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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 Science was also surprised that Aerodactyl was not, as displayed in outdated paleoart, brown or tan, but in fact, he was FABULOUS with great purple wings.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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legendguard Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this, but the Aerodactyl has quite a few anatomical errors on it... (pointed wingtips, claws on the wing fingers, nostril outside of the naris in a separate hole, Ear in the lower temporal fenestra (this did not hold the ear in diapsids), missing prepubis, gastralia attached to the ribs, etc)
Goji1327 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Awesome design, i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Cranidos' design, he looks exactly like a infant Pachyrhinosaurus, its so cool! 
eel227 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Photographer
Make a friggen Calendar 
fishofglass Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
very impressive work!
leontinees Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
I think this one is the best of yours! :wow: :clap:
moosyman Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015
Can you make animals completely from your imagination?
lupisvulpessadblue Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  New Deviant
i love itAdventure Mangle Paddleball Emoticon 
Pempelune Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Student Writer
My, a furry reptile. My biology teacher would pass out.
Dominantweasle Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I see no fur just feathers. Most dinosaurs in the Cretaceous period were covered in feathers. 
Pempelune Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Student Writer
I quote: "Aerodactyl [...] is also furry, science didn't see that one coming; way to go science"
Fur being unique to mammals, I'm not surprised they didn't see that coming. 
BrunoCreator Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist
Pterodactyls weren't dinosaurs...
Dominantweasle Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
oh yeah your right. I need to update my dino info.
Vampire-Knight-Amy Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Student General Artist
That is so amazing Icon-Zen-2 
ivypaper44 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just . . . amazing.
ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
appleapple9 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
It's looks so cool!
Coelancanth Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the fading effect!
AlbertoCarrera Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
great work!!
ikenami Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Student General Artist
I´m speechless this is so fucking awesome, great job! 
Wyldfyre-ZX Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Student Artist

*slow clap*
o0LegendTheDragon0o Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the gif! These Pokémon look like they could of existed!
Kira192015 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
SnowHawk7 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I really like that X-Ray view of Aerodactyl. Creative touch. 
burn357 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
You should think about make 3d pokemon models... Would be really nice man! Congratulations, you're the best ;)
SaryTheWolf Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, those skellotons much have took forever. You're so good with anatomy.
arvalis Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Boy did they ever.  You should check out the skeletons on tyrantrum, that piece took the longest of them all.
TsumesLab Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so op i am speechless
Dragongirl236 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
r.i.p archeopsArcheops Icon  Aerodactyl skeleton 
Chi-Bird Featured By Owner Edited May 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so awesome!! Have you considered doing a realistic or Pokémon Hunter version of Wailord?
arvalis Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
I mean I have, but it would be so damn huge.  It would dwarf all of the other things I've done.
Chi-Bird Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww lol
That would've been pretty badass to see though!!! It would be like a Zamtrios on steroids XD
ColorfulHoovedNights Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
for a .gif at this size it's handling quite well
mudkipenator Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Carnidars is like totally my favorite dino pokeman EVAR.
kamawu00 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just noticed the Bone Wars reference... Hehehe! Cope and Marsh! I see, what you did there! ;)

Btw have you noticed, this drawing is even mentioned in the Ptero-Soarer article of tvtropes? :la:
arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
I did not know it was mentioned on tvtropes, thats pretty cool.  I just looked it up.
Ellagumdrop Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing
cesaralexis Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
My fave Pokemon ever!
asnakitty Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
very cool. i love your work. they look like they could be real fossils in a real museum
SeanLifeFlame Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You caught me off guard there; I was sitting back and reading the info on the Aerodactyl, when all of a sudden I look up and see they turned into skeletons. I did NOT expect that! Nice work. :thumbsup:
Kittycrafty20 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
XD archen's face
archen:I am a dummy! I am a dummy! La la la la I am a dummy! I am a dummy! 
Svorec Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student General Artist
that is awesome!
EnaiSiaion Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
The look on the Archen's face is priceless. :)
PHENlX Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student General Artist
How do you save the animations to save the quality?
I'm a newb to animating and am interested in learning how to make higher res animations. :)
Ghostbusterlover Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy sh*t this is so amazing! AND IT'S ANIMATED! *_* Insta-fav! :+favlove:
Awesome! Oh and He was FABULOUS 
11Doctors Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:0 wa-wuuuuut? Whoa man, exposing the skeleton is awesome! Didn't expect that! :D
chorranthu Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
I love how most of your descriptions have a faux scientific feel, and then you throw in things like aerodactyl being "FABULOUS"
warriorcats4everyeah Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I feel the same way.
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