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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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ajman1499's avatar
What are those bugs flying above them?
SacredSpirit123's avatar
But Venusaur hops like a frog in Let's Go?…
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DarkNightsAwaitStudent Artist
i love the bulbasaur
curse you love for reptiles
curse you
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Elsabear47Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can see the Horned Lizard in there.
Kordharin's avatar
Best realistic Bulbasaur line I've ever seen, mate.
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Oh, wow.  Fantastic work!  Thanks for sharing this :)
Olmagon's avatar
Wonder how you'll do exeggutor. And alolan exeggutor.
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IaraEkoaHobbyist Digital Artist
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)
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arvalisProfessional Digital Artist
Yeah thats fine so long as you guys credit me and don't make any profit from them. 
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Asoraam-FeireHobbyist Traditional Artist
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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yeah, this is why you pick bulbasaur, that's what you get for leaving him behind, he gonna kill ya'
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MilarchaHobbyist General Artist
I like this. All your realistic pokemons are nice but this is especially. :D
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A very impressive picture, thank you for the hard work :) These realistic creatures are great
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LovelessReaperHobbyist Traditional Artist
Bulbasaur for the win. I even have a plush toy from BABW.
Seriously, it's funny seeing Bulbasaur eating that Nincada's leg. 
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god they're ugly
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SaxonKeelHobbyist Digital Artist
dangerously ugly. It will be horrifyingly enough to shock you to death if you meet one in real life
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TheDarkMaster2Hobbyist General Artist
What do you have against frogs?
Also Bulbasaur resembles a decadent more than a lizard
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Why does my favorite starter look so scary? It looks like it would hurt me more than hug me. Awesome art still. 10/10
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stellermationsStudent General Artist
bulbasuar is my favorite  this just made my day :3
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MihaiMargineanuHobbyist General Artist
Agreed. Bulbasaur is the best.
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