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-Gengar- by arvalis -Gengar- by arvalis

Commission to the wonderful :iconranchmaker:

Boy this one was tricky. Looking at Gastly, I cracked it, his eyes could be bat ears; then the rest just fell into place design wise. None of the Gastly family are actually ghosts, but have just been claimed to be. Gastly and Haunter on live in caves and empty towers, appearing only at night. Their forms are very hard to make out as they have deceptive camouflage; Gastlies appear to be little more than a head at first glace, though in actuality are a very large poisonous bat. Each member of this family possesses a helium bladder, giving them the ability to float and taking on a ghostly appearance. Gengars do not occur in the wild, they are the result of a trainer taking their haunter to a new region, this results is a radical shift physique. Though Gengars do possess the ability to levitate, they are much heavier than their kin and can only levitate to avoid attacks. Each of them can produce a poisonous cloud by ruffling their fur, releasing dried toxic saliva into the air; though Gastlies seem to do this most commonly. They are hyper carnivores, preying on anything they can find, most commonly their relatives, Zubats. Rattata doesn't like picture day.

Also, happy almost Halloween.

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LiefKatano Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Traditional Artist
My mainest problem with this - besides the fact that a bat turns into a decidedly non-bat creature upon growing up, but this is the same world that has a small shrimp turn into an octopus, among other things, so - is that Gastly doesn't look like it would weigh 0.2 pounds, what with them not consisting of gaseous substances.
arvalis Featured By Owner 2 days ago
What shrimp turns into an octopus?  If you are talking about remoraid, not a shrimp, I handled that in my lugia piece.  I also dont take any official weights into consideration, there is no way that wailord weighs only like 800lbs.
LiefKatano Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Traditional Artist
I was talking about Remoraid, yeah.
Spritzz001 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
People stop hating! Arvalis didn't draw this for you so you, nor did you pay them to draw it a certain way, have no right to say it is incorrect. As long as the paying customer is happy, the design is perfectly fine. Besides, there isn't a right or wrong way to draw Pokemon. You could draw an orange scribble, give it wings and a flaming tail and call it Charizard and it would still be a Pokemon. It has a reason to be a bat, so let it be a bat! If you want it to be a ghost, then draw it yourself! 
Galrick09 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
would rather have seen them more ghostly. great design but i think it changes them too much with no real basis for the bat theme.
CookieJarThief Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
WOW! this is amazing! I like this take on the family even more than the original one, which I thought would be impossible. As for the people that "don't see it," I think they are just too stubborn to admit how much the illusion works. I will consider the family to be ghostly, poisonous bats from now on. There can never be too many bat pokemon anyway.
ChippedGraphite Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The Ghastly in the corner is very clever. The big cartoonish eyes are actually his ears in your biological drawing. That is really smart.
Gr33nTheMighty Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Student Artist
Yeah, that's the bit that really got me. I was looking at his art thinking, "I wonder how he'll do Ghastly and its evolutions." I wasn't expecting him to show it as a sort of bat-related creature. Very creative.
AngelofLight22 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Desars Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your imagination is really good.
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