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.
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.
Hi there mr. Palmer, my name is Jasper Speelman, I'm in the development team of the online Pokémon TCG simulator TCGOne (tcgone.net). 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: discord.gg/5mHNWBc I hope to hear from you soon