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-Aerodactyl- by arvalis -Aerodactyl- by arvalis

Please allow a few moments for it to load all the way, its a big file. Boy this one took forever. The plan was to get this ready for sale at Fanime back in May, but that didn't work out. It was very difficult doing a skeletal for a pterosaur, as I've never really worked much with pterosaurs. I kinda just jumped in and tried to tackle it. Overall I'm pretty pleased with the payoff. There is one bone used here that does not occur in real pterosaurs, I think I'll call it an Aeroid. And now, the flavor text:

Aerodactyl is a very robust flying reptile from an era long since passed. The first fossils of this Pokemon were discovered 142 years ago by Charles Othniel Birch and Edward Drinker Oak. Its skull and wing were very well preserved in fossilized amber. In the advent of the high age of high technology, the same tech boom that lead to the creation of Pokeballs, science has discovered the ability to reconstruct fossils as living Pokemon. Once revived, there were several interesting things not predicted in paleoart; especially the barbed tongue. It had been long assumed that Aerodactyls would catch Pokemon in its jaws and take them to the ground to rip them apart with their massive jaws, however, it was discovered that Aerodactyls only use their mighty maw to engulf much smaller prey and use their barbed tongue to pull the Pokemon down its throat whole. Their barbed tongue is not unique, and not unlike those tongues of Braviaries and Pidgeots. Science was also surprised that Aerodactyl was not, as displayed in outdated paleoart, brown or tan, but in fact, he was FABULOUS with great purple wings. He is also furry, science didn't see that one coming; way to go science.

Archen is a much more recently discovered prehistoric Pokemon. They were the juvenile stage of the larger Archeops, a predecessor to the modern bird Pokemon. Archeops laid large clutches of eggs, sometimes yielding as many as 15 baby Archen. However Archeops are now known to be terrible parents, letting their kids fly all over the place. As pictured here, they a real treat for a hungry Aerodactyl.

Cranidos are infant Rampardos. Once this species was revived, it was discovered that both the adult and juvenile stages are very slow. Infact it is not uncommon to see a Cranidos easily keeping pace with a Rampardos. What they lack in speed, they more than make up for in power. Rampardos is capable of dealing a 16,500 PSI impact from their dome. The Cranidos shown here is much more content to trundle off than deal with that big purple son of a bitch.

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Phoenix-Fightmaster Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Hobbyist
I know you treat negative critique as an insult, and pretend positive critique flat out doesn't exist, so I hope this will satisfy you.

It is okay. Not particularly good, not flat out awful. Obviously, you were trying to design a pterosaur first and a realistic pokemon second, but there's a reasonable amount of the original's essence retained. Not as much as I'd like, but not deal-breakingly less.

The fact that the fur is kept reallyreally, almost imperceptibly short is a pretty solid way to capture the original's texture without sacrificing realism. But I feel like the face needs more of a sneer. Lots of pterosaurs had built in sneers, so I don't think that would've broken your parameters.
arvalis Featured By Owner 7 hours ago
I had never seriously drawn pterosaurs before tackling this piece, so much of the focus was on anatomy more than character specifically.  These pokemon pieces are first and foremost a learning exercise.  So if I were to design him now he may look different as I've had a year of time to learn more since I did this.  I am still pretty happy with the design and its mostly just the pose that leaves something to be desired for me.  It feels that the place you speak from is that of a fan blinded by what pokemon are to you.  Most people in their twenties probably grew up around pokemon at one point or another, so it can be a very personal subject.  Everyone has their own thoughts about what each pokemon means to them and I am no different.  This is what aerodactyl meant to me when I drew it.  I was happy with how it looked.  Every pokemon piece I draw, I draw through the lens of my experience with pokemon games.  I certainly cannot make everyone happy and I don't aim to.  I draw something that is fun for me that I like and enjoy if other people like it too, but it is not the priority.  I happily invite you to try your hand at redesigning pokemon with how you perceive them in mind, its pretty fun.

As far as sneer, perhaps you may have enjoyed one of the many other head designs I tried before deciding on the final.…
Phoenix-Fightmaster Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Hobbyist
Now, I can handle that kind of response a lot more easily than "do it yourself, but it won't look as good." I thank you for that.

I actually don't have a lot of personal emotional connection to pokemon. But you are right, characters as a whole mean very different things to different people. And I understand it's a learning experience, so not every single one is going to match the way I interpret each one.
For instance, I couldn't design tyranitar as anything other than a Godzilla pastiche. And your design is different from that, but I also find it intriguing, and think it does a decent job of capturing the character.

I want to make it clear, my critiques on these designs are as unbiased as I can make them. I'm a very casual fan of the franchise, so I don't have a whole lot of attachment to the pokemon themselves. But I am passionate about creature design and art itself.

Look, I get that we're butting heads a lot. But I'm not against seeing a creature I grew up with re-interpreted or remixed, or depicted in a manner different from how I tend to view it. I promise you absolutely, whenever I have a criticism, it's based entirely on "Does this look like what it's being advertised as?".
Evariste-sketches Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My internet crashed while I was staring at this masterpiece, I guess my connection can't handle that much awesomeness.
Thanks for writing the time you spent on your paintings, it helps beginners like me realize how much patience it takes to reach this level.
chariadactyle237 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Love your profile picture...looks like a bulbasaur symbol if bulbasaur was in Munster Hunter!

That aside,the picture's great,looks quite realistic!Good job!
amazoness-king Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
have you made a camerupt yet?
iamiceman003 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
I don't believe I have commented on any of your designs. What I will comment is simple and to the point. You are amazing. Thank you for this. Truly.
WantItNeedItFearIt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Is there any chance that you might provide download links for each picture like you did with Tyrantrum? I can't use GIF files as desktop backgrounds, and I'd really like to be able to have this as such... :/
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
WantItNeedItFearIt Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Thanks! ^.^
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