The global popularity of Pokemon GO has introduced its players to a world where you never know what Pokemon might be hiding around the next corner, ready to be caught. It’s now easier than ever to let your imagination run free and conjure up a reality where Pokemon truly walk among us. Please enjoy these works by three artists who have taken a flight of fancy and made Pokemon feel more real than ever – each in their own idiosyncratic way.
Please note: these artists’ dedication to realism can be unflinching. Only proceed if you think you can handle your pokemon, warts and all – or should that be guts?
Christopher Stoll is the talent behind the Pokenatomy series of Pokemon anatomical figures.
The detailed and realistic drawings – all created entirely on an iPad – are only half the achievement in this fascinating collection. The artist also brings Pokemon to life with encyclopedia-style descriptions of their biology, behavior and habitat. How do the fauna and flora aspects work together to make Bulbasaur fighting fit? What fuels Charmander’s fire? Wonder no more with Christopher Stoll’s ingenuitive (albeit perhaps not entirely canon) explanations.
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Koffing Anatomy- Pokedex Entry by Christopher-Stoll on DeviantArt
Bulbasaur Anatomy- Pokedex Entry by Christopher-Stoll on DeviantArt
Charmander Anatomy- Pokedex Entry by Christopher-Stoll on DeviantArt
Pikachu Anatomy- Pokedex Entry by Christopher-Stoll on DeviantArt
Designed by illustrator Jed Henry, and printed with the utmost care and attention to detail in Dave Bull’s Tokyo workshop, these ukiyo-e style woodblock prints show us the art that may have been passed down through generations if Pokemon had really lived in Edo Japan.
I Choose You
This stylized work shows the starter Pokemon from the original Red, Green (Japan only), Blue, and Yellow Game Boy games frolicking in traditional style. Replacing Bulbasaur’s bulb with a flowering bonsai tree is a particularly imaginative touch.
Pocketing a Wager
This scene shows a battle between what looks like Ash’s Pikachu and Team Rocket’s Meowth in full swing. In the foreground, Squirtle and Charmander are bursting out of their poke-baskets, each emblazoned with the character for water and fire respectively.
There are many examples of talented artists around the world giving their favorite Pokemon human guises, but Korean artist tamtamdi has embarked on a truly ambitious project – drawing a human avatar for every Pokemon! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite pokeguys and pokegals, but the range and imagination in the full collection must be seen to be believed.
039.Jigglypuff by tamtamdi on DeviantArt
133.Eevee by tamtamdi on DeviantArt
038.Ninetales by tamtamdi on DeviantArt
143.Snorlax by tamtamdi on DeviantArt
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