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Realistic Pokemon Sketches: Sun and Moon Starters by ReneCampbellArt Realistic Pokemon Sketches: Sun and Moon Starters by ReneCampbellArt

Hello all! It's been a while.

I'm sure we're all a little bit excited with the release of the SuMo starters upon other things. I couldn't help but contribute to the frenzy by drawing them in a realistic style (using the term realistic here as I'm basing the Pokémon off real-life animals and/or anatomical proportions).

Design process

  • Rowlet: A cute little owl, how exciting! I was inspired by a mix of barn owls and saw-whet owls for this guy.

  • Litten: Based on your average house cat. Not sure if the final evo will be lion-like, tiger-like etc. so pretty standard. I made the hackles on its back like quills that flare red when angry.

  • Popplio: It's got ears and rotating hind legs, therefore this guy is a sea lion of some kind (no, not a seal). I didn't want to make the nose toooo big, and decided a furry frill was the best way to go since Vaporeon has the fish frill.

Realistic Aggron will also be uploaded this week!

Drawn with Photoshop CS5 and a Wacom Cintiq 24HD tablet. About 4 hours total, with lots of references used. Thanks for looking.

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:iconaridiapizarro:
AridiaPizarro Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Student Filmographer
I'll pick Rowlet in Pokémon Sun and Popplio in Pokémon Moon
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:icongreenwatchandbluebox:
If it were me I'd go for Litten in Sun and Rowlet in Moon.
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:iconaridiapizarro:
AridiaPizarro Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Student Filmographer
That's okay.
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:iconantheskami:
AnthesKami Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
i realy will pick the owl and in this art it looks perfectly <3 

Love owls :3
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:icontheartistisgod:
theartistisgod Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Popplio honestly looks better like this, haha! 
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:iconluisjuse:
LuisJuse Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
Awesome, but do it with a white background, like the others
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:iconrenecampbellart:
ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
Nah
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:iconwoyaak:
Woyaak Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
AWESOME!
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:iconsummershe-wolf:
SummerShe-Wolf Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
Excellent work.
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:iconsangenjin:
sangenjin Featured By Owner May 27, 2016
they look better that the actual Pokémon in the next games in my opinion.
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:iconryivhnn:
Ryivhnn Featured By Owner May 27, 2016   Digital Artist
I wish they actually looked like this, they look adorable! Nice work on the colour schemes (I know they're pretty much what they are officially but yours work better :P)
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AzureGryphon Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are absolutely adorable. I especially love what you have done with Litten. 
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:iconclarathemangle:
clarathemangle Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Student Artist
omg yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: shitty Rowlet icon I CHOOSE YOU LITTEN! Icon I CHOOSE YOU POPPILO! Icon 
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:iconladytau:
LadyTau Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I like it! =)
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:iconwhitewolves2004:
whitewolves2004 Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Student Artist
This looks amazing!
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:iconzinfadelle:
zinfadelle Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I loooove your pokemon realistics!!!!!!! I totally Favorited a lot of them because they're so damn cool >_>
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fuzzyseals344 Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want popplio as a pet ;-;
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:iconcandelediva:
candelediva Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
Maybe Rowlet's final evolution is a Great-grey owl with a Barn Owl's face?
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:iconrenecampbellart:
ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
Could be! I've had a few people on Reddit get shitty with me regarding Rowlet's animal basis. I mean, unless you actually ask Sugimori himself which owl species he based Rowlet and its evo's on, we may never know for sure! Definitely seems to be rather barn owl-like for now though.
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:iconcandelediva:
candelediva Featured By Owner May 15, 2016
Maybe Rowlet becomes a Bald eagle with a Barn Owl's face and a Great grey owl's legs and tail? 
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ASArtwork Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Student General Artist
I really wasn't too big on the new starters which really upset me because I've always loved Pokemon, but your interpretations have helped them grow on me.
Definitely like the owl the most since i'm obsessed with owls, but I also really like the cat. Not too big on the seal  still though..but your design is amazing.
Hoping the evolutions help them grow on me more.
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Saphira455 Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks awesome!
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:iconhunting-wolf:
Hunting-wolf Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait to see their evolutions! And really cool work!!
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Timid-Dusk Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Sweet, the new starters look really cool. I might start with the cat... I just hope it doesn't set me on fire. Yikes. Or maybe the owl. Man, they all look really cool. I don't know if I'll be able to choose really easily after all... Haha.
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Raptorzesty Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just want to hug you. You draw furry critters really well and I love the little quills on Litten. 
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PerfectChaos22 Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With a black cat and a bit of red dye, you could have a real life Litten XD....
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glovannas Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
this is so adorable!<3
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BluCheetahJam Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
And...new Facebook profile picture! Amazing work!
- Blu
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TheSapphires Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Student General Artist
ohmigosh omigosh omigosh, I gotta favorite this. Litten looks like a Lykoi! Rene, you've outdone yourself here. Even Popplio is cute! I can't even find out what to say here 'cause I'm staring at the amazingness of this XD
Great work! Next you could draw the legendaries ^^

~SapphireTheAbsol
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RXLegendary2 Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
Wow, already?
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:iconrenecampbellart:
ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Professional General Artist
I did them within five hours of the announcement, so pretty quickly :)
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:iconyitsul:
Yitsul Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
now I wish littens were real
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DeathbyPixels13 Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY CRAP.
THAT WAS FAST AND EFFECTIVE AND TURNED OUT REALLY COOL AND-
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:iconnickelion:
nickelion Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
Perfect.
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:iconhalolux:
Halolux Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, amazing. Purely amazing. :O
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:iconblazingdragonlord:
BlazingDragonLord Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Student General Artist
Really nice!
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:iconindagare:
Indagare Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I had wondered if the frill was more like a frilled lizard frill, but I do like your furry version.
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:iconrenecampbellart:
ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
Yeah I initially was going to go that route until I realised Vaporeon has that already. Really depends what the final evolutions have I guess!
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Indagare Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, the way it looks in the art it looks attached to its head the way a frilled lizard's might be (I have a friend that loves frilled lizards so I know how this looks). Without the final evolutions it's going to be a best guess, but yours look really cool!
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GraeSkies Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
HOLY SHIT. That is absolutely amazing!!
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LeBleuAnteater Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
These are amazing! You even managed to redeem Popplio's ridiculously goofy design!
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KeeleyCookieson Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW. Noice. XD
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:iconvovina-de-micaloz:
Vovina-de-Micaloz Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanna hug the kitty. ;-;

These are great! So hyped.
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Demon-2088 Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
i hope that that cat will be Fire/dark and that Water tipe will not be ice.
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CuriousStraydog Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These guys are gorgeous!  Even though Popplio is my favorite out of the starters and the one I'll be getting, I think Litten is my favorite out of your versions. <3 You did such a nice job with all of them! <333
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wolfheartsprite Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Popplio is listed as the sea lion Pokemon, so you're right.
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TigerheartFire Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
I seriously think that Litten will evolve into a tiger pokemon. In Chinese mythology, it was said that tigers were given the characters of the king on their foreheads, a pattern that literally looks like the Chinese character for "King", or "Monarch." dailynewsdig.com/wp-content/up…

Now if you look at Litten's official artwork, i.neoseeker.com/mgv/571883/883…, you will notice the pattern on its forehead. While not exact, it does resemble the "King" characters, does it not?
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Neko-Saphira Featured By Owner Edited May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's stripes are indicative of a tiger-like evolutionary line too. And there is already a fire type lion pokèmon, and the legendary is a lion, because a lion looking form would be the other obvious choice
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GalopaWXY Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's incredible !! Now I really want that little owl critter D:
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herofan135 Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah, that was fast! Great job on these!
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