The artist behind the tumblr blog In-Progress Pokemon sets out to show what would happen if the world's most collectible monsters went through metamorphosis like real animals instead of the fantasitical display of light and magic that happens in the games. Without that distraction you have to start thinking of those awkward in-between stages that makes puberty just so devastating, and for some creatures it takes a lot of imagination to make two disparate designs flow together. What's really neat is how they take the extra steps to make sure that even the poses from the original art lead naturally from one another.

If there's a Pokemon that you want to see get this evolutionary upgrade, the artist does take commissions. Be sure to follow the blog on tumblr to get all the updates as they come out.

1. Here's the Gen I Starters

ivysaur bulbasaur venusaur

charizard charmander charmeleon

squirtle wartortle blastoise evolution

2. Snorunt's VERY divergent evolutions, Glalie and Froslass

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3. Psyduck's transformation from cute to brute

psyduck golduck hello

 

4. Umbreon, Espeon, and Sylveon

eevee evolution

espeon hello olution in process

sylveon eevee  

5. How to make a Dragonite in 5 easy steps:

dratini dragonair dragonite

6. Marill's life-cycle is fascinating, also can I still call it "Pikablu"?

maril azumarill

 

7. Tyranitaurs are kind of gross now that I think of it

larvitar evolution tyranitaur

 

8. I HERD U LIEK MUDKIPZ FROM A VERY OLD MEME

mudkipz

 

9. The Original GHOSTLY TRIO

haunter gengar gastly



10. Mr. Mascot himself, Pikachu!

pikachu pichu raichu

 

11. Slowpoke, Slowbro, and Slowking

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12. Sunkern and Exeggute are hardcore AF undefined

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see more "In-Progress Pokemon" at their creator's blog