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My computer is sorta running again. I've had the idea to do an amphibian Dragonite for weeks without the the means to execute it. Upon research I've discovered that Dratini looks suspiciously like a salamander tadpole, everything just fits into place. Pretty much the only time in nature a vaguely serpentine creature transforms into a reptilian looking critter.

The way I was looking at it is that Dragonites are very rare in the wild as it reaches maturity at around 55 years old. They can be trained into maturity much faster than they grow in nature. Dragonites are exceptional swimmer and are very strong ambush predators, using their powerful legs or tail to propel themselves at prey. They often are mistaken for taking flight when really they just jump great heights.


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Dragonite, Dragonair, Dratini©Nintendo
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:iconblackbison01:
Blackbison01 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2019  Student General Artist
The anime version of the dragonite line look like western style dragons while this interpretation takes more from an eastern style. 
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PureTrash69 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
why does this exist
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:iconvoicexofxviolence:
VoicexOfxViolence Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2019
Woah, I absolutely adore this. Also, it's so cute omg. 
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:iconbittersweet-victory:
bittersweet-victory Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Something about that Dragonite makes me smile every time I see them!
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:iconbeto1207:
Beto1207 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 5, 2018
It was a very good idea to represent Dragonite as a salamander, the pre-evolutions coincide with tadpole stages. :D
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:iconsarmanii:
Sarmanii Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2018
Awesome, kinda became the opposite of cute too tho, lol.
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:icondragonlover080:
dragonlover080 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Arent you the one that got hired to animate in the detective pikachu because of this?
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist

I did concept art for it yes.

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:icondragonlover080:
dragonlover080 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2019  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, ok.
Cool 😁
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:iconturkeydemigod:
TurkeyDemiGod Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2018
Congrats!
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Olmagon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
Are you replacing levels with years? Didn’t take me 55 years to get a dratini into dragonite 
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:iconwilyweeb:
WilyWeeb Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
I love have Dragonair's frog bump represents their snout in the cartoons/games.
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:iconmorshality:
Morshality Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018
The New Fran Bow Game Looks Epic
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:iconspace-between-spaces:
Space-between-spaces Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wanna hug it.
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:iconezziej2:
ezziej2 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
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:iconforgetmenot253:
forgetmeNot253 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
ha salamander with wings
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:iconjuddaeus:
JUDDAEUS Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Wow, Majestic creation..
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TenebrisIncarnatus Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I went through most of these. You've done a pretty good job translating the pokemon into something that looks like an actual animal. Excellent, keep it up! :D
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:iconpastosaurio:
pastosaurio Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is adorable~
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:iconskullstriker10:
SkullStriker10 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
That is one Big axolotl. Damn Mexico in the Pokemon universe must be like America there.
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:icongryphonstar5678:
GryphonStar5678 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
It isn't too strange since the Japanese giant salamander can reach around six feet in length.
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:iconpitrophia:
Pitrophia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Ahhh, axolotl <3
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SaitamaTale Featured By Owner Edited Feb 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is random, but I had a dream today where I was a underwater Chinese dragon, and I was in this group of other Chinese dragons and we swam around underwater... until Goku came out of nowhere and killed all the other dragons. Yeah, he came out of nowhere.


But my dream was really fun. And I must admit that that wasn't the whole dream. Just before all that happened, I dreamed that I was an eagle with surprisingly clean and shiny feathers. I got to fly around and stuff, but I was being chased by this random dude and his girl friend.
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Charizard200 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay then
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:iconkawaiineko924:
KawaiiNeko924 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
uhh... ok?
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:iconsaitamatale:
SaitamaTale Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like I said, "this is random"
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:iconmisty15arts97:
Misty15ARTS97 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So it's a water dragon then?
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:icongeneralscourage:
GeneralScourage Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017
he looks like an axolotl 
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:iconkingcandy-theaxolotl:
KingCandy-TheAxolotl Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's exactly what I thought
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KawaiiNeko924 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
SAME
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:iconjackvenom:
JackVenom Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
He did say he based it on a salamander so it makes sense
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PotatoWallpaper Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's a giant, happy newt




i love him :happybounce: 
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JahoaSuchus Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
hes chubby
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TjhangTin9 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Wow 😯 your realistic art so far from everything I can imagine for Dragonite, adding salamander/gecko as reference surely amazing, great job!👍
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MichaelSatan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, it's the first time that I see a realistic image of my favourite PoKeMoN! I've loved him since I was a kid, I would like to buy myself a Dragonite doll some time in the future just to commemorate my memories of having so many Dragonites in various PoKeMoN games over the years, and I'm what, 27 years old now? And male, but I'm gonna do it one day 'cause I love him so much :D.
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CapricornGal12 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cool!
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:iconclassy-corpse:
Classy-Corpse Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017   Digital Artist
All I can see, is a very happy gecko/axoloto 
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:iconhannahelizabethh:
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Student General Artist
Really cool creature:)
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:iconmizuneko68:
MizuNeko68 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wouldn't they be more reptilian since Dragonite is a dragon? Looks very amphibian to me lel
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:iconkage-niji:
kage-niji Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Student General Artist
Dragons are actually called Salamanders sometimes ^^ Charmander's name is even in reference to it
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Who says dragons have to be reptilian?
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:iconcapricorngal12:
CapricornGal12 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, but I also think dragons can be reptilian too. But dragons can be both depending how you look at it.
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ThomasArt98 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HEY CHECK OUT MY DRAWINGS 👍👍👍👍😉
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:iconashtrainer28:
ashtrainer28 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018
Hey don't beg for views 👌👌
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:iconthomasart98:
ThomasArt98 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it
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:iconletacco:
leTacco Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This truely looks terrifying
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dreamless-night-sky Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow who knew an old art can get back to the front page. Congratz. 0:
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arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thanks 
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:iconindigo-moon-shadow:
Indigo-Moon-Shadow Featured By Owner Edited Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Dratini, Dragonair, and Dragonite are my favorite Pokémon! I love your interpretation :heart: The whole series is really neat :) 
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