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The Adventure Begins by SavannaEGoth The Adventure Begins by SavannaEGoth
Tried some new shading and coloring techniques.  Not sure if I like them more or less than what I normally do, but decided to try anyways.  Also got super lazy with the background and just motion-blurred a bunch of green and yellow blobs before fucking with a flare affect.  Ta-daaaaa.

I saw the trailer for the new Pokemon movie "Pokemon:  I Choose You," and I got really fucking pumped, not to mention emotional.  Pokemon has been my longest standing fandom, and honestly, seeing that trailer with Ash meeting Pikachu and seeing Ho-oh for the first time, I teared up.  This movie will bring the beginning of a story that began when I was an infant to a whole new generation, and it's a pretty great story to tell.  I can't wait for it!  In the meantime, I made this piece depicting my own first encounter with my first Pokemon in any of the games.

I wasn't lucky enough to have any of the roms as a kid due to my mom being convinced that I wouldn't like or understand the games.  Her conviction totally made sense considering I watched the anime, owned all the movies on VHS, had most of the tiny figurines of the first two gens, had the different Pokedex books, had plushes and other merch, and pretended I was in the world of Pokemon all the time.  Totally wouldn't have liked the games at that age, mom.  Good call.  Anywho, things changed when we moved towns and she started seeing someone new.  He was an awesome guy, and let me keep a discarded Pokemon rom I found on the floor of his car one fateful summer's day.

That rom was Sapphire.

It's important to note that a series of depressing, scary, and busy years had preceded me finding the rom.  I had fallen out of the Pokemon fandom for a handful of years, and knew virtually nothing of the third gen.  When I found that rom, my love for Pokemon was re-ignited.  I was discovering brand new Pokemon for the first time again, and it felt great.  I never knew what monsters were lurking in the grass, the water, the dark.  However, before I could go out and find all of these new beasts, I had to choose my starter.  I still remember how exciting the first battle was when your player saves the professor from the wild Pokemon keeping them from their bag.  It was a tough choice to make. . .  I love birds.  They're my favorite animals.  However, I also really like reptiles.  What ended up pushing me to make the choice I did wasn't my love for the species the starters were based off; no, it was the love I had for the past water starters.  Out of both previous gen trios I always favored the water-types, a trend that would continue until seventh gen.

Mudkip (whom I embarrassingly dubbed Snoodlekin) became my first Pokemon in the game universe.  For that reason, its final evolution became one of my all time favorite Pokemon.  I thought it was pretty funny when all of the Mudkip memes started popping up because I did indeed "leik" Mudkips very much, and Snoodlekin the Swampert abso-fucking-lutely dominated the Hoenn region.

Fun fact 1)  Swampert has the highest stat total of all the starters of all the games.
Fun fact 2)  Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire are the number one best-selling GameBoy Advance rom of all time with over 16,000,000 copies sold.


Oh yeah.  I also still wore glasses back then.  Woo.

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Art (c) Me
Mudkip (c) Gamefreak / Nintendo
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AnnaTheWonderGirl01 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cute! :D

Of course, my first Pokemon game was X, since my cousins sparked my interest in the series. I bought a digital copy and I loved it. My starter was Fennekin, and my team was a whole mishmash of Pokemon I'd caught on my journey. But Fennekin (who finally evolved into a Delphox) stayed in my party half the time, along with my Blastoise that I'd received as a Squ Iirtle from Professor Sycamore. I loved the game to bits, even though looking back on it, it wasn't the best Pokemon game of all time. But nevertheless, 6th gen is where I got my start, and ever since completing the Pokedex, I've caught many shinies in X.
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SavannaEGoth Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

I remember when you started playing.  You were all spamming me and asking a hella ton of questions while freaking out over every new pokemon you caught.  XD  I'm glad you liked it so much.
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AnnaTheWonderGirl01 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The good ol' days when I was a noob, haha. XD
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IllusionsMaster64 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2017
Ya know ya gonna be the very best that ever was when ya pick that lovable mud Axolotl X3
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SavannaEGoth Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
oiawhogieag--Gosh, I guess.  >///<
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IllusionsMaster64 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017
yep XD
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