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Yeah, stuff like that's fine. Especially if it ties into a specific part of the article, or generally shows them in their natural environment.
How's art like this? I think this is close to what you guys have in mind when you mentioned detailed, but not creepy pasta artwork.
Edit: What Jane posted works, too.
edited 27th Jan '11 8:11:27 PM by Hashil
I think if we're going to do this it would be a good idea to draw 'examples of this species in its natural habitat'. For Example, you would find a wild Combusken in a canyon breaking some rocks, a wild Empoleon with his Harem, and Cynthia and her Giratina posing for a picture.
More or less.
The mantyke line article is moving along. It'll probably be done by tomorrow.
as for artwork, sounds aweosme. The kind of stuff you'd see on National Geographic or something.
edited 27th Jan '11 9:14:10 PM by Blissey1
I'll make a sample image tomorrow and let's see where it goes from there, kay?
Mantyke are roughly oval shaped, with the middle of the oval being their body and the ends of it being their fins. They are a dark blue on top and a bright blue on the bottom, and they have two large antennae coming from their foreheads. They have black eye with white pupils, and a single gill slit on each side of their underside.
In Mantine, the fins and body have each grown much longer, and the light blue coloration on the bottom is now more of a light gray. They have also grown a long, flowing tail, and now have two gill slits on each side as opposed to just one.
The coloration on Mantyke is actually a form of camouflage. Seen from above, the dark blue color blends in with the darker water below, and when seen from below, the light blue color blends in with the sun drenched water above.
Mantyke/Mantine are one of the only non-bird pokemon to be classified as both water and air types. This is due to their ability to “fly” through the air after building up sufficient speed in the water. However, recent research has shown that Mantine do not truly fly; they are actually just extremely efficient gliders. In fact, some scientists have jokingly referred to it as “falling with style”. This is possible due to their flying wing body shape, and also their antennae, which allow them to accurately detect air currents and temperature variations just like it does with water currents and temperatures. [Trainers Tips: Mantine cannot fly indefinitely. If using your Mantine to fly large distances, be prepared to have to touch down in any bodies of water you come across for your Mantine to build up speed again.]
Mantyke are one of the few pokemon that require an entirely different pokemon to evolve. As Mantyke grow, they keep extra nutrients stored away. Once they have enough nutrients stored, a Remoraid attaching to their fin will trigger the release of these nutrients, causing the Mantyke to evolve. Whether or not the Remoraid that caused the evolution to occur stays with the new Mantine depends on the region: see the habitat section below. It is not yet known why these two separate populations have developed. One theory is that Remoraid are less common in the areas with Mantines that don’t keep their Remoraid, forcing them to use a sort of “catch and release” method of evolution.
Mantyke and Mantine can be found in temperate waters throughout the world. However, there seems to be 2 distinct types of Mantine divided by region; those that keep their Remoraid after evolving, and those that don’t. Mantine that keep their Remoraids can be found in the Kanto and Hoenn regions, while Mantine that don’t keep their Remoraid can be found in the Sinnoh region. The Johto region has populations of both types of Mantines.
Mantyke and Mantine are filter feeders. They simply swim around with their mouths wide open, and any organic material that goes in is filtered from the water and ingested.
Should you own a Mantine that has kept its Remoraid, it is highly recommended that you not, for any reason, attempt to remove the Remoraid. While it is possible for a Mantine to survive without its Remoraid, forcibly removing it has been show to cause depression and lethargy in the Mantine.
Mantine in the wild are very curious and friendly pokemon and will often go near human divers to examine them closer. Do not be alarmed if one approaches you; as long as nothing is done to aggravate it, it should merely remain nearby, observing. Some wild Mantine have even been observed letting people hold onto them while they swim.
When a female is receptive, she will become very active and energetic, swimming a lap around the pod of Mantine to signal the males that she is ready. She then swims off at great speeds near the surface, and the males must chase after. These chases have been observed to go on for as long as half an hour, with varying portions of it taking place in the air as well. This grueling high speed chase will continue until all but one male has given up; the male that she will mate with. About a year after mating, the female Mantine will give birth to a single fully developed Mantyke.
Mantyke and Mantine are communal creatures, forming pods of up to 30 individuals. During the day, they stay near the surface, taking turns feeding and playing. While the Mantine in the pod feed, the Mantyke frolic among the waves, and when it’s the Mantykes turn to feed, the Mantine play. At night, the entire pod goes to deeper waters and stays together for protection.
Remoraid make up a large part of Mantyke/Mantine pods. Wherever there are Mantyke/Mantine, you are guaranteed to find Remoraid as well. The Remoraid, in addition to feeding off of any scraps left by the Mantyke/Mantine as they feed, also help keep the Mantyke/Mantine free of any parasitic organisms that may latch onto their skin. Should anything attempt to attack a pods Remoraid, the Mantine will defend them as if they were one of their own.
edited 28th Jan '11 6:28:38 PM by Blissey1
Not bad. May want to detail their relationship with Remoraid a little bit more, though.
They most certainly aren't the only Water/Flying type.
Too true; who could possibly forget Gyarados?
Let's see, Gyarados, Wingull, Pelliper, Koarhie, and Swanna are all Water/Flying type Pokemon.
doh. I was thinking water based flying type as opposed to flying based water type...or something like that. It made sense in my head!
I'll change that.
It's fine. Mistakes like that happen all the time. Not necessarily in the same context but someone saying that one thing is the only one of its kind and then learning there are actually more is rather common.
edited 28th Jan '11 6:24:52 PM by CalamityJane
I hate to double post, but that prototype image is done. Is this what we're aiming for or am I Completely Missing the Point?
edited 29th Jan '11 2:11:48 PM by CalamityJane
Well, I like that style.
So do I.
That reminds that that no one has done the Snorunt Line yet.
edited 29th Jan '11 2:36:48 PM by rmctagg09
Style's good. Just, the pose looks a bit general; nature photographers like shots that show the subject doing something specific. Doesn't have to be much; napping, eying food, playing with family, etc.; anything Oak would give Todd extra points for in Pokémon Snap.
edited 29th Jan '11 3:13:02 PM by Tangent128
I agree with you there, Tangent. Even so, the Froslass in that picture doesn't seem completely general; the way it steeples its fingers together and the crafty look in its eye makes me believe that it's plotting something of a dubious nature.
It looks like it has an actual body, but still looks good. The eye is that way in the species, BTW, the whole family has that weird look.
I'll keep that in mind for any later images, Tangent. Though I did try to make it look like she was manipulating that stalagmite in front of her.
edited 29th Jan '11 3:23:04 PM by CalamityJane
I like the style, and also agree that it would be better to see a bit more action. I think Tangent brought up a great criteria; anything that would get bonus points in Pokemon Snap.
Thanks for the feedback guys. I'll try to make another image that fits the criteria this time.
Jane, did you draw that!?
Wow, I've gained a lot of respect for you, that is a beautiful picture!
But yes, something where they are eating, hunting, napping or whatever would be suitable.
Haha, yeah, I drew that from scratch with nothing but Photoshop and a pen tablet. I've been drawing for 12 years now.
I'm kinda meh at drawing so basically, -much respect-.
Writing is the thing I like doing more anyways, I just draw for fun.
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