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Commissioned by Mgiceman31 and ZarxielZerg 

Decided it would be awesome to try and do a holiday themed Pokemon illustration.  So we got Abomasnow as the snow man, Delibird Santa, Sawsbuck Rudolf, the mimes as elves, Chingling jingle bells, and Froslass as the ghost of Christmas past or something.  Now for some flavor text~

At the summit of Mt. Coronet there is no Pokemon more imposing than Abomasnow.  Though they have enormous claws and impressive stature, they are actually herbivores primarily using their claws to dig up vegetation from under ice sheets.  Before the advent of the last century, climbing to the peak of Mt. Coronet was accomplished a mere handful of times.  As such reports of a great "abominable snow man" were seen as stories created by exhausted hikers to embellish their travels.  Once an Abomasnow was captured and documented it was noted that they often have large build ups of algae in their fur-like feathers.  It is thought they they grow the algae during long periods of hibernation through the coldest months of the year.  Perhaps most exciting was the discovery that the closest living relative to Abomasnow is Druddigon proving that Abomasnow came from dragon type ancestry.

Snover are a fairly common sight throughout the frigid regions of Sinnoh should one know what to look for.  They exhibit distinct plumage on their heads that mimic the look of snow covered shrubs.  With this adaptation they nestle into the snow and disguise themselves from travelers and larger Pokemon species.  They grow very slowly, taking as much as forty years to reach adult size, this is in part due to their diet of low nutrient, frosty vegetation.  Captive Snover are treated to high nutrient foods and reach full size at a far faster rate.

Though Sawsbuck are all together a rather uninteresting Pokemon species, they are known for one unique behavior.  Both genders exhibit antlers year round, but during the summer and fall they collect branches from various trees in their antlers.  It is highly uncommon to spot an adult Sawsbuck without some form of plant life twisted in their antlers during this time.  In the winter however Sawsbuck are primarily seen with bare antlers as they live predominantly in deciduous forests.

Delibird are the much smaller cousins of Empoleon.  Unlike Empoleon, Delibird have a wild mass of feathers on their tails creating a sack-like appearance.  Within these tails they store the shiny stones and polished pebbles they seek.  Male Delibird try to collect as many of these treasures as they can to present them to females.  Dominant males often exhibit much larger tails as they can store more presents and get all the ladies.

Froslass live exclusively in the coldest of frozen environments.  A result of this means they are incredible rarely seen.  With their ghostly translucent wings and massive false eyes on their thorax they have been mistaken by weary travelers for ominous spirits.  Scientists are often amused by how many Pokemon common folk believe to be ghosts.

Chingling are the smallest psychic type pokemon that have been discovered.  It is really quite remarkable that something so small possesses the brain capacity to perform such mental feats.  Charmingly they are capable of producing small jingling noises when threatened.

Mr. Mime developed the ability to create psychic barriers, which they use for both defense from would be predators and as a means of travel as they can create barriers and proceed to climb them.  This allows Mr. Mimes to be seen in a wide range of locations.  Mr. Mime has long been the butt of many, many jokes within the Pokemon Academic community.  Though they enjoy incredible mental acuity, they do not possess the same grasp on speech.  When called by name they try to replicate the noise with hilarious failure.

Some find Mr. Mime charming and cute, Mime Jr. on the other hand is a disgusting abomination.  The juvenile Mr. Mimes have yet to develop their barrier ability and as such have the most repulsive false head on their tail that they use as a threat display.  Its effective in nauseating Pokemon and trainers alike.  In fact only the professors with the strongest will and sturdiest stomach can endure their presence for long.  Gross.


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Space-between-spaces Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'mma fave this simply because I think Mime Jr is still adorable.
Wintercat96 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mr. Mime as a frog still doesn't make it any less terrifying O.O
KwnBlack Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I am in love with this Froslass :heart:
Dromeothetroognathus Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
rodnahs Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the creativity of the monsters/beasts/creatures. They really are unique to me :)
maciejlunski Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xora77 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what the hell is mime jr in this lmao
arvalis Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018
Baby frog
StarMoral Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Why does Mime Jr. look like Satan?
gkhnsolak Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool concept. I'm wondering the source of the text. Did you write that?
arvalis Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
Of course, I write all my descriptions. 
gkhnsolak Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's impressive. Would be nice to see a longer story about pokemon written in the same manner.
MissShirisaido Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Mr Mime looks actually kinda cute and like an actual Pokemon in this
Kherry-on-top Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist
Deerling? ;000
Ember4657 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love these! Have you done Umbreon yet?!
monstertits Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep! Here they are:
-Eevee- by arvalis
ANAKAfire Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWW Abomasnow is SO CUTE
Misty15ARTS97 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
C'mere you big tub of fluff! Hug 
raptor92921 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018
Why did you make Delibird a chicken? It is a penguin for crying out loud.
Warriorcatsfandom25 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Delibird depicted here is a  mackerel penguin... XD
raptor92921 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018
Looks like a rooster.
raptor92921 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018
So are Snover and Abomasnow meant to be giant flightless owls or something?
TheMaukerko Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did you even read the description?
raptor92921 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
Yes, after I typed the comment.
TheMaukerko Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
eks dee
KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thought it was called Obamasnow when i was younger
flufflinq Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
lmao mr mime
Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
That's really clever, what you did with Mime Jr. Props to you, man.
PotatoWallpaper Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Mime Jr. will torment satan in his worst nightmares oml
SacredSpirit123 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017
Owl-faced therizinosaur owlbear! Awesome!
SilverGriffinflare Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Student General Artist
I've always wondered what a Mr Mime would look like in real life, they're tied to be my favourite Pokémon along with Houndoom! X
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible work. :clap:
WillieManga Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Student Photographer
These would be pretty good designs for Monster Hunter. I wonder of that was one of your influences. Especially Mr Mime, who looks UUUUUUUUGLY!
GoldenKnight101 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So what does that make Snorunt and Glalie?
Whussup Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017
Not a fan of Mime Jr. I take it?
Chelonianmobile Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's an owlbear!
IndigoWizard Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i wish you could like comments on DA
kennyc222 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
I LOVE IT! This is supposed to appear like this if POkemon exists in our world! I want to catch some of them and train them hard! 
Senthai Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017
I can't decide whether my favorite part is the adorable Snover or Mime Jr and Mr. Mime reimagined as a tadpole and a frog.
TakeWalker Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017
I'm completely horrified by the Mr. Frog, yet thoroughly impressed you were able to wrangle Mime Jr. into a tadpole. I mean, that's just... wow!
Flammeye Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017
Aww... reminds me more of the original D&D than the Dragon Quest "Growlbear" =P
CartoonBen Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
The problem with glasses  I love how Delibird physically appears to be influenced by penguins and domestic chickens and/or their ancestors the junglefowls. I can also tell that Abomansnow is influenced by the snowy owl, the great horned owl, and some generic theropod dinosaurs of some kind. Did you know that Terryl Whitlatch can make her own creatures by taking inspiration from the anatomy of other animals too? She's my number one favorite creature designer and artist. Number 1 Revamp  But I think your art is cool too.
Snekmm Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this is goddamn terrifying but i love it
Spartacus-124 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of my most favourite of Arvalis' realistical pokémon.
Top 3 favourite concepts in the piece;
1. Froslass 
2. Abomasnow.
3. Snorunt.
My favourite is Froslass, being an insect is such an interesting concept. It made me think that Snorunt would be a fuzzy caterpillar or larvae of some sort. That would compensate for the cold (not really, but it might help a little and Snorunt is supposed to be a snow hat, so. Fuzzy?) and Glalie would be a beetle. That's my concept anyway.
Spartacus-124 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
angaturama2 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016
I love Froslass concept,but this make snowrunt and glalie what?A diference in sex or influence of all ecosystem?
Spartacus-124 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I personally believe that Froslass might be a genetic mutation of sorts, or something similar, that affects only female Snorunt. I believe that Glalie may be a large beetle, and Snorunt a fuzzy larvae or caterpillar. Given that the Snorunt evolution lines are found in cold, icy places, I doubt it'd be an influence from the ecosystem. Sex definitely plays a role however, as Froslass are exclusively female.
angaturama2 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016
Yep,this make a lot of sense,Thanks :D
IaraEkoa Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
2 many amphibians
ani89 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 27, 2016
I'll be honest Besides the rest, Mime jr. and not what I expect....ugh but I love the art work none the less.
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