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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 Science was also surprised that Aerodactyl was not, as displayed in outdated paleoart, brown or tan, but in fact, he was FABULOUS with great purple wings.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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TechShiftZeiro Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Flippin epic man!
NHarmonik Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
...What kind of name is Drinker?
arvalis Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
I don't know, ask Edward Drinker Cope, an early very famous paleontologist.
NHarmonik Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, so they ARE based on real people.
arvalis Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Yeah that was the joke ;p
Ryuk135 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student Artist
Tyrunt Icon King of the Fossils Tyrantrum Icon 
yokogreyword Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Not only do you do OUTSTANDING pictures of Pokemon, but your revised flavor text is a real treat too!
"...that big purple son of a bitch." had me in stitches since the rest of it sounds like a plaque you'd read at the Pewter Museum!
FionaDevil Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i lke
Phoenix-Fightmaster Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  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 Sep 2, 2014
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.…
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