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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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McHaven Featured By Owner 1 day ago
This is certainly an interesting take on the family.
JawRipper Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ShineTheCuteEevee Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha i just saw the rattata and thought " Ha! Rattata be like..."
ironbriggz Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Very creative twist, well done!
Spiritleap1855 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  New member
That just creeps me out. O.o  But its still awesome! Laughing my ass off! 
Tigergomeow Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
This is awesome
Dreadent Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
I like the idea behind this, but I think the explanation behind it could've been more original and unique with another animal, instead of being a bat, because there are already so many bat pokemon, but its still a cool idea. Love your other work man, It's an interesting take on other pokemon. I loved your Sycther and Arcanine even though they tread from the original idea.
Phoenix-Fightmaster Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist
This picture here is the perfect microcosm of your work, with all its strengths and weaknesses.

Gengar looks great. Superb, even. It is what is promised, and it even builds on what's there. It is absolutely gengar, absolutely realistic, and absolutely terrifying. It's based on an animal, but that animal does not override the monster.

Gastly is where you got lost. There's some effort to tie it into the theme, but all in all, it falls flat at doing so. Even with the illusion motif, the illusion never really manifests. I don't see a face there. I see a bat with white ears.

Haunter just flat out is not what was promised. It is a bat with shrunken limbs. It has no ties to the pokemon whatsoever. There is no effort here. I know you and some of your fans have defended it, but it's just not a very good design.
arvalis Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
I tried a pretty wild idea admittedly, it doesn't work for everyone.  This one is tied with arcanine and scyther as my most divisive pieces.  A lot of people dont like where I went with this, there are just as many that do.  All that mattered was that my client really enjoyed it and I was pleased with it :)
Phoenix-Fightmaster Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist
Ironically, I think arcanine is one of the stronger redesigns.
But if the client was satisfied, fair enough.
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