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Coral Cove
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Published: March 9, 2017
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Ok, I think it's finished ~ Kao emoji  (kitty smile-01) 
Started this last Wednesday and have been slowly chipping away at / getting distracted from it, so I sat down and did the biggest chunk of it today, phew, haha. I know it's a little busy, but hopefully it's still nice to look at. I've always liked underwater scenes with Dratini, so there ya go! 

Thanks for looking!


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BirdofHearts's avatar
those fish are super cute, love em, never saw those pokes before
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Paleona| Digital Artist
Thanks! They’re Finneon, from Gen 4 👍
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TheNikwell's avatar
They're all so adorable! <3
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Paleona| Digital Artist
Thank you : )
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imolka|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! 🙂 ^^
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Paleona| Digital Artist
Thank you~! Misc Emoji-11 (Stars) [V1] 
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Jotunnr|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work :heart:
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Paleona| Digital Artist
Thank you .:Tiny flower:. 
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Jotunnr|Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome :rose:
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Retro-Death|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Corsola is in my favourites list for sure! I love her!
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Paleona| Digital Artist
Me too! Just such an adorable and happy design~
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SkylaComics|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your choice of colour in this one is really great :) Keep up the awesome work!
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Paleona| Digital Artist
Thanks very much : )
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imogenweasley|Hobbyist General Artist

This is such a cute underwater scene!! It has a really peaceful, cheerful feel to it, with the different pokemon approaching to make friends! Corsola is one of my top favorite pokemon, and I love how you drew it so rounded and happy! They’re all adorable, though! I love the pastel colors, they’re so sweet and gentle; and I like how you can see the motion of the water in the algae and corals and plants, everything looks full of life. When I first saw this picture, I though it looked like a beautiful postcard from Coral Cove! It’s lovely! <3

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Thanks for the sweet comment! Corsola is such an adorable Pokémon, I always love drawing it. They lend themselves so well to pastel colors (which I love, obviously ❤) 
I've been printing out my most recent poke-pics, and keeping them in a binder; they do sort of look like postcards! Thanks again for the lovely comment! 
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aquanutEdited |Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is adorable, I love it so much!! The pinks and blues are so soft and the light emanating from Dratini is so gentle, it feels like such a tranquil and healing scene and the water feels almost warm and tropical. I love the atmospheric perspective on the plants, the way they fade into the blue as they grow farther away, and how their wobbly stems imply movement--the shape of them reminds me of Dr. Seuss?  I love how the middles are outlined in white and seem to glow like they're catching sunlight!

The way the colors are blended into each other seems to give the perfect impression of depth, with the darker blues brushed over the bases of the plants causing them to sink into the background behind Corsola, and the bright glow on the plants' tips making them look alive with sunlight! It has a very sunny feeling although I suppose in this case the glow is radiating from Dratini, who is drawing all the Pokémon to it to bask in the warmth (even Spiritomb sitting shyly as close as it dares). The squiggly lines and dots on the larger shapes in the background give the sense of everything being set on a bed of rocks and scalloped coral. I love the patterns and stripes adding variety to the leaves, and it's amazing to me how well the tiny white curly lines on the tube sponges convey the impression of a nubbly texture!

I really love how the way the Pokémon are arranged in the environment conveys depth, with their bodies sandwiched between plants and turned at angles so it looks like they're floating in space. They are all adorable in your style, I love how round and fat the Finneon look, and how thick and chunky the Corsola's antlers and stubby legs are, it would make anyone smile to see it floating there like a happy little water balloon! The yellow glow on the closer antler and blue shadow faded into the far one and the tail add depth to its body as well, like the sun is shining on its face.

And I'm so happy to see the Clamperl sleeping peacefully hidden away in the rocks, somehow it manages to look so fat and round too, while the Tynamo peeks through the reeds above it! I love how the Pokémon and plants all point your eye towards Dratini curled up in the open water, then follow the circles of healing light radiating out and washing through the rest of the scene. And the white circle outlines behind the air bubbles filled in white give the impression of more bubbles floating behind them in the water. What a warm, calming and happy environment that would make anyone smile to look at! :')
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Paleona| Digital Artist
Thank you, nut, for another thoughtful comment! You're always so great at putting my intentions into words; it's so nice to know that people pick up on the little details I've purposefully included. :hug: As you know, I love playing with simple squiggles and lines, to give depth and interest to a piece! I really love working a bit "messy" like this; I'm so glad it's appreciated and enjoyed by others :')

Ah, I actually hadn't even considered that the light was coming from Dratini! Mostly, I wanted to emphasize them as the focal point, pointing out their rarity, even among pokemon communities in the wild. (haha) The white swirly lines behind them was one of the last details I added, and I'm really happy with the subtle effect it has on drawing everything to that point.

Also, rounded shapes are just too fun to work with, so yeah, all my pokemon tend to look squishy! I hope they look a bit nostalgic, too, since the old school pokemon artwork is highly influential to me.

Thank you again! I'm happy to hear you got some really nice feelings from this piece~ <3 
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lonesome-wolf-child|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Omgosh that's so flipping adorable! :D I love the scene for this! It's so colourful and just overall lovely to look at! :aww: I love the different Pokemon you've included in here, like I think the possible Pyukumiku in the bottom left corner..? 83 Beautiful textures and just, well, beautiful work in general! :D
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Paleona| Digital Artist
Thank you so much~! I really enjoyed piecing this together and coloring it. :') .:Tiny flower:. 
Hmm, there's no Pyukumuku- do you mean the little Odd Keystone? I sneak one into most of my pokemon illustrations. #442 Spiritomb 
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lonesome-wolf-child|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're so welcome! :D I can tell. :meow: Haha

Ohhh okay. XD Haha The way the mouth was kind of reminded me of a Pyukumuku. XD; Haha Just the same, it's adorable! :aww: I like it!
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empyrean-dreamer|Hobbyist General Artist
Very adorable! Your art is so bright and positive, it always makes a smile. You're one of my favourite Pokémon artists! :)
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Paleona| Digital Artist
Thank you so much! With so many artists that draw Pokémon, I'm honored to be among your favorites :')
It's a pleasure to share some happy vibes through my artwork~
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empyrean-dreamer|Hobbyist General Artist
^_____^
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Kirschpraline|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, that's so cute, great colors and coloring! 
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