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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.