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Pokemon Zodiac by ditto9 Pokemon Zodiac by ditto9
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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:iconbigbossisawsome:
bigbossisawsome Featured By Owner 3 days ago
How do I read this?
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:iconditto9:
ditto9 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Uh, with your eyes? :)
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:iconbigbossisawsome:
bigbossisawsome Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Haha. But seriously I can't read Japanese
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:iconditto9:
ditto9 Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  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 3 days ago
It's cool
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zerowolf13666 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Damn that's a fluffy Mareep!
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Gamstobic Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I'm an Arcanine! Arcanine la 
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NightmareWolf123 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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XxLadySheikxX Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dragonair~
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