One of the oddest things about the Pokemon franchise is how these monsters relate to animals in the real world. All the creatures, from the lowliest Rattata to Arceus itself (hallowed be thine plates) eat, breed, and get stricken with paralysis, but they're also immortal digital magic beings. How would these Ken Sugimori cartoon designs ACTUALLY look if they roamed our planet? We're featuring 7 of our favorite artists that have also wrestled with these questions with breathtaking results.
Based out of San Francisco, RJ Palmer (aka arvalis) is a professional concept artist whose epic pokemon redesigns have been shared across the internet for years. You can support him on Patreon to see videos of how he makes these lavish illustrations, or you can buy prints of these designs to impress your friends/paint on the side of your van.