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Aspiring Champions: Take Two by Fishenod Aspiring Champions: Take Two by Fishenod
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I will be selling this print, 17x11 inches, at FanimeCon 2013!

Redo of Aspiring Champions by JustLex

I'll let you interpret what's happening in the picture, but I hope you can tell by looking at the way the characters are acting!

Can you SEE the differences? I feel like I've really come a long long way! What do you think?

I found some inspiration to draw this 2 weeks ago, the day before the U.S. BW release. I worked on it for a really long time on Saturday, then when the game released, I just played it for 3 days, almost nonstop and barely drew. Since I'm going away for a week, I decided it was time to finish it up and post it! So here it is!

Good lord my scanner is still screwing up quality. I can't wait until I have time to reinstall the driver, so I can scan in decent quality again. I spent a good 2 hours Photoshopping this. So many colors messed up...UGH.

One thing I'm incredibly proud about, the :iconcecify: reminded me about, is that the proportions and perspective is very good this time, and that I used the space in the picture to my advantage, trying to fill out the picture.

I personally love Touko so much in this picture. She looks so nicely colored, and if only I had better scan quality...well she just looks really great in real life, alright? XD
I've come to love every single one of these characters, even though I'm really pissed with the amount of red them wear, and how colorblind Kris is.

Time: 21 hours
Materials: Copic Sketch, Copic Multiliner, White gel pen

Part 1: Kanto Says Hello by JustLex Elizaveta 'Veta' Stargale by JustLex Sir Ash Ketchum by JustLex Pokemon XY Trainers by JustLex
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Critique by Hyo-san-desu Hyo-san-desu/critique/357325516">Mar 18, 2011, 9:11:24 PM
Ok to start, it is a really big improvement from the first one you drew. the drawing a much more detailed and it shows a much deeper depth in tones. looking at the drawing closely i do see very little things that come to mind that i think can use a little change. your anatomy is really good there are a few places where it seems odd like May's(sapphires) left thigh. It's a little off in comparison to the right thigh, but it's not something big to worry about. overall i believe the coloring is great and the drawing as a whole is very creative.
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aviared Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
nice
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:iconpastel-draqon:
pastel-draqon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
brendan what did you do i thought i trusted you
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MatthewGo707 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016   General Artist
Cool!
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leontinees Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015
Yay for Crystal and Lyra being different people! :clap:
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DragonairAltaria Featured By Owner Edited Mar 22, 2015
Why is May's face like that?Is she mad?And why is Torchic crying?
Torchic
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Rose-Supreme Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
How's about Take Three by featuring Calem and Serena and having Brendan and May's ORAS designs? :3
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Fishenod Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Possibly! I do want to draw Brendan and May at some point in their ORAS outfits for sure though...I'm in love with May's clothes. 
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Rose-Supreme Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
I figured you'd be. ;3
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TurqouiseSnowFlakes Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May: "You idiot! Keep your godamn Treecko away from Torchic! He's scaring her!"
Brendan: "Aw, come on May ! he was just having fun..he didnt mean it!"
May: "T^T"

Lyra: "Hee hee! You have a really cute starter"
Kris: "*chuckles nervously* yours is pretty cute too.."
Ethan: "0////0 *thinks: Oh god, which one should I ask out?*"

Dawn: "Ch-Chimchar?! .////."
Lucas: "eh heh....////."

Red: "....Okay, thats enough! My Charmander is way too overly attached to you"
Leaf: "oh come on, could I please carry it around for a few more minutes? *winks cutely*"
Red: "*eyeroll* >\\\\>"

(I honestly cant think of any lines for Hilda and Hilbert..)
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:iconfishenod:
Fishenod Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha you pretty much got what I was trying to depict! For Ethan, I was thinking more along the lines of "W-Wait, what about me? Don't I deserve some attention too?"
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TurqouiseSnowFlakes Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey, that line is pretty good too! :)

thanks

by the way, how did you even draw that so well?
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Fishenod Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha thanks!
My inner artistic just exploded all over the paper I guess, haha.
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TurqouiseSnowFlakes Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes! I always thought Lyra would have a Cyndaquil and Kris would have a Chikorita!

I usually ship the two trainers from each region together...except the Johto ones because I really dont know who to ship Ethan with...
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Fishenod Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah! I'm not sure which way to go with Ethan...since Lyra and Kris are more or less the same person.
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Awesum74 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute!!
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:iconfishenod:
Fishenod Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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joinovici Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
perfect *-*
now is my wallpaper ^^
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:iconfishenod:
Fishenod Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehehe thank you! I'm honored! C:
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:iconemomage101:
emomage101 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student
It looks like Gold has a crush on Kotone. xD
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:iconfishenod:
Fishenod Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehehe. He's so jealous of the attention that the Pokemon are getting. ;)
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:iconemomage101:
emomage101 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student
Oh wow. It looks like everyone has found love. xD
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ancalagon4 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
And then there's Red.
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Dullahan2 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
I personally think he is more or less scoffing at Gold, after the HG/SS post game.
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:iconttexplorers:
TTExplorers Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Red does not approve of Squirtle on top of Leaf's head.
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Voltorb Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Red is all like: Hey, I was the first one! What are you all doing here?
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NinSega Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome, nicely done. :D
You have some impressive skills. ;)
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juanito316ss Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you made Hilda's shorts too long (I mean, they're REALLY short)
Also, the "stripes" in it are actually holes through which you can see her skin
But the art is good c:
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LizardsArt Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
I like how you improved on it! Way to go!!!
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S3cRt Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Cool.
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DrawerofAnime Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job, I love all these pairings. The colours are very bright and fit the mood of this piece. I think the scan quality of this is fine as it is. Very creative drawing, especially love how u put all the generation starters there.
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Fishenod Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw thank you so much! C: I had a ton of fun drawing this!
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DrawerofAnime Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ur welcome
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HoOhLugia Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! that is amazing! :wow:
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w0lf--61 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
touko is by far the best female charector <3 except for maybe the very first becuase... well who can mess with the original? lol. this is a GREAT drawing :)
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SammyHell Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
IS TORCHIC about to cry O.o Because if it is Im gunna end up crying
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DragonairAltaria Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
I'm gonna hug Torchic
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:iconsammyhell:
SammyHell Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too!
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:iconfishenod:
Fishenod Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah. ;n; Brendan/Yuuki did something mean to it, and May/Haruka is scolding him for it.
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SammyHell Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
THE POOR BABY *Takes torchic to cheer it up* cheer up now everything is gunna be ok.
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Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Fantastic, and yeah! Touko is a really nice character, too bad that she is not in the anime :/.
Is so much better than the other, there is more detail in the shadows and colors, and some errors are fixed too, like the Brendan's hair (in the first one you forget to paint the black part XD).
Is good too that you put all the starters and not just one by region as others do (also, why is Torchic crying? XD).
And finally, is cool too that now you added Marina, her smile looks very cute ^^.
I hope you understand, I have a bad english ><.
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RGB64 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
You liek?
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RBHMEM Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Cooooollll!!!
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Dyziek006 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Amazing!!!
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Changeling007 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
apparently, /real/ trainers wear hats.
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:iconfishenod:
Fishenod Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
PFftttt yeah....
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imawesome1212 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
So awesome!
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ShadowHedgieGal Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome
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masaothedog Featured By Owner May 19, 2011   Artist
Lovely job with Copics! And I do like how dynamic the poses are in the compared to the first version! Great improvement!
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:iconfishenod:
Fishenod Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I tried!
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HeySoulSilverComets Featured By Owner May 11, 2011   Digital Artist
Oh gawd, Lucas and Dawn looks adorable with each other :3
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