
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FourWheeledFortress Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah! :love:
Blaziken has always been my favorite Fire starter, and you just made it more awesome. Thank you!
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EkiAku Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
That Emboar is incredible.
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CTSael Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
I finally find that I'm not the only one who sees Typhlosion as wolverine-type in appearance! :dance:
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Michell-Vall Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
I love theropod blaziken :D
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Blindseer95 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
I wanna see an onyx...
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student General Artist
You probably won't as I'm not planning on doing one. Pretty much a giant snake with huge rock, like scales.
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cj5982 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
That Infernape is just do beautiful
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Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   General Artist
I just Noticed that the fire Pokemon are based on the animals in the Chinese zodiac
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ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Somewhat. Cindiquil is based off a shrew (not a rat, not even a rodent) and Fennekin a fox, which doesn't necessarily count as a dog.
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xDmC12345x Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Man you got to do arceus and giratina, those guys are already badass and if you drew them like you draw these...the world would explode
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samileo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
I love your interpretation of typhlosion and blaziken, the rest are also pretty good
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mandagirl02 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
good job, i really like what you did with Blazekin, he looks more like the Fire Chicken he is :)
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