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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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:iconmad-mutt:
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. 
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boltxavier Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Student
yu made em bats????????!!!!
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Why not?
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:icongraysnowflake12:
Graysnowflake12 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
I thought it's Crobat... 
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Moontail-the-cat Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  New member  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
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KittenLover126 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Blurr your eyes... :icongengarplz: :iconhaunterplz: :iconghastlyplz:
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:iconalphanightstorm:
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!
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Quirky-Dragonite Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  New member 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.  
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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.
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:iconvergolophus:
Vergolophus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Fantastic art and the whiniest comment section I've ever seen.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
haha, I know right?
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:iconasnakitty:
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
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:iconmudkipenator:
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.
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:iconjaylem456:
Jaylem456 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
i don't see it that's a giant stretch
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:iconmudkipenator:
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.
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FireFlufferz Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
:iconilluminati-plz:
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MidnightSnowballMLP Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
i see it too
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:iconthaomy1012:
ThaoMy1012 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
it look so amazing
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:iconmudkipenator:
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.
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:iconthecatsaid:
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
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:iconmudkipenator:
mudkipenator Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
I know but it just kinda reminds me of the gremlins movies.
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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
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:iconmikalhvi:
Mikalhvi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That is super duper cute. I love this interpretation of Gastly, Haunter and Gengar.
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:iconmrkrookodile:
MrKrookodile Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Gastly´s giant eyes and Haunter´s floating arms makes muuuuuch more sense now:) (Smile)
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:iconmudkipenator:
mudkipenator Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Athough i love your work this particular piece is deteriorating my wish that pokemon were real.
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Tempystt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  New member
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. :)
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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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Brianide Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, you get the weirdest hate for these.  This is a spectacular piece, and I love that you made it different.  How boring the world would be if we only copied and never innovated!
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StaticEvolution Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your Pokémon renditions are always the most interesting!
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:iconanimallover89:
AnimalLover89 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
I didn't want to sleep tonight anyways...
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skullcrusher232 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
it should have been more supernatural like ghost,specters and phantoms. 
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:iconsimbin2496:
Simbin2496 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...Perfection!!!!!! I love the whole idea! We need more creative people in this world and you are one of them! I fell in love with that Gastly! 
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Datbattybat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
BATS!
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:iconkumokitty-cloud:
kumokitty-cloud Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's funny to see people getting mad that you made them look like bats -- I think that's a great idea. Good job, I love all of these realistic pokemon!
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:iconotaku3333:
Otaku3333 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Student Writer
Wow! This is really interesting. :) 
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:icondavidolvera:
Davidolvera Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
they aren't bats
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
Looks like they are to me.
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Davidolvera Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
also the excuse that they live in caves so people can't see there true form is also bullshit because there are a ton of trainers who bring them up to heavily light areas were there camo would be bypassed and people could clearly see there "True forms" .
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arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
So do you know what basilosaurus is?  Basilosaurus translates to "king lizard", however it is actually an ancient whale.  The original people who found it mistook it for a dinosaur or aquatic reptile so they named it as such.  The thing is, its still called basilosaurus even though that makes no sense.  What I'm getting at is that people a lot time ago mistook something for another thing but they still refer to it with incorrect terminology because its what stuck.  So its entirely possible before there were pokemon trainers people spotted monsters in caves they assumed to be ghosts and even after it was discovered they weren't, they still called them ghost types.
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Davidolvera Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
if they saw that they were clearly bats then they would call them bats ancient people weren't stupid they just didn't as much as we do.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
I really dont have the energy to deal with someone like you.
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:icondavidolvera:
Davidolvera Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
I meant that acutel gengar haunter and ghastly didn't look any thing like bats nor were they even remotely based off of bats so you shouldn't have made them bats because they have nothing to do with them
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mudkipenator Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
HEY! Davidolvera, before you come in here sayin' what's what you might wanna change your screenshot because it's making me horny.
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:iconthecatsaid:
thecatsaid Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
awesome attempt to revert the discussion
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
Lugia isnt based on a turtle either but that didnt stop me.  Your mind is stuck on things that dont matter.
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:icondavidolvera:
Davidolvera Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
well what you did with lugia works because you can still tell it's him without anything telling you it really is him but with these three I can only barely see ghastly in the one you say is ghastly and I can't see haunter or gengar at all in the other two
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
That sounds like a personal problem~
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:icondavidolvera:
Davidolvera Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
well ask around maybe more people see it that way.
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:iconthecatsaid:
thecatsaid Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
you have to think outside the box, dav. Think creatively, and logically. RJ is trying to explain why a ghost with no hands grew hands, then a floating ghost with hands grew legs. he also noted that they are similar to bats, so he made something with what he had to work with. If you have a better idea, make your own realistic gengar.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Nope~
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