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I Want to be the Very Best by arvalis I Want to be the Very Best by arvalis

Boy am I happy to have this monstrosity complete. I came up with this composition as a thumbnail during the work on Way Past Cool . This thing just took forever and ever.

I wanted to complete a poster for Pokemon reflecting the impact it had on my childhood and in turn, my life. I even had my mom dig through photos of me as a kid and scan them so I could use them as reference. These arent necessarily the team i used back in the day, though they are some of the coolest ones from generation 1. For all the joy and time killed that the Pokemon franchise has given me, this is the best I can do. Ill probably be playing your games for another ten years to come.

Easter Eggs:
Dugtrio Cliff

PhotoshopCS3: 30-40 hours or something absurd
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Given 2011-08-26
I Want to be the Very Best by =arvalis

The suggester said: "When I first seen this Artwork I have to stare at it for a few minutes to see all the lovely details the artist put in. It has a wonferful composition and an awesome color setting, which make this piece really unique."

~clauds-d said: "This poster created by the artist is amazing! the colours, the detail. All this to show how it was influential in the artist's childhood. It is amazing where the artist's imagination went all because of pokémon"

*Rosella-of-Daventry said: "This piece of fan art is amazing beyond all belief. You need to spend a good few minutes observing it to appreciate all the details. Make sure to download the image and find all the Easter eggs--you won't regret it!"

~LiiaDragon7 said: "After watching the making of this picture by =arvalis in a livestream, I found it completed today and thought it desserved a DD! The detail they put into this nostalgic picture just made reliving the memories very enjoyable."

=TornAroundtheEdges said: "=arvalis is a very inspiring artist who can make anyone striving for greatness feel like it can be accomplished with passion and hard work. The amount of time and effort he puts into each piece is astounding and something to look up to. This piece in particular is both nostalgic and mind-blowing. Its great to think that he could imagine such colorful and vivid scenes in his head when he was just a child and has now reached a level of art skill that allows him to portray it correctly."

^StormPenguin says: This is exactly what Pokemon was like, a whole new world, and I still dream of it! ( Suggested by PetraImboden and Featured by TommyGK )
Starlightarcticpaws Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This must’ve been a nightmare to make. You did great BTW.
YoyoThePotato Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a masterpiece
(Also I'm here from JelloPocalypse's video, anyone else?)
swaggyheartlight Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is sooo amazing :D.
ghosthead8503 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
(Looks on site) hmm... I can't seem to find it on here. (If it ever was) is it still available? (Honestly, there's a long spot on my wall where this'd look great on, along with another few pieces I'm trying to get my hands on...)
Linkzilla Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
*Cue Jurassic Park theme*

Hmm...I've found all of the Easter Eggs but Dugtrio...I see something that MIGHT be it, but it's somewhat obscured by the grass.
Cephei-N-Ciel Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hint: it's not near any grass ;)
Nimenomaan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
This looks just fucking amazing 8D
Eif-ka Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's Incredible  '-'
DrSauros Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer

This totally sums up how all of us feel when we play Pokemon. Excellent, excellent, excellent work, you NEVER fail to impress!
BlazingDragonLord Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student General Artist
How is this not in my favorites yet?!
ZeppelinAdventures25 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist
I only saw Mew, Ho-oh, and Parasect.
DaBoyGenius Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Fuckin' love this. If I was able to critique this I'd give a 5-star rating on everything.
xaramar Featured By Owner Edited Aug 31, 2015
dan nicky your bobbys 
arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Dan Nicki your bobbie s
VaguinhoCard Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Congratulations on the drawings, are wonderful, but missed the Abra :)
SethWolf913 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
You did beedrill so I love you.
Sharktooth987 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
this your team boy sorry to say your a little late iv been the best
yoloswag32 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ggggggggggggggggggggggoooooooooooooooooooooooooooddddddddddddddddddddd
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Found everything, except for Dugtrio...

whitwing00deathclaw Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
My god this is...amazing!
I love the realistic style for the Pokemon, and how they are unique, but not to far from the original game.
And the Charizard is beautiful! 
khaj Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
DragonbloodRain Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
SpinningWolf Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. Thank you for making and posting it!
iamawesome097 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Charizard is fucking terrifying.
hahaneneok Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
forget this go my art and stories are amazing
hahaneneok Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
This is a amazing piece of artwork
cleanswhat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Go to my account my art and stories are 1000 times better.
Cyander245 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey hey, can I have help with the easter eggs?
Hunting-wolf Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm gonna write here even though it's an old deviation. But this is sooo well drawn, I really love it.
AND I found all the easter eggs! ^^
Chidori58 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful. Words cannot describe how great this is. This made my day.
BellaRomatica Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
I'm glad youtube brought me here ^^
Cyander245 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
RoseStarlightGlimmer Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Nemesisprime91 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student Writer
I found mew...its up in the upper right behind mewtwo. It's hard to see since it looks like apart of the constellation of stars.
DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Oh man, this is so cool, perhaps I feel like I should do a tribute to the ol Pokemon days too! Here is a nother recommendashe ShinguAmito haha
ShinguAmito Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
dude... thanks for linking me here. This artist has done great things... great things indeed.

Now I wanna play emerald again. 
DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Yes, he's done some excellent work. But that Emerald though..I played SO much Emerald when it came out, I was so excited to put down Sapphire, as I got to the point of playing it so much that I could start a game and beat the game in one day :iconericcartmanplz:
ShinguAmito Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Haha, my record time for beating the game? 14 hours. I was on mad sugar rushed the entire time.
DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Duude, I got you on this one, I beat it in 11 hours =D 
ShinguAmito Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
I concede defeat Dx You must be one of the great masters of old lol.
DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
I definitely was, haha. Me and ol Oak should be co workers now
ShinguAmito Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
you mean you aren't? lol
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messica1010 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!! I could never make something so amazing! You truly are an awesome artist I love all your works and Definitly this one! If only I had the money to buy it! also i
couldn't find any of the Easter eggs, were they I the photo?
Voodooreign Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So amazing! *-* :heart:
Found all easter eggs, such a cool idea :D
Widowmura Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this drawing but I can't find any of the Easter Eggs. Can someone point them out to me?
Voodooreign Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll send you a note, so i don't spoiler them for others ;)
Naiikaa Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Houhaa it verry beautiful **
theantist Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YouTube brought me here :D and I'm glad I found it, this is strikingly amazing!
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