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Field Guide: Pg. 1 Zebstrika by CasteelArt Field Guide: Pg. 1 Zebstrika by CasteelArt
This is the first of several pages that I am doing in a Field Guide. I've created an NPC named, Professor Baobab, who is writing in a journal about an expedition he on with a small group of trainers. More to come! ;)
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Safariguide3145 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Do zorua, luxray, mightyena, cobalion
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mightyena is the Pokemon of the main villan! :O
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IronDino Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
I like how you've kept the Professor Naming Scheme.
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xDember Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
>"Male" Dominance
>Does not make them male

wat
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure what you mean.
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xDember Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I just found it amusing how the entire point of these "journal" entries seems to be to make pokemon into a realistic sensation, in a "just short of believable" kind of way -- I absolutely love that.
I've seen others do it, but seldom are they as talented as this, and few put in the effort you do even in the content of the 'book'.

I commented on this piece because, on this page, you specifically state that these two individuals are males, caught in a display of dominance toward each other. And yet, those look pretty clearly female to me.
Is Baobab just self-conscious when it comes to drawing sheaths on male animals or something?
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, I just didn't feel the need to get too "graphic" If you know what I mean. No need to have to put a "mature" filter on the pages if I can avoid it. Not only does it limit the audience but I don't feel it would add or subtract from the sketch. However, I do understand what you are talking about.
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xDember Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Fortunately, I don't know of a single website which requires or even suggests a filter for anatomically correct animals (unless you added something hanging out, and good lord why would you? xD) but after all, how is it any different for a child or person of any age to happen to spot a male dog walking down the street, or even having one as a pet? Or a female for that matter?

I don't know of anyone who makes their horses wear some kind of giant diaper to keep their private bits hidden.
Actually, even animated movies like Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron illustrate the differences between males and females, and I never heard of any critics as much as mentioning it.
Just thought it was weird for an equine-based creature and wondered if you'd given these guys (gals?) some kind of cloaca or something.
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sambo6266 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Does it really matter? And Pokemon never have had "genitalia",so there really is no need... anyways no one wants to admire this beautiful picture and then find them selves staring at some private parts...
It just isn't necessary. You commenting about it is unnecessary also.
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xDember Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
So tell me, when you look at a photo of a gorgeous dog, or horse, or any other creature with noticeable reproductive organs, do you immediately stop admiring the animal and go "Oh my GOD, it has a PENIS SHEATH or TEATS! Yuuuck, put a diaper on that animal to hide that or at least cover that up with a censor bar!"?
That's kind of ridiculous if so, and I think that when it comes to artwork that takes realism so heavily into account, it would just make it more believable and lifelike, rather than saying "THIS IS A YOUNG MALE" and it very clearly looks like a female in every way. I mean, it's not exactly hard to tell the difference when it comes to most mammals.
If you don't approve, you don't need to berate me for my opinion, thank you though.
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sambo6266 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No just the position that Zebstrika is in, would make the "privates" a sort of focal point and I just don't see why you would make such a big deal about not having one... but if you ver draw a realistic Pokemon feel free to put on some reproductive organs... I wouldn't care.
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evilhusky49 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
these are epic i love the realy real realism that you went with these....that didn't make sense did it?
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It made all of the sense in all of the world!
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evilhusky49 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Fuck yeah!!!
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lumardi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Amazing :D
It really gives the feel of a XIXth journal
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Kalestic Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing! This is a really original idea!! And a good one too!
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NightShadeWalker Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
I love how you combine the Pokemon and the real animals they are based on.
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!! ;D
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NightShadeWalker Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
It makes them more real, which I find amazing
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ozmig777 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
will you be exploring more regions? Icy regions and urban areas? fields and meadows to fully see all the pokemon? I really love this work and would love to see this as a real journal someday
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. :)
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drebom Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
This stuff is amazing!
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!!
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masonday Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Corodo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Very cool! ^^
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DirkManlee Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
ohhhhhhhhhh man. this is such a cool idea!!! pokedex my ass. where can i buy this book?
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Hopefully once I finish it!!
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uthkarsh23 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm working on another piece which includes this and another Pokemon!
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Arkkeeper Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This whole concept is brilliant, are you familiar with the other Realistic Pokemon art on here? one of my goals in life is to either make an official game thats a Open World RPG or a Player Mod of Elder Scrolls thats Pokemon. Realistic designs, Open World, true Pokemon Safari and adventure.
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Arkkeeper Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't as good!?! you're one of the few who made it realistic without going overboard with the realism, making Blastoise actually the size of a regular turtle is lame.
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Serefan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
You're not the only one with an idea like this in mind. Ideas have come to my mind for a gritty, realistic, brutal pokemon game with Far Cry style stealth gameplay and Fable style combat.
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I would fully support a MMO and would love to work on the game design in terms of concept art. The game idea has so much potential and quite frankly am at a lost as to why Nintendo hasn't explored the option. Now, they are going to lose out to World of Warcraft with new function of "Companion Pet battles". I do look at several other artist on here that do realistic Pokemon art and have to say that honestly, I am usually rather impressed and a bit jealous. (I always feel my art isn't as good as theirs!) Ah well, I'll keep trying. ;)
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Treasures-Of-Wisdom Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is phenomenal.
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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meganXmanga Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
I approve of this... So much... I love Zebstrika~~~!!!! >O<
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FoxyAddict Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
DUDE! Your gallery is so freaking amazing.
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Michelle56 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is so cool. I have a story with Professor Juniper and she studies these guys. Coincidence I think lol. I think I'm obsessed with Fifth gen.
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was until I lost all of my Pokemon. 644 RIP. Now, I spend my time drawing and collecting them here, in the pages.
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Michelle56 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, you're doing great! Can't wait to see the next one!
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dave-tr0n Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
the start of 20-odd pages of pure brilliance.
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thoughtcracks Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gotta say that this is all quite amazing. I'm studying biology and really get the field journal-feeling from all of them Great job!
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! that's awesome!
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Aitsuki-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
You.... you are amazing.....
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
NO, YOU! ;) Thank you.
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KodyHardin Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
I went through your entire gallery, I love everything. These I love the most though! I wish you would publish this because I surely would buy one! I've often thought of doing one myself, but I haven't the time.
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Working on it! I am! :)
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KodyHardin Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Sweet! I'll keep my eyes open for it then!
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BakeryCafe Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
Is this "Baobab" a friend/relative of Darwin?
LIKE A BOOS
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a relative just a mixture of me, Darwin, and other people I like.
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