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Pokemon Zodiac by ditto9 Pokemon Zodiac by ditto9

Click here to vote for this design to be made into a t-shirt on Qwertee!!



Links of interest:

My shop where you can buy this print as big as 24" wide!

Also on Tabby's tumblr with a stupid amount of notes

As seen in Pokémon Official Magazine too! ♥

Now with a Zelda version too!
The Legend of Zelda: Zodiac by ditto9

Two of my favourite games, Pokémon and Okami, were the inspiration for this piece, Okami's art style is my favourite style ever and I felt like making a Zodiac based on the Chinese Calendar.
I was going to do them all red and white at first!

What year are you? :) I'm a snake!

Rattata - Rat 鼠
Tauros - Ox 牛
Arcanine - Tiger 虎
Buneary - Rabbit 兔
Dragonair - Dragon 龍
Dunsparce - Snake 蛇
Ponyta - Horse 馬
Mareep - Sheep/Ram/Goat 羊
Aipom - Monkey 猴
Torchic - Rooster 雞
Houndour - Dog 狗
Tepig - Pig 豬
Meowth - Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat) 招き猫

Regarding Arcanine:

I knew I might be criticised for using Arcanine for the Tiger. He is a canid but his design and background (he is a Chinese legend) fit the zodiac far too easily. I refused to include legendaries and I didn't want overly complicated designs - so no Raikou (besides, Raikou looks less like a tiger than Arcanine. Those three just look like fantasy dogs/lion things to me). These are my reasons.


Regarding Dunsparce:
THERE IS NOW A COMIC EXPLAINING DUNSPARCE

I started with Seviper for the snake but then I didnt really like the way the colours sat. I avoided Pokemon with angular designs overall. I wanted to have something very different too and I felt some of the designs were already very obvious. When I did a Google search for Snake Pokemon I found that Dunsparce is called a Land Snake. Being that this was my own animal and how much I adore Dunsparce and its colours I instantly chose him. I feel he breaks up the obviousness that irritated me about Ekans and Seviper. I may drawn Ekans in the same style but I wont edit this piece. Thank you for the questions! I didnt expect so much exposure!!

Also Dunsparce is based on two legendary snake-like creatures. The Tsuchinoko or the Feathered Serpent, both are snakes :)
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:iconvendus:
Vendus Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dun't know what I ams QAQ
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:iconxdratinix:
xDratinix Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Student
I'm a Mareep!
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:iconjakemax789:
Jakemax789 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I AM THE LEGENDARY POKEMON HAHAHAH BOW DOWN BEFORE ME! I AM THE MIGHTY DUNSPARCE!
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:iconsundelia:
Sundelia Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  New Deviant
Je suis un poussifeu d'aprèq ce dessin >w<
Ils sont tous mignon dans le dessin bravo ^^
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:iconsonicfanpokemonfan:
SonicFanPokemonFan Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Aww
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:iconesprit-arait:
Esprit-Arait Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Student General Artist
my next arcanine will now be named Tora (JAPANESE FOR TIGER)
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:icongalaxysnow:
GalaxySnow Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm a Ponyta!
Love this :)
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:icongekidomamoru:
GekidoMamoru Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Dunsparce x3
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:iconsgtgarand:
sgtgarand Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a Tora!
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:iconsommers1031:
Sommers1031 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
I LOVE IT. It is PERFECT!
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:iconbrandoblaze12:
BrandoBlaze12 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
cool
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:iconeiki-chan:
Eiki-chan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Really nice =D. I have bought one for a gift.
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:iconlugia20711:
Lugia20711 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student Writer
This really cute! I love the idea of using Pokemon as the Zodiac.
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:iconkaoru6302:
Kaoru6302 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
So true!
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:iconqrimm:
qrimm Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student Artist
mareep!
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:icondaphneysilly:
Daphneysilly Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
krjfgbjkrhgfd jrk SO CUTTE!!! fhgyujrthfdg
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:iconmassel20:
massel20 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
I LOVE OKAMI! and Pokemon heh heh
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:icondarthsanguine:
DarthSanguine Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
Dunsparce? really? Surely Ekans, Arbok, Seviper, Onix, or Steelix would be a much better fit for the Snake?
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:iconditto9:
ditto9 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Read the description, please. I am constantly asked, doubted and questioned about my choices for Dunsparce and it's tiring.

"I started with Seviper for the snake but then I didnt really like the way the colours sat. I avoided Pokemon with angular designs overall. I wanted to have something very different too and I felt some of the designs were already very obvious. When I did a Google search for Snake Pokemon I found that Dunsparce is called a Land Snake. Being that this was my own animal and how much I adore Dunsparce and its colours I instantly chose him. I feel he breaks up the obviousness that irritated me about Ekans and Seviper. I may drawn Ekans in the same style but I wont edit this piece. Thank you for the questions! I didnt expect so much exposure!! 

Also Dunsparce is based on two legendary snake-like creatures. The Tsuchinoko or the Feathered Serpent, both are snakes"


Dunsparce is a legendary Asian snake. Far cooler than the others you mentioned, in my opinion and far more fitting than any of the other snakes in the Dex.
Onix and Steelix would have looked out of place in this entirely as they're large and bulky, with angular features. Every other Pokémon I drew was soft and rounded.

So, yes, Dunsparce, really.
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Howling-Heart Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
I'm a Torchic :)
Congrats for this appearing in the Pokémon Official Magazine!
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:iconcrimsonpikachumanga:
Crimsonpikachumanga Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015   General Artist
I think I remember seeing this in a pokemon mag.... Or not..... 
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:iconditto9:
ditto9 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It was featured in Pokémon Official Magazine a couple of years ago :)
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:iconcrimsonpikachumanga:
Crimsonpikachumanga Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015   General Artist
Yeah :3 and btw I'm a ponyta; one of my favorite fire types ^w^
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:iconderpygardener:
DerpyGardener Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Arcanine. Nice pic !
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:iconsenoalex:
senoalex Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Wow.so nice!
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:iconhazelnutdragon:
hazelnutdragon Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Ahh that's so cute and amazing! Go dragonair, that's my zodiac year :D
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:iconfiregirl1015:
Firegirl1015 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm a Tauros!!!!
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:iconmagicantgirlkitsune:
MagicantGirlKitsune Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i'm a Dunsparce because i'm a snake after all...from the chinese zodiac's so i think i am XD
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:iconpkmnmstrjenn:
PkmnMstrJenn Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so amazing!!
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:icondragon-art14:
Dragon-Art14 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm a Tepig :3
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:iconthestrawberryneko:
TheStrawberryNeko Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SOOOOOOO CUTE, (yay my zodiac is ponyta!)
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:icontmystery:
TMystery Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
This is a very interesting idea, and I think the Chinese visual style makes it beautiful!
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:iconditto9:
ditto9 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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:iconragerdtiger:
RagerDTiger Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Not gonna lie, but you should sooooooooo make a t-shirt out of it! :D
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:iconditto9:
ditto9 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha do you know I was thinking that last week!!!
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:iconragerdtiger:
RagerDTiger Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
I hadn't a clue! You should try Redbubble, you can post your work on there if you see if it can be a cool shirt! :D
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:icondudu2001:
dudu2001 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
cute
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:iconbigbossisawsome:
bigbossisawsome Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
How do I read this?
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:iconditto9:
ditto9 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Uh, with your eyes? :)
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:iconbigbossisawsome:
bigbossisawsome Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Haha. But seriously I can't read Japanese
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:iconditto9:
ditto9 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's mostly Chinese except for the middle part. My description has all the characters in it. 
Sucks that you cant read them, I'm not sure why you need to read it, no-one's ever needed to translate it before :)
Or...learn Chinese, not much I can do about you not being able to read it.
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:iconbigbossisawsome:
bigbossisawsome Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
It's cool
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:iconzerowolf13666:
zerowolf13666 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Damn that's a fluffy Mareep!
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:icongamstobic:
Gamstobic Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm an Arcanine! Arcanine la 
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:iconglitteringstars:
GlitteringStars Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn. I'm Mareep. D# 
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:iconadvancearcy:
AdvanceArcy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it so much! Especially since I'm a Tiger and my favorite Pokémon is Arcanine!
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:iconxxladysheikxx:
XxLadySheikxX Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Dragonair~
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:iconbloodyeye:
BloodyEye Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
very cute.
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:iconrussiacat:
Russiacat Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Houndour! Oh yeah!
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:iconthetachu:
TheTachu Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ponyta ~ :iconaltairwhutplz:
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