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Bulbasaur is my favorite Pokemon, Venusaur is not as cool. It really bothers me whenever I see a more realistic take on the Bulbasaur line as a frogs. I dont care for frogs, and I really like Bulbasaur, so therefore he isn't a frog. Not to mention he has "saur" in his name, which means lizard. I really ran with the lizard idea and he ended up like a cross between a Horny Toad and a Scutosaurus. The way I figure it is that they have an endosymbiotic relationship with a very large type of flower. The flower reeks of death, the fumes can even be toxic and keeps large predators and competition away; however it attracts insects which brings food for the young Bulbasaurs. Venusaur is 6'7", though are actually taller as their flowers can vary in height and are not measured. They also use their tusks to dig up roots much like wild boar. Bulbasaur is the best.

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GoyangiStudios32's avatar

I've always seen the Venusaur line as being simultaneously amphibious and reptilian. And this doesn't change the fact that the Venusaur line was in fact based on frogs.

TuxedoSuchomimus's avatar

Well, I'm not gonna complain about the design because it is pretty cool, but I seem to recal hearing that the Bulbasaur line was based on certain early therapsids (hence the combination of reptilian traits and mammal-like ears as well as tusks in the evolved forms).

ArcticwolfxXx's avatar

ivysoar is one of my fav pokemon

mantopichu's avatar

have you done the bellsprout line yet?

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mantopichu's avatar

i just drew a bellsprout on my channel.

InkBlotCreations's avatar

Finally, someone who loves and appreciates bulbasaur as much as I do! I agree 1000%, the frog thing just didn't make enough sense to me. They are reptiles, people! The name says it all!

What are those bugs flying above them?
WorkowatyWilczek's avatar

Nincada and ninjask

SacredSpirit123's avatar
But Venusaur hops like a frog in Let's Go?…
DarkNightsAwait's avatar
i love the bulbasaur
curse you love for reptiles
curse you
Elsabear47's avatar
I can see the Horned Lizard in there.
Kordharin's avatar
Best realistic Bulbasaur line I've ever seen, mate.
asfaloth12's avatar
Oh, wow.  Fantastic work!  Thanks for sharing this :)
Olmagon's avatar
Wonder how you'll do exeggutor. And alolan exeggutor.
IaraEkoa's avatar
Looks like a bearded dragon to me, so I'd say it still holds that reptilian appeal you were looking for. Hell, I wouldn't even be surprised if you used a bearded dragon or two as a reference. You really have a powerful "mind's eye", so I'd go as far as to say that your a masterful artist.
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044-BulbasaurRealistic by gogglesdegiraffe   030-Ivysaur by gogglesdegiraffe   015-Venusaur by gogglesdegiraffe  
Hi there mr. Palmer, my name is Jasper Speelman, I'm in the development team of the online Pokémon TCG simulator TCGOne ( At the moment we're thinking about creating some custom Pokémon cards for use in the game.
We would like to use some of your illustrations on the cards to match the card frames and text we decided on. We will put your name as the original illustrator at the bottom of every card with your art.
Would you please give us permission to do that? This is the link to the game's Discord:
I hope to hear from you soon :) (Smile)
arvalis's avatar
Yeah thats fine so long as you guys credit me and don't make any profit from them. 
Asoraam-Feire's avatar
I always thought bulbasaur and its evolutions were some kind of turtle. But, this take with them as lizards looks really cool!
Beto1207's avatar
I always thought that these pokemon are toads.
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