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ER R1: DTKA-127 - ILLU 2 by Vhu ER R1: DTKA-127 - ILLU 2 by Vhu
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The wild screams of the soldiers were distracting. She flicked her ear as the familiar voice of Chase shouted something at her. She didn't understand what he was yelling.

"The rodent's been dodging all of the demon python's attacks!" somebody yelled from the side-stands, motioning fellow recruits to come see the show and join an already hefty group of spectators. "People are actually betting on this battle!"

Tiberius lashed out his tail at her, but she managed to jump away, digging her claws into the battleground as she landed. She stared her opponent in the eye. He returned her leer with a cold, reptilian glare.

"Sneasel vs. Dratini! Place your bets here, folks!" Nebraska yelled over the many recruits swarming around her and Hobbie. Chase continued cheering as Mort stoically looked over the battle, his face unreadable.

Marika had not known Tiber was a dragon.
For her, the situation was far too familiar.


Tiberius' long body coiled around the Sneasel as he aimed to bite her in the neck, shooting out his head, teeth bared, eyes ablaze, visibly fed up with her constant dodging. The crowd yelled in excitement.

An age-old battle.

She swirled around allowing his head to miss her by an inch.
Tiber rebound from the ground, ready to coil around and repeat the strike. Marika responded faster.
It would always work on Arbok. Their coiling bodies are strong and fast, but restrain the head for even a moment and you have enough time for a damaging blow.

She was a weasel. She was his predator.

She delivered a powerful strike right into the back of Tiber's throat, forcefully pinning him to the ground.

He was a snake. And he was her prey.

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Chase Austerby and Marika VS Mortimer Tyler and Tiber

Oh story
Oh look I have even more things to say.

EDIT: DRATINI DESIGN HIJACKED FROM SILVER5'S INTERPRETATION to keep things consistent style-wise also because it's a badass design.

So I sat down to drawing. I sketched in Marika, Tiber, Mort and Chase. Then I thought "Hey, I can fit in one more character!". 21 characters later I ran out of canvas space.

All in all I'm really happy with this piece. I wanted to push the curb with my colors and shading and use yet another new color palette, so I went for a bright environment lit with a high noon sun for a more intense effect.

As for the scene itself--
I'm aware I'm making Marika look omghaxleet, but I honestly think she has had previous experience fighting huge serpentine opponents during her wild life in Mt. Silver - amongst the biggest non-cave-dwelling predators of that area we would have grown Ekans and fully evolved Arbok. I imagine you either learn how to fight them or end up as snake chow, especially if you're a scavenger rodent frequently stealing eggs or hatchlings from their nests.

Now onto character count.
FROM THE LEFT WE HAVE-!
Sergei politely observing the scene,
Hannah taking notes ALWAYS TAKING NOTES
Chartmire opening a bottle of something,
Chase cheering Marika on,
A shocked by the brutality of the battle Perry,
Addi who seems to be kind of enjoying said brutality of the battle,
A very stoic Mouse,
A slightly disdainful Mika,
Orsino being Orsino from the back of the crowd,
Tony filming the scene,
A really excited Charlotte,
moving onto the right side of the image--
Private Freedman who's kind of... shocked or appalled by the battle,
Mort being Mort being awesome at being Mort,
Karl waging a bet,
Nebraska happily taking his money,
Hobbie happily counting all the other money,
Diedrick doesn't approve.

Additional Pokemon in the image are: Persephone the Ralts, Pickaxe the Axew, Charmander, Vimes the Hoothoot, Ace the Emolga (it's theeeeere, look at Tony's shoulder-!), Zots the Zubat (being a hat on Karl's head).

I... I think that's it. Yeah.


COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK :heart:'D!

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art (c) me yes
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Given 2012-02-29
ER R1: DTKA-127 - ILLU 2 by *Vhu ( Suggested by Mottenfest and Featured by alexandrasalas )
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Fierce-Thunder Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dang good art and story behind it :D
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:iconmattinix:
Mattinix Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
I spy a Hoothoot. A little, grumpy Hoothoot.
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:iconwintersprings:
wintersprings Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow wow wow the style colors and keeping the poketmonsters in there awesomeness sticking to design concepts you kick a double s
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:iconjillian834:
jillian834 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
die.
die, dragonair, you bastard.
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:iconningeko:
NinGeko Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! O-O
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:iconalexghost:
AlexGhost Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Awesome.
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:iconbatia:
Batia Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
omg...WOW...just WOW. The perspective...the color... THIS is incredible :) :heart: Excuse me while I stare
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zigglern Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
awesome picture but pfft vs my tryranitar its a no brainer :D
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kittycat-nya Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
*stares at picture for 20 minutes* ..... *opens mouth, but closes it when nothing comes out* .... *brain can't find words AT ALL anymore*
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hammertheshark Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it takes some serious skill to make a DRATINI look badass *bows to your skill* teach me your ways of ossimness
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RandomDragon0412 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconatzendei: this is so cool!
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:iconpikanyaa-san:
Pikanyaa-san Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
The motion in the really accents the action. Love the character designs both in the foreground and background as well!
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:iconthesenileauthor:
thesenileauthor Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
totally awesome!
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:iconw0lf--61:
w0lf--61 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
dat charmanders face <3
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:iconarctonchill:
ArctonChill Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
...that Charmander scares me...
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:iconadam-clowery:
Adam-Clowery Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Those two are sure having a ferocious fight. It's brilliant.
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:iconhreindyr:
hreindyr Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Excellent! Great job capturing such a dynamic scene!
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Saremu Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
The thumbnail makes it look like a cruel fight. Like a dog fight or a cock fight. I like that about it. Almost made me feel guilty for liking Pokemon. When I get closer it loses a little bit of that shock value, but is still a very nice piece. Sneasel and Dratini both look awesome.
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Vhu Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
The depicted scene was supposed to be a training, so an overly brutal battle wouldn't be the best way to go. c:
Nonetheless, I'm glad you like it!

The Dratini design is courtesy of *Silver5, there is a link to his interpretation in the description.
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Saremu Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
:thumbsup:
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TFhybrid Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Daaaamn...

****'s don't know about my sneasel.

It was always my favorite pokemon (Giratina is, technically, due to a awesome backstory, design, and powers that all are my favorite tropes in everything, but it's legendary...). Was dissapointed it never really became a cool useful thing. Weavile looks dumb compared to it.

I always imagine them like that kid who is quiet and keeps to himself, but turns into a ferocious monster if you piss him off.

Anyways, fav'd and watched...

Now to start the long process of saving all of your stuff to my "Holy crap epic" folder.
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Vhu Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Don't underestimate the Sneasel, FOO'.

I have to say I was rather indifferent to Sneasels for the longest time, but after drawing them more often they're starting to grow on me. Adorably deadly little fellas', those.

Goshdurn, I'm flattered my works get to go into a "Holy crap epic" folder. ;v;
And thank you for the watch-!!
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Sjcodan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how WIDE it is, man. More people gotta use workspace this size
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All0412 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow....good job
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Mangatellers Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I love the perspective and the creatures that they fight. The crowd looks amazing and their expressions are very cool. Well done! :D
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nikkibe Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
woooooow, the lighting is amazing and the characters look quite realistic :D! overall amazing job :3!
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LadyNovaDragon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
i really like this. i have always been fond of the more realistic pictures of pokemon and this really takes that. i also love how you colored the piece. in a grungy faded kind of way. nothings too sharp or too bright.
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lemurly Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I cannot say a thing right now. This is just too amazing for words, and I'm pretty sure "amazing" is not even close to describing the epicness of this~
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onemegawatt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I really want to come up with something witty for this but I just...can't. Most of the things I want to say have probably been covered by people already but I really REALLY love this , everything about it , especially the composition you chose (I'm a sucker for long longgg stretched canvas) and this is definitely my favorite entry from this round. I'm looking forward to even more amazing works from you in future rounds !
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Lonewalker789 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:worship:
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Mirix Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
This scene is just so alive, great work! :)
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KamikazeWarBat Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy. Sweet. Fucking. Jesus.
o-o
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MrTrainweck Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I almost didn't realize those were Pokemon, I was just like "wow, that's so amazing, must've taken forever, I mean look at the detail in the crowd. That little owls so cute and.... wait... CHARMANDER!!!!!!!!!! and ralts! and thats a snealzel and Dratini! just amazing!
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GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Thank you for letting us add your Amazing work to our gallery! :iconfantasyfans101:
:iconpositivityplz:
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:iconvhu:
Vhu Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Thank you for featuring it! :,D
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Jester-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome:D
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Satoshi444 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Go Sneasel! Use Crunch!
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ReanimatorTM Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HELL YEAH
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LucaLoo Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My thoughts:
"oh cool...wait is that a sneasel??...my god, this is amazing"
Love love love it. Such nice little nuances within the audience.
(lol the hoothoot seems terrified :P)
Awesome indeed.
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:iconvhu:
Vhu Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Thanks a bunch!

That Hoothoot isn't terrified though.
it wants your soul
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:iconlucaloo:
LucaLoo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Np:D
...I was wondering what that feeling of emptiness was when I made eye contact with it 0_0
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BlackCalico Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOD

ER ENTRY GOT A DD

AND ROUND 1 ISN'T EVEN OVER YET OH MY GOD THIS IS JUST AMAZING I DON'T EVEN WHAT. WHY HAVEN'T I SEEN THIS YET NGURSH. CAPSLOCK SPAM BECAUSE OF HOW FUCKING EXCITED I AM AAAAAAAAAAAH

.......

Congratulations on the DD. XD
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Vhu Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
TH-THANK YOU. oAo
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cloneddragon Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excuse me as i go grab my jaw, it flew to the other side of the room.

Pokemon art that dosn't look like pokemon art till you start to look about? WOW THIS IS AWESOME! talk about one of the most original interpretations of Pokemon i've seen to.
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jonhrey Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what a diamond....
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KyogreMaster Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait a sec...
Is that a person with a Caterpie head above Dratini's nose??? :o
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:iconvhu:
Vhu Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Haha, no, it's a character wearing a gas mask. You can find him in the list of characters I provided in the description; his name is Orsino.
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KyogreMaster Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are the artist, so I'll just take your word for it.
I could have sworn that guy had a Caterpie head...
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VanishingSound Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
You take Pokémon too seriously...

...and I love it!!
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:iconjblask:
Jblask Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go snakey thing!:D

Congrats on DD.:)
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