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Commission: Skudde's team by ShadeofShinon Commission: Skudde's team by ShadeofShinon
A Pokemon team commission for :iconskudde:.

The team is the following: 
Salamence - Artemis
Volcarona - Soilcan
Mienshao - Uzi
Jolteon - Laaseri
Ambipom - Dr.Octopus
Zoroark - Night Fury

There is only one more Pokemon featured in the picture, part of the team strategy, but I won't reveal it to you right away. Look at the picture and try to figure it out! Hint: Zoroark's illusion is just wearing off.

This picture was so much fun to draw. So many cool Pokemon and even one that surprised me by turning out better than I expected - Ambipom. It's one of those Pokemon I haven't drawn before and probably wouldn't have if it wasn't commissioned but I really like how it turned out. Also, probably needless to say but I really enjoyed drawing Salamence and Volcarona, too.
I think it's really cool when people ask me to draw a bit unusual stuff, like all the held items on the Pokemon and Zoroark's illusion wearing off. I'm commissioned to draw a lot of teams so some variation is never a bad thing.
I also tried to do something new/different myself. I used cell shading but I made it a bit softer than usual. I also played around with some textures, Salamence's scales being the most visible thing.

Anyway, I hope you like it!

Media PTSai | Photoshop CS6 | Wacom Intuos4 M
Time taken
 20-30 hours (I need to get a habit of clocking the time, seriously)

Pokemon c Nintendo
Art c ShadeofShinon

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Answer to the hidden Pokemon question: Hitmonlee.
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:icondevil-flamingo:
devil-flamingo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Woot! This one turned out great. I especially have to compliment you on Ambipom - fcking cool! I have never seen a more interesting (and cool) take on him. It's not a mon I've ever used, but I think it's cute enough. This art is far better than his official Nintendo art, tho, lol. I'm curious, what is Salamence's item supposed to be? o.o I figured out all the other ones, lol. 
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
I never liked Ambipom one bit so drawing one was interesting to say at least. But I do like how it turned out.
Salamence's item is Life Orb. The commissioner suggested it'd be on its horn so I figured it could use a practical way to hold the orb.
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Veratai Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
volcarona.. with a balloon? Ouo

XD Briliant
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Hidavalentinwar Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jos tuo sinun ilmapalloa pitelevä Volcarona olisi pehmoleluna, niin ostaisin sen samantien. Se on niin lutuisen näköinen <3

Jolteon voisi taas tuon asusteen kanssa olla John Lennonin partnerina, nuo lasit ovat vain niin siistin näköiset :)

Hitmonlee + Zoroak yhdistelmä tuo minulle jotenkin mieleen vanhan Digimon action figuurinI, joka muuttui myös koiramaisesta ulkonäöstä kunnon taistelijatyyppiin. Nyrkkiraudat vain puuttuvat tästä versiosta :D

Hieno asetelma ja muutenkin taas laadukasta työtä ;)
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mulle samanlainen pehmo! :D Volcarona on aivan ihana.
Oon tainnut joskusa nähdä kuvailemasi figuurin. Oiskohan jollain kaverilla peräti ollut. Nyrkkiraudat Pokemonille ois aika kova juttu, joskin varmaan sopisi esim Lucariolle paremmin.
Kiitoksia! :>
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PitchBlackEspresso Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
every single one of your pictures always gets me once more, you're one of the most incredibly talented artists i've run across on dA <3
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm so glad to hear you think so. ;-;
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Wow, I really am getting a kick out of Skudde's team! The quirk factor sure gives them a lot of charm!

Soilcan's balloon cracks me up. The air balloon's always been a kind of humorous piece of equipment in the pokémon canon, but I think you've amplified it by showing it here tied to the insect obviously unable to support its weight. One really has to wonder what it would look like once the balloon popped. Would Soilcan's wings magically become paralyzed? In any case, you've made him look awesome as you always do with volcarona, I love the sparks, mothy fluff and dazzling, striking blue eyes. 

Artemis is literally smokin', and the bone structures on the wings and brow ridges look brilliant! Is the ring supposed to have a life orb on it? Pretty cool way of attaching it to the dragon! Your skill at dragon drawing really made this salamence a beaut'.

Wicked job on Uzi. You did a great job on giving the mienshao a super nifty, ferrety appeal, and the limp-wristed claws with all that fur sure give Uzi some unique appeal! I don't think I've ever seen a mienshao drawn in your style, and you've definitely pulled it off. The positioning of the wide lens is kind of strange though, considering the positioning of Uzi's eyes, it looks more as if Uzi's holding the lens up to its forehead rather than its eye. That's the only thing that might be better though, the rest is awesome!

Dr. Octopus, huh? Well, I never think a team has enough octopus touch to it! And I'd say you definitely did surprisingly well drawing ambipom. Given its rather bizarre appearance, one wouldn't expect it to be easy to render in this style, but you've made him look like one cool monkey! And I especially like those tail fingers, they look downright terrifying! Ready to reach out and grab you!

I've always liked how zoroark looked, and you've done its design to definite justice. Cool transform effects too. I kind of like your interpretation of hitmonlee, neat idea with the bandages. As for Laaseri, he's looking like one cool dude with those shades.

This might be one of my favourite of your team shots so far, Skudde's definitely got some cool tastes, and you've translated them excellently. 
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for a long a thorough comment once again!
I'll reply to some of the stuff. :>
I think the balloon on Volcarona is only supposed to be an extra aid rather than a factor that keeps it in the air. I believe Volcarona can support its weight very well with those six wings in motion, but being still in the air might be difficult. So it could help Volcarona hover in one place (like here) and in a battle situation, as long as it hasn't popped, it makes sure that Volcarona stays out of the Ground type attacks' range. Also, it looks kinda cute.

The ring has the Life Orb on it. Skudde wanted the Life Orb to be attached on the horn so I solved it that way. I really enjoyed drawing this mighty dragon. Never too many of those.

I really like Mienshao but unfortunately I don't get to draw it too often. I just really like its design and character. As for the Wide Lens, you're right about it. However, I took a bit of liberty with it and drew it in a way that's more for show than practise but in a way that hints how it's used in practise. I wanted Uzi to have a slightly mysterious character, hence the pose and showing only a 2/3 profile, but I didn't want to cover the only visible eye with the Wide Lens. Since Mienshao's eyes locate on the sides of its head I ended up in a compromise like this. It probably doesn't make sense and I might've been able to pull it off in a different way, but it is what it is now.

I was a bit worried about the Ambipom at first, too, because I'm not a fan of the original design. But yeah, it did turn out surprisingly nice and I ended up liking it quite a bit.

I think this is one of my personal favourite team shots so far, tool.
Thanks again!
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DracorianAmanda Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Wow, beautiful job! I love the coloring on Salamence and the transformation of Zoroark is great! I love the items on the Pokemon as well, it's a nice touch :)
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :>
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Ryo5o9 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
........................................... (no words for the awesomeness):happycry: revamp 
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:iconryua:
Ryua Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That balloon Volcarona is far more adorable than one expects a giant flaming moth to be.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But moths are adorable by default!
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:iconryua:
Ryua Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Either adorable or epically terrifying. They can go either way.
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A-Zetka Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ambipom indeed came out really nice. Or I should say, every pokemon on this picture looks episch! :iconcatlaplz:
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :>
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Auffallend Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hitmonlee!!!  yes! my favorite fighting mon!!!
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a cool 'mon alright. :>
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Auffallend Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i think i love you for showing that. dont see much of good ol lee anymore
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Cassadar Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
very cool picture! such a cute little firemoth :3
and the transformation looks awesome ^^
also lol at the sunglasses on jolteon xD
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
They're Choice Specs by the way. :>
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:iconcassadar:
Cassadar Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
ah.. well... it's my CHOICE to call those SPECS sunglasses! xD

*gets set on fire for joke*
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Inkcess Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Awesome
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Inkcess Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
yw
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:iconlexadin:
Lexadin Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, the balloon on the Volcarona looks hilarious. 
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Winterfaux Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
OHMYGOODNESS that Volcarona and Salamence are so fracking gorgeous.
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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icytemporalist Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the Elton John look the Jolteon's going for. c;
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killALLthezombies Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
This is incredible! I like the Zoroark coming out of the Hitmonlee illusion. Nice touch. :3
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :>
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Wyvern-1 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Outstanding once again! I love 'em all, but the Jolteon - Laaseri - looks especially classy. And that's a very neat effect for the Illusion ability. I like it a lot. :)
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :>
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Snowbound-Becca Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The air balloon on Volcarona looks hilarious, I'll be honest. :lol:

I really like this team. Salamence, Mienshao and Zoroark are my favs. BTW that illusion is Hitmonlee, isn't it? I can tell just by looking at its foot and bandages.
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
And yeah, it's Hitmonlee.
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ChaosDemonXXXAngel Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely gonna have to think of team with items next time I get one of these~

But I like the soft cell-shading look. It looks more like soft shading with a cell shaded layer over it.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds good~

Thanks!
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shadow9035 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Zephyrift Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Artist
I love all the details you put in it!
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Zephyrift Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student Artist
Welcome!
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Madrino Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student
favorite part of this is the little balloon that Volcarona has :D
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's one of my fav parts, too. :>
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Wraeclast Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work! They all fit together really nice, and you've rendered each quite well! Keep up the good work :D
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Calicamay Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well when I look at Skuddes comment I think that everything is said with that. Your realistic artstyle suits pokemon so well and you make them seem alive. I love that the most in your works. The held items look really good and I can imagine a dragon carrying a ring just like that x3
I also like the little sparkling effect you used for the offwearing illusion.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :>
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Skudde Featured By Owner May 6, 2014   General Artist
(Btw voisko sen tilaustyön linkata mun pääkäyttäjälleni? ;) Unohdin mainita kun alunperinkin lähetin notea siitä tilaustyöstä oc-accountin kautta vähän vahingossa. ^^')
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