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#073 Tentacruel by nervene #073 Tentacruel by nervene
I wanted to redesign a Pokémon as if it was from a less-kid-friendly universe. My favorites are Tentacruel and Espeon. Espeon is a zen purple cat-thing and Tentacruel is a pissed off, malevolent jellyfish, so the choice seemed clear of which one to do.

This involved adding a bit more realism to the design and trying to justify some of the reasons why the original looks the way it does. I wanted to stray as far as I could from the original while remaining recognizable to those familiar with it. I am pretty happy with how that balance worked out in the end and I've learned a lot of ways to improve this workflow the next time I try something like this. About halfway in I started to notice it looks a bit like Samus' old gunship; oh well!

You may have to click the image to adjust the zoom since it might be initially shrunken.

If you are not familiar with Pokémon you can click here to see the official art of Tentacruel. Alternatively, you can click here to see a haunted toaster.

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Pokémon © The Pokémon Company
Tentacruel redesign and model by E. Elwood
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Benjja1 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
NICE nice nice !!!
SchAlternate Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks Metroidish. Me likey.
TeapotSalty Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Maximilian-McMonkey Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013   General Artist
That's a 3D model?? Wow, that's pretty darn good.
Falken02 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
my god!!
Steamland Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
this is AMAZING Ed! :)
Sevslover6195 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of those walkers from "War of the Worlds".
DarkAngel-X5-494 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Looks like something off of halo. :XD:
GrantPAdams Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll always remember the giant one busting up buildings from the theme song.

Love how you even made the coloration look convincingly naturalistic while still sticking to the original pallet.
nervene Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I looked up some reference on the Atlantic blue crab to see how nature works with blue, so that I could stick with the original's coloring but add in some other hues to better the believability.
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