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-Gengar- by arvalis -Gengar- by arvalis

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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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:iconthegrowthcycle:
Creative ideas you have going on here, especially with the bat's ears being the ghastly's eyes.

However, designing these Pokemon to look like animals they aren't even based on completely takes away the charm, in my opinion. None of the Pokemon in the Ghastly-Haunter-Gengar line ever resembled a bats.

Really they've always seemed like their own thing, not resembling anything real life. Because of this, it escapes me why you would want to design them as ordinary animals. It just takes away their iconic looks in exchange for a pretty lame design.

Your Gengar especially suffers from this, as he's nearly unrecognizable. He doesn't even look like a Gengar, just a fat purple bat with arms and legs.

Not trying to be rude, I'd just like to see your work improve, as you have some good artistic talents to share.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner 8 hours ago
Looks like gengar to me.  Also I've never seen any animal that looks like these, so calling them ordinary is quite the statement.
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:iconthegrowthcycle:
TheGrowthCycle Featured By Owner 5 hours ago
Aside from sharing Gengar's shade of purple, I disagree.

In terms of what you were going for, they still resemble 'ordinary' bats; as opposed to the Pokemon you were trying to depict.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner 1 hour ago
Looks like gengar to me
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:iconyobyaxes:
YoByAxEs Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Shit! I thought the Haunter was a Crobat.
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:iconshadowxscarlet109:
ShadowxScarlet109 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Well that explains a lot
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:iconalvarox951:
alvarox951 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
gengar..is...weird
well gengar not actualy, but haunter and gastly looks weird
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:icontrurotaketwo:
Trurotaketwo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! I love your creativity adapting the Gengar family into realism.
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:iconfinalgamer:
FinalGamer Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
That is one amazing interpretation, very nice work I could see where you went with this easily.
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:iconswolsauce:
Swolsauce Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
your imagination and creativity is just next level.
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:iconelazuls-core:
elazuls-core Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
This is the most ingenious revelation in the entire whole, at this moment in time. Wow.
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:iconliefkatano:
LiefKatano Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014   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.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
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.
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:iconzarxielzerg:
ZarxielZerg Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
never thinked the Pokémon World is smaller of the our and the gravity is not ver powerfull, this will explain a lot of very strange weights like Groudon that weight only 900 something kg :)
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:iconliefkatano:
LiefKatano Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014   Traditional Artist
I was talking about Remoraid, yeah.
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:iconspritzz001:
Spritzz001 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  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! 
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:icongalrick09:
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.
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:iconcookiejarthief:
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.
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:iconchippedgraphite:
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.
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:icongr33nthemighty:
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.
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:iconangeloflight22:
AngelofLight22 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice
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:icondesars:
Desars Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your imagination is really good.
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:iconmerictanok:
merictanok Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
i would rather see the true ghost form done more realistic than the bat version.
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:iconthomas-j-baker:
Thomas-J-Baker Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Come on, the Ghastly Bats ears are the "eyes".
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:iconmerictanok:
merictanok Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
yeah but ghastly is a ghost, and i'm a gengar fan. Big time!
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:iconthomas-j-baker:
Thomas-J-Baker Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I see your point. whats your Pokemon team. IIMA?
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:iconmerictanok:
merictanok Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
gengar scizor politoad kingdra toxicroak and gardivor
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:iconturtledragon2001:
Turtledragon2001 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I never thought that they might be bats! Creative! :)
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:iconthe-awesome-a:
The-Awesome-A Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student General Artist
if Gengar was like this in the game or tv series id be horrified of it. I already am but this is a new level of terrifying
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:iconblitzeywolf:
BlitzeyWolf Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yo creepin me out man...
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:iconharryhaunter123:
harryhaunter123 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Let me say I have a friend that lives in the Pokemon tower that looks exactly like that... all haunter look different you know!
shooting star the more you knowshooting star 
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:iconunluckyxse7en:
UnluckyxSe7en Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the most amazing, unique interpretations I have ever seen for the Gastly family. Amazing job working this out!!! :D
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:iconcrimsonignis:
CrimsonIgnis Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really kool concept!
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:iconfbro:
FBro Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
i liked!!!
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:iconthatpervytrap:
thatpervytrap Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
This was the first art I ever saw from you and I still love the direction you took with it :)
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:iconmchaven:
McHaven Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is certainly an interesting take on the family.
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:iconjawripper:
JawRipper Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW
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:iconshinethecuteeevee:
ShineTheCuteEevee Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha i just saw the rattata and thought " Ha! Rattata be like..."
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:iconironbriggz:
ironbriggz Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Very creative twist, well done!
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:iconspiritleap1855:
Spiritleap1855 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
That just creeps me out. O.o  But its still awesome! Laughing my ass off! 
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:icontigergomeow:
Tigergomeow Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
This is awesome
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:icondreadent:
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.
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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.
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:iconarvalis:
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 :)
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:iconphoenix-fightmaster:
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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:iconmptk421:
mptk421 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
nope... nopenopenopenopenope T_T. good art though.
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:iconhexreverie:
HexReverie Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Interesting take on the Ghastly line.  I don't see any real way to make most ghost Pokemon look like real animals given their ethereal nature and often nasty looking facial expressions.
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:iconichmachdenkopfzu:
IchMachDenKopfZu Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a g r e a t idea!
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:iconther3mnant:
TheR3mnanT Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
your work is so amazing
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:iconwolvenyoukai:
WolvenYoukai Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Such creativity, it's astounding. <3
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