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Field Guide: Pg. 26 Whiscash by CasteelArt Field Guide: Pg. 26 Whiscash by CasteelArt
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:iconninjaelvaan:
NinjaElvaan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
I really like how you effortlessly work the names of his friends in, and in a believable way. I also like how each of your humans has a type preference that is subtly (or not so subtly) hinted at.
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I have a few new characters I need to get involved too. A cemetery keep, ferry captain, some others,
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:iconninjaelvaan:
NinjaElvaan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
These are the characters I've seen mentioned, and the type preference I theorize for each:

1. Baobob; fire

2. Adam: water

3. Chloe; Grass

4. Drew; ??? 
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Drew is also fire. He is Baobab's nephew. Ulmas (name is a WIP) is Dark. ;) 1
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:iconninjaelvaan:
NinjaElvaan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Interesting. If the dark character was female I would suggest Nokomis, which means "Daughter of the Moon". Also, Dolores, meaning "Pain."
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The character is a "he". A grizzled hunter. Matted beard and rugged. Tall, scarred and cunning. His Pokemon are used for  sport hunting and he usually deals with taxidermy. 
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NinjaElvaan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
I figured. I'll try and look for a name, if you want me to.
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:iconcasteelart:
CasteelArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm always open for suggestions. 
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IronDino Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Ok. I think I've got your naming system down. Aquaterrus (Water/Ground).
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flumpytripod Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you should do one about cubone
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:iconcasteelart:
CasteelArt Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This ^
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Pokemonencyclo Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great perspective of the fish, love the style!
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:iconcasteelart:
CasteelArt Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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voremanwifedude Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Funny, my name appears in the text.
CLIFF Y U NO BE LESS DANGEROUS
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voremanwifedude Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Hey my name is chloe!
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:iconcasteelart:
CasteelArt Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WHY, HELLO CHLOE!
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GarfieldKitty Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
COMPLETELY AWESOME!! :winner: :heart: Dang this looks great!! :heart: Catfish are such interesting creatures. :heart: I love watching the "Hillbilly Handfishing" show on Animal Planet! It is a show where people go fishing for catfish by using just thier bare hands! It is really fun to watch! :laughing: Imagine if they pulled out a Whiscash while fishing! Woah man! That would be one heck of a catch! :D :heart:
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think they would get owned if they grabbed one of these Pokemon.
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GarfieldKitty Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Haha! TOTALLY!! :rofl: :heart:
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:iconalphatdog:
AlphaTDog Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
I love the detail encorporated in the writings of Prof. Boabab. Adding the scientific names based on the elemental affiliations was a very creative move. Good job!
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I hope you enjoy the rest.
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Zero9930 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
looks liek a scroll you'd find in japan :o
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kymvros Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
can i ask to see a slowpoke & evolutions pg. soon?
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diokletan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Now meet the origin: [link]
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:iconcasteelart:
CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL What an odd site.
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diokletan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Just the attempt NOT to create another Emo "Pray for Japan" site... ;-)
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Zassu-Kread Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Wow, the professor is lucky. In a cave for what? Three pages worth and not a single mention of a Zubat? That has to be a record.
Zubat would be cool, but I am holding out for my fav as far as caves go someday: Joltik! Just a thought. Maybe as a "Oh, we all had a sudden itching problem and would ya look at what it was!" Doesn't matter though, what you are doing is great. Keep it up!
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:iconcasteelart:
CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe not in this cave. ;) There could be others. And just stay tuned for other Pokes you might be surprised at the upcoming adventure.
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:icondeepc:
DeepC Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat!
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Fatalyze Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely enthralled by these field guide entries ^^ cant wait for more! :D
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:iconcasteelart:
CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Working on one now! Just trying to figure out what exactly I should do with the Pokemon!
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Geeke-the-Freak Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Wow, I just found these today and read them all, because they are just so amazing. I love how in-depth you go into how each pokemon works in a realistic sense. Plus the drawings are fabulous too! I love that they're realistic while still looking like the pokemon. I find that between the drawings and the detailed writing I'm very immersed, and I almost feel like I'm actually there with the professor studying the pokemon with him.

What are all the ways you get inspiration for the entries on the pokemon? I read that you look up information on their real life counterparts, but I was wondering how much pokedex information you take into consideration when writing and how much you just pull out of your own imagination.

Also in the comments a while back I saw that you were considering doing pages based off requests, so I would like to request a page for Onix, as it is my absolute favorite. :D
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for taking the time to read all the entries! As for inspiration, I've played Pokemon for years. I've always wondered what it would be like if Nintendo took a more "realistic" view on the game. However, and for the most part I agree, taking a "realistic" view can sometimes be a disaster. So, I decided to try my hand at doing this myself. I figured I had the most control in what I actually envisioned the Pokemon to be.

So, Ill start sketching and drawing different Pokemon. Ill look through the Pokedex and see which grabs my attention at the time. Usually, Ill have a type in mind depending on where the Professor is on his journey. For example on the current page I am working. I knew I wanted the expedition to finally exit the cave system and move forward. They are still in a jungle/forested area and I haven't done any bug types yet. Thus, I am now doing a bug type. But, how should the page look? What features would I find interesting or that I think are always over-looked in terms of what we "know" of Pokemon? More importantly, what can I provide to the viewer they haven't already seen?

Once that's done, I start layout and story excerpts. This is all made up by me. I do use stock photo reference on animals to get anatomy or ideas of detail. However in terms of Pokedex information, I usually will pull type, height and weight information, name and color. Everything else is made up. I do deviate from this at times. A prime example would be Girafarig. You'll notice in the Pokedex he isn't over 5 feet tall. However, I've made him more "giraffe" like it height. Or another example is Crustle, they are neither male nor female. However I've added a bit of detail with claw differences. I think the changes are subtle, not necessarily over-board but more importantly believable.

So, in a long winded answer, I make up a lot of this. Obviously I try to make each page as real as I can without deviating from the classic "Pokemon Feel" but I do try to give each one my own touch. I like Onix too. Ill have to see what I can do. :) I hope I answered at least most of your questions.
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Geeke-the-Freak Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
That was a much more in depth answer than I was expecting, but very much appreciated. It's always nice to get a glimpse into people's creative processes. :)

One last question, about how long would you say just one page takes you, including the planning stages, the drawing and writing, and then putting the whole thing together?
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:iconcasteelart:
CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Depends on the page. I've created some within a couple of hours to a week.
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MC231096 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Student Photographer
Amazing! the drawings are so realistic!
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope I get this next one right. I suprised myself with some of the facts I learned.
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Zephirice Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great page again !

a question please : what font did you use to write the page ?

thanks for the answers !
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Handwriting - Dakota
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Zephirice Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:o thanks !!!

keep the good job ! i love reading your work and see the artwork ;) ! you should make a bokk when you finish !!!
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noharmonicalurch Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
It's fascinating how realistic you make Pokemon with such ease.
Two questions: How are you coming up with the Latin names and how do the trainers bring along their Pokemon?
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
1. I am a member of :iconpokemonprofessors: There, they listed a series of names that are "acceptable" to use via the reports they accept. So, since the names make sense and sound great, I use those.
2. Im not sure what you mean? The trainers bring along their Pokemon as any trainer would. In Pokeballs and as friends. (Think Ash Ketchum)
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noharmonicalurch Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
1. Fascinating, that's really exciting.
2. You answered my question, in pokeballs. I guess I thought that they wouldn't have them during the time period.
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, whenever able, they would be out. However, a prime example would be the instance, in this entry.

Its a steep natural stairway. Having Magcargo or Camerupt out to traverse the steps would be unlikely. Not that they couldn't do it, but for safety reasons and to limit chances of accidents to occur, they would be placed in the Pokeballs. In the book Im writing they actually talk about things like that.
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tk36477 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
derp catfish ._.

looked like a sturgeon at first
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dinosgorawrXD Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
this is amazing. _ .
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Sakura-Ikayuro Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looking good! I especially love the drawing of this one. But hmm... the grammar of one sentence seems a little off? Instead of 'would of ended her life' it should be 'would have ended her life'. Looking forward to the next page!
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fixed!
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ViruseQueen Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love these, its an adult pokedex
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CasteelArt Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was trying to have something more "mature" in a sense. I think the art can be appreciated on all levels versus the immediate response, "Oh, that's for kids!"
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