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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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Amazingzmyster Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Haunter's design is probably my favorite, the transparent wings with the non-transparent parts looking like his floating hands.
kirarachan Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So creative! Loved it! And the descriptions you make are always so interesting!
Trolmaster Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
you know there are "ghosts" and not ... "BATS!" , right? 
Beast-of-the-Sea Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
That's... surreal and brilliant. Fantastic job.
WatcherMagic Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
This is amazing, I love the creative take on ghastly! ^^
JESzasz Featured By Owner Edited Jul 3, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
 I suppose that I couldn't think of a better animal to base the enigmatic Gengar line on in a million years.

 How can anyone complain about this? I mean, sure it isn't a real ghost, but then that wouldn't be as interesting, and what more design wise could you possibly do with a ghost?!

 On the other hand, it is a bit of a shame that you didn't go the amorphous, non-corporeal creature route. You could've made one hell of an interesting entry that way, even mentioning the theory of them not being necessarily ghosts, but creatures from another dimension, and how the feed on the life force of victims for food.

 Oh, and run Rattata, run! Run for your very life!!!
TheJame5X Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That would've been a brilliant idea. Inter-dimensional Space Vampires, if you will.
Glaedrax Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
This is absolutly amazing !!
Kira192015 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
Nice! Keep up the good work!
MihaiMargineanu Featured By Owner Edited Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so creative it hurt my brain. Amazing job. I have a special fondness for Gengar: when I was little I had a stuffed Gengar plushie I loved to death.
Am I the only one who would cuddle the Gastly?
CheezayBallz Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
So many butthurt people in the comment section....
StarfleTheGreat Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how you modeled Ghastly off of a bat. If you look at it from a certain angle though, it looks more like its in game form. That's a nice touch.
jjvincent1 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
difficult, but you have it done
SaryTheWolf Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha, looks at Gastly, its so round, a round bat, I want plushie of one. Wait I already have a plushie like that, it's a Woobat. Anywho, this has to be one of your best ideas for realistic Pokemon, and that's saying something.
Dragongirl236 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you make the most amazing stuff!Mew licky Mew Lick Megan The Wolf Animatronic Lick Icon Purple Guy Cat Lick Icon Mew Lick Icon 
alande1995 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
I like all your stuff but... why Hunter is a bat-like? D:
DJ1NNsGR1MO1R3 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Goddamn, this is still the coolest thing I've ever seen. Absolutely ingenious. 
Itachikiritsu Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
Man... I got so hyped up by the rest of the gallery to see the ghosts and... ehn. I mean, heck, if we're going that route, why not owls? They get mistaken as ghosts a lot too.  But I was more actually hoping to see the ghost of some other species, like clefable due to the whole "shadow/ghost" thing (gengar/doppleganger).
arvalis Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
I mean I don't know what you want me to say.  Too bad?
ZarxielZerg Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
I'm not sure, but I think he want to see a Ghost like a owl (I think Duskull line will be perfect) or a possible relation between realistic Gengar and realistic Clefable, but I don't sure if I understand XD
Mad-Mutt Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow, designing them as bats is something unexpected and kind of interesting. I actually kind of like the trick with Ghastly's "eyes" and how you explained the cloud around it. Also, I just like the look of Gengar. The way you did Gengar's smile, ears and body look cool with a bat as a bases for the design. I just think the way you drew Gengar is such a cool, yet simple design and I like it. 
boltxavier Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Student
yu made em bats????????!!!!
randomguye0 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
I don't see how they could be anything else, other than gas or something.
arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Why not?
Graysnowflake12 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
I thought it's Crobat... 
Moontail-the-cat Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you look at the Ghastly and blurr your eyes, it looks like Ghastly from the shows :D
Also, I REALLY love your work <3
KittenLover126 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Blurr your eyes... :icongengarplz: :iconhaunterplz: :iconghastlyplz:
AlphaNightstorm Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If I blur my vision a little it looks exactly like the original Pokémon design, especially Ghastly.  Great job!
Quirky-Dragonite Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What I love about your art compared to a lot of other realistic Pokemon drawers is that you don't do what I see a lot--where they pick an animal that has similar characteristics and just color it according to a Pokemon.  I like that you create a different species rather than just limit it to common animals.  I don't understand why so many comments complain about it not being exactly as the Pokemon themselves.  
TheSax66 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never took the time to look at the gengar comment section, its pretty amusing, just what exactly where people expecting? a farting ball? 
I guess people really like the ugly original pokemon designs rendered in 3d, but thye shouldn't consider them realistic by a long shot.
Vergolophus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Fantastic art and the whiniest comment section I've ever seen.
arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
haha, I know right?
asnakitty Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
while i prefer them as ghost I like your bat idea and could actualy see it being real. good job
mudkipenator Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
It's a stretch, I know, but if you look closely at their collective shadows it's sorta like a jigglypuff.
Jaylem456 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
i don't see it that's a giant stretch
mudkipenator Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
You gotta look closer and stretch it out as far as you can, then maybe you will see it.
FireFlufferz Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
MidnightSnowballMLP Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
i see it too
mudkipenator Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
It's another stretch too but, that same Jigglypuff's flipping you the *Deli*bird.
MidnightSnowballMLP Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
ThaoMy1012 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
it look so amazing
mudkipenator Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Did you also base Gengar off a bat, because it's given me more of a gremlin kinda vibe.
thecatsaid Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
its a bat. You can tell by its ears, nose, and its arms are the wings folded up
mudkipenator Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
I know but it just kinda reminds me of the gremlins movies.
SGecko100 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Although this is better than I could do, I think it would have been better to just go with a ghost
Mikalhvi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That is super duper cute. I love this interpretation of Gastly, Haunter and Gengar.
MrKrookodile Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Gastly´s giant eyes and Haunter´s floating arms makes muuuuuch more sense now:) (Smile)
mudkipenator Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Athough i love your work this particular piece is deteriorating my wish that pokemon were real.
Tempystt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Before i get into it, while I dislike the interpretation of this evolutionary line as bats, I don't deny the artistic value. However, in my opinion, you should have held of on doing Gengar and the other until you did Clefable, as it's a highly popular theory (and is rather credible as well) that Gengar is a Clefable's ghost, or shadow given life. This is supported by Gengar's name as well. Gengar is likely a nod to the word "doppelganger". 

Again, despite my dislike of your particular interpretation, I still enjoy your work, and can't wait to see what you do next. :)
laughingfood Featured By Owner Edited Feb 14, 2015
Very well done in terms of the actual art, but I'm not a fan of the interpretation. I wish you could have found a way to draw a realistic ghost type, because in the world of Pokemon ghosts are a very real thing... I would have just liked to see how that would have translated in a more realistic setting. Never thought of Ghastly/Haunter/Gengar to be even remotely batlike, so it just feels like something completely different, while almost all of the other pictures I've seen you do feel perfect.

I mean it's your interpretation so you're free to draw whatever you want, but since I really like your work I'm just saying what I wish I'd seen you do.
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