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Pokemon: Teamwork by Sabtastic Pokemon: Teamwork by Sabtastic
My latest Pokemon commission!
You'll notice the trainer's got a map and some badges...

Bonus points to whoever can identify what generation of Pokemon they're from!

I've actually completed a little step-by-step video if you're interested in my proccess...! Halfway through I actually switched over my hardware completely. I went from Photoshop CS3, to CS6, and I upgraded from a small Bamboo tablet to a huge Cintiq 22HD! You can really tell the difference when you watch the video.

It comes in two parts, but here's part 1 because I'm still finishing up the edits on part 2.


(watch how this picture was made on youtube)

Pokemon from top top to bottom:
Dragonite (the airborne dragon)
Gyarados (big angry fishmonster)
Charizard (fire-tailed dragon)
Alakazam (with the glowy eyes)
Nidoking (big purple dude)
Jolteon (the little yellow dude)

More Pokemon art I've done:

Total hours: 5.5 (on and off)
Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Cintiq 22HD Tablet.
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mariorn09 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
you haven't done a nuzlocke run have you??? I'd love to go through one with your art style :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin)  so if you have where is it, if you haven't where is it :) (Smile) 
seriously, this is great Clap CURSE YOU! 
Sabtastic Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thanks! hah that could actually be a lot of fun...! o: 
Maybe a Ruby/Sapphire run later on when it comes out. Who knows!

Honestly I'm in school right now and I will be until June, so I'd probably only be able to THINK about doing this in the summer, but I like the idea! It would give me a real excuse to start up a long-standing comic series! o:

Thanks for the kind words and the idea!
LittleWolfLealla Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally lost it at Gyarados face Giggle  I really love your style! :)
Sabtastic Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thanks! I appreciate it!
KellyJM96 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I am officially in love with your artwork and style. This is the best Pokémon team drawing I
ve ever seen. Bravo! :tardclap: 
Sabtastic Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw thanks! Your comments are so flattering!! :dummy:
Rookie141 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this Gyarados looks just awesome xDD
FirePrincess224 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I LOVE The Face Of Gyarados
bunychan Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
gran trabajo y hermoso :3
VirtuousPsych Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
This is absolutely fantastic, and it's...a bit frightening how much the trainer actually looks like me, haha :P
Geedra Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
HA gyrados is like, "IM SO F***IN ANGRY!"
bloodrose2000 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This pic is Brilliant! I love the story going on, the more you look the more it comes together. The trainer lost trying to understand the map (which is upside down, nice touch) while his pokemon either try to help figure it out or get annoyed with the delay (Gyarados). Everyone who has ever played a pokemon game can relate, it is so easy to get turned around in the caves/tunnels. Definitely one of the best pokemon artworks I have ever seen. :clap:
TheCrystalSteelix Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
I can almost imagine Gyarados saying  "I find your lack of direction disturbing" lmao
Sabtastic Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol! Yeah that would fit him perfectly.
SilverTwilight2 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yay! 1st gen pokemon! I love how charizard is holding his tail so his trainer can use it as a light :D
Kassaine Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Fantastic! Easily one of the best pieces of Pokemon art I've seen.
YumInMyTum Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gyarados' face XD
Kibateo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
out of curiousity how much does it cost for a deviation? p.s. can you email the info to me cause right now my DA is a mess which has been spammed by messages
Sabtastic Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This'll probably answer most of your questions: [link]

(It's a link to my commission rates and stuff) ;P
silveraquila Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
That alakazam has a goatee. My word it's glorious.
Dragon-princess08 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student General Artist
This is awesome!! love it so much!!
LingYaotheEPIC Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
From what I can tell... The trainer and his team are lost in either Victory Road or Dark Cave, and doesn't have a Flash user with him. So Charizard is using his flame to help, while Alakazam and Nidoking argue over which way to go. Gyarados just wants this to be done, and Jolteon is just like "Let me see this, I'll figure it out..." and Dragonite is kinda flying over trying to see it, too. And the trainer can't figure the map out at all.
LingYaotheEPIC Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Bonus points for gen? THE ANSWER IS 1.
Sabtastic Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

and a llama because that's the only tangible internet thing I can give you here
LingYaotheEPIC Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
b-e-m Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
I think the badges are from Kanto if Im right :)
Sabtastic Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You would be correct! Nice job. ;P
LaceySeras Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Gyarados face makes me laugh! very well done though
hanouangel1993 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
that gyarados looks funny! The picture looks beautiful and awesome :D
KAIndigo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Gyrados looks like he is just done.
PiscesPanda Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Jackinthebox696 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gyarados ftw
wrath9 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Well that's a interesting and cool interpretation of team work...^_^
Dmanbossier5599 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Amazing work!
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks amazing! I bet all these pokemon are from generation 1 in the kanto region. The trainer is probably at the dark cave, but didn't bring a pokemon that knew flash, Charizards doing his best to help though. ;P
Sabtastic Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This picture: You've more or less just described it to a tee. :thumbsup:
ClashOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
haha is it just me or does gyrados look like the NO! meme
Sabtastic Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Funny you mention that! I actually drew him as that meme a while ago and made it into a sticker...! Have a look! [link related]

I guess I liked that expression so much that I had to do it again! ^^;
BlasterAdreis Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did you find out what my team from Firered was?
G1 brings back so many memories......... my first Pokemon, Charizard (who I still have........ Trained him to level 100 on Firered)....... my first gym battle.......... continued by my first loss :0
Kronos1008 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Lol. This was commissioned by a good friend of mine! It looks fucking awesome!
MaccyShadowclaw Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After watching this picture many times, I only now realized that he is actually holding it the wrong way. Subtle.
hitorithefirst Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
generation one was the best generation
so many memories.......
SolidSnake123 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gyarados no like maps. *Serious angry face*
TheMulatto Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Gen one. I recognized Misty's and the psychic badge right away... and the rainbow one.
GallantBlade475 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gen 2?
BlasterAdreis Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wrong, but close.
GallantBlade475 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
now i see the earth badge. gen 1.
Karelliann Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! I love how Gyarados has its mouth closed.
GumballUltima Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Generation one, and nice deviation!
Raggo451 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Most of the detail in this is amazing! Dragonite's gentle eyes, Charizard's battle scars, Jolteon's fur, even the fish hook dangling from Gyrados' (feeler?) (tentacle?) is a great touch. It all makes being lost on what is obviously Victory Road so wonderful.

The one criticism I have is that Nidoking's right arm does not have an elbow joint...It makes the limb seem oversized and clunky; out of proportion with his left arm...

Other than that, the fangeek in me says WOW! :wow: Gotta Catch 'Em All!
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