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Riverbed by Mr--Jack Riverbed by Mr--Jack
Ha! It feels like it's been a while since I did anything big like this, though I guess I've actually been a bit more productive lately than usual.. Oh well! 
I had this in my head for a couple of days before I started, and unlike most things that start off like that I actually got to the end of it! I was partly inspired by memories of old natural history books with big illustrations of different ecosystems and a whole bunch of animals in there , but made to look as natural as possible... I feel like you sort of get away with it looking a bit less contrived with an underwater scene like this, but I have fond memories of some jungle and savannah scenes, too.
I ended up playing with scales a bit so it's not quite canon, since most of them were either 2 or 3 feet, which was a bit boring.

I really enjoyed working on this! And it came out pretty close to how I originally imagined in my head, which is always nice.
Hit download for a desktop-sized version, and for a better look (recommended!)
A sort of process is up here now, too!
Riverbed Process by Mr--Jack
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:iconwateradept8:
wateradept8 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I'm so in love with this painting.
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:iconempyrisan:
Empyrisan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015   Digital Artist
I really love how realistic this painting is! You don't notice it right away, but most of the creatures depicted aren't like the ones we have already have on Earth, but look as if they do belong. It's only when I see the Swampert and the Mudkips does it makes me want to look a little closer!
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MiloticScale Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That Milotic-esque thing in the background looks scary as fuck. :o

Would not be going anywhere near this body of water. Nope.
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:iconivyerimenta:
Ivyerimenta Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
I love this!
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:icongrinnbarret:
GrinNBarret Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is so nice!
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:icontweakfox:
tweakfox Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It only took me a second, but my jaw dropped when I realized what this was. LOVE. I wish I could favourite it twice haha! ^_^
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:icontrex841:
Trex841 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Holy Arceus, this is absolutely stunning.
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:iconkougabaka:
kougabaka Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
thats beautiful!
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:iconyonoway:
YonowaY Featured By Owner Edited Oct 7, 2014
Oh man, u like pokemon too? Now u are my favourte Blizzard artist for sure :D

PD: That Crawdaunt family Heart 
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:iconser-comixmann:
ser-comixmann Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
:jawdrop:
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:iconwolveseer:
Wolveseer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
this is gorgeous holy crap. Realistic pokemon type things like this always make me so happy to see 
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:iconkaizokushojo:
KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is amazing, and I know precisely what illustrations you're talking about.  Those were so neat, and this is so very like them.  Excellent. :D
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:iconpinerain:
PineRain Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is lovely! It makes me happy looking at it! :D
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:icondanayoung:
DanaYoung Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Artist
Yes!
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:iconendoftheline:
endoftheline Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
This is freaking awesome. Great job on the atmosphere and depths. Came out fantastic!
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:icontheorangeelephant:
TheOrangeElephant Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist
wow. great detail
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:iconhjeojeo:
HJeojeo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014   General Artist
ahhh I wish this was a print
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:iconzebucompany:
Zebucompany Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
...these are all pokemon, I didn't even notice at first. You've made them all look so natural and real, great work.
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:icondeano-landon:
Deano-landon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Your paint style is always impressing me! Do you ever traditional paint? Anyways keep it up always inspiring me!
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:iconkuroichoucho:
KuroiChoucho Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is really awesome. It looks so natural and realistic, but really its filled with pkmn.  There's so much going on it, awesome stuff
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:iconmagnusmansson:
MagnusMansson Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful depth 
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:iconivannamatilla:
IvannaMatilla Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Excessively amazing. Your talent has no limits.
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:iconburtle95:
Burtle95 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
This is stunning!! 
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:iconsquirblepip:
SquirblePip Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Amazing scene, and unusual!
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:iconnoxmoony:
Noxmoony Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Filmographer
I love this so much! Awesome take on them Pokemons and omg THE MUDKIPSSSS >W<
I love how this reminds me of them environment paintings from encyclopaedias....super cool!
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:iconheldys:
Heldys Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!!!!!!!!!! The colours and the atmosphere!!! 
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:iconkatiramoon:
KatiraMoon Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You did a great job on this one, one of the best pokemon fanarts I've ever seen. :)
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:iconltdragooniii:
LTDragoonIII Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Awesome.
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:iconinfiniteyuki:
InfiniteYuki Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconrymdgrodan:
Rymdgrodan Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is extraordinary!
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:iconbrizl:
BRiZL Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome man! The colors are top notch! :D
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:iconthejazza:
theJazza Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
I love it.
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:iconthezelotes:
thezelotes Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Absolutely fantastic!
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:iconpokeboyd:
PokeboyD Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sick
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:iconunclehos:
UncleHos Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Another awesome job.
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:icondavidarr0y0:
DAVIDARR0Y0 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Dude... simply GOLD! Really love the colours, the vibe, the whole works... just gold :D
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:iconelfygirlrules:
ElfyGirlRules Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome!! At first I thought it was an actual river, but then I noticed the marshtomp didn't look like any actual animal I knew of, and then I realized all of the fish were actually pokemon!! xD
Amazing job!!
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:iconpoipopoi:
poipopoi Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Your interpretation is amazing. This made my week.

And … so i herd u liek mudkips ?
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:iconcitron--vert:
Citron--Vert Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I feature your wonderful deviation here fav.me/d7gtdjx
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:iconmarvl91:
Marvl91 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
I see a wild squirtle!
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:iconnevermakeit2thetop:
NeverMakeIt2TheTop Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Cool!
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:iconjalbenn:
Jalbenn Featured By Owner May 1, 2014   Digital Artist
you've done gone done it again!! sweet. You've hit that educational illustration look so well with how everything has been placed. Loved going through the depth of the image to grab the details/ different pokemon
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:icondragon70:
dragon70 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excelente Clap Nod 
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:icongilpires:
GilPires Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
once I realized they were pokemon I went "OMG!!" Amazing work!
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:iconpieter12:
Pieter12 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awesome!!!
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:iconfuffuster:
Fuffuster Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my GOD, this is fucking fantastic. I've been looking for an underwater picture of a realistic Pokemon scene for SO long.
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:iconkrazedkazoo:
krazedkazoo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014   General Artist
This is so, so, so cool. At first glance you can't even tell it's a Pokemon piece. So well executed!
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:iconvatteh:
Vatteh Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow! Very well done. And the process gif was very informative. Thanks!
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:iconazure-lugia5:
Azure-Lugia5 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG so amazing!
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:icondaughter-of-shadow:
Daughter-of-Shadow Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool.  I swear I spot another pokemon every time I look at it, and it's amazing.  :D
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