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I Want to be the Very Best by arvalis I Want to be the Very Best by arvalis

Boy am I happy to have this monstrosity complete. I came up with this composition as a thumbnail during the work on Way Past Cool . This thing just took forever and ever.

I wanted to complete a poster for Pokemon reflecting the impact it had on my childhood and in turn, my life. I even had my mom dig through photos of me as a kid and scan them so I could use them as reference. These arent necessarily the team i used back in the day, though they are some of the coolest ones from generation 1. For all the joy and time killed that the Pokemon franchise has given me, this is the best I can do. Ill probably be playing your games for another ten years to come.

Easter Eggs:
Dugtrio Cliff

PhotoshopCS3: 30-40 hours or something absurd
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I Want to be the Very Best by =arvalis

The suggester said: "When I first seen this Artwork I have to stare at it for a few minutes to see all the lovely details the artist put in. It has a wonferful composition and an awesome color setting, which make this piece really unique."

~clauds-d said: "This poster created by the artist is amazing! the colours, the detail. All this to show how it was influential in the artist's childhood. It is amazing where the artist's imagination went all because of pokémon"

*Rosella-of-Daventry said: "This piece of fan art is amazing beyond all belief. You need to spend a good few minutes observing it to appreciate all the details. Make sure to download the image and find all the Easter eggs--you won't regret it!"

~LiiaDragon7 said: "After watching the making of this picture by =arvalis in a livestream, I found it completed today and thought it desserved a DD! The detail they put into this nostalgic picture just made reliving the memories very enjoyable."

=TornAroundtheEdges said: "=arvalis is a very inspiring artist who can make anyone striving for greatness feel like it can be accomplished with passion and hard work. The amount of time and effort he puts into each piece is astounding and something to look up to. This piece in particular is both nostalgic and mind-blowing. Its great to think that he could imagine such colorful and vivid scenes in his head when he was just a child and has now reached a level of art skill that allows him to portray it correctly."

^StormPenguin says: This is exactly what Pokemon was like, a whole new world, and I still dream of it! ( Suggested by PetraImboden and Featured by WildCharmander )
Haigani-DaReal Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, you've hit Charizard on the spot for me.. thank  you for making such a beautiful piece out of simpleness of an anime game.
What actual species inspired your Gyarados? He looks AWESOME!
There are no words great enough to describe this art work. You are so talented!
This... is... awesome. OuO
ninetailedfoxfox Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Found all the Easter eggs.
I found the Easter Eggs. XD I wish I could buy a print ;_;
Oh, what I meant was I actually have no way to buy a print. I don't have a Pay-Pal or credit card... or a job. :| I'm a broke teenager, lol.
Wow.. I just saw the title and at first it didn't touch me as much as it did.. then I saw younger you in the corner with the Gameboy and my heart just sank. All the memories of my childhood just flooded trough my mind like wildfire! I thoroughly looked trough the Photoshop creation and the closest thing that came to mind was 'Childhood, thank you'. Generation one is the one it all started with and what got my mind reeled as a kid! I did not have the luxury to play those early games but the TV series was what got me ): Man, those times .. now I am 18 years old somewhat dumbstruck at what to do with my life at this point and this artwork made me realize a thing or two. Thank you, and I congratulate you on this amazing picture of realistic Pokémon <3
I managed to find all the easter eggs! Magnificant work!
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